So there's this school in Nashville called Vanderbilt. And every year, Vanderbilt has this three-day outdoor concert series called Rites of Spring
. And every year, I think it will be good. And ever year, I am wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.
Pith is probably not the best place for a full-on rant, so I will limit my complaints to specific atrocities.
1. The tickets cost $10 for students; $25 for alumni; $35 for regular people. Previous to this year, they were free. Yet the quality of the event was much worse than before.
2. If you were not associated with Vanderbilt and had paid $35, the security people at the check-points probably hassled you because you didn't have a Vanderbilt ID to show them. They got very confused when I brought a non-Vanderbilt friend, even though I was going as a member of the press and not as a Vanderbilt person myself.
3. I also brought a dog. I'd been to 4 previous Rites of Springs and they all allowed dogs. Before I entered the festival, I asked, "are still dogs allowed?" They said they were. Then later, after I had purchased a drink and was listening to the music, a security guard came and found me in the crowd. "I'm sorry, I was wrong," he said. "Your dog has to leave." Smooth move.
4. If you left the gated area of the festival and tried to come back in, they wouldn't let you bring any food or drink with you, even if you had obviously purchased it inside the festival. I found this out the hard way.
5. They told us that if we wanted to return the next night, we had to keep our wristbands because they would not give us new ones. So I had to wear my ugly orange plastic thing to work today.
6. They gave you an additional wrist band if you were over 21. But they still had cops patrolling the concert scene, checking people's IDs. Is that necessary? Then what's the point of the wrist bands?
7. The music was good, at least.
8. And I'm going back tonight.
9. So maybe it wasn't really that bad.
10. But a preppy Woodstock, it was not.
The lead singer of Cake makes me think that, despite my lack of singing ability, I too can be a lead singer. He just talks over the music! Why didn't I think of that?
On a totally unrelated note, I am really enjoying all of the John Bolton news stories
. They just get better and better.