The Swan Lake Ballet, deliciousness, and pointy things stabbed into bad guys.

Went to the Ballet this weekend in Asheville, it was lots of fun.

We don’t get to dress up often, because we’re Baptists and can get by with jeans in church :), so we took advantage of the opportunity and the ladies got new dresses and we men… well… we wore whatever we could scrounge up. This is our third year we’ve tried going to the ballet, so it’s become something of a tradition now.

As for the ballet itself, it was long. But the second half was a good bit more exciting than the first, and the black swan dance was pretty badass. And near us sat a bunch of girls who were obviously ballerinas, so whenever they started clapping like crazy I knew some awesome and difficult move had just happened.

Also, right next door to us was a heavy metal concert featuring Slayer. So there were all sorts of folks milling around outside before and after the ballet with mohawks and openly smoking pot. Some guys from work went to it, but I didn’t see anyone I knew. And obviously, I’m to classy for such loud screaming and head banging to peek in and see if I recognized anyone.

We also ate at Tupelo Honeys before hand… Where I had the most amazing meal ever. I’m not one to EVER take a picture of my food before I eat it, so the fact that I did shows how impressed I was. I had the Shoo Mercy Sweet Potato Pancakes, and they rocked my mouth like Slayer rocked next door. (That’s a giant slab of fried chicken, on top of the bacon, on top of the pancakes…) Mmm. I want to go back.


Also, I watched an episode of Gotham where my pocket knife showed up stabbed into a dead bad guy. See below –


That’s an Applegate-Fairbairn folder, based off the Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife made famous in the post WWII era book ‘Kill or Get Killed’. Kinda cool, I’ve carried a ‘Covert Folder’ version for 11 years now, and never run into anyone else with one.


Author: Erik 'Tracer' Testerman

Erik Testerman is a Marine Corps grunt, a competitive shooter, and an admirer of fine arms and armaments. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, two rambunctious children, and a slobbery English Mastiff. To learn more about Erik Testerman and read samples of his work, visit

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