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monster jam!

May 3rd, 2008 (05:51 pm)

Last night was pretty awesome. Ash, Denise and I went to MONSTER JAM, which in small-town Florida basically means a few minutes of monster truck action punctuated by ATV races and a race by beat-up old cars tearing around the track and smashing into one another until their wheels fall off (literally). I honestly don't know if I'd ever been to a monster truck thing in my life. I may have, as a kid, but have no memories of it. I do remember going to see rodeos, and the circus (featuring Gunther Gebel-Williams), and a personal appearance by Spider-Man, but I don't remember any monster trucks. So maybe last night was a first.

We made bets on what the crowd would be like. It was overwhelmingly white and redneck, sure, but it was still far more diverse than any of us had expected. There were a fair number of black folks, and I heard people speaking Spanish; at the same time, the Confederate flag was out in force: T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers on the fifty gazillion pick-up trucks in the parking lot. You would never have guessed that the South had lost the war. My favorite display of the Stars'n'Bars? No question. This guy.

I'm guessing that grinning, behatted dude is the truck's owner, and I'm going to cling to that belief in the absence of any evidence to the contrary. Because that is so ludicrous it's *awesome.*

The demolition derby race was pretty fun: the winner entered as Car 55, the police car seen memorably in a truck in THE BLUES BROTHERS, and a station wagon billed itself as THE GRISWOLD FAMILY. One car lost a wheel halfway through, but kept going until it lost another and was beached. Probably rigged to happen, but nicely done even so. There were some interesting choices in the music they had blaring from the speakers; I expected stuff like "Bad to the Bone" and "God Bless the USA," but I was a little surprised to hear Disturbed's cover of Genesis's "Land of Confusion". Maybe they had a Ron Paul fan on the soundboard?


Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: May 4th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

Sounds like a fun night! The back of the pick-up kind of reminds me of the huge tattoo of himself that Steve-O has on his back. I haven't seen a demolition derby in person in decades, but a year or two ago there a reality type series on Spike TV about demolition derby drivers in a small town in Florida that was pretty cool. Can't think of the name of the show right now. When I was young I had a couple of small demolition derby cars with parts that flew off when they crashed. They were the coolest things ever :)

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: May 5th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)

Hm. Remember that part of the lyrics are "stand up and let's start trying to make this a place worth fighting for", which I'd imagine sounds relatively patriotic.
full lyrics

'course once one watches the video...

Posted by: Bill (whl)
Posted at: May 5th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)

Two weeks ago, on Monday, my garbage was not picked up. I asked a few people around town, who seemed uncertain as to why. Checking the paper, I find it was due to "a state holiday."

The state holiday was Confederate Memorial Day. Ok, the people that died for the south fought for what they believed in, and the dead should be remembered.

But why did so few people in a town in Mississippi knew about the holiday?

Also note that state holidays conjoin the birthdays of Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee, and that of Jefferson Davis with National Memorial Day.

And the page avoids mentioning Abraham Lincoln, or even "Presidents Day". Ok, fair enough, it is state holidays; but it does list George Washington. And I'm pretty sure Washington never spent much time around here.

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