So I'm at The Tea Party's show in Oshawa a week or so ago (which was awesome!), and the crowd there is a little different than the crowds I'm used to at all the indie shows I attend. By that I mean the average high school graduation year of the crowd was probably the very early nineties. Anyway, this fellow sits down in front of me. He looks to be middle aged, long hair with a Motley Crüe t-shirt on and I think, "Man that's awesome. I bet this guy has seen some cool shows." We chatted a little bit about ZZ Top and some other music of that genre/age. Then, when the show starts, the guy pulls out his cell phone and starts taking pictures and videoing most of the concert! I expect that from the hipsters and the screaming tweens, but not people his age (and he wasn't alone!). People were paying money to watch a concert through their tiny screens and listen to it later on their shitty phone speakers (I was also annoyed because I had to look at his bright screen through most of the show). I couldn't help but hear Garth from Wayne's World's voice in my head shouting, "LIVE IN THE NOW!" I know you want to have some tokens of your evening, but look up photos a professional has taken later instead of looking at the blurry, shitily coloured shots you just took on your phone from 50 feet away. Take a photo or two, but then put the phone away and experience the show.
This makes me really think about a lot of today's "norms" and how strange some can be when you really think about them. We seem to live in a time where instant gratification is so accessible for so many things that it has become expected for everything. It's also become a huge influence on most people's actions. Think about it, you can order pretty much anything you want off of the internet or your smart phone and have it delivered to your front door. You can watch an entire season of a TV show on Netflix in a day. You don't even have to keep up with your friends anymore, facebook does it for you. I've been trying a lot lately to slow down and think about what's going on. A common occurrence for me would be to sit on facebook/twitter/wordsWithFriends on my phone while "watching" a show on TV (driving my wife nuts at the same time). Why can't I just watch the show, or better yet, but on a record and have a conversation with my wife? Why can't I pick up a book and better myself, write some music or draw? Why not go to the local club for a beer and some live tunes? Fuck man, the possibilities are endless. Now that I've been trying to stop this, I can't help but think that maybe Pixar was on to something with Wall-E and how the people "lived" in the future. I mean how many people probably didn't read this blog based entirely on how long it is? Womp womp.
If your friends want to go see a show, but the new season of Grey's Anatomy just came on Netflix, get off your couch and go to the show. Meredith and Derek aren't going anywhere. Make a god damn memory. I always hate myself when my anecdotes are related to something I watched on TV rather than real life experience. I feel dirty afterwards. It IS fun to quote stuff (and do I! Oh man, do I ever.), but if you can only relate to most situations through what you saw Chandler and Joey do, you may want to get out more. And when you do, maybe don't sit on your phone the whole time. Nothing is funnier or more eye opening to me than when I see a group of people sitting together somewhere all on their phones. Are the people that you're with actually that dull?
I promise to not be so long between posts this time...
* For today's image, I give you the newest Jack 11 design that will probably be on our next run of t-shirts *