Monster trucks, cool or crude?
I'm surprised at how many people make that face when I tell them we're taking the kids to Monster Jam on Saturday. You know, that face that says "How can you take your kids to something as crude as that?" As you can see from this story I wrote, I find it terribly amusing. Most of my more intelligent friends just find it terrible.
I think it's the ads (that deep husky voice growling "MAWN-STER JAAAAM"), which make it sound like professional wrestling. But unlike professional wrestling, this has no girls in skimpy clothing or suggestive story lines and the only violence is to junk cars (or even junked airplanes and motor homes) that get smashed to bits by an absurdly large truck dressed up like a Macy's parade float. These things are cartoonish. It's like watching your kid's Hot Wheels set come to life. We plan to tailgate, wander over to meet the drivers in person and get pictures with the more outrageous trucks (my personal favorite is Bulldozer with its giant horns sticking out of the cab) and enjoy the night with a crowd filled with families and friendly people who get a charge out of seeing twisted metal and cars torn apart.
The other question I've gotten is do I think it's safe? There was a terrible accident in January when a 6-year-old boy was killed by flying debris at a show in Tacoma, Wash. The tragedy is under investigation, but in the 25 years the show has been touring, this is the first such freak accident. Worries were revived when there was another death later in January at a show, but that was when a worker stepped in front of a truck.
Considering that our $15 tickets put us on the second level of Raymond James Stadium, I don't see any danger to us getting hit by flying debris. The noise and exhaust fumes might be too much for some but it's a thrilling scene of machismo without the girls in bikinis.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne