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Toby Morrell
We Don't Need No Cheap Sunglasses

We Don't Need No Cheap Sunglasses

When I was in high school, I went into the Sunglass Hut at Haywood mall in Greenville, SC and bought a pair of sunglasses for about fifty bucks. That was the first real pair of sunglasses I had ever owned. They were great. They looked good and I looked good, if I do say so myself. However, I was scared to death that something was gonna happen to them. If they broke, I was out fifty bucks and that ain’t chump change to a high schooler. If my memory serves me correctly, I had those shades for close to a...

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Coffee - The Good and the Bad

Coffee - The Good and the Bad

I have to have coffee. It’s a must. Living in Seattle did it to me. It’s the delicious way to start the day. But I need GOOD coffee. I used to drink, well, I used to drink shitty coffee. To tell you the truth, it was awful. I just thought you buy the cheapest grounds, throw them in an old coffee pot you bought for twenty nine cents at a garage sale, and voila - delicious coffee. Well that’s what I thought the chain coffee shops in Seattle tasted like. A punch in the face.I thought coffee had to taste...

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"Hard Rock to Hard Work" - An Interview with Centennial Trading Co.

"Hard Rock to Hard Work" - An Interview with Centennial Trading Co.

If my memory serves me correctly, the year was 2003. We (Emery) had been living in Seattle for a couple years and had become big fans of the Tooth and Nail/Solid State rosters, in which Beloved was a part of. The Solid State Tour was coming through town and we decided to go check it out. I remember seeing you guys live for the first time and thinking, holy crap...this band is freakin good. I also remember meeting you guys and felt comfortable talking to you since you were from the south as well. It wasn’t common meeting other southerners...

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How To Blow A Massive Hole In Your Friend's Backpack

How To Blow A Massive Hole In Your Friend's Backpack

So if you read the previous story 'The Fireworks Battle', you will remember that we bought a ton of fireworks.  Even after the thirty minute battle, we still had fireworks leftover. When? Where? How could we use the rest? Well, we decided it would be hilarious and fairly safe to light smoke bombs in the van. Turns out that it was really funny. One time, Josh wanted to go find Vegetarian food and dropped us all off at Wendy’s. As we closed the door, we lit an orange smoke bomb, threw it in, and closed the door without him realizing...

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