9. Free beer isn't all that it's cracked up to be when you have to wait in line for at least 20 minutes to get it. The times were several when I opted to pay a vendor 5 bucks a pop for instant gratification.
8. During the day there is a considerable amount of down time where you are just sitting around. The days never really got going until 4 or 5 o'clock.
7. Kudos to Rich of Des Moines for bringing a bottle of whiskey. It made the down time that much more tolerable. And kudos to Scott Allan, the guitarist in Dagger for also sharing his.
|Rich and Scott Allan of Dagger enjoying the bottle backstage|
6. It was totally worth the drive into Pryor each morning to eat at the Thomas Restaurant. Though it's not a good destination if you are in a hurry, each morning we ate there we found our breakfast very much worth the wait. It doesn't hurt that it automatically comes with a side of biscuits and gravy.
5. Be prepared to walk. And walk. And walk. And then be prepared to walk some more. The distance to the showers, the camp store, and the secondary stages is quite aways from the campground.
4. Next year bring comfortable shoes and leave the flip flops at home.
3. Trivium should have been playing on the main stage and not one of the side stages.
2. It would also be really cool to see a band like Judas Priest or Iron Maiden on the main stage.
1. You never know who you will run into while you are scurrying about. It was reported that Rob Zombie made a visit to our camp late Saturday night, and that same night I ran into Erik Kluiber, the guitarist for Gypsyhawk in the camp store.