Slamdance Road Trip (Day 3 & 4)

2009-01-15

The Slamdance party was later in the day and we didn't have to be anywhere in the morning. So after breakfast we did the touristy thing. It was a really nice day for it.

Day 2 in Salt Lake, time for site seeing.

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This is TRAX, MAX's brother.

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So I was taking a picture of this (this city has some great relief sculpture), when this random guy stops next to us and looks up at what I was photographing. "Huh, I've lived here for years, and I've never seen that". It's pretty cool when you can show somebody something new about their town.

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we did

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Murphey's Bar & Grill. Cool little place.

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happy to get some food, and outta the cold for a bit.

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Best name for a place that's out of business.

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Time to bring some class to this place.

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Everybody's gotta go sometime.

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Ha, statues can't pee! But check out dat clam fountain.

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Evan & Jason thinkin' about converting.

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Alyssa capturing me...

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... capturing Jason who's capturing the organ.

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This thing was huge, really something to see in person.

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Alyssa got us again.

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"Hey.. so uh thanks for last night."

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"Think nothing of it kind sir"

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.. damned inflation, it's like $20 for that stuff now a days. ... is what I'm told.

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We were pretty worn down at this point, so we took refuge inside a book store while we waited for the next TRAX to come by. After we caught the train and got back to our motel we got dressed up (more so than we were), and started the drive out to Slamdance.

Yay Slamdance!

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Yay Sundance!

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We had a couple hours before we had to meet up with MB. So we did the touristy thing some more, checked out the people, shops, the whole film festival scene. While we were walking around, we saw Russell Simmons getting into an SUV. It's always strange seeing somebody famous out in the real world.

I haz girlfriend!

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Where's the stick!!?

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settin' up to show some films.

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I haz Mistress!

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Jason wants girlfriend too.

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"I wuv you". "Sorry ma'am, I'm a miner" budum bum

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After the walking around we met up with the crew and went out to eat at a nice restaurant. When we were done, Ian (Mouser), Evan, Jason, and myself decided to make the rounds around the town again cuz Ian hadn't really had a chance to check everything out yet.

During our walk about town we saw some people being interviewed in store windows, white back-drop studio lights blazing, whole sha-bang. When we got to the end of the strip Evan and Jason had to hit the head, and we found out that the nearest bathroom was a little ways away in some building, so me and Ian found a cozy spot around a fire pit that was fenced in with some benches. The pit was outside a hotel and there were already some people there. It was a family, mom, dad, kids, whole Rockwellian painting.

I can't remember who said it, but either me or Ian asked what happened to their sons leg (it was in a cast). The kid twisted his angle while they were skiing. Then we told them the story as to why we were all in town. I remember thinking to myself, "what a great day", hangin' out with friends, meeting nice people, just a good day.

When the pee pee twins came back we started heading back in the direction of the venue. On our way up we came across this guy..

Dude was carrying a hawk

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And he knows he could get whatever lady he wants.

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We ended up hanging around that area for a little bit. While we were there a phone started to ring in this little room next to us. To get the full picture, we were on the sidewalk, and there was a door open to this help center next to us. So I say to Ian "you should answer it". "Yeah? You think?", "sure, if they ask for someone specific just say they stepped out.". He walked in, picked it up and ended up talking to the person for a bit, I think he actually helped him.

Then a guy came in carrying some cds in sleeves. Asked us if it'd be alright if he left some somewhere for people to take. We told'm "sure, just leave some on the counter there". We spoke with him for a bit and found out that he was leaving DVDs of a documentary about himself. Apparently he's a professional kick boxer. We hung out in that area for a little longer and then headed back up to the party.

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BEAR HUG! .. get the stick

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There were these Monster energy drink stickers all over the place, and they had these LED's in them. So of course we started sticking them all over the place.

Evan was sent from the future to kill us. (not in on the joke yet)

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You can see Ian crack when Jason starts to talk.

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Ian Mouser: professional sex robot.

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first band warming up.

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Evan in on the joke now, and spelling out his initials. EMG

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I think I'm the only one that's not a robot at this point.

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Father and son.

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gettin' their game face on.

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she really is.

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if I had a tripod and lower lights it would've said Mackintosh Braun.

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"Lets start this bitch up" (the opening party for Slamdance at the Star Bar).

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After the 1st not so good act, it was MB's turn.

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.. no idea

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Jason - "has anyone seen my coat covered in shiny crap?"

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Communism's back baby!

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It's Always Sunny in.. Utah?

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I wasn't cool enough to have Charlie in my pic.

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But Ben was! (dude in the yellow didn't even know the cast were gonna be there, life's funny sometimes)

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After this point I was all pictured out. I took a break and hung out with Ian (Mouser) at the MB schwag table and rested a bit. A little later some break dancing broke out which was pretty sick, there were some talented people there.

A little while later it was time to get the gear packed up and get everybody home. While the band was packing, me, Alyssa, and Ian (Mouse) were hanging out back stage when this dude named TC IZLam came up to us 'hide'. Apparently some chick's been after him all night tryin' to get his man seed. He told us he was from New York and that he's been a rapper for years now. Also that he moisturizes, cuz the ladies appreciate it. Pretty funny guy, he had a charm about him.

When everything was almost all packed up, I drove Ian and Ben's dad (the drummer, whose name I can't remember at the moment) back to their RV. Then I came back, picked up my posse and headed back to our motel. It's so fun driving on dark icy roads when drunk people are trying to give you directions.. all at the same time.


2009-01-16

The last day of the trip. Today was all about driving home. So once we all got packed I took the keys, and we hit the road.

They left sometime after 5 in the morning, we left around 10:30 and met up on the highway while driving.

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After driving for about four hours or so the group (who had been sleeping), all kinda just woke up at once, and all had to go to the bathroom. After screaming "I told you to go before we left!" (nah), we passed a rest stop sign. Pretty fortuitous I thought. As I got into the far right lane to get off, we passed a couple cops that had pulled some one over. "Sucks to be that guy" I thought to myself.

On my way down the off ramp I saw some flashing lights in my rear view. And I had the "aw shit, was I speeding" moment that everyone has. But I remembered that I had slowed down quite a bit before we were near them. Turns out, during my hiatus from driving, they passed a law that made it illegal to pass a cop car that's on the side of the road going the speed limit. You have to either slow down a lot, or change lanes until you're around them. So I got hosed going the speed limit.

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Our little groove mascot.

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Fuck You Bears!

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