The difference between 18 and 35…

This morning, as the bus drove down Fifth Avenue, we noticed that there were people camping on the sidewalk.  On Fifth Avenue.  In the 70’s.  That’s a pretty ritzy neighborhood, so it was surprising to see.  And when I say camping, I mean with tents and air mattresses.  One guy had a little camping stove and some chairs set up.  Other people were laying on a mattress, covered in a blanket, with just their feet sticking out the bottom.  Another guy was standing in socks and boxer shorts wrapped in a blanket.  This is not a typical sight in that neighborhood and we all started chattering about why these people might be out there.  When we stopped at a light the bus driver pointed to a sign that said “Gaga GMA” and then it all made sense. 

These people are lining up to see Lady Gaga perform tomorrow on Good Morning America.  And clearly, they’ve been there since at least last night. 

My first thought was “Seriously?”.  I’m not Gaga’s biggest fan…I like her music and I think she’s got an amazing voice…but the outfits and the “shocking” behavior turn me off.  In a million years I would never sleep on a sidewalk to see her.  But then again, I would never sleep on a sidewalk to see anyone. 

Except…once, I did just that.

I mentioned this once before, very briefly…when Erin and I were in college, we slept outside of Tower Records to get Bob Dylan tickets.  We’d been at the diner when some of her friends came in and said they were on line for the tickets…which were free.  We though “what the hell” and went home, grabbed two blankets, two pillows, our homework and our neighbor…who was supposed to be protection, but ended up just being a pain in the ass.  We parked ourselves at the end of the line, Erin studied, I wrote a paper, we chatted with people around us.  At some point, we all fell asleep and were woken up by the guys behind us…because there was a homeless guy trying to kiss Erin.  There was a crazy hippy/biker lady walking around, trying to keep everyone happy and excited.  She handed out cardboard stars and told everyone they were memorobilia…I still have mine.  There was a brawl because someone tried to cut the line.  In the morning we gathered up our stuff, got our tickets, I went to class and handed in my paper…still carrying my blanket and pillow…and then went back to the dorm and slept the rest of the day.  At the time we thought we were so cool and that it was the best idea we’d ever had. 

Now I think it might have been the stupidest thing we’ve ever done.  Especially since we didn’t have tents and an air mattress.  The people on Fifth Avenue could have taught our 18-year-old selves a thing or two about sleeping on the sidewalk.  They really know how to do it in style. 

My 18-year-old self though it was a great idea to sleep on the dirty, nasty ground with just a thin blanket under me.  But my 35-year-old self knows that no concert is worth it.  Of course, my 35-year-old self has a job and can call a ticket broker and pay their astronomical prices for the shows I really want to see…which makes sleeping on the sidewalk totally unnecessary.  But even if I couldn’t…no one is worth it. 

I hope the people who waiting to see Gaga actually get to see her.  I hear that the tickets sold out really fast and they are going to be very strict about who they let in…no ticket, no entry.  I hope they love the show and that it’s worth it to them to have people like me staring at them when they sleep. 

I’ll watch it on TV.

Random musings Friday…the 100th post edition…

So I managed to do it…to reach my 100th post!  When I started this blog I honesty didn’t think anyone would want to read it.  Now, here I am, 100 posts later and I still can’t believe that you guys stop by here every day and read the crap I write about.  And the comments…are always awesome and helpful and funny and supportive.  I love all of your faces off!  Seriously. 

In order to thank you all properly for supporting me through my first 100, I have a little something for you…

This beautiful necklace is from Creations by Juliann…my new favorite Etsy shop.  You have to go over to check out her shop…her stuff is so pretty and romantic and I seriously love it all.  While I was there picking out this little lovely, I chose a few items for myself as well.  This morning I went over there again (to steal these pictures) and found even more great stuff.  Go visit her…I guarantee you will find something you love.

I don’t like a lot of rules, so I’m going to keep this pretty simple..

  • Go visit Creations by Juliann and leave me a comment on this post telling me which item is your favorite – 1 entry.
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog – 3 entries.
  • Come back here every day next week and leave a comment – 1 entry per day.

The contest will be open until next Friday, July 2nd at midnight.  A winner will be selected (via over the weekend and I will post the results on Monday, July 5th.  Good luck.

Now for this week’s random musings…

  • There was another ridiculous line in front of Apple this morning…not as long of a line as yesterday, but still significant.  Of course, there was also a large crowd on the other side of the plaza by The Early Show set.  They weren’t there for iPhones though.  They were there to see Alicia Keys.  I think that is a much more worthwhile activity.
  • J and I are still engaged in the war of the kitchen appliances.  Now instead of just moving the same thing back and forth, we have started re-arranging everything…daily.  I think the only way for us to end this war is to buy a new house with a bigger kitchen. 
  • I have had Alejandro by Lady Gaga stuck in my head for about a week.  The thing is…I can’t stand that song.  Seriously.  I know this is a controversial statement…but I’m not a huge fan of Gaga.  The ridiculous outfits and the gimmicks and the crazy behavior are things I just cannot get behind. I mean, really…underwear at a Mets game?  They play bad enough as it is…they don’t need the additional distraction.  And the woman ruined a perfectly good Birkin bag by writing all over it.  What is that about?  If she didn’t want it, she could have sent it to me.  But I digress.  I do think she’s got a great voice and I like most of her songs.  But Alejandro?  I can’t stand it.  I think it’s because they play it on the radio here every 5 minutes.  On Sunday when I got in the car, it was on two stations at the same time.  I’ve mentally changed the words to “Please go away, Please go away, Alejandro.”  It doesn’t seem to be working. 
  • I bought tickets this morning to see Jay-Z and Eminem at Yankee Stadium and I’m soooo freaking excited.  They are just about the worst possible seats.  I don’t think it’s possible for us to be further away from the stage…by 10:10 they were already sold out!  But I’ll be there…September 14th…with my brother and sister-in-law.  Yay!!!  People seem to be surprised when I divulge that I am a Jay-Z fan.  Are you guys surprised?  I guess it’s because I also like Sarah McLachlan and sparkly vampires and dresses. 

That’s it for this week, dear readers.  Sorry this post is so late.  My boss is going on vacation next week and it’s super busy here.  Plus I was pre-occupied buying concert tickets and it took me a while to get on over here.  I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend…

Long live the World Trade, long live the king yo…I’m from the Empire State…