July 2010 Archives

Walking into a concert you are full of anticipation. Filing along at a moderate clip, eager to see how good your seats are, with patient and happy people all around. Leaving, however, is another story. The concert was Carlos Santana, the venue Bethel Woods. Both very, very good. (And Steve Winwood opened the show, amazing in his own well-deserved right.) All in all a memorable 50th Birthday present. The 'funny thing' happened at midnight: a group of guys dragging a huge wooden bench down the paths towards the exit gate. It was covered with a big blue tarp. They could barely lift the bench, try as they might. There was at least a half dozen of them. I started laughing out loud, and one of the guys looked at me and said "What, you don't think we'll make it past security? It's covered up pretty well." That was it, I lost it! Was the funniest way to end a great night, amidst a shuffling crowd of complete strangers. I could not recover from the irony for most of the (three hour) ride home. One of the guys had handed me a business card for bigbluetarp.us. Makes the story even better.