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OtherIamA Airport ramp agent, I load and unload all your luggage onto/off the airplane. I also clean them! AMA!

Apr 6th 2018 by Henbo_Longshaft • 34 Questions • 361 Points

Hello! My name is Brandon Hardesty and I'm the singer/songwriter of Maryland based ska/punk/reggae band Bumpin Uglies. We've been touring the United States since 2008 working on building up a fan base one fan at a time. We've done and seen a lot of crazy stuff over the last ten years and I would love to talk with you about it. We're currently on the road somewhere between Houston and Louisville so I'm gonna try to respond to questions as quickly as possible. AMA!

edit gonna be passing around my laptop to the other boys in the band, so if you have any questions for the band or crew ask away!

edit 2 sorry, got wrapped up in the show yesteday. gonna go back through and answer everyone elses questions now.

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How are dogs/cats usually treated? I know the stuff in the news is the exception, but I am sure I am not alone in worrying my pet would get tossed about

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If elected, what will be your first priority for legislation?


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UGLIES NATION!!!!!

Brandon - Who was/is your inspiration for your music? I hear a lot of SKA/Punk influence in your earlier material and was wondering what bands/groups you would attribute that too?

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Can’t speak for other places, but here we take the best care of them we can. We get them off of the ramp ASAP as it’s super loud and probably very scary for them. At least here at we are very cautious of where we put the dogs in terms of the bins as to avoid “pulling a United”.


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Ah, yes! Was waiting for this question. Our team has been working and have decided to put bi-partisan bills that we KNOW can be done immediately at the top of our list rather than things that we know can be done after some organizing and coalition building work.

My first priority, and I hope District 55 will hold me accountable to this, will always be our working class families. Whenever the opportunity presents itself for me to pass, vote or fund legislation and policies that will directly benefit our families I will do that above any other priority.

Three specific pieces of bi-partisan legislation:

  1. The introduction of an amendment that guarantees the survival of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for a minimum of 20 years with a requirement of it being assessed for extension every 5 years. Alabama currently provides ZERO state-funding for children's healthcare. All of our funding comes from the federal government. That's just not good enough. The health and lives of our children should not be up to who is in the White House.

  2. Introduce home rule. Municipalities in Alabama are required to go to the State Capitol for approval on local-level bills, amendments and funding. The Birmingham City Council, for example, voted to increase minimum wage from the federal minimum $7.25 to $10.10/hr but was stopped by the Alabama House Legislator which retroactively banned local governments from setting minimum wage.

  3. Creation of a state lottery to help fund public schools/expand pre-k, the CHIP program, and pre-trial diversion programs aimed at ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

Dream Priorities:

  1. Campaign finance reform. Alabama has one of the most corrupt political systems in the country. I would work to make us the national model for governing without corporate or special interest dollars.
  2. Creation of a state minimum wage that adjusts with income.
  3. Ending of "special school districts" that leave poor and marginalized students out to dry.
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i'm gonna answer this, but its gonna require a lot of writing so i'm gonna come back to it later!


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Does that plastic wrap some people wrap tightly around their luggage really keep it safe and clean. Does it make it harder for you to do your job?

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Do you support Ranked Choice Voting to avoid spoilers and encourage more positive campaigning?


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Hi brandon! if you had to pick one of your own songs, which one is your favorite and why?

Greetings from Chile!

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We get 3 kinds of people. Those who put those straps around the bags, which don’t do too much in terms of protection. The second are the people who buy the protective sheathes or whatever you want to call them. They do an ok job of keeping stuff clean but are annoying cuz they usually block the straps, making them hard to pick up and move. The third are the nut jobs who wrap their bags in 10 freaking layers of Saran Wrap. Many people wrap the handles in too which is the worst, especially on heavy bags. Plus the wrap won’t slide an inch so they get banged around pretty good.


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Yes! I would take it further and suggest non-partisan ballots as well as supporting public* funding of the electoral process through a tax for political donations by corporate entities and lobbying groups that then go into a public fund for campaigning (if Wal-Mart gives you $10,000, half of that money then goes to the general pool to support all candidates).

I used to wonder why only lawyers and businessmen became politicians but now I've realized it's because they're the only ones who have the money to! Just basic things like printing, advertising, and marketing are more expensive than most people would realize, I am literally spending all of my personal savings (which, as a teacher, ya'll know isn't much) on this race. A public fund that guarantees all political candidates with at least some support would guarantee that we not only have more positive campaigning but a more demographically reflective legislature.

On a side-note... please consider helping us even the fight against our opponent by donating at www.crowdpac.com/c/quangdofordistrict55

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whoa! would love to make it to south america one day. right now my favorite song is called optimism in F#. its the last song on the record we're about to release. i struggle with depression and tend to see the worst parts of situations and i wrote that song as a reminder to myself that i don't want to think or live like that. i don't listen to my own music or anything, but there's something therapeutic about being able to look back at a thought that you wrote out and thinking 'ok, i thought like that. i can think like that. lets think like THAT, and not like THIS.' not sure if that makes sense, but essentially it helps pull me out of funks when i'm feeling depressed.


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There's a guy who has a business of just seran wrapping luggage at Orlando. Seems to make good money too!!

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Which constitution are you referring to? Because our state constitution is an absolute fucking disaster.


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Is that the song y’all sang last in Pensacola when there were a few minutes left in the set?

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luggage condoms


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Yes. I will work my butt off to fight for the rights of working and middle class families in America. I couldn't care less about what corporate or private lobbying groups want.

Can you be more specific about the Constitution?

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ya


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Aren’t the straps basically just to keep the lid shut in case the zipper blows out?

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When it comes to funding education, would you be in support of equalizing funding across school systems or targeting underfunded schools and increasing funding for them specifically?


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Love you guys! Beyond stoked for your Long Island gig.

Question for all members - What is one "big name" band that you would love to tour with? Do you all have a set one, or do you each of you have your own "dream band" to share a stage with?

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Yea pretty much. It does help when it happens but unless you have two going perpendicular you will still lose some stuff.


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What a really, really fantastic question.

I'm going to be honest with you - I don't think either of those options are enough to fix the issues with education in Alabama.

Birmingham City Schools receives just as much funding (when you look at spending per student) as the schools in the suburbs, but the dollar doesn't go nearly as far when the only meal some of our students get are when they are at school, it doesn't go nearly as far when students are having to work 30-40 hour a week jobs after school to help pay the rent, it doesn't go nearly as far when the young man or woman can't study at night because they're too busy being worried about the gunshots outside their house, and it definitely doesn't go as far when teachers are having to spend 60% of instruction time addressing behavioral problems rather than focused on helping students reach their learning goals.

If we want to be honest about fixing education, we have to be honest about addressing poverty. We cannot have an equitable education system until all parents and families have the same economic opportunities outside the classroom as we expect students to have educational opportunities inside the classroom.

So how do we fix this without just throwing more money at the problem?

  1. Create a state minimum wage that adjusts annually with cost of living.
  2. Guarantee that anyone who works 35 hours a week (even if it's 18 hours a week at one job and 17 hours at another) will have health insurance.
  3. Implement a state fund (Alabama is one of 3 states that does not have this) for public transportation to make access to high quality, good paying jobs in our city and state not so dependent on whether or not you have a car.
  4. Decriminalizing marijuana and retro-actively clear the records for anyone previously charged with minor possession offenses.

ALL of those things and so much ore are required to truly fix our education system and create an environment where parents have the financial resources to support their students in the classroom.

We shouldn't make the classroom any "easier" by lowering standards but we should make it easier for our parents to be engaged in the classroom by reforming what's happening outside of it to empower them to be available inside of it.

To answer your question specifically:

I think we need to raise the standards and make it much more difficult for cities trying to create their own "special districts" that essentially cut out black, poor and marginalized students and remove tax revenue from poor and working class families.

A county school recently tried to separate from the county system and create their own "city" school system but the DOJ came down and denied their request (even though our state and county said yes) because they would have disenfranchised black families and it was quite simply, racist. It was a school that was 60% black and the new district would have made it less than 10% black. All tax revenue in the new school district would have gone to the new "upper class" school which means the taxes (sales and real estate) would be taken from the old school and placed with the new one. The fact that this would have come into fruition without the DOJ stepping in is ABSOLUTELY disgusting.

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we definitely all have different ones. i'll ask.

brandon - slightly stoopid

tj - iggy pop

chad - papadosi

wolfie - the slackers / miley cyrus

carl - goldfinger

justin - the dude from youtube who turns every song into allstar


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Thank you for your answer. I did wonder--especially about wrapping over the handles and now I know thanks to you.

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A good, complex answer. Thank you.


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When’d you get into reggae?

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Glad I could help! Thanks for asking!


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You're welcome. Don't worry, I didn't judge you for asking.

Please feel free to follow us on facebook or reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any more questions, comments or concerns. It's going to take everyone in District 55, Alabama and America for us to truly reform our government from one focused on the concerns of corporations and interest groups to one that fights for our working and middle class families.

We need and appreciate any help or guidance you could provide.

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honestly i got into reggae after i got into ska/punk. i don't really consider sublime reggae, they're a melting pot of a lot of sounds, one of which is reggae. i'm not sure exactly when i got into it but it was sometime in my early twenties. i was immediately really drawn to dub like scientist and king tubby. i loved the psychedelic aspects of it. been really into chronixx lately too. his latest album is insane.


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You said you also clean the planes, how often do you see bedbugs on planes? What is the process/downtime (if any) to get rid of them?

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To increase turnout by easing participation, would you support vote by mail1 ?


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Yo! What's the craziest thing you've ever had happen to you while on stage? Much Love from South Dakota!

Ugliesnation!
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Personally I haven't come across bed bugs on an airplane yet.


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YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES.

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man its hard to pinpoint, but one time we played a festival next to a corn field and somehow or another wolfie ended up with an ear of corn. he proceded to play a gnarly slapbass solo using the ear of corn and the crowd lost their shit. it was incredible


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What's the strangest piece of luggage you've ever handled?

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Have you reached out to Rep Grace Meng's ASPIRE PAC or other Asian American candidate organizations?


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not really a question, more of a request. can y’all please avoid playing at house of blues in the future? thanks!

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We send out HRs (Human Remains) pretty often. Kinda freaked me out at first, knowing we were moving a dead guy. Still kinda creepy. Also get “human specimens” I.e. organs for labs and hospitals.


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I have not! I have reached out to some AAPI organizations but not specifically ASPIRE PAC. I would LOVE to hear more about the organization. Do you happen to have a good contact? Feel free to PM me or reach out to us directly at [email protected]

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haha we'll do our best! sorry you had a bad time at the venue. we'll be back this summer and the show is definitely not at HOB


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I never would have thought they would move corpses on commercial flights. But I suppose if they want to be buried in their home town, how else would they move them there? Very interesting.

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What kind of wrap-around services are necessary to prevent summer learning loss and otherwise ensure low-income students are able to reach their full educational potential?


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Acoustic or Electric Guitar?

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Yea honestly before this job I didn’t know that. Definitely a bit of a shocker.


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Wrap-around services:

I think wrap-around services should be done in conjunction with addressing poverty in Alabama. The more time, resources and opportunities that parents have to be engaged with their child's learning the better. Continued parental engagement, not any service or summer learning program, in the educational process is the key for educational success.

We must make it easier for our parents to teach, spend time and learn with their kids. Wrap-around services are a band-aid to a bigger problem that we have with multi-generational poverty in our state.

You could have no summer programs, but if all parents in Alabama were able to have the time and money to spend with their kids instead of having to work 2 sometimes 3 jobs just to pay the water bill, I guarantee you that education outcomes from our state would be significantly improved.

If parents weren't having to work 60-80 hours a week to just put food on the table they could actually spend the money they would have summer learning or tutoring on trips to the museum, public lectures, or a multitude of other ways that can grow the parent bond with the child.

From a pragmatic perspective:

Alabama has the best pre-k program in the country.

The problem? Only a small percentage of families in our state actually have access to it due to lack of state commitment to fully fund our pre-k program to reach 100% of families who need them.

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i'm way more comfortable on acoustic


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Please.

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Are you for or against defending rights?


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Carl or Justin?

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Lol 😂


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For BUT I think it's important for us to understand that our rights have never been "absolute." They have been continually adjusted throughout our great history through legislation and our court system.

I'm a big believer in our political and policymaking system.

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Carl is light, Justin is dark. Carl is Luke, Justin is Vader. Different twin for a different job


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i was also a ramp attendant and my worst was multiple garbagr bags of hands and feet going to a local university. In fucken garbages bags... i could tell what bags contains what limbs, they should have used bins. i also handled the stanley cup and an olympic gold medal ( i got to hold it, the athlete let me hold it)

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Are you for or against my second amendment rights?


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Where is your favorite place to perform and why (or why not) is it The Saint in Asbury Park?

I don’t really have any other questions but wanted to say thank you, your music has gotten me through some hard times.

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Stanley cup / gold metal, cool. Bag of hands? not so much.


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I'm not sure why you are getting downvoted, I think you are asking a very solid question that is important to MANY Americans and Alabamians.

I am a gun owner myself and understand, beyond the guns themselves, the cultural and historical connection that America has with the second amendment.

With that being said, no amendment is absolute in it's definition. All of our rights have evolved over time including but not limited to freedom of speech, assembly and protest. I tend to lean with what Justice Scalia said on this topic during the Heller case. We certainly have the right to bear arms but that doesn't mean that there can't be limits or regulations on it.

I think there are many common things that Americans on all sides of the political spectrum agree on (universal background checks and mental health screening for examples) and regardless of how I personally feel about an issue, I think it's important for elected officials to advocate for the concerns and needs of their constituents.

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thank you, that means a lot. that's all you can hope for as a songwriter. I really do love Asbury Park, the energy is always insane. Would have to be Asbury Park or Ohio in general. i love it when the crowd is raging.


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i was the only one willing to unload the bags of hands and feet. thats a moment ill never forget. i miss working at the airport. The job was interesting.

A:

You've beat around the bush quite a lot. What are your thoughts on firearms? Tell it straight.


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What do you guys do in the van when touring for fun or to just pass the time?

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Defiantly the most interesting job I’ve had. See some pretty cool and also some pretty weird shit.


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I am a firm believer in our constitution and the rights it grants to us.

I believe that the current conversation of "all or nothing" when it comes to addressing gun violence are misguided and a false dichotomy.

I support bi-partisan solutions to address gun violence.

91% of Americans agree on UBCs 84% on requiring Mental Health Checks 72% on raising the age to buy to 21 69% on more SROs in schools 60% on bannjnf assault weapons.

I wholly support the second amendment but also support these bi-partisan solutions to address gun violence in our country. I do not believe that defending the second amendment necessarily means that we don't have serious conversations about evolvinf it to fit our current need.

Since we are on the topic of gun violence, I don't believe there is one simple solution to fix all the problems we have with gun deaths in America. Gun violence in our Union is multilayered and complex and I think our solutions need to reflect that. What happened in Parkland is much different than what happened to Trayvon Martin and that is much different than what's happening in West Birmingham.

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listen to talk radio and stare at our phones


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if a suitcase has a fragile sticker on it, are they actually treated more carefully? a lot of my fragile stuff has broken before despite me telling the check in people that there's fragile stuff in there and also having a sticker on there, so now i just carry it with me hand luggage :(

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"Assault weapons" are not a thing. That's a dangerous thing to push. Lost my vote.


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I used to love this band called Sweet Wet Earthly Desires ever heard of them?

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Most people when they see a fragile sticker will treat it a bit better. However sometimes we don’t see the sticker till we chuck it onto the claim belt. Other times it may be set down nicely but another bag gets thrown on top. Like I said in another comment, if we are in a rush it’s pretty easy to miss the fragile stickers. My advice is that if it is fragile and can fit in a carry-on, do it.


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I'm sorry to hear that. Regardless of whether or not you vote for me, know that I am committed to fighting for you and your community.

Assault weapons are certainly a thing... The Federal Assault Weapons ban that sunset in 2004 is real and the fact that there is no current federal ban on assault weapons is real.

I think you're assuming that I am trying to conflate semi-automatic rifles like an AR-15 with something like a machine gun. I know that an AR-15 is not an assault rifle with stock equipment, but when given the right modifications (bump stocks + extended magazine) i think the argument could be made that it is more or less one. I own an AR-15 myself, have shot a military-grade M4A1 and have also shot my AR-15 with a bump stock. The bump stock clearly turns the AR-15 into an assault rifle by all definitions.

The data on whether or not the assault weapon ban from 1994-2004 actually worked is unclear. Assault Weapons have been not been used in any recent mass shootings (except in Las Vegas when the shooter used a bump stock) so it wouldn't stop a large majority of gun deaths (most are suicides and domestic disputes).

Let's be clear: An assault weapons ban won't stop a kid getting shot down the street by gangbangers, an assault weapons ban won't stop a young man from getting shot by the police, but what it will do is make shooters like the one in Las Vegas hurt a whole lot less people.

Again, I don't think there is one single solution that will solve all of our problems. Mental health checks won't stop a kid from joining a gang but it will help stop what happened in Newtwon, UBCs won't stop someone from committing suicide but it will stop what happened at Pulse Night Club.

If 60% of my constituents want something to help make their lives safer, and I don't feel like the data is clear one way or the other, I'm going to always side with my constituents. My job is to represent my constituents not the other way around.

Tldr: sorry I lost your vote. I don't believe an assault weapons will solve all of our gun problems and that it should be done in conjunction with other methods and should be adjusted specifically to each community.b


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Do you put pineapple on your pizza?

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If you support only banning something like an AR with a bump stock, then that's fien with me. Bump stocks are already incredibly dangerous to hold and it is a loophole on full auto weapons.


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My question is for Mr Wolfie. How sir have you managed to be such a safe driver over the years?And how often do you let Brandon drive?

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Hell no. Thanks for asking!


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I certainly support an assault weapons ban that also includes a provision for bump stocks but I do not think that is the solution to gun violence. I think there needs to be a holistic and multi-layered conversation to really address it appropriately. We've been trying small Band-Aids for too long.

Thank you for engaging in the conversation!

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Wolfie: Practice. Keep it between the lines. As little as possible.


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You have been banned from /r/knightsofpineapple

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What are the greatest challenges to having IDEA and ADA compliant schools and how can Alabama overcome those challenges?


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With rising popularity, is it hard to fight off the massive amounts of pussy being thrown in your direction? Especially with a band name like Bumpin Uglies - I mean you guys fuck amirite?

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Wouldn't want to join r/knightsofpineapple, tis' a silly place.


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I am in full support of strict enforcement of IDEA and ADA rules and regulations. This is what equal opportunity is all about.

I think the main challenge that we face in regards to being IDEA and ADA compliant is funding.

Major sections of IDEA and ADA, while important, are unfunded mandates.

You're expecting teachers, administrators and school communities with already tight budgets to do more (we should always be pushing and challenging our education system to be and do better) but not give them the funds, staffing or facilities they need to meet those goals appropriately?

And THEN you're going to give them a bad score on a state-wide "school report card" that impacts how much funding they get in the future, which then results in the loss of further teachers and resources... which then makes it even harder for them to meet those standards next year? How does that make sense?

Alabama has got to stop waiting for the federal government to bail us out and take ownership over the problems that we have.

The Democrats in Congress have tried for a long time to fully fund IDEA but we can't wait for the federal government to save us anymore. It's time for us to take ownership over the problems we have and work on no-nonsense, bi-partisan solutions that will help our working and middle class families.

An easy solution would be to create a state lottery that will help fund IDEA and ADA compliance for our public schools as well as our post-secondary education institutions.

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3 of us are married or in serious relationships so TJ is the unquestioned president of slam town. It’s right next to Space Mountain, if you’re curious.


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One time I was called out to a plane because they couldn't get the bag bin door open. The loader at the departure airport did a shit job stacking and when the bags fell over a stroller also fell against the door keeping it from being opened more than an inch or so. That was a bitch to deal with. We had to find a girl with really thin arms to squeeze her hand through the opening and try to move the stroller out of the way. Apparently, they also didn't put up the cargo net to prevent this from happening. If it wasn't for the girl, I don't know how we would have gotten the door open. Everyone was pissed.

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What does Quang Do?


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Hey Brandon! I'm gutted I will miss the show in my home town tonight :(. Hope you guys have a good time! Would love to see the band at Mercury Ballroom here in the ville sometime.

My question is how do you start the songwriting process? Do you lay down music then words or vice versa, does the band come together as a group, drums first etc?

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737?


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I am currently a teacher but previously served as Advocacy and Policy Director for a local non-profit and was a social justice educator and student affairs professional at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) before that.

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i usually write everything myself on an acoustic guitar and then we get together and turn it into a band song


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CRJ-200

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How much should I weigh a candidate's race or ethnicity when deciding how to vote in an election?


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Hey Brandon- Currently listening to White Boy Reggae, by far my favorite song of yours. What is your favorite song that you have written?

Also, I feel bad because I don't know the names of everyone in the band, what are they? And how long has your bassist (He goes by Wolfie I think I read somewhere) been growing out his hair and beard?!? That shit is majestic AF!

Love you guys so much!!

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Interesting. We get 737 doors that jam a lot because of poorly stacked bins.


Q:

As much as you'd like. All Americans weigh things differently and if having a visually diverse and ideologically progressive government is important to you than I would be grateful for your support.

If it's not, I hope I can get your support for my passion and committment to fighting for poor and working class families of District 55 and Alabama.

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Hell yea! Right now my favorite song is Optimism in F#. Wolfies been dreading his hair for like 4 years now. They require their own green room at this point.


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Soft shell plz thx

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Who's more stoked about the album, the band, or Uglies Nation?


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Personally, I prefer hard shell. Why do you prefer soft?

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i think Uglies Nation, the hype has been real!


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As someone who gate-checks their bags almost every flight, how much (if any) does this piss off agents?

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Hey Brandon, big fan and fellow song writer here. I'm just curious about your writing process. I know you out a lot of thought in your song writing and it shows.

What I'm wondering is if you sit down and force yourself to write or do you wait for it organically? Do you start with a catchy concept or hook first?


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If it’s a normal bag it’s not too bad and really doesn’t require too much extra effort. The exception is if it’s like a super heavy or awkwardly shaped bags like wheel chairs or strollers that we then have to carry down a narrow flight of stairs.

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the ideas have to happen organically. you can't force a hook. once i have a good hook i can usually sit down and make myself write something. the best songs are the ones that just pour out of me though


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Very cool! God, it must be so nerve-wracking doing maintenance on an airplane. Talk about a high-pressure job.

Do you like what you do? Would you recommend it as a career choice? How did you qualify and/or train for that position?

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What’s up Brandon, fellow musician here. I’ve always been curious as to what your writing process is for songs? Do the lyrics come first or the music?


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It’s a very interesting job, however on a busy day it can be hell. It’s a good job for college students (80% of my coworkers) but not something I’d want as a career. There just isn’t much more to achieve other than ramp supervisor. I worked on the private side of the airport (private jets, famous people, etc) before, so that was kinda my “qualifications”. However, many of my co-workers had no experience with airlines what-so-ever.

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it varies from song to song. my phone is filled with lyrics in the 'notes' section and riff ideas in the 'voice memos' section. eventually they meld together to form a song


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Flying from LAX to PDX a couple years ago I had an iPod stolen from my checked baggage and replaced with cucumber eye-pads. I’m sure someone thought it was hilarious.

But, my question is: at what point in my bags journey did this likely happen?

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Have the police ever stopped a show?


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Most likely when it was being loaded onto the carts. If someone is bored they might have popped it open and stolen it. People can be shitty, I'm sorry! We aren't all bad!

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every house party, ever


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How do you decide which luggage to handle with Care and which one to toss like trash?

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Hey Brandon! Big fan from the ATL :) will you guys be coming to Georgia any time soon?


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Honestly the best answer would be gunny’s quote from FMJ: “YOU ARE ALL EQUALLY WORTHLESS!” We make sure not to handle bags too rough as to break them, but bags really do take a beating. Fragile labeled bags will be treated better obviously, but still not too good. If we are in a rush we will generally throw bags pretty hard. We will throw bags hard that don’t slide well I.e. duffle bags and other cloth bags. Best word of advice for getting your bag handled better: Use a hard shelled, four wheel roller bag. Those are the easiest to throw, stack, and slide, and are consistently treated better, but not always.

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we'll be in ATL this summer!


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What do your people have against guitars? I'm an ambassador from the musicians' union. We wish to talk peace.

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Hey man! Any chance you can perform at the restaurant I work at in Davidsonville when you come back home?? My boss would be so pumped. He even has a dessert he’s waiting to do named after you guys!


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Nothing against guitars! I have one too so I am pretty careful with them. That said, accidents happen, bags fall of a cart or off a belt and get damaged. We are sorry!

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ha! what restaurant? i do a lot of acoustic stuff when i'm not on tour so i'd be down to do something like that there


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Only in conjunction with a bin-stretcher.

Seriously, we used to use these items to teach newbies where all the different areas of the airport were. They would get sent from cargo to baggage to maintenance to Ops and elsewhere.

One day I decided to screw with the system. I took some old washed out bleach bottles, filled them with water, printed up some Prop Wash labels, and handed them to FNG when Ops sent him up.

That got me a very confused phone call in response.

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First song you ever wrote?


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a really shitty love song that i played in my high school talent show. i don't remember it, i just remmeber that it was bad


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Las vegas wouldn't be that bad if they actually had comfortable chairs there. I was stuck there with my wife and 2 little kids once for 14 hours and those hard aluminum chairs made life very difficult. Also, it is the airlines responsibility for the pet to arrive safely. They provide a contract that says just that. Shit just happens, though.

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You’ve come a long way from playing at Looneys! What is your idea of a successful musician and would you consider yourself one?


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Rant validated. I really do wish people didn’t put their pets in the bins. The bathroom and ramp are pretty loud and it’s gotta be scary fro the pets. Many are nervous wrecks when they get offloaded. Would never do that to my pet. And you are right about the “took you long enough” comment. Nothing more annoying.

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Success is such a tricky thing to measure. I think there is artistic success and economic success. For me, artistic success is getting across whatever I’m trying to say in a way that makes people feel something. It varies from song to song. Some songs are success, some songs are failures. Economic success for me is being able to support myself off my art. It’s a work in progress, but’s it currently working so it’s currently successful.


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Are DL or DGS? I'm out of the ATL and we're about to start sending some of that love your way in a few weeks.

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2pac or lil xan?


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Neither! We are WFS.

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is lil xan a real thing?


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If you were a potato how would you be cooked and why?

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scattered, smothered, and peppered


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Tits or ass?!?!

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booty!


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What's your favorite place to play in Lincoln, NE and why is it Bodegas Alley?

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Haha that place got wild!


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Brandon! Did you catch the rick and morty episode that was streaming on the Adult Swim website yesterday?

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haha the other guys did. i saw about 30 seconds and decided i'd had enough


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Not a song writer, but a writer writer. Do you ever get nervous about sharing such personal stuff, and if so how do you over come it? Also you guys rock please come to Minnesota more! Also if you go on reddit a lot, r/vandwellers is right for you! Would love to see the kind of set up you have!

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i dont really get nervous anymore unless i'm putting someone elses business out there. i'm an open book, but i'd had to fuck up a relationship with a friend because i wrote about something that they don't want being out there


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Any advice on how to be a ska band in 2018? Asking for a friend who is not me and definitely does not play in a ska band in 2018.

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try to make it work with as few members as possible. you gotta tour to get noticed, and the more mouths you have to feed on tour the harder its gonna be. we have horns all over our studio shit but we cant afford to tour with them so we don't. it's all about minimalism


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How hygienic are you living in a van? How often do you shower?

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so living in a van is kind of a metaphore. we're on tour about 6 months of the year and we spend most of that time driving so it feels like we're living in the van at times. we crash at friends houses most of the times and we get hotels when we can't find somewhere to stay for free. try to shower daily.


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I'm a little late to this as I live in Guam now, but I saw you at Vinoy Park, St. Pete, Florida last year (?) Or the year before that at Reggae Rise Up.

The set changed my life and been a fan ever since we made eye contact and took a shot, yours was a flask, mine was a sunscreen bottle.

Anyways, did y'all enjoy your time at the festival and would you go back? ...or were you too drunk to remember most of it, like me!

Cheers from Guam!

Also everyone loves you out here if you ever wanted a vacation/overseas show

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oh HELL YES, that was a great festival! florida is a hot bed for our scene and RRU does a great job with their production. would love to do that festival again in 2019!

would love to make it to guam one day too! fingers crossed....


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Is Rick and Morty season 4 ever coming out???

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IT BETTTER