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2007-01-24 - 4:46 a.m.

life on the concert floor


well, we could call it life and death on the concert floor, but that might be giving too much away so forget I even wrote that...

right...

there is a first time for everything and I suppose it was bound to happen to me what with the way I've neglected this body recently... time moves along, age happens, and I'd be a fool to pretend it couldn't happen to me... I've watched many other people go through it, lifted them when they were down, and in many cases they were young and fit, teenagers, even...

still, this was my own bit of private drama...

and because I love you all bare it all, I saved this on-the-spot record of the events of the night of the concert referred to in the title just for your reading enjoyment (ok, and for posterity, but for you too after all)... ready?... ok, go:

it has been hours since the concert ended... the calf muscles are still tingling, but the cramping has stopped... the body is perspiring again, the skin warm to the touch, which are good signs that some sort of balance is returning...

it started during the intermission between the third band, New Found Glory and the headliner, Fall Out Boy... it started as we were approaching the fourth hour of a very high energy packed house concert... the feeling like the body would not cool down... the feeling that recovery was not coming out there in a sea of extremely over-heated people no matter how I focused on breathing...

it did not help that I did not drink more than a sip of water (or any fluid) all day... and it didn't help that this was one of the wildest and most aggressive audiences we encountered so far in our concert going... and it didn't help that we had at least a dozen rows to squeeze through before we were front and center... the good news is that we had three opening bands to get there, but the opening bands were good enough so we would enjoy being up front as soon as possible... and so would the rest of the crowd...

so while the first band, Permanent Me, played their set, we maneuvered our way forward... every time the crown surged or swayed, we'd slip next to or ahead of another person... and were fifth row by the time the second band, The Early November took the stage... it was the most work I've had to do at a concert since a long time ago and the only way to describe the physical experience was... rugby... rugby with hundreds of people and at least a hundred all vying for the same spot on the floor... front and center...

and of course there was the bouncing (dancing at a concert like this is reduced to bouncing as bodies are pressed flush up against each other and when the crowd moves, you move... this crowd was so tightly packed that even bouncing was a challenge... this crowd was as active as any I've been part of (even nudging past the college crowd at the Panic! at the Disco concert)... more energy was expended in the four hours than in a marathon...

by the time New Found Glory took the stage we were row three and under constant crowd pressure, which made breathing a challenge and the body heat extreme... the air was not circulating well and more humid than even a day outside in Florida because of the steam machines on constantly... and more tussling (which is all the bouncing had become) than ever... every breath someone was pushing ahead for position... rugby...

one band member jumped into the crowd, challenging the Hard Rock policy of no moshing or surfing (why book the mosh/surf groups if you try to stop the reason many audience members come?) and most people couldn't even raise their arms to catch and pass him... he head-surfed back to the front with the help of a few of us who could move our arms... Jordan (lead singer or New Found Glory) came to the first two rows and leaned into the crowd... people tried to reach out and touch him and mostly missed as they pulled their arms back quickly because the pressure on their ribs was too painful when their arms were over their heads...I held up my hand for a high five and he grabbed my hand and held on for about twenty seconds... I was an instant celebrity in the crowd, since he did that for no one else... my long hair had the buzz trying to decide what band I was with... I just sipped up another row and smiled and bounced...

the problem arose because I forgot to drink water before I left, so I had no fluids for more than fifteen hours... and I didn't eat either... and have not been doing any physical conditioning in the past few months, have gained some weight, and haven't been to a floor concert since late November (ironic) and I already mentioned the three hours of rugby and the abnormally high heat...

so about 45 minutes into the Fall Out Boy set, I finally had to leave the floor to get water... it was my first time, ever... and dangit, I was even more ticked at myself cuz they were doing a great set... but I was feeling lethargic for too long and not finding any recovery for more bouncing... breathing was becoming labored and brain was feeling woozy... can't have much more fun than that at a concert, ya know?...

so I headed to the bar and I drank twenty ounces of water (a bit more due to melting ice) and felt a bit nauseous, confirming what I thought was happening... so I walk out of the Hard Rock and sat outside for ten minutes (it was about 53 degrees Fahrenheit and steam rose from my body) and then went in for more water... I was still not cooled down yet and they were out of water, so I had a sixteen ounce Sprite... and I was still feeling parched, mouth cottony, and overheated... cold, clammy sweat... definite confirmation...

the concert lasted another ten minutes and then we stopped for drinks and I downed a sixteen ounce sports drink and about twenty more ounces of water... then I drove home, just over thirty minutes, heat on in the car because the shivers started... and then drank some more water after getting home and I sat down and nodded off, waking shortly after with a profound cramp in my calf... a cramp that strained the muscle enough so that walking was challenging and painful for a few days afterward... I guess I should have drank all sports drink instead of a lot of water...

so I worked out the cramp and drank some Code Red (Code Red cures everything) and ate a bit of leftover pizza and some beef and barley soup and more water and came to the computer to relate all this in RealTime (and expound on it here) just for us fools who love the extremes and music and life... I will apparently survived a mild case of heat-exhaustion...

the concert was fantastic, better, even...

after some wandering around myspace, which has become my most frequented playground of late, I crawled off into bed... I can only hope you are having as much fun taking it to the limit (one more time) in your life too...







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