The Ring Returns


No im not talking about the horror movie here. lol. Ok lets take a little history back to when i was in high school. Yeah this goes back to around 1993-1994. I was crazy enough to give my ring away to a girl I wasn’t even dating. Just friends and then suddenly we lost contact and my ring was gone. What ring you ask? My high school class ring. Most guys tend to give females their class rings and their letter jackets. I guess some see it as possession. You know so other guys know, “hey thats my girl and ill fuck you up if you try talking to her…….” Yeah like that. Well for me it was nothing like that. I just simply gave the girl my ring and it ended up gone what seemed like forever. The following is a short story about that ring and how I got it back after nearly 20 years.

I was 17 at the time and ready to graduate. I spent most of my time partying and missing lunch. Its an entirely different story but I had gotten into trouble for attacking my mothers now husband. I didn’t even have any intention on doing so but he pushed me so I attacked. Went to court and missed lots of school. I spent my senior year making up work and missing lunch just to make the grades. I didnt really mind though. It was nice to do my work when no one was in class and my teacher saw my effort. Nonetheless I passed and was able to graduate. I was pretty close to failing if I didn’t make up some grades to passing.

Coming into the last few months of my senior year my friend James Brau and I would go into Katy TX to see his girlfriend. He didn’t like driving out that way alone so he usually came to pick me up for the ride. We eventually ended up going to this other girls house too that his girlfriend was friends with. Her name was Gabrielle. I kinda sorta had a crush on her. She was tall and skinny and Brazilian. She could just cuss you out in Portuguese and it sounded cool. lol. Anyways, James and I had gone out to her house because it was her birthday and we was going to meet up with his girlfriend Whitney there. So while we was there it was kinda lame. I mean there was parents and shit. lol. I didn’t really know anybody except for James and Whitney. Gabrielle I had known but her mother was pretty mean and she never talked english much. lol. So the party progressed and there was this girl there that I had been talking to. Nothing major. Just someone nice. Back then I didn’t talk much to girls because I was always concentrating on music. So it was a pleasant welcome to actually have someone somewhat, somehow, whoa, what, are you serious interested in talking to me.

I eventually saw this girl a few more times. A handful i’d say. So as I said earlier, I thought i’d be cool and let her wear my class ring. Not to make dudes be like “oh shit” but just because it made me feel good. I had gone to her house a few times. I don’t really recall what we ever did. Went out to eat and a movie or something. I really don’t remember that far back. Her step-father was pretty cool. He liked Rush and played drums. I thought awesome! So anyways, after some time passed and we graduated we eventually lost contact. I couldn’t even remember her phone number or address because I had moved from Rosenberg to Sugar Land and lost a crap load of papers and such. I went from having my own phone line to not. So after that my ring was now gone. Someone I didn’t know very well had it and I figured i’d never ever ever see it again. Sorry for the slight Taylor Swift song reference there! lol.

My parents had paid I think around $400 or so for the ring. I really can’t remember anymore but it was pretty expensive. Ill post a picture below. I’ve never been a fan of gold. In fact I think the ring is actually white gold 10K. Im not too sure anymore but I dont recall getting it pure gold because it costed more. All I know is that it is stamped 10K on the inside with my name engraved on it. My high school colors were pretty much navy blue, gray and white. The blue was just too dark for me and I saw samples and the blue just didn’t fit well with the white gold ring color so I opted for a stone color change. I got aquamarine I guess it is. Whatever the March birthstone is that’s what I got. A reference to my mother’s birth month. I loved the light blue color of the stone on the white gold. The stone has the number 65 inside in gold. I didn’t play varsity football but since I did spend half my high school years playing football I got a sports themed ring with my number and an engraved football player with my name and the blue and gray colors in a shield. The opposite side just had 1994 engraved as well as a mustang which is my high school. mascot.

So I went all these years never knowing about the ring. On Facebook I found James’ old girlfriend Whitney and we added one another as friends. I never really wanted to bug her about it but one day last year inquired about it. I had asked her if she knew the girl and talked to her still. She said yes. I told her about how she still had my ring and I really had wanted to get it back if I could. She asked her and eventually over some time she found it. Whitney had texted me and told me the girl found it! I was like “WHOA!!!” I mean no way!!! Its been 20 years. Never would I have imagined that I would see it again. I talked with said girl about the ring and of course just catching up. Im not that mean. I didn’t mind adding her as a friend on FB. So recently on a trip back to Texas I was able to drive out to her home and talk for a bit and get the ring back. It felt weird like I was taking something away from her even though it was mine. I can’t really explain how I felt. Felt really good though. It really makes you believe that if you lose something or someone and it/they comes back to you even years later then it was meant to be. I tried on the ring and it still fit. Although it seems so much smaller now to me. lol.

In the end, I am just so happy to have it back. Even though its part of my past from 20 years ago it is still something that i’d like to one day pass onto my own kid if I ever decided to knock someone up lol. I kind of see the ring as a good luck charm. Seems like good things and vibes have been coming my way since I got it back. My health scare, changing over from Katy Perry back to Slipknot…for now that is…..Yes, after the Grammys I got sick and ended up in the hospital. I didn’t make much of a big deal over it because I didn’t feel I needed to. It caused me to give up my spot with KP and now im just really doing nothing besides a little help with ol’ friends. I’ve been taking flying lessons and am very near taking my private pilot test. I am also going up for instrument rating so I can fly with more advanced avionics. Its something I always wanted to do and now im making that dream come true. I’ve been training in a Cirrus SR22. Started in a Cessna 172 but wanted to get into a Cirrus. Anyways, im just happy to have the ring back. Its like a closing chapter of my teenage years. Feels good that I can still fit into the ring. Wearing it right now. I waited many years and never expecting to see it again and it came back to me. Im thankful for that but most of all im thankful for the girl for keeping it and taking such good care of it. That really means a lot to me. With that said, I am going to bed.

Goodnight

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KOA Campgrounds…..lol


so sitting here in Bowling Green Kentucky at a KOA campground just south of the city. So rather than make a huge blog out of this, here are some things I noticed….

1. This KOA is really fucking nice!
2. Huge ass place with a lake and dog park
3. store to buy shit but its closed i think grrrrr
4. I need a fucking C O K E! not the drug!
5. There is a table of old guys two campsites over playing cards. dominoes earlier
6. There is a skinny blonde in the campsite next to ours that is outside in her panties smoking weed.
7. I think the ppl across from us are fucking lol
8. there are no kids around. then again its almost 5am and we are about to pull out of here
9. About to leave for Great Smoky Mountains National Park
10. Coach Casa de Grylls is the biggest fucking RV/Bus in this lot
11. A friend of mine passed by earlier but didnt stop WTF
12. Its quiet out here
13. Smoking an e-hookah prompted the girl next door to start staring at me because of the red light
14. im sitting in a chair waiting for Mark to get all our hookups disconnected
15. WTF are these old guys doing playing cards this early?!?
16. surprised that Jason Voorhees hasn’t popped out of the woods with a mask and machete chasing after us
17. im sleepy
18. again im thirsty and us splitting a Red Baron Pizza didnt help
19. all we have to drink is orange juice and water but i want carbonation man!
20. from this KOA to next destination is about 263 miles

Thats about it. Just kinda interesting the things i noticed. OK just a tidbit…The girl is outside smoking right now cig #2. THe old guys are playing cards but the couple appearing to have sex must have stopped but that started earlier about 40 minutes ago. their lights are off and no more OH OH OH. lol. One other funny observation was this….yesterday when we checked in someone asked us why we didnt opt for a cabin. well for one its me and a bus driver and two why stay in a cabin when we got a full size Prevost coach with 3 pull out extensions? Thats room enough right there! They do have showers and such here but again we got that. So no need to pay $100 for a cabin when accomomadations are already set right? I think so too! lol

Ok thats it. I actually managed to type this on a tablet. Wow. I have no idea how to add photos with this WordPress so fuck it.

Laters!

G

On the Road Again 2013 Edition


So Tuesday was a long day in the bus. Left Chicago early in the AM and eventually made it into Greensboro late this evening. Because of the venue we can’t park on the premises until tomorrow so we are parked in a lot until then. Mark and I noticed a BBQ restaurant right across from where we are parked. The place smelled awesome. I looked them up online and they specialize in pork bbq. So looks like we are hitting that place up tomorrow. While we was in Chicago we couldn’t book tickets for Medieval Times because their website said not available so that was out of the question. We did end up going to the Willis Tower and to the Skydeck to see the views. You can see about 30 miles from up there. Its awesome. I snapped a few pics and finally was able to step out onto the glass extensions. Kinda felt like I was skydiving for a brief moment because you look down and your basically standing on this thick plate of glass. No worries though they are supposed to withstand tons of weight. After that we made our way north of the tower and headed to the famous Kuma’s. I must say the burgers there are fucking amazing. AMAZING!! I had a Kuma burger which if you have ever been to Red Robin Burgers its kinda the same idea. Got an egg on it. Mark, who is the bus driver, insisted we grab a few for the road. So we each bought two burgers a piece for the road. That ended up being tonights dinner. We just put them in the toaster oven and BAM! Kuma Burgers in Greensboro. 

I guess you could call you pigs. We stopped just east and outside of Knoxville at Outback Steakhouse. We each had the Outback Special with a salad. For me actually an Outback Special with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a house salad with honey mustard dressing. Of course their famous delicious bread. Mark basically had the same but he had green beans and a dry salad. I just cant eat much salad without some kind of dressing lol. So anyways, it was basically a 12 hour day give or take. We went through Asheville where I found out about this sweet little tiny house thats available for rent like a hotel room. Its pretty nice actually. I went to the website and its really nice. I could totally live in something that small. Basically its a kitchen, living room, bathroom, small area for dining and a sleeping loft. In fact I think it had two upstairs sleeping lofts. Really nice though. Its the simplicity of it all! 

After we had our show Portland and Tacoma we headed east with a nice 5 days off and Mark and I decided lets hit up Glacier National Park. Oh man let me tell you, the campgrounds there was fucking amazing. The views….amazing. I mean I could take a tiny house like I mentioned above and just live there by the water with the pine trees and mountains in view. I’ve always loved scenic views and the trips I have taken by motorcycle have been stellar. So it was no question that we would enjoy this stop. After our visit here we had to hit up Fargo North Dakota and then two shows in St Paul Minnesota. Work work!! 

Mark is one cool guy. He is kinda like a father figure. He just entered his 60s. He is this goofy white guy. He has a story though. Not to get into details but basically his son died years ago in work related accident and his wife left him because of it. He had stopped driving tour buses and then later decided to get back in. He has driven for me about 6 times. So it was really cool to have a driver that I already knew. He’s the guy that says, “fuck it brotha lets buy some hookah, grill some steaks and down some beer.” LOL Well, we found some e-hookah cigs at a  Pilot Travel Center so we bought a few. I got a pomegranate one because well I love the taste. I will tell ya, tastes pretty similar to hookah and there was much more vapor than i get from my Blu e-cigs. Im not a big smoker but I do like to puff so for me Blu is just fine. I know others that will religiously say that there are others much better. Im sure there are but hey im fine with what I got. 

So yeah when we stopped at Glacier we had stopped at a grocery store and bought some porterhouse steaks to grill. Where our luggage bay is we have a pullout bbq grill. Yeah the joys of living on a luxury coach! lol Basically we forgot to get spices so when we stopped at a travel center we decided to pick up some spices. Most people will vow that salt and pepper is all you need but Mark and I are the same. We like to add spices to our dead cow. SOOOO we grabbed a bottle of Lawrys All Seasoning and a bottle of McCormick GrillMates Montreal Steak Seasoning. We grilled up them fuckers and damn they were good. I had bought some beer out in CA, Portland and Tacoma. I had earlier bought a bottle of The Reverend Quadruple Ale and that shit is delicious. Loved it! Sadly I only bought one and couldnt find more. Cool thing was I had 4 bottles of Ballast Point Big Eye IPA. One of my favorite IPAs from CA. The pairing of that IPA with the steak and the salad was pretty good. Mark had made this awesome cucumber salad. Was delish. 

Its pretty nice to have a bus to myself. Before Mark and I both have had a trailer to transport two motorcycles for short rides on days off. We didnt have one this time but its nice to have them when we do. I remember when I always wondered what it was like to ride on days off like Neil Peart and when we finally had the chance to do so it was amazing. Hitting up the roads most wouldnt think. Shunpikers as Neil calls him and his riding buddies. Basically its what you call motorcyclists that hit up roads other than the main freeways and highways. Thats where you really see smalltown America. Getting back to the bus though. Its pretty nice to have a quiet place to dwell. The humming of the generators actually is a pleasant sound to me. Im one of those people that needs sound to sleep and just feel safe. yeah yeah im crazy. We have a conversion coach that has a back sleeper where the lounge would normally sleep. I sleep there. Mark had told me the sofa actually pulls out to a bed even though there are a few bunks. He sleeps on the pull out. We have a pretty nice bus. Its new. It was actually used by a famous female singer in the recent past. The interior is black and red. Kind of fitting for Taylor Swifts Red Tour lol. Has pull out extensions and all. It was a nice change though in Chicago to actually stay in a hotel rather than the bus for a change. I think in the music biz no matter how much you feel comfortable in a bus you still want the comforts of having a normal bed to sleep in; a normal shower; basically a normal place to be….normal! If that makes sense to you! 

We spent a few days in St Paul. I have a friend there. Her daughter won tickets to the show but I wasnt sure if she was going with her or if she was taking a friend. I guess the latter. I didn’t see them but then again its not like I was looking for them. She is an adult but you know…I dont really meet up with people unless I know them well. Thats just me! One funny thing I wanted to mention was that I decided to wear my LA Kings jersey in the home of the MN Wild….Oh yeah I got funny stares! Oh well! GO KINGS GO! We won the Stanley Cup in 2012 so yeah its all good! 

So really thats about it lately. Been watching The Trailer Park Boys seasons on Netflix. I love that show. Right now im on season 6. There are 7 complete seasons right now and just recently i found out that they are reprising their roles and will have a season 8 but will be a webcast type of show. Thats cool. I really cant ever get enough of Ricky’s bullshit antics and anger issues…..Bubbles and his never-ending supply of cats and well….Julian who always carries around a glass of rum and looks like my cousins husband. lol. 

Well ill write more soon. im off to bed. 

As Katie Linendoll says:

Chowski! 

 

WordPress Updates


ive noticed recently as I have come to my WordPress account that it has been changing constantly. Of course I am not complaining. The Dashboard seems to have a new look. Same layout just a newer cleaner style. Im diggin it. Ive been on here quite a bit just haven’t actually posted lately. Right now I decided to throw a blog or two up before I get some sleep. Sitting in the bus outside Moda Center in Portland for todays show. Tonight after this show we are off to Tacoma and then a nice five days off to make our way out to Fargo ND. Basically here is the last of the USA leg. Then we are off for a nice break before heading to New Zealand and Australia.

August 30 Portland, Oregon

August 31 Tacoma, Washington

September 6 Fargo, North Dakota

September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota

September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina

September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina

September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia

September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee

For those Across the Pond dates we get to enjoy Thanksgiving before heading out through December. Should be fun. I really like NZ and AUS. Thus far ending my run with Taylor Swift. Its been pretty cool. Got this guy named Mark who has driven the bus ive been on many times. So thats one cool thing. Second, only 3 of us on same bus. Its a new bus as well. Shit is furnished nice as hell. Black leather sofas, dark black marble-ish flooring, dark wood grain cabinets and the fucking shower is red! RED!! lol gives meaning to Taylor’s RED Tour eh lol. Its a sweet ride. Slide-outs and master bed in back. Has 4 bunks. We got a stocked bar and the fridge is full of water, Monster and Coke. We got the usual; plasma TVs, WIFI, Satellite. Setup my Netflix account on it. I decided to go back to a streaming only account. Ehh only $8 bucks.

I would have to say that this is quite different from the Katy Perry experience. Its okay though. Its been fun. The only bad thing is that since I have been calling Malibu home now and during that down time we had with KP I was able to attend some Galaxy and Dodgers games. Im gonna miss Kings Night at Dodger Stadium. GRRRRR lol. Its all good though because we will finish this leg of the tour in enough time for me to make it out to Las Vegas for the Kings Frozen Fury Annual Event. Can’t wait. Who wants to go? lol I’d seriously take someone but most of the people I know dont like hockey and dont have the time. Anyways thats it for this blog….

Catch ya on da flipside…

G

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