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April 19, 2008



That's how it was with my mom and dad... Dad was waaay more permissive as far as letting me do things independently at an early age, and it began in earnest after they were separated. I knew I only needed one parent's permission to do whatever, and my dad let me do things like walk to the mall when I was 11 and ride the bus downtown when I was 12, each with lukewarm reaction from my mom. But I have to tell you a story about me with my mom when I was 15 that was one of the exceptions. There was a kid at my school whose band was playing a show at a local club called the Alrosa Villa. I told my mom I was planning on going and she was happy... She wanted me doing more social activities. I went there and the place was a combination of all the things I hate; smoke, loud noise and bad music, not to mention a lot of overheard conversations indicating that the people there were shady as hell. I said to myself, "I can't believe my mom let me come here." Fast forward about seven years later... I heard on the news that the lead guitarist of Pantera, "Dimebag Darrell" Abbott, had been shot and killed at that very same venue. I shook my head and said to myself "I can't believe my mom let me go there!" Then again, it was an opportunity for me to demonstrate my ability to be responsible, not smoke, not do drugs, etc., and I passed the test.

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