My friends, Misty and Ashley, and I went to "Summer Camp" yesterday. My main goal was to see the Avett Brothers, but with multiple stages and over 100 bands, you've got a lot of music to soak up. Um, soak-ED being the operative word! Unfortunately, this year's fest was dumped on with rain and mud or as one kid said to us, "100% chance of mud."
Other random quotes:
Overheard from inside a tent: "I've puked so much, I have nothing left to puke."
Kid walking by: "I only have one pair of dry pants left."
Tow truck driver: "I'm really worried--there's no way those cars are going to be able to get out of there."
Ah, memories. I remember living through times like these in my 20's. Alpine Valley (outdoor concert venue in Elkhorn, WI--about 1 1/2 hr. from O'Hare) always seemed to be a spot for rain. My friend Shelley and I were soaked when we went to see Guns 'n' Roses as were an old roommate and I when we went to see Living Colour and The Rolling Stones. Two hours minimum to get out of the parking lot and spinning tires in mud were just met with a shrug of our young shoulders back then. C'est la vie.
Now, however, I've paid my muddy dues. I think of Anthony Bourdain, always wearing cowboy boots and a leather coat (I'll never give up my cowboy boots), but suddenly with maturing age, understanding the joy and elegance of having a pair of bespoke Italian loafers made for his feet only.
Life is all about living and having experiences, I believe that. But in regards to musical locales in my advancing age, I think I'll take either sunny skies or floors coated with sticky beer underneath my feet over thick, cement-like soil. (-;
"This in one crazy party."
"Tell me about it!"
The Avett Brothers at the Sunshine Stage:
Blast from the past: Living Colour - "Cult of Personality" I loved this album - great cover art, too.