Lieutenant Juan Huizar planned his first trip to EDC with the meticulous scrutiny of a submarine naval officer. Before getting in the car, he charted his route down to the mile. Instead of a molly stash, he made sure to pack a survival stash of caffeine work out pills to keep him awake and alert all night long. His uniform this week, however, was a little more relaxed-- a bright green pair of Dickies shorts, a glowing backpack, raver beads and a neon green shirt that read simply: "Let's Get Weird." Though, it wasn't destined to stay on his body for very long.
Alejandra Loera / OC Weekly The Huizar's in front of the Boombox Art Cart during EDC's sunrise
For the past 13 years, Huizar has served our country as part of the United States Navy, but I still remember him as my best friend's older brother who lived across the street from my Long Beach, California home growing up. We lost touch after I moved during high school, but thanks to social media, we have been able to keep in touch. Little did I know that 15 years later we would be dancing under the electric sky of EDC Las Vegas with his sister and two brothers.More »