So last week, on the 28th, I got to bowl with my favorite band, The Wonder Years. Now, I've always wanted to meet them, but never got the chance so this was a pretty big thing for me. These guys' music has just done so much in the past few years, so I was really excited. We made a five hour drive from Casa Grande, Arizona to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Once we got there, we spent about 40 minutes trying to find a hotel (Everyone was in town for Warped and then some convention was going on) and we ended up in the same one as Of Mice & Men (which was pretty cool) After getting something to eat, we hurried to the bowling alley for the night.
Me and my sister walked in, got our pass and TWY bowling team t-shirts, and headed over to lane 8. It was a little awkward. I didn't really know what to do, so I just looked at Soupy, and showed him the shirt. He smiled and walked over, shaking our hands. We introduced ourselves to the rest of the band members (also very sweet guys) and a few guys who are part of the crew. I have to say, everyone in the band was insanely nice. They started talking to my sister and I right away and got us into practicing for the bowling tournament. Soupy helped us pick out the right ball and everything (Also, he told us not to get shoes. I didn't care though because I hate bowling shoes, so I was with him 100% on that one, haha).
It made me laugh because Matt (who bowled in socks, btw) asked if we were good at bowling and when I answered no, he said, "Don't worry. No matter how bad you think you are, you're not worse than Kennedy. Not even the granny shot can save him. That's why he's not bowling." Then, a few minutes later, the announcer guy told the bands to go sign some Warped Tour banner thing and he made it clear that only the bands could sign it, so Casey walks by and asks us, "Wanna go sign the banner?" We laughed. They were just really cool guys.
So we practiced a little (and I did horrible, like I knew I would) but it was fun. Finally the tournament started. We ended up getting into the second round. The number of bands that start with "The" were killing us though. Every time we heard "The..." we'd look up, only to hear some other band. But eventually, we were called and we headed over to lane 16 (I think).
During the second round, Soupy was doing great. He had five strikes and only missed like 5 pins or something like that. I was doing worse than the first round. Then we were almost finished and our lane stopped working. We had to have a guy come over and put in our scores manually. We were bowling next to Asking Alexandria. Their final score was 733 so we had to beat that. And we did, with a score of 742 or something close to that. But in the end we didn't get into the final round, but guess who did: Asking Alexandria. What happened? I don't know. But it was still an amazing night.
I think I can remember almost every conversation I had that night. I talked a lot with Matt about random things like pianos, Spanish, playing guitar, favorite bands, California. I'm normally a really shy person, so I'm glad I was able to talk comfortably to all the guys in the band. They really were the sweetest guys I've ever met (maybe it's just where I live, but I don't meet a lot of guys or people for that matter, that are really nice). All of them would high five me, even if I totally failed while bowling. I remember Mike asking my sister and I about school, but the whole time I was kinda laughing in my head, thinking about "Mike Kennedy Is A Bad Friend" and the "Mike Kennedy is a sell out" shirts. Haha, anyways, everyone was really cool... Oh, and their tour manager (I'm pretty sure his name is John) was walking around in a sweater that had a kitten with a Santa hat on it... xD
Another cool thing was that Soupy knew who I was from this website. He asked if I was the one trying to find Hank. I said yeah, and he was like, "How'd it go for you? Did you get a record?". I told him that we'd found him, but not in time to get a record, and he said that if I talked to him about it later, he'd see if he could get Hopeless to send me a record. I forgot to talk to him about it, but it was still awesome of him to offer to do that for me.
In the end, we all took a few group pictures in front of the lanes, got some hugs, Matt and Josh gave us posters, then we headed on our way. It was all pretty amazing. I got to spend a night with a great group of people. Talking to all of them was the best thing I've ever gotten to do. They made me and my sister feel very "at home", I guess you could say. Once we got past introductions, there was nothing awkward about it. The Wonder Years were a very fun band to hang out with and I wouldn't have traded them for anyone in the world.
(I know this picture is huge when it's viewed in full size, but my sister messed up my camera settings)