This blog post was a long weekend in the making, it will be long.
Paulie’s “Making New Memories” Tour
06/22/2023: The Beths, High Dive, Gainesville FL
06/23/2023: Dayroom, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta GA
06/24/2023: Dayroom, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta GA
You may recall I didn’t stay for the entire show The Beths performed at Masquerade earlier this year, so this is my redemption.
What is the significance of seeing these bands?
11/30/2019 (Last Concert before COVID): Dayroom, Rembrandt’s, Atlanta GA
02/18/2022 (First Concert after COVID): The Beths, Masquerade, Atlanta GA
Thursday’s show was fun. The first opening band was from Gainesville, but they announced that they were moving to Atlanta. The second opening band was from Atlanta. By the time The Beths came out for their encore it was midnight and raining again, so I decided that I should return to my AirBnB in order to get a good night’s rest for my drive home. Other than the show itself, I received two compliments for my The Hold Steady t-shirt, which I wore specifically to show my indie street cred.
Friday’s show was fun in a different way. On Thursday night I was one of the “old people” at the show, on Friday (and Saturday) I was in my age bracket. The sad thing was, I was alone, and worse than that I realized that I have no one with whom I have history with Dayroom so I couldn’t reminisce with anyone.
Saturday’s show was nearly identical, with the two sets swapped. If I had to compare, the band sounded better Saturday, but had far more audience banter on Friday.
One key to the effective use of earplugs is remembering where you put them after the last time you wore them. Thus, on my three night tour I failed to wear the fancy pants earplugs that I have bought for myself. I’m certain that I will find them in the upcoming weeks, too late to be of use.
I bought my birthday gift for myself this weekend. After BRAG I started contemplating buying a new tent. Well, lo and behold REI put the tent I wanted on sale, at a 40% discount. To sweeten the deal I also bought a $200 REI gift card using Ibotta (I screwed up and should have bought a $250 one) and saved 5% off the purchase of it, thus adding another $10 to my savings. Happy Early Birthday to me!
I fought hard, with only a modicum of success, to clean up WLF. It’s a goddamn jungle out there. I finally know what it is like to be a person with too much zucchini. By WLF standards I can’t keep up with the production from my plants. I’m not complaining, but am wondering just how much I can eat. I think this week I will try a tofu recipe, but substitute chunks of zucchini in place of the tofu.
I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was INEPT.