Alexplorer Goes Time Traveling...

If you're just joining this series already in progress, then it means you don't have a time machine, so here's the short version: Every Tuesday (your present), I come back from my adventures time-traveling around MySpace and fill you in on what happened to people from my past as they keep slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future.

Ah, here's one now...



Mark

Then:
Mark (not his real name) was the living embodiment of heavy metal when we were in high school together.  In fact, I never knew his real name for probably the first six months we were friends because he always went by "Blade."  Whereas a lot of my friends were into Metallica, Blade was into every legit metal band up to the invention of hair spray that characterized Mtv from about 1988 onward.

Blade was actually a pretty good guitarist and knew a lot of songs.  We didn't live too close to one another, so we never got together and played, but I remember him teaching me several songs (including one by Twisted Sister) over the phone.  Ask Blade what he wanted to do with his life, and I'm pretty sure we would answer sincerely that he wanted to rock.


Now:
Well, he still calls himself "Blade."  He still likes metal.  Following Hurricane Katrina, he was displaced to Arkansas where he's now in a band he describes as "Southern Devil Metal Music."  I'm sure this goes over well with the locals.  My personal favorite part of his MySpace profile was his "Heroes" section which reads: 
Satan: for championing free thought and questioning the perception of Jesus.

Jesus: for teaching love as the ultimate truth.

Anton LaVey: for bringing *official* recognition to the decay of popular religion.

Maybe one or more of these somehow explain the guns?  The caption below the picture reads: "To prepare for peace is to secure for war."  If you can name the band, album, and/or track on which this line was used as a lyric, then you're Blade's kind of people.

Hypothetical letter I'll probably never send to him:
Blade,

No way!  You know Betty too?  I'm doing a Time-Traveling Tuesday about her next week.  That is so weird.

-Alex.


Copyright 2007 Ale[x]plorer.  All photos are of the actual individuals described above because, seriously, I can't make this shit up.
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