I remember talking to Dave from Vision about playing Baltimore sometime in the near future at a show they played in DC at the Capitol Ballroom. The line up was originally supposed to be something I was super excited about, but when we arrived we had come to find out that most of the good bands had cancelled and the show ended up being Vision, Train of Thought, and Circle of Violence. I have never been much of a fan of tough guy hardcore and watching a dude lumber around stage with a microphone in one hand and a monkey wrench in the other wasn't really my idea of what hardcore was about. I think I got Hands Tied's contact info from Dave as well and he also suggested having OS101 play the show. I think their Victory Records debut had just come out, and while I thought it was a bit corny, I thought it would be cool to book a band that was ex-Hogan's Heroes.
As this was the first time I ever booked a show, I had no ideas about things like guarantees or the hardcore scene in Baltimore or what turnouts might generally be like, so when Dave gave me an amount for Vision, I thought it seemed reasonable enough. I know I was super into Hands Tied at the time, but it's hard for me to say how many other people in the area were as well. Nevertheless, I thought the show would bring out at least 250 - 300 people, based on my experiences of going to shows with a line up like this in New Jersey a year or so earlier. About a week or so prior to the show Hands Tied cancelled due to someone in the band breaking their hand or finger. I can't remember which or who it was. I was really bummed as I was really looking forward to seeing them play. I think just over 100 people ended up coming out to the show, and while it was a pretty fun time, I was really nervous as the security budget for the show was gonna eat up almost half of what we made at the door and I didn't quite have half the money that I had promised to Vision. I explained the situation to Dave and he was totally cool about it. I was so relieved. He said he understood and they had a fun time and all was good. Shortly thereafter was when I learned of the concept of door deals, and, with a couple of exceptions, it's how I've booked shows ever since.
I made the flyer in my Introduction to Digital Art class, which was pretty much just working with Photoshop. My friend and neighbor at the time, Damon Pieri, drew the characters for me and I scanned them in, along with some of the band logos, and put it all together. I was pretty proud of it at the time. Damon was also the one who brought up the idea of telling people to bring canned goods and getting a donation together for Food Not Bombs, though at the time I don't think either of us had any idea who was doing Food Not Bombs in the Baltimore area at the time so we ended up giving everything we collected to Our Daily Bread. "Worm" was a nickname given to me my freshman year by some upperclassmen I had befriended who I'd go skating with at the Lansdowne Bowl. It was pre-Friday (the movie), and I was told it was because when they first met me they got the impression that I was a little conniving and weasel-like. Go figure. However, it stuck through most of my time at college and to this day there are still a few friends from back then that still use it. Amazing.