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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bands and Beers and Shit


Over the weekend I was the doorman at a local hotel and bar for an event called
  • Elvisfest

  • It was about twenty bands over two nights with the catch being that each band had to include two Elvis songs into their set.

    As you can probably imagine, the place was crawling with pompadors, chain wallets, chubby Betty Page wannabes, and plenty of tattoos. There was capes, kilts and cowboy hats.

    All things considered it was a fairly sedate crowd and there wasn't any problems with the general douchebaggery you get anytime you have that many bands in one place. Although I did catch shit from putting on people's wristbands too tight and marveled at how skinny some women's wrist can be.

    There was a lot of people and a lot of those people got drunk.

    At the end of night two some guy stumble in the door with a handful of stickers and gave me one. It pretty much summed up the general attitude of the weekend.

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    "C'mon Dad!"

    I spent the better part of Saturday morning teaching my 7-year-old how to ollie.

    An ollie is a skateboard trick that involves smacking the tail end of the board on the ground with your foot (or front end... that would be a nollie) and making it pop up into the air. It is to skateboarding what the bunny hop was to BMX.

    He's got this obsessive nature and is an imprintable freak which can be both adorable and annoying at time so he was thrust into this early morning ollie session after spending a week play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 on PS2.

    We did a lot of this type of stuff over the summer where I would use a stick as something innocuous to jump over. So we found a stick in the yard and put it in the middle of the street.

    One of the older neighborhood kids rode by on his bike and decided to watch and see my son practice his ollies. My wife came out to watch as well. At one point I was getting aggravated because he refused to listen to the instruction I was giving him when all of the sudden my wife chimed in, "Well let's see you do it!" And then my son came at me as well, "C'mon Dad!"

    Game on.

    I nailed it on my second attempt but my son was up the street and claimed it wasn't a "clean one." But his friend said that I made it.

    So I did it again.

    The neighborhood kid seemed impressed.