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Concerts Vs. Sleep

September 2, 2002

"I have the sun, it's a star
Why should I refuse it
And there are so many reasons I could give you why I should be down..."
-Duncan Sheik "On A High"

"I can only disappoint you
Cause I only let you down"
-Mansun "I Can Only Disappoint You"

I was supposed to go to the Audiovent concert in St. Pete today. Carli had only been bugging me about it for the past week plus. She even brought me a 97X t-shirt at work this morning.

So what did I do? I slept through it. And what's worse, I even planned ahead. Went to sleep at 9 AM, tired after a challenging (read: difficult) day at work. But then I woke up at 1 PM. I could bemoan the problems that are inherent in working the third shift ad nauseum, but perhaps the most difficult on a daily basis is the sleep factor. Well today I woke up at 1 PM, and for the life of me I couldn't get back to sleep. No dice. I tried, but it didn't work. At all.

Finally, around 3:30, I managed to get back to sleep. Now keep in mind that I'd originally hoped to get up at 5 PM to make this concert (which is nearly an hour away down on Clearwater Beach). So I pushed it ahead to 6 PM. Still enough time to make it work in time to see Audiovent by 7:30. Well I got up, and thought to myself "Well let's see what the A-block is on the 6 PM news". And I laid down on the couch. Bad, bad idea.

Next thing I knew, it was 7:30 and Wheel of Fortune was finishing up (by the way, this sort of thing has happened before, and it's interesting/disturbing how what's on TV can infultrate your dreams...) Sleep beat me on this one. So there I was, knowing Audiovent was about to take the stage, and kicking myself for letting things work out this way. Best-case scenario, I could've made it out there by 8:30 or so... but that's best case. I still needed to get a shower and shave and have dinner and all that good stuff. So I had to throw in the towel. Hopefully Carli will understand. I wouldn't feel as bad if she hadn't played this show up so big to me. Plus my whole sleep excuse will look weak compared with her "Jack Bauer on 24"-esque no sleep routine, going from work at WTSP directly to work for the concert to maybe a little sleep before coming in to do the Tuesday morning deal. All in a day's work, right? Meanwhile my lazy ass was asleep on the couch. Aarrrrgh.

So that's what I'm dealing with now. Speaking of work, I need to get ready for it here in a few minutes. Concert or not, work awaits. And it's the day after a holiday. Contrary to what you might think, the newscast the day AFTER a major holiday is the most difficult to produce. I remember doing the noon at WEHT in Evansville, IN in 1999 the day after Labor Day and what a bear that was. And that was just a half-hour show.

One concert I did make was the Anger Management Tour show on Saturday night at the Ice Palace. Wow, what a great show. An interesting mix, with Ludacris, Papa Roach and Eminem as the three top performers. But the crowd was into all of it, everything from Ludacris' hip hop hits (I didn't realize just how many songs he did) to Papa Roach's hard rock, crazy antics to Eminem's sharp rapping and strong stage performance. Eminem had maybe the most well-designed set I've seen for a show, with "The Eminem Show" and a circus theme played out extremely well. The opening montage on the video screen with the politicans from C-Span railing against him was quite entertaining, too (not to mention that it was extraordinarily well-produced). I could've done without seeing Eminem's ass, or the fat guy from D12 without his shirt on, but overall it was an outstanding show. Well worth the money. Plus there were plenty of hot chicks there to go around (including the one hot blonde with the sunglasses who had it going on for sure). Plus with James and his friend there providing commentary on some of the hootchies (i.e. "They let the biggins in here"), it was immensely entertaining. Warren Sapp of the Bucs was there, wearing of all things a Corey Simon Eagles jersey. Dude is huge. I had to literally walk AROUND him in the concourse leading from the floor section to the men's room. I feel bad for the offensive linemen who have the chore of trying to block him.

Found out that I'll be working the Saturday show on September 28th. I don't mind at all -- filling in on the weekend comes with the territory. It'll be interesting though, cause it's the first time since I started here that I've worked a weekend...

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