It’s hard to admit that I spent three-quarters of my life in Middle Georgia and never went to a monster truck show. (Try not to judge me. Just confessing it is painful enough.)
For the first 15 years or so, I could legitimately blame my parents for having misplaced priorities. In ill-advised attempts at entertaining my sister, brother and me, they chose tasteless theater productions like Les Miserables over the cultural enrichment afforded by watching mammoth-sized vehicles slam into each other.
Every Monday after the monster truck races, classmates, in their Big Foot and Iron Outlaw t-shirts, would animatedly act out stunts that “you just wouldn’t believe.” My insides burned with shame and jealousy as I inventoried my crayon box, trying not to listen.
Sure, I watched the championship series on TV, always cheering for the rebellious, hard-driving Grave Digger, but it just wasn’t the same as being there. Grave Digger was my favorite because it had its own unique style (unlike the haircut above).
Fast forward 30 years.
“James, stop the car! NOW! I’ve gotta get a picture with Grave Digger!”
To my total surprise, along a rural stretch of coastal North Carolina highway was the home of Grave Digger…all nine of them… a whole litter of identical black and green painted Chevy panel vans. (I took a photo of them all but accidentally deleted it.) And to think, all these years, I thought it was just one truck.
But my selfie with Grave Digger isn’t the end of the story. It gets better.
Next Friday and Saturday night, the 20th and 21st, Monster Jam is coming to the Richmond Coliseum. Not only am I taking the whole family,
but I get to be one of the drivers! but I scored great seats as a blogger and I get to promote and cover the event.
Is that cool or what?!
Now the big question is what should I wear. Do you have any suggestions?
Next week on the blog, I’ll be interviewing one of the drivers (hopefully) and discussing monster truck show audience etiquette.
This video demonstrates what not to do. (It may not be appropriate for…well, most everybody.)
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