Dateline: June/July 2004
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Occupation: None at that time
Time: Approximately 2:00 AM Central Standard Time
Believe me, I never saw myself as a fan of shows like “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam.”
But, there I was, unemployed, hunting like mad for a job (I’d get one that July…it’s how I ended up in Indianapolis), sleeping til 2 in the afternoon and staying up super late.
It was one of those late nights that introduced me to Bam Margera torturing his parents in a big home in Westchester, PA. It was also then that I developed a mad crush on Ryan Dunn.
The crush became the subject of a long-running joke between my friends in New Orleans and. It even resulted in me being given a copy of the first “Jackass” movie on DVD as a going-away gift.
As stupid as the stunts were, for some reason, it amused me a lot. Particularly one entitled, “Butt X-Ray.”
Yesterday, we learned of Dunn’s passing – he was killed in a car crash.
This is the first celebrity crush that I outlived (Harrison Ford of Han Solo fame is still alive).
It’s sad, but I know a level of rock stardom like what Dunn had can be very seductive.
God rest Dunn.