Yeah, I went to R.E.M. and I am not ashamed. This was the first real rock concert I went to and it was at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. I used to tag along with older people to smaller venues to see shitty bands like "The Presidents of the United States of America" or go to punk shows with my skate friends, but this was an actual headline band. I wish it could have been a more edgier rock show but it was "alternative" not "death metal". My first unrated movieFaces of Death
Now when I say first unrated movie I don't mean pornographic. That was not taboo to me, seeing as how I lost my virginity at fourteen. I'm referring to legit film. As far as unrated goes, seeing death on film is quite a shocker. Some of the scenes were pretty intense but I felt a sense of accomplishment being able to eat pizza and watch it with out puking. These days I doubt I could stomach the movie.My first sports failureWrestling
I was decently athletic all my life. Baseball was my main sport and I could hang in all the others so I decided to try wrestling in middle school. To be blunt...I sucked. I have a pretty good build and size but all that didn't matter. Technique kicked my ass everytime. Purely on muscle, I managed to pin some scrub during a exhibition tournament before the actual season. So it really didn't count. It was quite humbling getting wrecked every match. Some in less than a few minutes. Sometimes you gotta eat shit to appreciate life for what it is. And what it is, I am still not sure of.........My first style rebellionLong hair
Growing facial hair really wasn't my thing. I could never manage anything more than a poor mustache and some chin hairs. In the right light it might be a goatee to go with the only thing I could grow, sideburns. I guess it was getting popular at the time so I grew my hair out. My parents didn't care as long as I wasn't doing drugs. Once I got busted for "herb" they made me shave my head. I think this was 9th or 10th grade. It was pretty long and I looked like an extra on "Dazed and Confused" or some surfer bum.My first real video game obsessionMetal Gear Solid
My first job was at "Babbage's" which was a video game and PC software store. It got bought out years later and it is now called "Gamestop". Anyways, I could check out games and demo them at the house as well as get good deals on used games and other stuff that seemed important in those days. Working there I felt like a geek but I had loyal clients and it wasn't that hard of a job, shrink wrapping and selling games.
Well when "Metal Gear Solid" first came to our store I bought the first copy and played it from when I got off at 9pm until the next afternoon. I was obsessed with the hide and seek espionage features and the overall stealth you feel running around exploring. I played the game through multiple times to see the endings and get the secrets. It is still a top 5 favorite of mine.My first TV appearanceWCW Monday Nitro
April 6, 1998
Walking to the ticket line I saw WWF's "Degeneration X" campaigning a "war" on WCW by loitering outside the Scope arena in Norfolk. WWF "Raw is War" was being filmed that same night a few miles away in Hampton, so "HHH", "Chyna", and crew were clad in army gear and a mini tank outside the arena calling out WCW wrestlers and fans. Pretty funny and cool.
We were front row and I was on TV. My cousin, uncle and father came with me and it was a blast to see myself on the recorded tape I had in the VCR after the show. The flames from the ring post pillars were very hot and so were the "nitro sluts". The "Giant" was ginormous and "Konnan" was a sweaty Mexican. I know this because in a match he was thrown into the guard rail and I slapped the back of his head. Nasty!
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