A Tale of “The Chase” and “The Pop”

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For as far back as I can remember, my life has been based around one solitary notion; of one day achieving “the pop”. It didn’t matter how I achieved it. There are so many different ways to go about it, which proved to be a challenge within itself. My attention span made it quite easy to move onto the next thing, particularly because it was relatively easy for me to manifest my ideas into reality. I had put in the work and learned the trades required to make such things possible. But I digress.

As we approach a New Year and the official relaunch of the Bud and Roach Show, I sit here reliving “the chase”. It started, for me, as a kid watching “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey”. The last scene, when Bill and Ted take the stage after exiting a time machine, where they spent years in a second honing their craft. The song begins. “The Pop”. Years later, watching the all time classic “Bowfinger”, Steve Martin sitting in a movie theater premiering a film he laid his life on the line for. Eddie Murphy, the star of the film, delivers the final line, “gotchu suckas”. The screen fades. “The Pop”.

I was never much of an athlete. If I was, I would’ve been a professional wrestler. So imagine sitting across from me at a bar, watching tears run down my face with every sip of my oversized beverage, only to approach me and witness Stone Cold Steve Austin’s return to No Way Out in 2003 on my phone screen. “The Pop”. So what exactly is “The Pop”. If I can put it in one word, WORSHIP. For a moment in time, every soul in the room is worshipping you. It’s your moment. No one can ever take that moment away from you.

Have I ever achieved “The Pop”? Well, after years of performing on stage, doing radio and television with my closest friends and family, and now launching this amazing blog with my team, sadly, no. Every applause has been a mosquito bite compared to what’s in store for us. I have failed many times, both privately and publicly. But Diamond Dallas Page became a professional wrestler in his 40’s, became World Champion within 5 years, started a yoga company that kept him rich, and can still deliver a flawless Diamond Cutter in an arena filled with thousands.

Born on March 11, I found it humorous that the video watched most on my phone, showcases one of my favorite pops ever at the 3:11 mark. Maybe it’s a sign. Maybe I’m insane. But it doesn’t matter. In the end, I gotta have my pop.