Concert Fever

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

So I've been trying this new thing all week called getting up early. It's funny because I like to think of myself as a morning person, yet I really really love sleeping in. But there's just something about the day-before-the-day I truly enjoy,  if I'm able to make it up for it.


I took this photo back in the day when I used to get up at 6:00 a.m. every morning to work out at the Trump Tower... And by workout I mean I'd go there just to sit in the amazing locker room and use the nice showers and luxury bath soaps.

Anyway, I might not have picked the best week to start this new early morning stuff. Yesterday I had to work from about 9-3, then class at Second City from 4-7, followed by a concert at the Aragon at 8:00. So yeah, I'm a little tired typing this out at 6:45 a.m. just thinking about going back to bed...


Here's the thing, Chris really loves concerts. We would go to one every night if he had his way. Last night we saw Alt J and Lord Huron, and a few days before that we saw Robert Delong. And if you don't know who those bands are, you're not alone. Chris has to send me playlists before every concert so I can at least try to know a few songs of who we're about to see.

Don't get me wrong I love concerts too, but I gotta admit, sometimes there just a little much for me. Like for instance I hate being pushed. I just don't think I have a relaxed enough/don't-give-a-shit demeanor for concert crowds. It really grinds my gears when Chris and I get there a little early to get a good standing spot and suddenly right before the band comes on a slew of drunk girls elbow their way right in front of us. It doesn't phase Chris because he knows that's just normal concert audience behavior, yet it never fails to piss me off. And will I sound super bad if I also admit I hate standing for that long? Am I the only concert-attender who would prefer to have a nice comfortable chair to sit in while I watch? I'll stand when I want, but for the most part I prefer to sit.

I'm just not cool enough. I'm also not cool enough to enjoy the girl dancing next to me who appears to have eaten one too many Molly's in her ham sandy before the show. She may be slow dancing in a burning room, but I'm at a concert and she keeps swinging her sweaty hair in my beer. See what I mean? This kind of behavior shouldn't bother someone at a concert, I should be "chill" enough to not mind if my beer has sweaty-drug-hair in it.

And since I'm being a grandma here, I'll just go ahead and bring up the last thing that sometimes bugs me about concerts. What's with the whole fake-out at the end? Why does a band always act like their done without having played their most popular song? What's with that? You know everyone came to see that one song (except for the non-posers of course.) I feel like that's similar to going to a restaurant to order their best dish only to have your server tell you it's not offered anymore, then "surprise" you with it at the end. That may be a stretch, but you get the idea.

Anyway guys, it's gonna be a hot one today. Chicago is actually closing schools due to the extreme temps. But I won't complain. I'd rather have schools closed for heat rather than blizzards. Drink lots of water and keep your pets inside! And lay off the Molly, I saw on the news this morning there's a "bad batch" running through the U.S. that has already killed several college kids. To which I wanted to ask Matt Lauer what he considers a "good batch" of Molly? ....


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28 comments:

  1. I am definitely a morning person, but I love sleeping in as well! I hate sleeping too late, but those REAL early mornings are not my friends!

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  2. I can relate to your concert woes! Is it too much to ask to sit and not have my beer spilled all over me?! We are going to Gordon Lightfoot (I know.. I know.) this weekend and I am just so excited to be able to sit that I don't care if I'm bored the whole time.

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  3. I can totally relate, I don't got to a lot of concerts for some of those reasons. I thought you were going to say it's like going to a restaurant and not getting your bread basket! Haha!

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  4. I feel exactly the same about concerts. Also, I hate standing. I know that makes me such an old person, but after like 45 minutes my back aches and I want to sit down in the mom-who-drove-her-teenager there section. I usually do. I regret nothing.

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  5. I've been getting up early to go to the gym, and after 2 whole days I'm REALLY considering giving it all up and just being fat.

    I'm totally a grandma at concerts, too. I don't enjoy the crowds, the loud teenagers and the drunk idiots. But, I sure do love me a good live show.

    I hope you survive today!

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  6. I keep thinking I need to get up earlier and walk on the beach every morning otherwise what's the point of living at the beach. Then I keep right on sleeping every. single. morning.

    I hate crowds of drunk people so I go to very few concerts each year.

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  7. I went to a concert about a year ago and was offered molly by someone in the crowd. it was the first time I truly felt old, as I had no clue what molly was at that point in time. you know you are old when you don't know what drugs the kids are doing!

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  8. I used to go to concerts all the time (in the "pit" or floor) and now I'm just too old for it. I prefer seats or to stand in the back and just listen. I can't deal with pushy people, smelly people or teenyboppers :P

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  9. Thank you! I actually love the concert atmosphere minus a few crazies but I can't stand the fake out at the end either. I have a really hard time yelling and cheering when I know they're going to come back out in a few minutes.

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  10. "Am I the only concert-attender who would prefer to have a nice comfortable chair to sit in while I watch?"
    you are not alone sista. to this day, my favorite concert was seeing city and colour play in a little theater in philadelphia. we waited in line for what seemed like EVER to get a good spot, since it was general admission and to our surprise, the whole theater had been filled with chairs. we got a front row seat and throughout the ENTIRE concert, everyone sat. we sat, and enjoyed the music for what it was. no pushing and shoving and hair swinging involved.
    it was lovely.

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  11. i love concerts and you know this. but yes, some people can really be annoying. and they have to have the "experience" yawn.

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  12. Hawkeye is home with a comfortable 72 degree air conditioning unit blowing on her face, I'm sure she's thrilled. Anyway, I'm so with you on concerts, I hate being touched. Drunk girls are so pushy and it makes me snap every time. I've thrown a few elbows I won't lie.

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  13. Oh my goodness! I go to a lot of concerts too and hate the people there. I have been elbowed in the head and had many a beer poured on me. I always leave and say I am never going to another concert, and then the next month I am right back at it...

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  14. I am so with you on the concert thing. I swear every time I go, the most annoying drunk girl is beside/in front of me and keeps stepping on my feet, hitting me with her hair. I'm not opposed to gently nudging her away with my shoulder or elbow (like Stephanie said in the comments before mine). Why can't people just respect personal space?

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  15. i am an avid concert goer and yet all of those things still piss me off too. you're not alone here.

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  16. I totally hear you about the concerts:) I get so annoyed when drunk girls push their way to the front. Don't they know concert etiquette? This was hilarious, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who would just like a nice comfortable seat:)

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  17. I am the exact same way, I love getting up early but don't do it as often as I should. And the whole girls elbowing their way to the front...I get the same way in airports while I am at baggage claim up front and some a**hole walks up and stands right in front of me. Who does that???

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  18. I agree with the whole "sit down" thing. I went to one concert where the band had three opening acts. They didn't go on stage until about 3 hours after the show started and I was already over it. Needless to say I went home and didn't see the band.

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  19. I totally feel you on the concert behavior! I like to be early for everything and especially if it's getting my "good spot".. for someone to arrive late and to elbow their way in is annoying, especially if they have a bad attitude about it. We are about to have a pretty big music Festival for this "area" in October and while I would like to pay WAY too much for tickets, drive 45 minutes away, pay WAY too much for beverages and enjoy the multiple acts.. I just can't deal with rude people. Well I can but that would include verbally bashing them but then it automatically starts an argument between me and the fiance. So I will just be attending "private concerts" at home, via youtube!

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  20. I share the exact same sentiments (and annoyances) about concerts. My husband would go to see a band he didn't like just for the experience. What am I missing? I feed him a bone every now again and go, but good lord do I dislike them. My feet hurt, I feel like I need a Purell bath, and the morning after is shot. Oy. You summed it up perfectly.

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  21. I hate it too! I am in Bloomington, IN and being a college town, there is always a concert to attend. It's really annoying when all the drunk college chicks run you over and spill their drinks. I wear heels so if they piss me off, I can "accidentally" stomp on their feet!
    Kristin

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  22. I love my sleep, but I can get up at any time when I need to, am I more a morning person then a night person..............well...........yes I am................I love to get up and see what the day holds......even when it doesn't hold much.....

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  23. I would so love to sit in chairs and enjoy concerts, but I also think it's because I'm 28 and not 18. One time I was a general admission concert without seats and this dumb chick BURNT ME WITH A CIGARETTE on my shoulder. Also another reason I prefer chairs.

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  24. Mornings are my favorite, only because it is the only time I get to myself ha ha. But it is always nice to see the sunrise and get things accomplished before you have to go run errands, etc.

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  25. Did Alt J do Breezeblocks?? I heard it a few months ago and am so obsessed with it, I have it on repeat all the time! But I'm with you on the concert front - they're just a bit MUCH sometimes, and they can be so darn expensive for all the chaos!

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  26. Ok, I think I'm the only one who doesn't know what a Molly is. Is that ham? I totally get you on the concerts though. As much as I love music and going to them, I am not a crowd person. I hate being elbowed and shoved, especially by sweaty people. This lady actually shoved my friend and I at the Maroon 5 concert and then pulled her three daughters through. I'm 5'8'' and they were at least a half a head taller than me and it was more than half-way through. I really don't see the point...

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  27. I am definitely not a morning person but I have been getting up between 7 and 8am for the past few days. A harder achievement than you may believe, but in a few weeks I'm back to 6am starts, yuck. I've just written about my experience at a Jimmy Eat World concert last night. We got a barrier spot so I had something to lean on (makes me feel better about having to stand for so long), there was no pushing or any overly loud drunk girls so that was a plus. I guess it just depends on what type of show you go too!

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  28. Love Lord Huron and jealous you got to see him but I feel the same way about shows anymore. While I love live music, all of the touching, bumping, standing, etc drives me crazy. Especially being that I pretty short I am always stuck behind the tallest dude in the place.

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