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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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I’ve been credited many times with being able to pick the perfect snacks. I never claimed to have this ability, but my impeccable track record speaks for itself. If you’ve ever traveled much, you know that stopping at a gas station or truck stop after hours of sitting inside a vehicle, can be a real treat. It starts with the road sign. Sometimes you’re in the middle of nowhere and your options are limited. Sometimes you happen upon a plethora of delicious choices between a Sheetz and a Pilot. Let’s imagine the latter together. The exit sign lays before us...

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I love fireworks. I love fire and lights! I always have. There is only one, tiny problem with my relationship with exploding things - I love to push the limits of what you do with them.  When I was a kid, my dad, my brother, and I almost burnt down our neighbors yard by shooting a massive amount of bottle rockets everywhere. But you know how hard it is respecting other people’s property sometimes, right? So that leads me to the story where I burnt a giant hole in Devin’s backpack while on tour...with a bottle rocket...in our van with...

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The year was 2008. We (Emery) were all grizzled old men just trying to make a living on the road, and we were invited on tour with a band called The Almost. They were becoming quite popular and were making waves in the Rock/Christian-Rock scene. The frontman was Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) and despite being a great singer and guitar player, he was an even better drummer. However, he wasn’t playing drums. This cool-looking kid with long blondish hair that could’ve been Toby’s son was playing drums, and he was phenomenal. Guess what - that kid was you! How old were...

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I got cold feet one time and it changed my life forever. Now when I say cold feet, I mean literally cold feet. Most people don’t use “literally” correctly but I am. I didn’t back out of anything. My feet actually got extremely cold and that changed my life.   We traveled all over America for several years in a 2001 Ford E350 van. I love that van. It’s parked in my front yard as I write this. It’s done more for us and lasted longer than any other vehicle could have done. But there’s one issue that plagues me...

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