Let’s talk about WCPPL Event #3.
We got an early start as usual, even though the event was an hour closer. Mr. Casey arrived at 5:45am and we were off to Camp P in the lovely Oceanside, CA. Stopped off at Jack in the Crack for the ceremonial breakfast and were welcomed with great parking in front of the venue. As we were getting our gear together, Andrew H snuck up and got the drop on me. I guess he got there too early and was bored. At check-in, we ran into Stretch from 1904 Photography. We exchanged some strong stares and then reluctantly proceeded to shake hands. Ever since he grew his beard, I’ve been wary about this character…
Our mission for this event was to film Sadistik and the rest was freelance. All the homies were there SD MOB, PB Gateway, GAT, FUZION, LVPP and my old buddies from TJ Influence. My mercenary (PB Prostitutes) buddies were out in force: Allan Gungormez from T1 Top Gun Union was playing for D2 Fuzion, Kristian Km Navarro of Critical Wrecking Crew was playing with D2 Davis Ambush and Brian David Moy from PB Gateway, now playing with Sadistik. These are a great bunch of guys – hearts of gold and the skills to match. On field 2, AF sweethearts GNAR KILL (don’t get jealous, Diary) was reffing for the day. Those guys are some funny dudes. (HAHA funny, but Anthony is on the border).
Public Service Announcement: If any of you reading this is going to our UNION DAY on Sept. 17, 2011 the boys from GNAR KILL will be BBQing so bring your own meat!
Another early start and another awesome parking space. I was on my own today as Mr. Casey had to work. A lot of weird and funny stuff went down on day two. I continued filming my epic documentary on the ever elusive POD BITCH. Big thanks to all who participated in it. Also, in all my years, I have never heard of such a thing at paintball tournament. THEFT. OF CUPCAKES. (Who does that, Diary?!?!?!) This has been a very big problem at the WCPPL. Luckily, I caught the perp on film and will be releasing it to the proper authorities (WCPPL e3 video). I actually had some time to watch a couple of games with Adrian Toverada of LVPP and his Pops. At the D3 finals, the last point of the match between the Blue Knights and Coalition, one of the Blue Knights was counting off the clock and was a second too fast, resulting in an incredible false start that cost them the game. And I was there.
The coolest thing that happened was the final point for D2 Fuzion vs. PB Gateway. Let me set the tone for you, Diary. It was overtime and it was two to one. Fuzion players Feddy Cummins and Nate Schroeder vs. Joel Buffington. It was a nail-biter, and I’ll be gosh-darned. Freakin Joel of PB Gateway took it! The crowd went crazy. This is the 2nd greatest ending this year. (The 1st was the come back smashing of GAT vs. Pirates in the event 1.) Overall great tournament as usual. My hat’s off to Mr. Hinman.
Thanks for reading my diary. I know you don’t really care about my thoughts or feelings. You just want to look at pictures. So here…[Gallery not found]
I’ve missed you. We haven’t been spending very much time together, and I’d like to take you on a night out. I was going to invite you to the Hundredth Monkey tournament, but I don’t think it would have been your scene. There was a great deal of fart noises coming from this pump event. I don’t remember who said it, but they got it right when they said, “The break-out from a semi game sounds like the start of an F1 race. The start of a pump game sounds like the restroom in a McDonald’s.”
Forget the sound though… this was a great event. The pump play was very chill and it was nice to see teams playing just for the fun of the game. I ran into my buddies from Zombie Unicorn Attack, Thirty-Plus, and their new sister team, Thirty-Minus. I’d like to give a shout-out to Beau on Thirty-Plus… or was it Thirty-Minus? Whatever, we celebrated his birthday during the event. Lalo didn’t want to get him a cake, so he got him a burger and beers instead. There should be a picture of that somewhere in this album.
This was a great event to play and a fun event to photograph. As with pump, I almost never got shot, which is always great. What’s even more remarkable is that I didn’t even have to hide behind my ever-present shield, John. The tournament was very relaxed, and everyone had a fun time.
Dearest Diary, I’m sorry for not spending much time with you. To make up for it, I’ll use this opportunity to also upload what I have from Event 1. So you’ll get both Hundredth Monkey tournaments for only one click. Alrighty, I hope you have a great time while I’m gone. I won’t stay away too long. I’ll be down south shooting another 3-man on the September 11th, so I should see you then.
Many X’s n’ O’s,
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I know what you’re thinking. ANOTHER WCPPL Event #2 DIARY?
Yes. My pictures, my emotions. Here we go…
Another WCPPL event was upon us. I left the pad a tad late since my sponsor (PB Gateway) for this trip was not scheduled to play till noon. So the usual 6am departure turned into 7am. Then off to Chino, CA – hearty home of cows, more cows, some dust and SC Village. Stopped off at the local Jack in the Crack got myself an EXTREME SAUSAGE and it was very tasty.
I rolled up to cow town around 8:30, jumped out of the truck, and took a deep breath. The smell of manure was at an acceptable level. I headed to the registration office for my all access pass. Usually I have no problem getting a pass. Today was different. After a thorough interrogation about ever having taken pictures for the WCPPL and me promising I would show them my ID later, they coughed up my wrist band.
I headed down to the lower field for some D3 action. Lo and behold, my head ref homeboy Lalo was working it as well as my favorite brothers Pete and Phil Reguindin. Let me tell you that field was not a “short sleeve” area. Diary, that’s not some industry jargon. It means, literally, do not wear short sleeves. The field was infested with flies and the rancid smell of rotting cow manure topped it off. There was a body of water on the snake side where the flies chose to end their short lives. It had a green tint with some frothy stuff on the top and yes, I did step in it. Shooting on that field wasn’t super fun – trying to hold the camera steady while 20+ flies are putting their shit feet all over my arms. Sorry for cussing, Diary. Sometimes, shit is just shit.
The top field was heaven compared to the lower field. The air was bearable and the cool breeze was nice. Let’s discuss players. Our friend Adrian Toverada was back playing with LVPP.net D3. Nick Kacha jumped ship again from GS Pirates to SD MOB D2, Justin Phillips of Urban Saints was guesting with the Golden State Knights D3, Little Alex and Arod from the defunct Nu Skool Wrecking Crew were guesting on Davis Ambush D2, Brian Moy (hired gun) was now playing for PB Gateway, and Robbo Abitia (Photomob) was playing for SADISTIK D3.
With Day 1 at an end, I left the field and headed to my buddy John’s house and from there we went out for just a beer, which turned into many in a few hours from the Flamingo in Redding to Lake Alice for some Riverside live entertainment. We finished the night at The Hideaway which was located in an antique store. I didn’t get to sleep till 3am and then I was up at 6am and back at the field at 6:55 for PB Gateway’s 1st game of the day. Diary, I sure did learn my lesson. Staying out late and engaging in silly shenanigans is no way to conduct myself. Who do I think I am? LiLo?
Day 2 – what a blur of fun and dehydration. It was video day for me so I put down the beast and picked up my HD Cam for some interviews and live action. I talked to a lot of people and got some great footage but the most notable was the arm wrestling contest between the DYE (Glen Sanchez) and Planet Eclipse (Steven Santuci). Tensions were elevated as their booths were right next to each other. Who would reign? Would there be any Over the Top action? I will not disclose the winner – you’ll have to watch the video. The end of the day featured a great match between PB Gateway and SD MOB. It looked like SD MOB was going to steam roll the PB Gateway boys in the opening 2 point where SD MOB strong-armed them but from my perspective, it took 2 points for PB Gateway to adjust and the rest was history. The top dogs of the weekend were PB Gateway D2, Royalty D3, and Loaded Inc. D4. Excellent job, guys! You make your sport proud.
Another tournament in the bag and I ride into the sunset, back to San Diego.
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