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A Farewell to X-Festing

May 25, 2006

After six straight years, it’s finally time to hang up the tent — there is to be no Memorial Day weekend camping to Somerset, Wisconsin this year. It’s safe to say that those were some of the best of times. Just thinking about it now, here are some of the events/adventures/etc I’ll never forget:

  • 1999 Edgefest: Zach, TJ, and I took Zach’s LeSabre (which he still has) to Edgefest on a whim. We ended up getting a horrible camping spot, but our neighbors were great. One of them, Snake, drank his beer from a gas can the whole weekend. Also, the weather was perfect, actually too perfect, and myself and TJ got burned quite badly. The concerts were all really good too, Offspring, Cake, and Fuel. I remember everyone wanting Offspring to come on so bad, they almost frisbee’d Cake off the stage. 8/10 on the fun-o-meter.
  • 2000 Edgefest: Adam, DJ, my then girlfriend Krissi, her friends, and myself, headed to Floatrite for the festivities. A couple of Krissi’s friends didn’t like us, especially this 6’6″ gentleman who thought we ate his hot dogs. We offered him all of our food to not kill us (he ended up not killing us). The weather was really cold and rainy, and I remember staying in the tent a lot. 6.5/10 on the fun-o-meter.
  • 2001 X-Fest: My first X-Fest with “the boys,” Josh, Kelly, Goose, Howe, et al. Adam and I shared a tent, in which he partook in the “jelly incident” which I will forever remeber as being one of the most lasciviously funny things ever. 8/10 on the fun-o-meter.
  • 2002 X-Fest: This was one of the most enjoyable fests in my opinion. Not only did we have a large contingent of friends on hand, but we also met a lot of fun people over the course of the weekend, esp. Alicia, Emily, and Nicole. Highlights included the Virgin Protector making an appearance (and making a difference, haha), having *interesting* neighbors, Todd surviving a mortal stab wound, the Jenerator, and Goose having a girlfriend for 3 minutes. 9/10 on the fun-o-meter. (2002 pics, recap, recap).
  • 2003 X-Fest: The best year for camping by far. We had another big contigent of people on hand, and the weather was good. Fratastic Phil was there and creeped out girls, before we even knew what creeping was, the Doggfather (Rashad) brought a bunch of cheap wine (which inspired hilarity), and we saw live sex. 12/10 on the fun-o-meter. (2003 pics, recap, reunion).
  • 2004 Riverfest: The worst year for X-Festing, the weather was bad (I almost froze to death) and the band lineup was really weak, and Alicia and I were fighting. For some reason, I was still sad about Nicole back then and decided that drinking a ton would solve everything — it didn’t. I don’t remember that Friday, actually, I remember waking up halfway out of my tent during a thunderstorm that evening, but that’s it. We did manage to have some fun tho, everyone kept reciting Dave Chapelle (ha-what!), we met Jill and Adam, I went exploring with Melanie, and mud-wrestling matches abounded (I lost to Josh). 6/10 on the fun-o-meter. (blog, pics, recap).
  • 2005 Rockin’ the Campground: This turned out to be a really nice way to round out our X-Fest experience, right before everyone moved on with their lives/careers (marriages, moving, etc). It ended up being just the guys, and Alicia, and only 100? or or so other campers, yet we managed to have a lot of fun just doing our thing (drinking, bag-o, etc). Some memorable items from 2K5, the sprinkler stories, flaming can ‘o beans baseball, TJ the LVP, and Goose turning 8/10 on the fun-o-meter. (pics, recap)

Time really does fly, I can still smell the tarp burning and hear that early morning security gaurd bullhorn/radio telling us it’s time to go home.

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  • 1. crouton  |  May 25, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    I am truely depressed. My first X-Fest was 2003. I am so mad at missing out on so much due to the devil.

  • 2. SandLizard  |  May 26, 2006 at 6:19 am

    Ok, need to fix one thing and add another:

    1. I didn’t have the LeSabre in ’99 — that was the sweet sweet may her memory rest in peace Brown Beauty II (a 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham — my first care was the Brown Beauty I — a 1982 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham. Same brown color, exterior and interior, heh)

    2. The Virgin Protector was MY IDEA! AND YOU LET ME SLEEP THROUGH IT!!!! Bastards, I’ll never forget that….*sniff*

  • 3. A-Dilla  |  May 26, 2006 at 10:01 am

    I’m the leprachaun!

  • 4. TJ2000  |  May 26, 2006 at 11:54 am

    I’ll always remember developing Tourette’s while hititng on girls and trying not to laugh along with everyone else around the campfire. Good, good times

  • 5. DJ EZD  |  May 26, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    “Yeah, my name is Mike…with two K’s.”

  • 6. anonymous  |  June 21, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    Sweet recap. That was awesome when Goose lost his girlfriend to God.


    Another from the best year – Mike bull-dogging the drunk girl while he was in his cow suit…

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