That One Time.....I Hung With Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus

February 2, 2017

It's no surprise that being a world (city) famous (barely) radio star comes with a pretty sweet lifestyle, and a lot of times I find myself in situations where all I can think of is "can you believe this?!"  

For the sake of entertainment (for you) and embarrassment (for me), I thought it would be fun to share some of those photos and the stories that accompany them with you. So without further ado...

Here's the story of that one time I kicked it with Mark and Travis.

It had to have been 2006 or 2007. I was working for a damn good Alternative station in Phoenix, AZ as an overnight host and music assistant. Blink-182 were on hiatus so I think this was promo for their +44 project, and Travis Barker was at the height of his reality TV stardom. I HAD to meet them.  

I can't remember what exactly went wrong that day but for whatever reason by the time the guys showed up, our nerves were frayed and tempers were short. Clearly, they could sense it, so after the interview and photo op, Travis pulls me aside, hands me the longest not-tobacco cigarette (if ya know what I mean) I have ever seen and says "hey man, you guys look like you've been having a rough day. This should help."

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin', it did.  Later that night, we ended up at a nightclub with Travis, his crew, and Mickey Avalon. The specifics of what followed will remain private, but I will tell you that I have never in my life seen so many beautiful women offering to do anything to be able to hang with Avalon. His vibe is SO STRONG.

Shout outs to Travis, Mark, and Mickey for a night that could probably end up being the plot to one of those party movies. 

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