Posts Tagged ‘Elvis Costello’

The ‘Woo!’ Guy

September 2, 2009

Had an opportunity to take a friend this past week to an Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes concert at a nice outside venue nearby.   A clamshell stage with a great sound system, lawn or pricier real seating, overpriced wine, beer, and food, and some occasionally great artists performing (this year included Loggins & Messina, Blue Oyster Cult, Diana Krall, The Beach Boys, and Joe Cocker to name a few).  Good and bad for neighbors in the area.  If they really wanted, they could (and many do) just go out on their front lawn and listen to the concert, the sound system is that good.  However, if the concert sucks (which many do, I’ve heard), the nearest neighbors can still hear it sucking loudly inside their apartments/houses.  Luckily for those neighbors suffering the latter, the city requires the shows to be done by 10 pm.

Elvis did not suck.  He put on a pretty good show and was in the middle of the fifth song of his encore when the city curfew required them to shut off the power to the speaker system.

Arriving early and buying the cheaper lawn seats, we quickly staked out a comfy spot near a wall with a clear view of the stage and laid out a picnic quilt I brought.  Off for the first of a few beers for the evening, plus a little nosh to tide me over (not that I couldn’t live off the stores I’d so conveniently brought with me around my waistline).

Coming back to the quilt, I was pleasantly surprised to see it still there. Guess that just goes to show my opinion of the basic nature of people—I had given it a 10% chance of being moved by some enterprising pirate wanting our prime spot.

Now, having a primo spot to watch the concert is all good.  But, at a venue like that, you can’t choose your neighbors.

We were unlucky enough to have people in front of us who liked to move around a lot talking to each other.  So, just while I was getting comfortable watching the band, someone would poke his head in the way of my line of sight to the stage.  No biggie, just a minor annoyance.

Another minor annoyance was that our good location happened to turn into the main thoroughfare for folks going for more beer, getting rid of beer, or just wandering looking for a new location.  Again, not a big problem, but…

The biggest thing?  The guy next to me.  There are fans and there are fans.  This guy was a true fan of Elvis et al.  And he was one of those types who liked to show his appreciation for the band, not by clapping, but by a loud, long, high-pitched, and frequent, “WOOO!!!”.  And he was sitting right next to me.  “WOOOO!!!”  Next to my left ear.  “WOOOO!!!!”  And expressed his pleasure, “WOOO!!!” …not only at the end of songs, “WOOO!!!” …but during them.  “WOOOO!!!!”

Honestly, had he not been right next to my left ear, I wouldn’t have minded so much.

But, then again, wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a “WOOO!!!” guy showing appreciation for our work and accomplishments through the day?


YOU, briefing the boss:  “…and in conclusion, the 3rd quarter figures represent a dramatic upturn in our financial health.”

YOUR “WOOO!!!” GUY:  “WOOOO!!!!”


YOU, having just finished vacuuming the house.

YOUR “WOOO!!!” GUY:  “WOOOO!!!!”

Yep…that would go a long way for the ol’ self esteem.

…and, admittedly, I find myself the “WOOO!!!” guy on some occasions [sly wink]…