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Old 07-16-2010, 07:42 AM   #1
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Advise on a Pet Peeve I have.

This weekend dw and I are going to watch several tribute bands in an outdoor venue. It has a large stage at the front and people bring there lawn chairs, sit and let the entertainment begin. It's a free event with vendors that sell food etc.

Now onto my pet peeve:

It seem that no matter how early you get there to get a good spot or where you position yourself, later on in the evening someone always manages to stands right in front of you, block your view to get a better spot. Alcohol is served at these events so sometimes by simply asking...."um excuse me.....we can't see the stage with you in front of us". works short term until someone else seizes the opportunity of the open spot and stands in front again. This goes on all evening and it seem that by midnight, the chance of the person in front of you being "hammered", is more likely, if you get my point.

Simply asking them to move is a short term solution, moving ourselves to another location is a waste of time. And standing in front of others ourselves, well, that's just not right.

I guess we just can't win.

I'm waiting for someone to suggest using one of those outposts that lifeguards use to view far out into the waters.

Below are a couple pictures of the area.

A picture of the center of the park and the gazebo is not the stage.








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My pet peeve is misspelling pet peeve.

Sorry, couldn't resist....
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My pet peeve is misspelling pet peeve.
Darn, you beat me to it.
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What, y'all are the grammar police now? sigh....
My Dream, what I guess I'd have to do in the same situation is recognize ahead of time that you are there to *hear* the music and the people in front of you don't diminish that enjoyment.
A peeve of mine is traffic related, so I started actually timing how long the backup really was at my peeve-y spot and found out that it only "cost me" less than 5 minutes to wait. Helped immensely to reframe the problem.
Perhaps you could try reframing the situation to be that you are there to hear the music instead of watching it?

And it is a lovely venue!
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I haven't been to an event like that since someone in our group started a wine/beer throwing fight. Dang those were good seats. "There is no such thing as a free" concert but it sure does reveal character.

So, is it the only game in town this weekend? The free venue near me is in a park where there is good hiking above the concerts. Sound isn't as good but it's more relaxing.
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Perhaps you could try reframing the situation to be that you are there to hear the music instead of watching it?
That's a sound approach. Free entertainment, non-reserved seating, a crowd of strangers with alcohol tossed in and you have a recipe for exactly what OP describes.
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My pet peeve is misspelling pet peeve.

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I thought maybe it was going to be a rant about coffee...

My pet peeve is tribute bands.
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My pet peeve is misspelling pet peeve.

Sorry, couldn't resist....
Yep, my first reaction too. Misspelling of common phrases is very common!
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My pet peeve is tribute bands.
LOL--I got free tickets to see a Journey tribute band a few months ago that was actually extremely awesome. They sounded just like Journey and we had a great time singing along with every song. I loved it--I'm not sure if I would dig any other sort of tribute, but Journey totally lends itself to the genre.

And of course, I love the Talking Heads tribute band Same As It Ever Was--they play in Charleston a couple of times a year and are probably more enthusiastic about singing David Byrne tunes than he is at this point.

And cheaper than the real deal, of course.
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My pet peeve is tribute bands.
My pet peeve is being so out of it I had to Google "tribute band."
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I've come to hate just about anything that is 'free', and concerts are probably #1 on that list. Since people didn't 'pay' (directly), many do not value it either.

Sorry, I don't think you can win this one, unless you can just mentally lower your expectations. By the time I lower my expectations that far, I decide to stay at home most times. The only way I can enjoy a concert these days usually involves a smaller venue that is filled with people who appreciate what is being presented. Even then, there can be people who cough in the quiet parts, search through their purse, forget to turn off the cell phone, etc.

If you can't find places like that, get a good stereo system.

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Yep, my first reaction too. Misspelling of common phrases is very common!
I don't know if I have any particular advice to give on this one.

I know, I misspell often enough myself.

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I'm with you . Our small town has a fantastic 4th of July parade every year and people come from miles around to be there. I run down very early and set two lawn chairs on the edge of the road to save a spot. It almost never fails that someone decides to stand in front of the chairs, forcing us to also stand to see over them or be blocked.

Similarly if we go to a concert with lawn seating, if you leave one square inch between you and the blanket in front of you , some squatter will show up 10 minutes into the concert and plunk their blanket onto that tiny spot.


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You guys were so focused on the "pep" that you missed the "advise." Some grammar police you are!
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You guys were so focused on the "pep" that you missed the "advise." Some grammar police you are!
Maggots, all of you! As a card-carrying member of the grammar police, I can sympathize, but geez!

Like Fuego, I prefer smaller venues where I can really get close to the stage and action. I enjoy our annual Floydfest pilgrimage to Virginia as it is a smaller festival (about 13k) and has 7 stages of music to choose from. We can be part of a large crowd or a small one. The tickets are steep enough to keep out the rabble and as a bonus, they only have beer and wine sales in one small restricted area, so the likelihood of drunken boors is diminished.

I avoid the big local festivals as a rule. We used to do them when we were younger, but my tolerance for the GP (gen public) has gone down to near zero.
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I avoid the big local festivals as a rule. We used to do them when we were younger, but my tolerance for the GP (gen public) has gone down to near zero.
The first stage of curmudgeonhood has arrived.
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You guys were so focused on the "pep" that you missed the "advise." Some grammar police you are!
I just assumed "Advise" in the OP's thread title was the imperative form of the verb "to advise". As in the OP is telling us to advise him on his pep peeve.
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Uh-oh! DH and I decided we'd had enough of crowds at local festivals/concerts when we were only in our 30s! We have been avoiding the general public ever since.

And we lived in Austin! - where the public music venues were pretty darn good!

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I just assumed "Advise" in the OP's thread title was the imperative form of the verb "to advise". As in the OP is telling us to advise him on his pep peeve.
Yeah - I also realized it could be interpreted as "Please advise me on..."

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