If I close my eyes, and bring myself back to a time when I was a lot younger than I am now… like 35 years younger, I can still hear it. Those special words booming through the tiny speaker of the television set located in our living room. Back when people only had one TV in the house.
The announcer’s voice, like tennis shoes on gravel, and then the deafening roar of huge-tired trucks in the background. Not just any trucks….
At the Met Center…
Images of these mesmerizing guest stars with their over-sized tires, tricked out suspensions, and shiny paint jobs flashed on the screen as they were mentioned. Names like Bigfoot, King Kong, and Cyclops rang though the air as my younger brother and I watched in awe. The 4 foot tires, carrying their drivers up the ramp, jumping over piles of twisted metal that were once cars, their makes and models now totally indistinguishable. It was fine, because they were far from the stars of the show. We stared at the screen during the 60 second commercial, the massive beasts going airborne, sometimes coming up short and flattening the steel carpeting beneath them just a couple more inches. All part of the show.
And who can forget…
”The Mud Pit”
(said in my best bass announcer voice.)
I never got the chance to go see them way back then. It was too expensive, and an hour away. It was just something my younger brothers and I watched the advertisement for in between that week’s episode of the Dukes of Hazard or the A-Team.
Now here I am…years later. With sons of my own. Times have changed a lot in the Monster Truck world since then.. The metal frames of the trucks have been replaced by fiberglass. The tires are just a little bit bigger, going from the original 48 inches to over 5 feet tall. The mud has been replaced with obstacles and tricks, with trucks (and even cars) doing back-flips, and somersaults.
In just a couple short weeks I’m going to get a chance to be 12 again. I’m taking my twins, both only 4, to the Monster Jam World Finals here in Las Vegas. The 60 seconds of action I witnessed on a 27 inch television screen, replaced by two full days of excitement live, and in person.
Who knows what other experiences I can share with them for the first time as they get older. Maybe it’s time to look for the Dukes of Hazard on DVD.
Interested in checking it out? Here’a a little gift from Double Trouble Daddy to you!
Monster Jam World Finals XVIII
Sam Boyd Stadium
Save $10 on tickets for Friday, March 24th
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What is one memory you had as a kid that you’d like to revisit now with your children? Comment and let me know!
Be sure to check back with me after the event. I’m sure I will have stories to tell, and pictures to share!