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If my memory serves me correctly, the year was 2003. We (Emery) had been living in Seattle for a couple years and had become big fans of the Tooth and Nail/Solid State rosters, in which Beloved was a part of. The Solid State Tour was coming through town and we decided to go check it out. I remember seeing you guys live for the first time and thinking, holy crap...this band is freakin good. I also remember meeting you guys and felt comfortable talking to you since you were from the south as well. It wasn’t common meeting other southerners...

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So if you read the previous story 'The Fireworks Battle', you will remember that we bought a ton of fireworks.  Even after the thirty minute battle, we still had fireworks leftover. When? Where? How could we use the rest? Well, we decided it would be hilarious and fairly safe to light smoke bombs in the van. Turns out that it was really funny. One time, Josh wanted to go find Vegetarian food and dropped us all off at Wendy’s. As we closed the door, we lit an orange smoke bomb, threw it in, and closed the door without him realizing...

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I’ve been credited many times with being able to pick the perfect snacks. I never claimed to have this ability, but my impeccable track record speaks for itself. If you’ve ever traveled much, you know that stopping at a gas station or truck stop after hours of sitting inside a vehicle, can be a real treat. It starts with the road sign. Sometimes you’re in the middle of nowhere and your options are limited. Sometimes you happen upon a plethora of delicious choices between a Sheetz and a Pilot. Let’s imagine the latter together. The exit sign lays before us...

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I love fireworks. I love fire and lights! I always have. There is only one, tiny problem with my relationship with exploding things - I love to push the limits of what you do with them.  When I was a kid, my dad, my brother, and I almost burnt down our neighbors yard by shooting a massive amount of bottle rockets everywhere. But you know how hard it is respecting other people’s property sometimes, right? So that leads me to the story where I burnt a giant hole in Devin’s backpack while on tour...with a bottle rocket...in our van with...

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The year was 2008. We (Emery) were all grizzled old men just trying to make a living on the road, and we were invited on tour with a band called The Almost. They were becoming quite popular and were making waves in the Rock/Christian-Rock scene. The frontman was Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) and despite being a great singer and guitar player, he was an even better drummer. However, he wasn’t playing drums. This cool-looking kid with long blondish hair that could’ve been Toby’s son was playing drums, and he was phenomenal. Guess what - that kid was you! How old were...

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