so i have slacked off a bit from updating the last couple days, but now i will attempt to attack the entire weekend all at once.

friday found us in myrtle beach, south carolina at the house of blues venue. the house of blues venues are all great venues to play, definitely a cool vibe and great sound. we were at this venue once before last february on the take action tour, but didn't play because shane had flown home for a funeral. i think the show was sold out, and i was stoked to play.

i took the bike out for a bit, which was quickly curbed because the venue was pretty much on a highway. another thing i found curbed on the highway was this snake. ewwwwwwww.

i headed across the highway to this "bargain" store to buy a postcard for HLS. these type stores are pretty much exclussively found in beach cities, but at the same time, you won't find a beach city without one. they had an excess of stupid tshirts and novelty items like this "GIT R DONE" license plate. i also picked up a myrtle beach shot glass for my sister that had her name on it.

on my way back to the venue, i decided to take the dock bridge which also crossed through to "alligator adventure".

saturday brought us to charlotte, north carolina, once again at the tremont music hall (which i think we have all grown to loathe). when riding in SC, i noticed my cranks were coming loose, so upon the recomendation of my friend RH, i decided to get up early and head to black sheep cycles, a fine bike shop about 2 miles from the tremont. seeing as my cranks were loose, i decided to borrow josh's bike, which he has recently named "dump weed". it was definitely a huge switch back to a geared bike with shocks and whatnot, coasting downhill was pretty fun though. the folks at the shop were great, and sold me their crank tool and said they would just order another in.

i also decided to finally get myself a set of toe clip caged track pedals!

came back to the bus and caught some action on neil and cheapies intense game of the american classic, catch.

josh and i (aka 'team bike') assembled for a quick ride, which was deffered when we found ourself in a not-so-nice-looking neighbourhood, esspecially when we saw a shotgun shell on the side of the road...

when we got back to the venue, i put my bike in the trailor, and came back to it not too long after to notice my tire was deflated. luckily i was able to take the wheel off and head back down to black sheep for a tube change. for this, i borrowed shanes mountain bike, which i attempted to name "linkin park", to which he declided to let me borrow unless i agreed upon the name "metalicycle", which i temporarily agreed on to borrow the bike, which at heart, i still feel like calling 'linkin park'. had more time to chat with the guys in the shop, and they treated me great. definitely back the shop, so if any readers are ever looking for friendly cycling service in charlotte, check out this spot. OH! i also got sweet vegan pizza while out on shanes bike, mmmmmm!

after the show i headed to a pub to share some company witht he comeback kids and some of their canadian and north carolinian friends who were at the show. i forgot to bring my camera, and definitely was the acting spokesman in talking our way out of being seated at a $50 a plate stake restaurant that we wandered into looking for a bar.

today we were in norfolk virginia, at a venue called the norva. the norva is well known for having a great staff, excellent venue, and the best back stage band area ever! i wish i had more photos, but in the headliners dressing room(s) there is definitely a hot tub, sauna and several showers! we did a hilarious video interview for PETA 2 where they sat down both us and rise against and had us interview eachother. it pretty much turned into a shit show where we made jokes and fun of eachother the whole time.

here's some shots of the support dressing room which we shared with the comebackk kids.

here is the current status of my moustache. yussssss.

superfans under the age of seven!

the front of the norva, post show.

i picked up this smiths shirt with the remainder of my hot topic gift card, and am posting this photo to make pat jealous (HA!)

i also went to a record store around the corner that we played at once and bought gorilla biscuits, the faint, and set your goals LP's and about 6 or 7 fucked up 7"s...sweeeeeeeeet!

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