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Entry date: 4-29-2023 - Driving and such - Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

It’s been a week of fairly short posts, I know. I’ve been busy and tired and allergies have continued to kick my ass a bit. I’ll make up for it this summer as I have more stories to tell and old ones to get back to and finish.

Last night, I saw something that shocked me a bit. Liam got in the pit at OFF! and was having a blast. I’m not sure why it threw me for a loop, but I guess I wasn’t expecting it. My boy loves a good pit. I’m also stoked that he enjoyed the band enough to get in there and mix it up.

The last thing I want to do is put pressure on him to like what I like or feel like he has to be into things that he might not really be into, but it was certainly gratifying to see him in action. He grasps what a mosh pit or slam dancing is really about and I love that. He gets it.

What more can a parent want, right?

The show was a lot of fun. Lots of old friends and the bands were rad. OFF! has never disappointed me, although Liam was a little bummed he didn’t take the opportunity he had to shake hands with Keith and Dmitri. I should have tried harder to make that happen.

Hong Kong Fuck You was brutal and amazing and fun. I will go see them again, for sure. There is something about that type of music that just helps my blood flow a little smoother and my brain feel a little calmer. It’s funny, but true. Heavy, noisy, crazy music helps me calm down.

I remember having a conversation with my mother once in 1985. I was listening to DI and the song “Richard Hung Himself” was one. I played that one loud a lot for her boyfriend, Richard, who (RIP) was kind of a tool. She asked me if the music made me want to be violent or hurt myself or someone else. I had to laugh. I think I told her that the music she listened to made me want to hurt people, but she knew I was kidding her.

I also shared, though, that punk rock had the opposite effect. It made me feel at home. Sure, it gets me pumped up, too. Seeing the bands last night did that for me. Seeing Liam enjoy himself did that for me, too. Being in a room filled with lots of friends and people I didn’t know having a good, drama free time listening to two bands absolutely kill it is a fucking blessing.

After the show, we went and did a little driving practice. Liam is going to be a good driver. He’s respectful of what the car can do and that’s a good thing. When the time comes, I think I will only worry a little bit about him being out there on the road.

I don’t know if I’m a good driving teacher or not, but I do enjoy the bonding time with him.

I was saddened to hear some really terrible news about the health of one of my brothers’ sons. It’s not my story to tell, but I hate hearing that a young dude like him has to deal with a situation that will change his life considerably. Luckily, it is a manageable thing, but the stress I saw in the face of my lifelong friend made my heart hurt. There is nothing I can do except listen and be supportive however I can, but I wish I could do something more.

I hope everyone has a great Saturday and go Suns.

See you tomorrow.

Here is OFF! and they were stellar last night Their PR guy, Trevor, who seems super cool sent me this for my article about them.

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