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Labor Dave Weekend 2014

7 Sep

We went 2 of the 3 days. We spent the big bucks on seats. We made a sign for the opener (Brandi CArlile!) and for DMB. Which we worked really hard on and it turned out adorable. We chalked the car. Planned the hair, makeup, and clothes to look extra cute. It should have been the best year!

But it wan’t. Actually, I cried crocodile tears. Lesson learned: More money spend doesn’t automatically translate to better time, more fun. Maybe it translates to better pictures? Or just experience did.

We had previously gone to the show on Sunday only. And that’s what I would advise fans to do (unless you are a binge-drinker and love obnoxious crowds). By Sunday, everyone is tired, sunburned, hung-over–and it makes them more subdued. That’s my crowd–a little less amped up, at least to the point of politeness.

Friday everyone is full of energy. They have not been cooked in the sun yet. And they’re not hung-over and low key. Friday it’s all frat boys and pushing, and so so so much smoking. Like, yuck, it’s after 1950-who is still smoking?!! We’re in WAshington state, and WA is environmentally conscious, educated, and healthy. Don’t go on Friday.

The beautiful sign ruined everything. I was excited to hold it. We worked so hard, and it was super-cute. But the first time we held it up (between songs) some frat boy fussed. I wanted to say, fuck you, you’re too busy bing-drinking, yelling, pushing, and smoking to notice anyway. But Cool got very anxious, and refused to hold the sign at all after that. Which made me severely disappointed. I tried to get her to hold it, b/c we had spent a lot of time and planning on it–but she listened to the 1 frat boy and refused. It was a huge fight!

The weekend could not be salvaged after that.

We had seats for Friday and Sunday, and of COURSE Brandi performed Sat–the day we didn’t have tickets. It was windy. The friend we were staying with was sick with a migraine. It wasn’t the good time we had planned, hoped for, anticipated, or paid for.

So just know that you don’t have to spends loads of money to have fun. Our most fun year was our cheapest and our most expensive year went the worst.

YOU make your fun time!

Labor Dave Weekend 2013

6 Sep

Once I had gone to the concert and scouted out the situation, I knew how to better prepare.

There is nothing really out in the middle of WAshington so I learned to pack our own food/bev.

There is nothing really out in the middle of WAshngton so I knew better than to hang out around the venue too early. It’s literally a dirt parking lot. And Quincy, nearby apparently doesn’t like money, so every time we’ve gone through there, no matter the day of the week or time–everything is closed. Ugh and do NOT attempt to visit or eat at that nearby golf community. They are horrible, and on a prior trip we literally dined and awkwardly left without paying, b/c our waitress got distracted with her friends, and the bartender literally ignored us standing at the counter even though we were the ONLY ones in there. It was so weird–we never do that.

We decided to do some exploring and hiking in the county.

So we went to some caves and also Soap Lake, which really does bubble like there’s dish soap or something in the water. The Native Americans used it as a healing water.

And of course we did some tail-gaiting. And felt extra cool with cans of craft beer. Seriously, bring your own food and pre-game, because the Gorge Amphitheater is not well stocked, doesn’t ever have good selection, and the prices are EGREGIOUS!

We also made more of an effort to get pics inside the venue. Though we’ve yet to get that perfect angle.

Concerts are fun! Even if you can only afford lawn tickets.

Then we camped at Feathers, because driving 3.5 hours home that late at night is NOT a thing. I think 2013 was our most favorite and success ful year.