I was upset with the fact that I didn’t get the front like I had been planning for so long, but we were the last people to leave at like 10:00. And then my dad decided to stop at a truck stop. And we were eating at Burger King and me and my four friends noticed the bass player from Suicide Machines come in I didn’t think any other band was there but there were tons of security guards there from the show that I recognized. So anyways my dad and me were walking out and I was wearing my friends Misfits shirt because mine was all wet (thank god) and this security guy goes “You know who would love that shirt, the bass player from Green Day”. And I was like “Oh my god is he here”. And I went on and on about how much I loved them so he went out and was going to go get him off his bus to come meet me. And then he talked to his bus over the radio and they said Mike and Tre were sleeping. So I started to walk back, all sad because I didn’t get to meet them again and two of my friends came running out to tell me that they just shook Mike and Tre’s hand inside.
So I ran in and they were standing in line talking to only a couple people because not too many people were there to notice them. So I started to talk to Mike and Tre and Mike was just so incredibly sweet to me because he realized how much I loved him. So Tre ended up giving Mike his money and order and left after I got their autographs on the back of my receipt. And I continued to talk to Mike and we talked about my room and that’s when he realized I was like their biggest fan, and he said “I really shouldn’t do this but.” and then he pulled a pick out of his pocket and told he it was their only pick they had left on the bus and they had all been jamming with it on the bus earlier, and then he gave it to me. I thought I’d pee my pants right there. So he showed me a bunch of hand shakes and he taught me this one important one and then on my first try I got it right and he got so happy and said I was the only one to get it right one the second try. So we talked about the album and stuff and he talked to my boyfriend and my friends about bands on and off the Warped Tour. My dad went and bought a camera because we had used up the one we had on the Suicide Machines and Mike took a picture with me and I asked him to come to Rochester for their next tour. The he gave me a hug and we left. I was such a mess after that…but I’ve never been happier. Later my friends told me they saw Billie out by the bus and they called to him to see if they could get him to see me but he ran onto the bus. In a way I lost a little respect for Billie Joe that night but I gained a ton for Mike. He had always been my favorite and it was a total dream come true for him to be that sweet. I still admire Billie and love him because I can understand in a way about the whole popularity thing and how he hates that. Once again, my Dad helped make the best day of my life.