chelelev: (Diff day)
I had a long LJ entry going when the computer froze - bye bye entry.  I doubt I can recreate it since I was being  esp. witty and the sarcasm was biting.

Friday night at the fair brought me yet another country group, Sawyer Brown and a new kid in my area.  She really had started the day before but all I had her do was guard the sound board and make sure no one got up there.  I had the task of making sure the reserved seating people had the right ticket.  I didn't nned to look at each one, just see what color they were holding and move them through.  New kid?  Couldn't find her own way out of a paper bag.  She had lived in Washington all her life, 3 years in the Tri-Cities.  Did not know where the Gorge was (she lived in an adjoining town, there are signs that take you right in there), has never heard of Pullman (where all the Washington State games are played, this is WAZOO country), didn't know were Richland was (that would be the town across the river from her).  She fretted about working the Gorge since she had heard horror stories about people being raped, etc.  I guess I miss all the action.

Friday I had had her checking tickets, she backed the line up so bad since she wanted to see each and every ticket.  I got pulled from guard duty to clear out the line and sent her back to guard duty.

Saturday I forced Mark to work the fair too.  Hey, facing a lay off, he can start getting extra money too.  He roamed and I was back with Miss Clueless.  I got the pleasure of ruining 3 girls night and possibly being the first person who had ever told Miss Size 0s no in thier life.  They asked about reserved seating.  They were told IF (big word, very important) there were any tickets left, they were available at will call.  The show had started so I didn't think they would still sell them any tickets.  They all grabbed thier little purses and took off running to the will call booth.  They were told no tickets.  They then tried to talk thier way via the ticket takers who told them they had to get by me.  That wasn't going to work out for them very well.  They tried begging, they played the it is not fair that we missed most of the concert going to the front will call based on what Miss Clueless and I had told them, they tried pouting.  My job was to make someones night miserable and it might as well be those 3.  Just the fact they wore size 0 clothes was enough to get me not to like them.  Saturday's concert was country, Josh Gracin.  He is a security nightmare since he went into the crowd more than once.

After the show, since Mark was still working, I roamed around with Miss Clueless, showed her where her next location was going to be - she had only walked by this place at least two times a night, she had to relieve Miss Bad Attitude from the beer garden so she could go to work.  Not sure where she works but saw them (she had a friend that was with her working ) sash-say out dressed in early whore tacky at 10:40.

Tool was Sunday night at the Gorge.  The worst night ever I have had to work.  22,500 people not counting the ones who bought bogus tickets and couldn't get in.  Not only did we have to search the backpacks, blankets, jackets, etc. we had to make sure there that there were no caps on the water bottles, only water could go in,  we had to pat them down - cargo shorts need to be outlawed, those pockets are way too far down their legs.  My back was killing me.  They couldn't have the chains they wear as decoration or holding their wallets, the pruning shears were a bit much, along with the piece of pipe, yes, those little Swiss Army knives are a no-no too.  Think of us as the airlines.  Don't even try and tell me you have never been searched before going into the Gorge.  That is so bull shit.  Don't tell me that I have found all your mini-bottle stash when I am still pulling them out of your pockets, backpacks, etc.  It was the mother load, he was never have found his way back to the top of the hill.  It was so fast and furious that I resorted to slamming down the sealed water that people left rather than deal with a capless bottle. 

The funniest part of the night was when one of the evicted ones (who didn't have a ticket and tried to run the gate) staggered back up to the entrance gate and tried to convince one of us that he had been assaulted inside, he hadn't even gotten inside.  Really good drugs there.

This weekend is the last weekend at the Gorge - 3 days of Dave Matthews, they aren't sold out yet but probably will.  Much different crowd than Tool (I hope).

Mark has an interview in South Carolina Friday.  He flies out Thursday and gets to visit 3 airports on the way, Denver, Atlanta, and Florance SC.  He has a 3 hour lay-over in Denver and 2 hours in Atlanta before getting to Florance.  Coming back on Saturday, he gets to visit Florance, Charlotte and Denver.  He doesn't get in until 8:30 at night.  Between now and this afternoon I need to decide if I am going to work the concert or be available to pick him up.  Parking is not that expensive at Pasco, not a big deal for him to park there.  Visiting the Pasco airport is no big deal.  I've never gotten to spend much time in Denver's airport so probably would like it.  Atlanta has Chick-fil-a, I am jealous.

Time to see about getting a nap in.  Some how when Mark programed the DVR to record the Emmys, he did it twice (once in HD) which wiped out everything I had recorded.  I have no idea what is going on in Vanished, I haven't seen Weeds yet this season, lost the Psych shows I had missed, the season finale for House (actually there were about 4 House that I had not seen).  Should shot the boy.  It is my fault for not remembering to set it up myself.  Quite honestly, don't know why I bothered,   There were about 4 things I liked.  BTW, who dressed Candace Bergin?  Could she have looked any worse?
chelelev: (word)
At the fair (yep, still writing about the fair) Tuesday we noticed two men with coordinated Ozzy shirts, one for Black Sabbath and the other wore an OzzFest t-shirt. These are older men, probably mid forties to mid fifties. One of the shirts had the word fuck on it and I did think that was a bit inappropriate for a fair (am I getting that old and conservative? Bitch slap this out of me!). We saw the same men last night at Uncle Cracker, this time in coordinated Hawaiian shirts. I am not sure if they are partners or out to pick up girls at the fair and they think they look cute together and they are hoping for a threesome or foursome.

The bottom line of how pathetic they were? During one of the songs, they stood up and began attempting to throw gang signs down. Please note: you are white middle-aged men in white Republican eastern Washington, gangstas you are not.
chelelev: (polar bear)

This week in the lovely Benton-Franklin County Fair. For those of you used to a good size fair, think King County or the mother of all fairs, The Puyallup,this is a sad little fair. They rip you off with parking (5.00), admission (10.00) and the usual bad fair food. Last year I was treasurer for the local Democrat group so I was at the fair twice a day (bringing money in, taking money out).  Spent way too much time at the fair that year.

Like other fairs, they have entertainment, $6.00 if you want to sit in the "special section" (read chairs with backs on them) or free if you want to sit on the grass or in the uncomfortable bleachers.  They usually book those acts on their way down the ladder of success, last year was Styx (which I have had the opportunity to see at least once every summer for several years, not the scarcasm in the typed word and will be seeing them yet again next month, can you say Antichrist?), a few country people and the perennial downward sprial of Eddie Mooney (who was selling thongs with his picture on them, just not right).

This year's entertainment offering was/is the Doobie Brothers, some more country and Uncle Cracker.  Doobie Brothers (not sure how many were original to the band) did draw in a huge crowd and they were there on opening day of the fair.  I saw them back in the day (on their last farewell tour) and wasn't really impressed with them this year.  I was expecting the Greatest Hits and got some of that and some new stuff that I wasn't prepared for.  Uncle Cracker was tonight (which was also Senior Day).  He did clean up his act, I was a bit concerned with all the little kids in the audience and some older folks.  I did wonder what the old folks were thinking, he did do a couple of songs that would appeal to my generation.  Mark went with reservations but he really didn't have that bad of a time.  It could have been worse, I could have found a Snoop Dogg concert to drag him to.

I believe I am now done with the fair tour this year.  There are some people I wouldn't mind seeing at the Puyallup but just don't have the energy to drive over, spend the night and deal with it all.  It also usually rains during that fair and there is nothing worse than sitting without roof during an all weather concert when there is weather.  Did it last year (for guess who?).  It was the same weekend as FarmAid so we were over there anyway but it was a miserable weekend (not to mention the speeding ticket I got on the way).

Just two more concerts on the books for this year,  Tom Petty Labor day weekend at The Gorge and my manditory penance of Styx at the Gorge later next month.  I even get to suffer through REO Speedwagon and Foreinger.  This line up is better than last year's concert where Nelson (David's little boys) opened for Peter Frampton.  We sat next to a couple who just loved Nelson, they played on the cruise that they took for their honeymoon.  I just sat there wondering if I could force myself into a coma for the next 30 minutes that they were on stage.  The rest of the line-up was better, Blue Oyster Clut and Kansas (considering we are desert, Dust in the Wind was appropriate).  Steely Dan must be out of the "we sing about incest" tour dates since they did tour the Northwest this summer.

 

 

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