Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Outside Lands Festival’

Update to Previous Posts

May 13, 2009

So there are always a few things to follow up on from previous posts, and here are the ones pressing on my brain.

Still haven’t bought my ticket for Burning Man, but I had mentioned having found a bustier and tall boots to wear, should I go. Well, when deciding what to wear for the KCRW Radioactive dance across the park, through the tunnel and over the street, I tried them on. Neither fit! I was okay with the bustier, because there is a chance if I continue to lose weight, I might. But the boots! I could get my feet in fine, but could not finish zipping them up because my calves were “too large!” I do not have large calves. Not like professional weight lifter large calves, no. Nor professional bicyclist large calves. Just normal calves, in my mind. I’ve never had problems with pants being too tight on my calves, this is my proof I am normally proportioned in the calf area. But perhaps this was why there was a large pile of these boots available for cheap at Goodwill, because they did not fit normal anatomical proportions? And mind you, I got a size slightly larger than what actually fit my feet, because they are boots, and this way I could have a variety of stockings, socks, or pant legs inside, was my thinking. But alas. They now go in the give to Goodwill pile.

I’m having second thoughts about selling the car. I told the gentleman involved. He said, funnily enough, his problem was resolved, because once he told his partner of his plans, including parking said vehicle over in his neck of the woods, where there was free on-street parking, his boyfriend said to just borrow his car! So his stress about not having access to a vehicle was resolved by having a conversation, instigated by my offer to sell to him.

In the meantime, he told a neighbor friend of his about the car, and he too lives downtown, would have the same parking issues in owning it, and mentioned my neighborhood was only a subway ride away. So the new thought I am thinking about is, possible shared ownership, so I can gradually transition out of owning the car. I mean, I was planning on having the car so I could go from San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival straight to Burning Man. This would be a much easier solution to take a week’s supply of food and camping supplies with my own car already packed. That is, if I were going. And it being parked near me would make shared ownership a lot easier for me, you have to admit. So now I have someone new to have this conversation with. To say nothing of once I get back from this month long trip, I might need a car to easily get to job interviews. This could work.

Of course, true to perfect timing, the car has started flashing a red warning light that needs to be checked out, and I only have three days to make any necessary repairs. Isn’t that the way it usually goes?

And finally, on to concert news. The Austin Hostel I stayed at last year sent me an email reminding me to book my accomodations if I am planning on returning this year for Austin City Limit’s Music Festival, hands down one of the best organized festivals in the country, and ACL is the one fest that I have been hesitant about attending, only because the line up for headliners did not inspire me. I thought I had plenty of time to decide, I mean it isn’t until early October, and ticket sales for all the other festivals have been slow, as evidenced by extended deadlines past the originally stated offerings for options like layaway plans and such. Not even Coachella sold out this year, which it has sometimes in the past. No, not ACL. Apparently others agree it is the festival to be at, and the three day passes are already SOLD OUT! So much for waiting to decide later. Then again, I could always try to volunteer; since I am not inspired by the lineup, this would be a good year to make such a commitment, since I won’t really care if I miss anyone. Well, any of the headliners, at least. I could find some bands to be excited about that aren’t playing at any other festival I plan on attending. Because I of course already added the ACL lineup to my spreadsheet of comparative festival lineups… Just in case I decided to go.

Austin City Limits 2008

Austin City Limits 2008

Voodoo Experience – The 10th Ritual and other news

April 16, 2009

Voodoo Experience tickets went on sale today, through Ticketmaster. (How do I know this? Because a little bird twittered it to me. As you can see, the website is not so useful in that department.) This year’s fest will be during the Halloween weekend. In New Orleans. Great excuse to play dress up. Daylight Savings time also ends that Sunday, so don’t forget to factor that in when arriving for your favorite band, and realizing it isn’t the time you thought it was. Oh, but what with our cell phones all talking to the satellites, constantly updating the time for the time zone you are in, and no one wearing watches or using alarm clocks other than their cell phones, that never would happen anymore, right?

The most awesome part of the tickets being on sale? There are no extra charges. You heard me right. It’s through Ticketmaster, but the ticket is an extremely reasonable and affordable $103 and nothing more (unless you add on some way of getting the tickets other than US Mail delivery). No additional Ticketmaster charges after the announced ticket price. 3 days of music, one very cheap ticket. And an excuse to party in New Orleans. During Halloween. A city that never needs an excuse to throw a party or play dress up, and whose drinking laws are a mystery to me, other than any time, any place seems to be de riguer. Come join the fun!

Also, tickets of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival went on sale yesterday, but only if you happen to have a Visa card to charge it on. Otherwise, you have to wait until Sunday, April 19th at 10 am PST to get your chance to purchase. But I will be either eating breakfast or just getting in my car  to park, trek and get through security to see Mexican Institute of Sound playing at 12:45 at Coachella, thinks I. Coachella’s set lists are now up, yes indeedy! I had best get those tickets now, while I am thinking about it.  Though the currently listed eager beaver price of $199.50 is what is posted, this is classic Ticketmaster in action, and really, there is an additional $22.50 “convenience charge,” and a $4.50 “order processing fee,” for a grand total of $229.40 for a single ticket. Yay, Ticketmaster! Glad to know you’ve covered your salaries. Glad to know you have the extra cash to not be downsizing any time soon, right? Not so glad to have helped.

Let’s have Mexican Institute of Sound takes us out… Time to really be packing for Coachella, not merely thinking about packing. For me, a non-lyrics listener, singers in Spanish occur for me exactly the same as those in English – another instrument is playing to be listened to, nothing more. And with the demise of Indie 103.1 off the airwaves, and its replacement a more traditional Spanish speaking station (better match for the LA demographics,) tell me why is there no station in LA playing Spanish speaking dance music/alternatives like this? It’s fun, it’s infectious, it’s gotta beat!