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@Ronnieapparatus I’ve sat back and pondered how I would even be able to begin this? First, I want everyone to know…this is not bragging or any sort of anything like that.
But lately, He’s been on my mind. So this photo was taken in July 2011 in Lancaster, PA. I remember that day like it was yesterday. After months of going without seeing the band my first instinct was to be nervous. I got to the venue around 7:30pm(Lancaster was an 8 hour drive) I walk into the venue and go upstairs. I was greeted by the lovely Staci ,who apparently, had no idea I was going to be there. So we sit and talk for a bit about random stuff. Then she gives me a big hug and tells me “I have to return to work Punkin’ but I want to talk to you more” So I teared up a bit and smiled. I sat down and texted my momma telling her I was ok and made it there. Momma always loves those type of texts because she said it reassures it. So about 3 minutes later, Staci comes over and goes “Do you want to see the guys? Im sure they would love to see you” So I agreed and she walks me down to see them. The security guard tells her something and she goes “well I have to run back upstairs but Ronnie is right there” and so my first instinct is to be calm. So I walked over and all of a sudden, this emotion comes over me. He’s sitting at the bar and he turns over to me with a huge smile and says “hey haven’t seen you in a while…how are you doing” and without hesitation he gives me a hug. I hug him and out of no where I start to cry. To be honest, I missed them all so much. My heart sank and all the emotions I had been feeling just came to be. I smiled and told him “I’m sorry(I guess for crying and for being gone) and Life coaster you know” and he goes “I do…did you see what I got” and he shows me his arm. It was a Tattoo. We caught up on some basics and then he went off and finished getting ready. The show started and a few songs happened…then all of a sudden the crowd got quiet. He starts the intro “Lonely Road” and he dedicates it to his grandfather. He explains about his grandfather’s recent passing. As he began to start to sing, the whole crowd chimes in and sings along. He smiled and the light hit him perfectly. I took the photo. I can’t help but smile when I see this picture. I feel like I captured Ronnie…the Ronnie I know…THE REAL RONNIE WINTER. After the show, he leans over and asks “did you get any good shots?”….the infamous “ronnie” question. I smiled and said “I don’t know I guess”….the infamous “punkin” answer. We catch up for a bit then he says he had to take a business call. During that time, I sat around just taking in the fact that I was around the people I loved. The people I missed…my “family” so to speak. Randy was right aside of me…Jesse on the other side…Staci dancing around. Eventually it was beginning to get to be around 12 and I had to leave. Ronnie was in the other room talking on the phone. So I said my goodbyes to all of them in the room and left. As I was walking out, there was a random bar fight between two dudes. I walk by and think nothing of it. Ronnie gets off the phone and I tell him I had to leave. He asked me if I was heading to the west chester show..and I told him no..I had boston warped tour tomorrow with Sloter. He then goes “Okay but walk out the other way so I know you aren’t anywhere near this fight” So we begin to walk in the bar again…and this drunk dudes had moved back into the bar again, so Ronnie like the protective guy he is…walks on the side where they are throwing punches so I wouldn’t get hit and walks me to the next door. He gives me a hug and tells me he’ll see me soon and to keep in touch. That was probably one of my favorite memories. 
Ronnie is a good guy. He’s been through more than I could ever imagine. A lot of people would have a negative view on the world…but he doesn’t. He continues to believe there’s a better tomorrow. I look up to Ronnie like a brother…a friend..and a “rockstar”. He’s brought some great people into my life. His music has helped me numerous times over the years. So whenever I get the opportunity to spread the word about the band or go to see them(Regardless whether its 1100 miles away)…I do. Regardless whether they are famous or not(which they are), their music sends a message of hope to the hopeless. Losing my father was the hardest thing I have ever been through…but hearing “face down” gave me hope…(I was never abused) but I took away the message that there is hope for a new day. So for everyone who hasn’t met Ronnie..or thinks he’s the typical “rockstar jerk” he isn’t. 
Neither is anyone in RJA.
This is all I can type for now.
THE END.
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@Ronnieapparatus I’ve sat back and pondered how I would even be able to begin this? First, I want everyone to know…this is not bragging or any sort of anything like that.

But lately, He’s been on my mind. So this photo was taken in July 2011 in Lancaster, PA. I remember that day like it was yesterday. After months of going without seeing the band my first instinct was to be nervous. I got to the venue around 7:30pm(Lancaster was an 8 hour drive) I walk into the venue and go upstairs. I was greeted by the lovely Staci ,who apparently, had no idea I was going to be there. So we sit and talk for a bit about random stuff. Then she gives me a big hug and tells me “I have to return to work Punkin’ but I want to talk to you more” So I teared up a bit and smiled. I sat down and texted my momma telling her I was ok and made it there. Momma always loves those type of texts because she said it reassures it. So about 3 minutes later, Staci comes over and goes “Do you want to see the guys? Im sure they would love to see you” So I agreed and she walks me down to see them. The security guard tells her something and she goes “well I have to run back upstairs but Ronnie is right there” and so my first instinct is to be calm. So I walked over and all of a sudden, this emotion comes over me. He’s sitting at the bar and he turns over to me with a huge smile and says “hey haven’t seen you in a while…how are you doing” and without hesitation he gives me a hug. I hug him and out of no where I start to cry. To be honest, I missed them all so much. My heart sank and all the emotions I had been feeling just came to be. I smiled and told him “I’m sorry(I guess for crying and for being gone) and Life coaster you know” and he goes “I do…did you see what I got” and he shows me his arm. It was a Tattoo. We caught up on some basics and then he went off and finished getting ready. The show started and a few songs happened…then all of a sudden the crowd got quiet. He starts the intro “Lonely Road” and he dedicates it to his grandfather. He explains about his grandfather’s recent passing. As he began to start to sing, the whole crowd chimes in and sings along. He smiled and the light hit him perfectly. I took the photo. I can’t help but smile when I see this picture. I feel like I captured Ronnie…the Ronnie I know…THE REAL RONNIE WINTER. After the show, he leans over and asks “did you get any good shots?”….the infamous “ronnie” question. I smiled and said “I don’t know I guess”….the infamous “punkin” answer. We catch up for a bit then he says he had to take a business call. During that time, I sat around just taking in the fact that I was around the people I loved. The people I missed…my “family” so to speak. Randy was right aside of me…Jesse on the other side…Staci dancing around. Eventually it was beginning to get to be around 12 and I had to leave. Ronnie was in the other room talking on the phone. So I said my goodbyes to all of them in the room and left. As I was walking out, there was a random bar fight between two dudes. I walk by and think nothing of it. Ronnie gets off the phone and I tell him I had to leave. He asked me if I was heading to the west chester show..and I told him no..I had boston warped tour tomorrow with Sloter. He then goes “Okay but walk out the other way so I know you aren’t anywhere near this fight” So we begin to walk in the bar again…and this drunk dudes had moved back into the bar again, so Ronnie like the protective guy he is…walks on the side where they are throwing punches so I wouldn’t get hit and walks me to the next door. He gives me a hug and tells me he’ll see me soon and to keep in touch. That was probably one of my favorite memories. 

Ronnie is a good guy. He’s been through more than I could ever imagine. A lot of people would have a negative view on the world…but he doesn’t. He continues to believe there’s a better tomorrow. I look up to Ronnie like a brother…a friend..and a “rockstar”. He’s brought some great people into my life. His music has helped me numerous times over the years. So whenever I get the opportunity to spread the word about the band or go to see them(Regardless whether its 1100 miles away)…I do. Regardless whether they are famous or not(which they are), their music sends a message of hope to the hopeless. Losing my father was the hardest thing I have ever been through…but hearing “face down” gave me hope…(I was never abused) but I took away the message that there is hope for a new day. So for everyone who hasn’t met Ronnie..or thinks he’s the typical “rockstar jerk” he isn’t. 

Neither is anyone in RJA.

This is all I can type for now.

THE END.

dont know

Sometimes your thoughts just get to you…

Lately, I wonder am I doing the right thing? Sitting here, I am publicly asking myself a question…not like anyone will read this but you know. Recently, I realized that some stuff I say or do can be too influential. I notice that some of things I say or do can be watched. For example, if I post something on tumblr…my little cousin will pick up on it…and what kind of example does that lead to? Positive or negative? I can’t help but worry about that. But in a way, is it fair to said person…not to know the real me? See what I enjoy…and take from that. But I’m no one to look up to…I’m no hero. I’m a simple human being…I just hope to God I can do the right thing. I worry that I’m not…

Randy Winter.
He’s been in my life for a while now. So while stuck waiting for the show to start. He decides to hop into my car with me and we go try to find food. While we are driving on the way to find a place I ask him “can you point which way you want me to go? I can’t tell my left and right. Because of my disability it’s hard for me to try and tell the difference” With a smile and a nod…he said “No problem”. Why am I telling you this story? Although most everyone giggles when I say, I’ve gone to rja shows.all down the coast..these moments…I treasure. It’s a memory…that is permanently etched into my brain. So while I sit here, editing photos I can’t help but have a silly grin on my face…looking back to that memory. 
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Randy Winter.

He’s been in my life for a while now. So while stuck waiting for the show to start. He decides to hop into my car with me and we go try to find food. While we are driving on the way to find a place I ask him “can you point which way you want me to go? I can’t tell my left and right. Because of my disability it’s hard for me to try and tell the difference” With a smile and a nod…he said “No problem”. Why am I telling you this story? Although most everyone giggles when I say, I’ve gone to rja shows.all down the coast..these moments…I treasure. It’s a memory…that is permanently etched into my brain. So while I sit here, editing photos I can’t help but have a silly grin on my face…looking back to that memory. 

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