Jul 29, 2004

Pop Pop at Myrtle Beach

Yamato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
Myrtle Beach, SC
I'm on vacation with my mom's side of the family in Myrtle Beach.  Mom, Uncle Kuuipo and Uncle Tony brought their campers down.  My Uncle Sumo flew in with Chantel from Utah, and my grandparents and other assorted cousins and family members made the trip with us or met us there.  We're staying at Pirateland.  It's an RV park that has nothing to do with pirates, but it has a private beach and a very awesome heated lazy river to float around in.

This photo was taken of me and my Pop Pop (my mother's dad) while we were waiting to be seated at Yamato's.  I've never had hibachi before this night.  The food was delicious, and they put on a very fun show.

Jul 26, 2004

Robin Visits The Sharks

Winning Legends scratch-off ticket
New Jersey Lottery (2004)
Phillies legend Robin Roberts is making an appearance at Campbell’s Field for tonight's game between the Camden Riversharks and the Pennsylvania Road Warriors.  Roberts will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs for fans as part of the promotion of a new New Jersey lottery scratch-off game called Winning Legends.  The ticket features Robin Roberts and fellow Phillies Hall Of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt.

Robin Roberts won't be the only former Phillie to be in attendance at tonight's game.  Kevin Jordan, who played for the Phillies from 1995-2001 is the Riversharks' starting second baseman.

UPDATE: The Riversharks defeated the Road Warriors 8-3.  This photo of Roberts was published in the Courier Post.  On a side note, the Road Warriors are a pretty interesting story.  They're a team in the Atlantic League that doesn't have a home stadium and is only activated to play in seasons when the league has an odd number of teams.

Jul 20, 2004

Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child

Gathering Of The Juggalos
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park - Garrettsville, OH
I got to meet Twiztid at The Gathering this year.  I promise I'm not this short though - the booth was kind of small, so I had to squeeze in and crouch down for the photo.

Jul 19, 2004

2004 Gathering Of The Juggalos

Gathering Of The Juggalos
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park - Garrettsville, OH
The 2004 Gathering Of The Juggalos is in the books, and hey... look at that!  They spelled the name of the city right on this year's ticket!  I'm going to try to get a wrestling match list and concert setlist together for each of the nights at the Gathering, but I still haven't gotten last year's together... or the two years before that for that matter.

The special guest for the opening ceremony on Thursday night was Bone Thugs N Harmony.  It was supposed to be a secret, but pretty much everybody knew well in advance.  It didn't matter though because it was awesome to get to see such an iconic group perform live.

Friday night's lineup was WolfpacJumpsteadyAnybody Killa, DJ Swamp and Dark Lotus.  The crowd was extremely disrespectful to DJ Swamp and spent most of his set throwing shit at him, which is a damn shame because he's a talented dude and he was putting on a great show.  I got to meet him over the weekend and he was a hell of a nice guy, and he certainly deserved a hell of a lot better treatment than he got.  Dark Lotus was awesome as always, but it would have been a lot more awesome if the positive energy that we had for them was going for the whole night.

Saturday started off with Zug Izland.  Next up was Blaze Ya Dead Homie followed by Esham.  All three sets were great and went off without a hitch.  Things took a turn for the worse when Kurupt took the stage.  The crowd were just flat out brutal to that dude.  I don't know if they're just dead set on booing whoever performs before the headliner, of if they were annoyed that Kurupt kept randomly shouting out Cleveland.  Whatever the reason, the way he was treated was completely uncalled for.  He threw a mic into the crowd and stormed off stage just a few songs into his set, and quite frankly, I don't blame him a bit.  They're going to need to figure this shit out because it feels like they're just picking out special guest performers to give the Bubba Sparxxx treatment just for the sake of doing it and it's flat out lame.  Naturally the crowd was back to having fun when Twiztid closed out the night and they had a hell of a set, but If I'm being honest, I went to sleep on Saturday night feeling pretty ashamed to be associated with a lot of the people standing next to me in the pit.

Sunday night went a lot smoother.  Tech N9ne led off the night and Vanilla Ice was next.  Both are Juggalo favorites, so there was no issues expected, but next up was Ol' Dirty Bastard and there was some tension in the air.  He's a rapper who is not a member of Psychopathic Records, he's had mainstream success, and he was going on right before ICP... all of the elements that have led to some pretty shitty crowd behavior.  They gave ODB a glowing introduction before he took the stage.  I don't remember exactly what was said, but the subtext here was clear... they were pleading with the crowd to show some respect.  Look, I don't know a damn thing about rap or hip hop, but I know that ODB is a legend and that we were lucky to see him perform.  Thankfully, their words did not fall on deaf ears and ODB got through his full set with the crowd showing him the respect that he deserves.  Last but not least, the Insane Clown Posse closed out the show on Sunday night with an incredible set.

Don't take what I'm about to say the wrong way, but I think this is going to be my last Gathering for a while.  I first got into ICP in 1997 from their work in pro wrestling with ECW, WCW and WWF.  A few friends and I got to meet Violent J four years ago at the Comfort Inn in Hazleton.  He was a hell of a nice guy and spent an hour and a half chilling with us in the lobby at 2:00 am talking about life, music, movies, and an idea that he and Shaggy were working on for an event that became the annual Gathering Of The Juggalos.  I've made a lot of friends at the shows and have had a hell of a lot of fun, but money is tight these days and the drama between different factions of Juggalos has been getting on my nerves.  I started coming to these events to escape that kind of bullshit, not to see it played out with Faygo and clown paint.  I may end up changing my mind, but for right now, I think I'm going to need to back away from this scene for a little while and focus on other aspects of life.

Jul 14, 2004

Cinderella Slam

Cinderella Slam
Denny'sStreetsboro, OH
Yes, I ordered the special A Cinderella Story breakfast.  Yes, those are pink sugar sprinkles and whipped cream on my pancakes.  Don't judge me.

Headed To Garrettsville

The car is all packed up; ready to hit the road to the Gathering of the Juggalos.