Fall Out Boy at the ND State Fair

Last Friday we went to the North Dakota State Fair for the first time. We didn’t see much of the fair. It looked like a normal fair. Shitty rides, shitty food, and other things. We went to see Fall Out Boy again.

We got there three hours early and there was already a line forming, so we just got in line. We wanted to get right up front like we usually can get. Luckily the line was within reach of a PokéStop, and lurers were being set constantly, so my time in line wasn’t a waste. Yeah, I’m hooked on Pokémon Go, so what.

When doors finally opened, of course we picked the line with the guy having scanner problems. I was pretty pissed how long it took to get his scanner working, but we ended it getting pretty close.

The opening band was probably the worst band I have ever seen. I don’t even want to mention who they were. They had so much bass, that was all your could hear. It was ridiculous and hurt my ears. I couldn’t even hear the guitar or the singer.

Fall Out Boy themselves were only okay. I’ve seen them many times before, and this time they just seemed to have less energy, and had less banter. Maybe it was because a storm was coming and they wanted to get all their songs in, I’m not sure. Also, they have so many new songs that I don’t like as well and their older stuff. I get why they don’t play as much of their older stuff. They only played two songs off of Take This to Your Grave and nobody really knew them. It would be cool to see them again where they only played their old stuff.

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Last night

Last night our neighbor freaked out and threatened to shoot her neighbors and any cops that approached her house. I was at work, so I missed all the commotion. Knowing her, I can’t imagine that she was a real threat, but you can’t mess around with threats these days. She was eventually arrested. It’s unclear if she was arrested last night, or this morning, but I’ve seen her mugshot online. It’s kind of scary knowing something like this happened twenty feet from where I am typing this right now.

I looked up the police call log to try to fine more info. I was amazed at the number of calls they receive, and the low-lifes they have to deal with. It would be really depressing to be a cop. I have the utmost respect for anybody who chooses that as a profession. It’s no wonder some cops get a little too trigger happy with all the stuff they have to deal with, I would be scared for my life too. That’s no excuse though.

I don’t want to get into the Black Live Matter debate. Being a white male, I can’t know how they are feeling. I can only image. If you are one of those “All Lives Matter” fools, educate yourself, you sound like an idiot. This comic is a good starting place.

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Blink-182

So the other day I figured I should probably listen to something other than Motion City Soundtrack. I’ve been on pretty much a solid diet of Motion City Soundtrack lately. All their music is just so good, I never get sick of it. So yeah, the other day I checked out the new Blink-182 album. It’s an okay album, but I didn’t fall in love with it. It has a couple good songs, but that’s about it.

I’m also currently reading Travis Barker’s book Can I Say. It’s good so far. Probably not a great book if you’re not a fan, but if you are I would recommend it. I’ve been a Blink-182 fan forever, but just recently learned that Travis wasn’t in the band for their first two album. How did I not know that? I have no idea. This is the first Blink-182 video that I remember seeing:

Look how young they look, and yep, no Travis yet.

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You’ll Always Be My Favorite One

So Long, FarewellSo just a few hours ago Motion City Soundtrack played their last note in Minneapolis. I wanted to be there so bad. I only had tickets for their first of four shows because at the time, I thought that would be their last. I didn’t realize they would play four sold out shows. If it was up to me, I would have went to all four. They are the only band that when the show ends, I always want more. After the first thirteen times seeing them, every time looking forward to the next.

Last Friday was the last for me.

I feel stupid, but this 40 something dude has been crying, and feeling really bummed out. I guess that’s how much I loved them. Their music is just so perfect. It’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to since their March announcement that they are ending.

Last Friday also probably marked the end of an era for me. Who knows if Ill ever be back to The Varsity or First Ave. There aren’t too many bands that are small enough to play those venues that I’m willing to travel to see. Plus I’m old. We met some cool kids at the show on Friday, and yeah, I’m old enough to be their dad. It was an amazing night. Motion City fans are just as cool as the band. It was the perfect way to end my moshing career too.

My fingers are cross for a reunion tour. This can’t really be the end, can it be?

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So Long, Farewell

So last night this happened.

Sold Out!
Sold Out!

Like always it was awesome. It was my 14th and last time seeing my favorite band. I wish I would have taken more pictures, and videos, but I much prefer to live it in real life and not through a camera lens.

Of course I bought VIP tickets for their last show. VIP included a meet-and-greet where they performed three acoustic songs.

Justin, Tony, and Matt
Justin, Tony, and Matt

Justin, Tony, and Matt
Justin, Tony, and Matt

Josh, Jesse's foot, and justin
Josh, Jesse’s foot, and justin

They sounded so good.

After the songs they had a little Q and A, pictures with the band, first dibs at the merch table, then we got right up front for the concert.

Great views from the front row.
Great views from the front row.

Tony's kick drum is hilarious
Tony’s kick drum is hilarious

It was such an awesome concert. Maybe it was just the Minnesota nice, but Motion City fans are the greatest too. We met friends that had been at many of the same concerts that we had been to.

You can see me in their band picture.

Me!
Me!

It’s a bummer that this is the end. I’m thankful of all the great music and shows they have given me. I totally understand how being constantly on the road can be a drag. I wish them the best at whatever they do next. If there is ever a reunion show, I am totally there and VIP if it’s in option.

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Giving in to Facebook

Over the weekend I realized that it’s probably my family that I hate, not Facebook. It’s not that I hate my family, I just hate the shit they post on Facebook. It’s the shit that use to get forwarded around in emails, now it just clutters up Facebook feeds.

I’m a completionst, so I hate Facebook’s algorithms. I want to see everything. I am going to try to give up on that idea and let Facebook’s algorithms do their job. I’ve hidden a few posts I didn’t like, and my feed already seems better.

I’ll probably no longer hear from a few friends since all they post is crap, but that’s probably better for my sanity anyway.

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So Long Farewell

A week from today I will be seeing Motion City Soundtrack for the last time. I’m looking forward to it and not looking forward to it at the same time. We got VIP tickets so we will be hanging out with the band before while they do a few acoustic songs. It will be awesome, but it sucks that this will be the last time. At the same time I’m so grateful for all the great music they have made, and I guess not too many people can say they saw their favorite band 14 times.

Last week someone posted a video from their VIP session in Des Moines. Here it is:

It’s going to be great. Sad, but great.

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