Saturday morning, my sister and I had lunch at Ponce's (weekly tradition) then decided to head downtown for the random free shit. We started at the Busker Festival at Seaport Village. While I appreciate street musicians of all stripes, the rest of the buskers were cheesy magicians, weird quasi clowns doing...wait, wtf were they doing exactly except being Re-tarded? After 15 minutes, we bailed and walked to the convention center. On our way, we passed this guy playing a "didgetellus", which was his own version of a didgeridoo.
We also passed probably one of the worse "silver men" I've ever seen. Is he a statue? Is he Elton John circa 1974? uh, yeah.
Anyway, we walked to the convention center for the Rite Aid Health and Beauty Expo and saw the weirdest human social experiment I've ever witnessed. Basically hundreds of vendors have sample products or coupons, everyone has a plastic bag, and you just go around getting all this free shit. Bandaids, shampoos, toothpastes, acne pads, dishwashing liquid, packets of lotions and moisturizers, drinks like Coke Zero, Boost, and Snapple, and tons of others. It was like trick or treating for adults. You could tell people who'd been there before because they brought baby strollers, big bags, even rolling suitcases to fill with shit. It was bizarre, hilarious, and everyone pretty much loses any shame the second they walk in.
Don't think I didn't get some shit, too. (Everyone likes free swag.)We also laughed at the "celebrity" lines that pretty much had nobody in them (because people were busy getting free brooms and mops paper towels nearby.) I got my blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tested and I'm pretty much a model citizen (ha.) so after that, we called it a day and were on our way.
Later that night, it was time for the Tower Bar. I was glad that this was really my only plan for the night. It was fun hanging out with everyone before and after the bands and it was a good crowd but never overwhelming. The Airlines played first and since they'd already won me over at the Beauty Bar, it didn't take much for me to remember how much I'd loved them before. Blake sang to me (later telling me he likes people right up front) which made me laugh and then they did a cover of California Stars which pretty much sealed the deal. I heart the Airlines.
Vinyl Radio did their thing, too, with the usual suspects up front shaking some booty. I swear if I write about them anymore, this site will just be a Vinyl Radio fan site, so I have nothing to say except everyone seemed loose, not just the band, but the crowd, that for the first time, I could envision Vinyl Radio playing with Lady Dottie and it just being a full on dance party.
Foley's sister was visiting San Diego for the weekend, and after the set decided to let Buddy know if he quits the band again, she's up for the drummist spot.
There was talk about an after party at my house, but I bailed just to make the Ken for last call and after everyone went their own way. That was probably for the best...Mother's Day turned out to be a long day.