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I took my 17 year old brother-in-law and his buddy to the Warped Tour in Detroit on Friday. I went to the first few years of this event and it was always fun, but either I'm too old or the bands are just too crappy now. I came up with a few alternate names for the event:
Shitty Kid Fest
Bad Tats R Us Fest
I Came to Warped Tour with my Parents Fest
I Don't get out of the House Much Fest
1. Dad, you're cramping my style.
2. Division/Harley Davidson BMX shows were a highlight! Synchronized backflips are no joke!
3. I read a review of this band, Vincent Black Shadow. It said they sounded like Black Sabbath with Iggy Pop singing. I think the reviewer must have had the wrong CD playing. They are a crappy new wave band and this girl didn't sound like Iggy. The guitar player was hilarious. High School Theatre major on speed. I couldn't get a good photo of him with my phone (I need to break out the real cameras more often, I suppose).
4. Ratty tats.
5. Matts Sparks and Carmickle. I finally spelled Matt C's name correctly thanks to his tattoo. Sparks was on injured reserve but MC wowed the crowd with dangerous front flips.
6. Use the Force
7. black clothes make you look thinner (I should know).
8. Quinn Semling, Wisconsin's finest.
9. The fact that the oldest band there was by far the best (and had the biggest crowd) is a statement on modern music. Bad Religion is good.
10. Mom, I told you to walk ten feet behind me.
I must be getting old. I was bored out of my mind for most of the day. The BMX shows were great. Micah ate Catfish, then bought me lunch. Thanks dude.
I took Noah to a Chopper event at the local dragstrip. THere wasn't much going on, but he liked the bikes. We bailed and went to the motocross track up the street. He thought it was awesome and I thought "I want to do this!".
Last night, myself, my friend PJ and my brother-in-law met up with Sean Newton, Levi Brown and Kenny Oliver, as well as Kenny's six year old son, Adam, at Western. I love to ride street, but usually do so by myself. It was a blast to ride with such an eclectic crew. Western is so fun. Jeff Degryse built a bunch of stuff there, including a dirt quarter and a fun step-up over a rickety old fence. These pix were not taken on any of his creations, however.
PJ used to be a little kid that hung out at my Dad's bike shop in the 80s. Now he's a grown ass man* but he's getting back into BMX and it was fun to ride with him.
Kenny Oliver is an old dude like me that used to race at the track back in the early 80s. I've seen him at Kzoo events a couple times but this is the first time we've ridden together. He was going nuts on his "Freeride" bike. That's his kid, getting stoked on his old man.
Sean Newton and Levi are my most frequent riding bros since the move. They are mellow dudes and fun to ride with. Levi was floating these 3s on the flyout with much style. Sean took all these photos, too. The Western session was so fun and I am so sore today. I love it.
Here are some pix of the new public park in Grand Haven.
Todd Britton was instrumental in having this park be bike friendly. Grand Haven is on Lake Michigan and is a cool place to visit. This park makes it a grand slam.
*grown ass man is a Catfish term, used without permission.