Garms Family Road Stories: And the soundman screamed…
Have you ever seen the road cases that groups store their sound equipment in? You know, the huge containers with wheels that the young guys of the group are always rolling out after a concert? Well, have you ever seen one rolling – by itself – straight toward your car?
Several years ago we went to see a popular Southern Gospel group in concert, and as usual, we stayed late conversing with members of the group and friends that attended the concert. The soundman and other road hands were tearing down the sound equipment as we visited, passing us by in the lobby with road case after road case. Most of these weren’t any small cases – they were humongous!
When we finally tore ourselves away, we trooped out onto the church’s sidewalk, trying to locate our 15-passenger van (which wasn’t very hard to do, since it was the only 15-passenger van in the parking lot). The soundman had just rolled out another large road case, parking it on the sidewalk, and was starting to leave.
Now, let me set the scene here. The sun had just set and the street lights were beginning to turn on, adding a strange orange glow to the evening. All eight of us were nearing the edge of the sidewalk, and near our exit point was a running car filled with older ladies. They were parked against the sidewalk, directly across from the mountain of road cases. The soundman – as I mentioned before – had just turned from the case and was heading back to the church. In seconds, the scene abruptly changed.
The case the soundman had just delivered suddenly started rolling, gradually picked up speed. (The fact that the sidewalk was sloped in that particular spot might have played into it.) It began to roll straight toward the parked car with no signs of stopping. (Did I mention this case also had about three other smaller cases stacked on top of it?)
We screamed. The ladies in the car screamed. The soundman screamed.
So, here we all were, a group of screaming people on the sidewalk beside a car full of screaming people, all screaming because of a runaway road case. But screaming wasn’t doing anything, so Ben – knowing just how to handle runaway cases – leaped forward and
ordered the case to stop heroically blocked the case from smashing into the helpless car.
Needless to say, we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Ben pushed the road case onto the nearby grass to keep it from rolling and the soundman took it from there. Then, we continued on to the van. It was like nothing ever happened.
The lesson for groups is do not put rolling road cases on sloping sidewalks. The lesson for concert-goers is watch out for runaway road cases. And, the lesson for us is…expect the unexpected!
Submitted by Taylor for the Garms Family