I'll be honest, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. And I wasn't all that concerned. I figured, well, it'll be an experience. It was.

Scott's buddy, Dave, was going to the Family Values Tour and asked if we wanted to come along. Scott didn't think it was my kind of thing, but asked anyway. I said, "sure". Why not? We'd been meaning to visit for a while, and this was as good an excuse as any.

I knew it was some kind of metal, hard rock, something like that. Music I don't really listen to. At work, someone asked, "so, what, is it AC/DC, Def Leppard? The Who?" Those bands didn't really seem to go together, but all I could think in my head was, "uh, maybe, like, Korn." I didn't say it 'cuz it was probably way off. It wasn't.

In fact, Korn was headlining!

My first clue that this event was not my bag should have been when Dave was shocked and maybe appalled when I said I was bringing my knitting. Yeah.

The concert started at 2 pm. We arrived in the parking lot about 1:30. Looking around, it was Sesame Street's "one of these things is not like the others". That would be me.

Headbangers. Punked out, black wearing, dyed hair, mohawked, tattooed and pierced lovers of loud loud music. I looked around, remembering high school, months when most of my wardrobe was black: small potatoes. And now, definitely yuppy! Eek! My raincoat had a Burberry-esque lining. I turned it to the inside.

There was a warning before we entered:

FVT: warning

It was pretty empty:

FVT: empty

We were on the lawn, slightly huddled against the surprising chill. Also, cuddled:

FVT: hanging out
Dave and Lindsay: awww, so cute

Clouds loomed overhead:

FVT: impending rain

It was gonna rain, just a question of when. Music started around 2: short half hour sets followed by a quick setup and another band. Some of the music I would never listen to, some was alright:

FVT: stage

This guy walked around promoting the side show tent:

FVT: promoting the side show

It was a cool effect, with the costume and the way he walked. But... side show tent??

In the food areas offsides, some guy with a bullhorn harassed passersby obnoxiously, dared them to throw a ball at him. The goal: hit him in the nuts, win a prize.

FVT: offsides area

Gradually, more people showed up:

FVT: growing crowd

And I got the courage to pull out my knitting:

FVT: Knitting

You can't tell, but I was moving my head to the beat. Rock on.

Scott was happy to wear his new shades, which were too bright and reflective for my tastes:

FVT: reflections

He had no idea what I was photographing. :) Check out the ominous clouds in the reflection!

And then we found out Korn wouldn't play until at least 6 pm. It was now 3:30, we were a bit chilly, and felt the first rain drops. So we bailed. And as I left, I saw the beginnings of the forewarned mosh pit forming:

FVT: mosh pit forming

Driving around, we heard on the radio at 8 pm that Korn still hadn't come out. Good thing we left.

The rest of the weekend was nothing but rain. And ridiculous attempts to find something to do. I'll spare you most of it, but as an example, we showed up at the ice skating rink at 3:30 only to find that free skate was from 1-4, and 7-10. Yeah. Like that.

We saw some of the locations shown in Clerks 2, which will be cool to see in the movie. We were hoping to take photos, but, well, rain. We saw an awful, awful movie, Talladega Nights. Sorry, folks, hated it. It was painful. When I lived in Alabama, we were about 20 minutes from Talladega, and my dad actually worked in Talladega for a while. Didn't recognize anything in the movie, though.

We did have fun thrown in here and there. And Dave made a comment about learning to knit (in jest?) and I was at the ready to teach him just in case. And if it hadn't rained so hard all day Saturday, we had plans to hang out in Red Bank, the cute downtown nearby. Shops, a marina or some such, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (their comic book store). Ah, well. Maybe next time.

Dave and Lindsay persevered along with us. I think the weekend was just not meant to be. We hope they haven't given up and that some time in the future, we'll go for attempt number 2. We'll be sure to check the weather forecast beforehand.

And for actual knitting, here's what 3 balls of Classic Silk will get you:

That Cute Flirty Skirt - in progress

It's starting to look like a skirt!