The Unfortunate Aftereffects of Concertgoing
Today I am suffering from one of the unsightly consequences of attending an event at a bar that requires an admission fee. Yes, I have a hand stamp. Unfortunately, this is not a cute—oh it sort of looks like I have a tattoo—kind of stamp. This is more of a—wow, looks like I sort of have some kind of deadly and/or contagious rash—stamp (even after trying to wash it off). I guess it didn’t help that they used red ink and a stamp that looks more or less like a blob (see exhibit A). Next time I’ll take a wristband, thank you, or one of those invisible hand stamps they use for re-entry at the Magic Kingdom.
But it’s not all bad news. I realized my hand can be used as an instant Rorschach inkblot test. I am posting this second picture because the image is a little more clear (I felt the full redness came across better in Exhibit A). So what do you see in this blob? I see a downhill skier perfecting his pole plant technique. I don’t know what that means psychologically speaking, but I’m sure it somehow leads to a diagnosis of insanity.
All hand discoloration aside, the performers I saw last night were quite good. They included The Antlers and Sharon van Etten. Cake Shop’s downstairs space is small, which would be nice except that the stage isn’t raised all that much. This makes it kind of hard to see the performers. On a less crowded night I’m sure it would have been fine, but there were a lot of people there last night, so my short glimpses of the stage occurred only when the guy in front of me leaned over to talk to his friend every once in a while. There is a TV monitor set up over the bar to aid in the viewing of the bands. It’s kind of funny because the angle of the camera makes the black-and-white image look like a convenience store surveillance video. Luckily it had a very good soundtrack.
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