Last week, matt had discussed that he felt I missed my calling or am distracted from what I should be doing. He felt that I needed to quit the show and take wrestling full time all because of my performance in hendersonville. The thing is in the wrestling business its about who you know. Some people get a huge break on what they know and they just so happen to meet the right people. But very seldom does that happen. Ive had the opportunity to stand face to face with Vince McMahon before about a possible opportunity as well as John Laurinaitis. Granted the journey isnt over for me but I love where im at right now. I recieved an opportunity with The Rise Guys that I love without question and will continue to do so. The only thing I will say about it all is Never say Never.
SLAVEDRIVER got to spread our wings and reach out to the lower country of the state on Saturday. We loaded up the trailer at 10 am then set out for the beach while my mom stayed at our house to tend to Vader since he had his balls cut off two days before!
When we got to the beach, we checked into the room we were staying in with Tessa's grandmother and Aunt Cheryl then walked down to the Sound Hole to load in our gear and backline the outdoor stage.
After load in, Tessa and I grabbed an early dinner with her grandmother and Aunt Cheryl so my stomach would have time to process the meal before we hit the stage.
When we got back, the first of eight bands had kicked off the Splatter Magazine Rebirth Party. A few hours later, we hit the outdoor stage following a killer set from ANNABELL LEIGH!
There wasn't a lot of people at the show and we didn't sell a single piece of merch, but we had a good time playing and hung out a bit later that night before retiring.
The next day after checking out, Tessa and I went to pick up our singer Al and his wife Michelle from my cousin Tonya's apartment and headed back towards Greenville.
We stopped in Conway for lunch with an old college friend of mine named Jessica since we hadn't seen each other in over a decade!
We made just one more stop before getting back to Greenville and that was our obligatory stop at Sparky's for some chocolate covered pecans!
SLAVEDRIVER has only one more show left for the year and that will be September 28th at Ground Zero in Spartanburg! Of course the Planet's Birthday Bash (the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival) is just a week away on Wednesday, September 5th! Next week will be CRAZY!!!!
College Football is upon us, GAME WEEK BABY. Vandy and South Carolina play Thursday night, which I fully expect South Carolina to win the game handily. Also, Clemson vs Auburn Saturday night from Atlanta. I expect the Tigers to take this one, lol, couldn't resist. Clemson that is, not Auburn, though both teams have questions on O-Line, for Clemson defense is gonna be the issue this season but hopefully Freshman Safety Travis Blanks is all he is billed to be. It's here baby, NFL starts next week, High School Football is in full swing, now the countdown is on til Thursday.
While waiting for my friends, I noticed children putting coins in the fountain. I wondered what they wished for. I kind of wanted to throw my coins in the fountain. Then, I realized that I was broke. That is kind of hopeless. I can't pay the Pointsett to make my dreams come true. My friends walked up and we went to the farmers market.
We walked down to the West end. I saw these Witch balls in the windows. I found out why people in the South put glass bottles in their trees. The glass balls trap the spirit. Hopefully, I wasn't looking at a ghost jail. I thought they were beautiful.
I'm pretty pissed. Actually I'm pretty damn pissed! I wanted, before I die, at a fairly young age, to visit the Egyptian Pyramids. Even since I got that pyramid book at Cone Elementary School I wanted to go see 'em. Now these nutjobs over there are rioting and burning everything acting like an America whose team just won the National Championship. They scream Death To America, Blank America, Iron Shiek from President, etc. They're crazy! And because of these f-wads I will never get to see those pyramids in Egypt. The closest I can get is going back to Cone Elementary School's library and see if that old book is still there. I dought I'll have any long because last I heard homeless people likved in the school and that place is huge so several hundred might be living up in there like they're in a blankin' hotel. So I will take it off my bucket list. Graceland is probably closer to my speed anyhow. Call The Law, I'm done!
This past saturday Matt, Nine, and I were in the great city of Hendersonville,NC. The response was more than what I expected. I expected it to be a good crowd, but not what we recieved. Everyone was very nice and welcomed us with open arms. From the kids to the adults everyone was excited to meet us and very excited to see what we brought them that night. Not to mention getting hurt that night, I went through the pain and worked through the pain so where you the P1 or fan got your moneys worth from buying a ticket to see The Rise Guys and watch me wrestle and put on a show for you. So I would like to take this time on my blog to personally thank you the p1's of hendersonville for supporting us in what we did saturday night and you WILL see us there again very very soon.
It's that time again, if you live in an apartment you know it all too well...your lease is up and you have to beg your landlords for mercy, as they're trying to raise your rent some rediculous amount...like mine are doing right now.
Two years ago I took advantage of a really great move in special (and a managerial mistake) at a community in Greenville, and was put into a two bedroom apartment for the same rent as a one bedroom. The first time my lease came up for renewal I talked them into just a slight bump in my rent....round 1 Diesel. This time around they're out for blood, demanding a $200/month increase and they won't budge...knockout punch.
It's really gotten under my skin their complete unwillingness to work with me. I offered to pay another small increase, but to no avail. I understand how supply and demand works. The housing market sucks, so people are moving families into apartments. Demand goes up, supply stays the same, so price must go up, but to force a loyal, trouble free tennant out of their apartment just seems wrong.
I am pleased to report that I was able to mow my lawn after work last Tuesday. Unfortunately, it is already time to mow the backyard again! Wow it grows fast!
Anyways, I took some time off on Friday so Tessa and I could head up to Carowinds and get a much needed break from moving, packing and unpacking. Having not gotten a lot of sleep the night before, my usual thrill-seeking game face was not fully functioning so I ended up chickening out of the new ride I came to try, the WindSeeker. Although we rode more intense rides like the Intimidator and Afterburn, I still never mustered up the courage to sit my ass on a swingset that lifts 300 feet in the air with nothing below you. The sad part is that I have ridden coasters that were taller (like the Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia) but just could not get myself up to the challenge.
We ended up only staying for four hours or so because I had to make it back for band practice since we have a show at Myrtle Beach this weekend. I meant to go out to Gottrocks after practice to support some fellow local bands but I was just too pooped.
The next day I got up and at 'em early so I could get my oil changed at Big O Dodge then hit up Borderlands Comics to spend my $25 gift certificate that Rob, the store owner was so gracious to give me for my birthday. I broke down and got the limited edition Incredible Hulk bust since I had been eyeballing it for some time.
Feeling a bit guilty for blowing money, I did what any rational human being would do....spend MORE money! I went to Best Buy to pick Tessa up a copy of The Hunger Games on blu-ray. Being the packaging geek that I am, I had to pick up the Collector's Edition and I also nabbed a couple of PS3 games as well.
After Best Buy, I went by the apartment to pick up a few more things to take to the house then I met up with my fellow bass playing friend Brian to give him the hoodie he let Tessa borrow the night her car got broke into outside of Ground Zero. I also picked up one of those eco toilet flushers from him that reduces the amount of water used when you flush a pee pee. Ha!
When I got home, I unloaded the car and installed the new flusher in the main bathroom then texted Tessa's grandmother so that she and Aunt Cheryl could surprise Tessa with a homemade low country boil prepared at our new home. Her grandmother totally one-upped me by bringing Tessa a brand new Kitchenaid stand mixer - the fancy kind you see on TV cooking shows like Cupcake Wars and such! So, needless to say, Tessa was quite overwhelmed when she got home from work!
The next morning, Tessa and I got up a little early to straighten up the house a bit as we were expecting someone from the FootHills Golden Retriever Rescue to arrive and see how our Boston Terrier interacted with a Golden Retriever since we are considering adopting a playmate for Vader. The retriever was a bit annoyed with the rambunctious terrier but they seemed to get along better once outside in the backyard. Max, the retriever, even managed to find a vulnerable spot in our soaked yard and unleashed a muddy patch we were not aware of. Needless to say, we got good use out of our new garden hose!
We took it easy the rest of the day. Well, at least until Tessa had to leave for work. I made up for some lost time by watching a handful of Monk episodes then crashed early. Now time to mow the lawn....AGAIN!!!!