Friday, August 15, 2008

Teen and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

What was I thinking taking Teen to the Virgin Music Fest? I know what I was thinking: Jeff Tweedy.

What I wasn’t thinking was how to explain the zonked out woman the ambulance was taking away.

Ah, it’s clearly sunstroke, I said. Way too hot out here.

Or...ooh, ooh that smell, the smell that surrounds us.

Patchouli Oil, I said. All these tye dyers wear it.

But isn’t it coming from those funny-looking cigarettes being passed around? Teen asked.

Cloves, I replied. All these Rastas smoke them.

Yes, I know, I need to have the drug talk with Teen soon.


And then there was this drunk-out-of-his mind dude:

He’s obviously ‘special’, I said.

In fact, it seemed all the folks there were 'special" as evidenced by their use of these porta-potties:

They were the first ever I’d seen full to the rim and over-flown, with drunk high hippie-rasta folks continuing to use them without a care in the world.

I hadn’t seen so many wasted people since a Russian-Polish wedding.

OK. OK. It was an Irish wake.

Still…$95.00 bucks a ticket and you’re passed out before the main acts.

OK. OK. The slam dancers were definitely not passed out.

I mean, it’s not that Teen hasn’t been to concerts before.

I believe in raising a kid right.

Meaning he’s got to know that Neil Young is great and that Neil Diamond sucks.
That Pink Floyd is great and that Pink sucks.
That John Lennon is great and that John Mayer, is well, mediocre.

Yes, teen has seen Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and against his classic rock will, Black 47 and Wilco.

The difference between those events and this one is --that the folks at the former venues were actually there to hear the music!!

At any rate, Teen and I were there to hear Wilco again.

OK. OK. Teen did want to sneak over to the other stage to catch Chuck Berry. But like I said, I believe in raising a kid right. He would not be Wilcoless.

So we ‘excuse me’, ‘excuse us’, ‘be careful your cigarette is burning my arm-ed’ our way to the front of the crowd.

We were not disappointed.

Wilco was Wilcoful.

And after, Teen was excited to see Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.

But Teen knows that Dave Matthews is great and Dave Grohl is, well...

OK. OK. they’re both ah...all right. Grohl can drop the F-bomb, spit into the audience and whirl his hair around with the best of them.

All in all, despite the hopped up people, the herbs, the overflowing porta-potties, and this Jägermeister dude:

It was a good time. A mom and son bonding time.

And speaking of bonding...

I’d like to thank Restless Housewife Rambling for this most excellent award.

I am honored and therefore will bestow (I always wanted to use that word) to the following:

1) Jen at Daily Mish Mash, my sista in stalking.

2) Suzie at Up The Hill Backwards, my sista in education.

3) Unfinished Dude at Unfinished Rambling(s) who next to his Wife , his Sister, and Diesel, Brent, Damon, Lobo and all my female friends is my favorite blogger.

Seriously, for a Catholic, the guy blogs funny. He doesn’t drop the F-bomb or make fun of people like a lot of other Humor-Bloggers.

OK. OK. He doesn’t drop the F-bomb anyway.

And Neil Diamond fans, no hate mail please. Been there. Done that.

OK. OK. It was those gunsling Charlton Heston fans. But still….




The Hypocritical One said...

I've seen both Neil Young...and Neil Diamon.

Both were their own way.

April said...

Congrats on the award!!

Did Teen get the munchies?

Alice said...

Neil Diamond sucks? Here's your hate mail sistah! Consider yourself served.

I must now go listen to 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show' until this feeling passes.

Alice said...

Oh - double check your humor-blogs link. I don't think it's right.

Broke But Still Drinking said...

Do you enjoy free beer given to you by a complete stranger?

Jen said...

Thanks for the award, but I'm still a little bitter about you calling John Mayer mediocre. You didn't think I'd notice that, or did you?! Or was the award just a way to make up for the obvious error in judgement. (Just kidding-you made my day! Thanks!) said...

I'll say it yet're so frickn' funny.

That's so hilarious - I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do when I have to deal with Dora the E. being exposed and introduced to all that and more. It's so frickn' scary...esp. "witnessing" all of it 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hand!!!! Sh*t dude - I've been telling people, w/the lives me and my husband have lived pre-domestication, and the genes we have unintentionally bestowed upon her, that instead of looking at colleges for her, we've already started checking out rehabs!

Re: John Mayer - sorry folks, but, ew - I hate today's music! (I've so become my parents)

Suzie said...

Thank you sniff...thank you so much

Jinksy said...

At least you didn't have to explain to Teen why a couple would be sharing a port-a-potty.

Meg said...

Hypo One: Ya? Where was Neil Diamond during Kent State?

April: Teen didn't get the munchies, but I got awful thirsty--had to have a Stella.

Alice: What can I say? I'm a beer snob and a music snob. And I looooove Babel!!!!!!

Broke: You obviously don't know me well, or you wouldn't need to ask.

Jen: I knew someone would get me for that. OK. Let's just say his taste in women is mediocre.

Restless: Love you, too. Wish you would register and vote. JK. But really....

Suzie: I know you're sniffing because you're sick, but you are welcome.

Jinksy: No, but there were a few he/she types that needed explanation.

JD at I Do Things said...

This sounds like a lot of fun.

I had a weird sex dream about Neil Diamond.

Please try not to hold it against me.

JD at I Do Things

damon said...

My daughter and I go to ALL those freak-fests. We have friends in the biz and usually get the royal treatment. Oh yeah, backstage port-o-pot passes!

for a different kind of girl said...

Neil Diamond is a god!

He's no Dave Grohl, but he is Neil frickin' Diamond! You can't be dissin' the Diamond!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

How old is Teen? I made sure my teen knew "that smell". He was already smelling it in classrooms in his school (no, not that kids were smoking, but on some students' clothes). Yuck.

Congrats on the award! And you are brilliant, m'dear!

Blitzed and Bipolar said...

I agree with you, Neil Young>Neil Diamond, duh.

Oh, and I don't think my mom knows that smell, does that mean she's naive, or I am for thiking that?