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The Money Saga - Part 4: Challenge

If you've come in late, here's your reading assignment:Caught up? Let's move on...


So, Gabriel Mann was in this free concert at the House of Blues. I hadn't seen the guys play in a while, and it was free, so I headed straight out there after I finished up with Washington Mutual.

Now, I didn't have time to stop at Wells Fargo to deposit things before they closed, which meant I had no cash in my pocket, and no way to get any. I'd packed myself a dinner, and the concert was free, so I really wouldn't need money anyway. Right?

(If you've ever been to Hollywood, you probably see this coming...)

As I approach the House of Blues, I pass by $5 parking lots. I pass by $10 parking lots. I pass by parking meters, and tow-away zones. And I realize that having my car towed is the only option among those which would let me pay with a credit card. In retrospect, that might have made things easier.

The Virgin Megastore isn't TOO far away. A mile or two, tops. I can get two hours free parking there with validation.

So, let's see...
  • Gabe's going to play a short set - he's one of three bands.
  • I'm meeting up with some friends at the show - one of them can give me a ride back to my car if the timing's too tight to walk back.
  • If I'm late, I can count on my friends to loan me a dollar or two so I can get my car out of the lot.
  • Heck.. If all else fails, I can buy a ticket at the movie theater and get a three hour validation out of that.
No problem.

The lot is really full that night, and I'm forced to hand my keys to a parking attendant so they can stack everyone's vehicles against the wall. It feels very strange walking without them, and I go into a blind panic every time my hand brushes against the empty pocket. But there's no time to think on that. I run down Sunset as fast as my body will take me, and make it with minutes to spare.

Except...

The show starts late.
    Side story:
    I head into the restroom and wash the sweat off my face. I take off my jacket - it's freezing outside, but very warm within. I wish I could have left it in my car. I walk over to the lighting/sound booth, and talk to the engineer.

    "Hi!" I say.
    He glares at me.
    "Do you mind if I leave my jacket here and come back for it later?"
    He looks me over for a few seconds, contemplating homicide.
    "Yes." he says. "I do mind!"
    "Then I won't. No problem!"
    I smile politely and walk away.

    I'm a little put off by the man's hostility. Other people in his position (at this same venue) have let me get away with far worse, so I don't think my request was terribly unreasonable. It certainly didn't warrant the pure hatred this man exuded. He continued to shoot dirty looks my way, from that moment until the show started and people crowded in between us.
So, the show starts late. This gives me lots of time to scour the place over for my friends, who haven't shown. Must be stuck in traffic, I figure.
    Concert Review:
    It's an amazing show, and it fully makes up for the rest of the evening. Every song is as good as or better than I remember (except for Dirt Road, where Tony's rhythm guitar part feels out of place now).

    They threw in some vocal percussion on Careen, which should really make them stand out for a new fan. (while not the same as a new Spiralmouth performance, it was a nice touch for fans of both groups)

    They covered the Greatest American Hero theme, perfectly (except for this one simple but very distinctive run that the string section makes during the chorus, which is conspicuously missing from this version - Gabe should probably take that on the piano).

    They get through all the old favorites (except for "I Know Everything" - Grr!) and introduce a song or two I hadn't heard before.

    And they close the show with a bluesy soulful full-band version of "Artichoke," evoking everything that's cool about the House of Blues.
When the show ends, I quickly make sure that my friends aren't there, and take off down Sunset again, sprinting like a madman. I arrive at my car ten minutes beyond the free parking.

No problem, I thought earlier... Let's review:
  • Gabe's going to play a short set - he's one of three bands.
    - Had the show started on time, I'd be home free.
  • I'm meeting up with some friends at the show - one of them can give me a ride back to my car if the timing's too tight to walk back.
    - Well, that didn't happen.
  • If I'm late, I can count on my friends to loan me a dollar or two so I can get my car out of the lot.
    - Same problem.
  • Heck.. If all else fails, I can buy a ticket at the movie theater and get a three hour validation out of that.
    - Oh, yeah! Cool. Except, the box office closed.
I'm screwed.



Stay tuned for part 5, folks! It's just getting fun.

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 18th, 2001 03:49 pm (UTC)
Where is Part 5!!!!!!!!
self
Oct. 18th, 2001 05:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm?
Oh, you mean this...
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