Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Successful Crash #19: Spoon @ Stubb’s

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Posted by teibs On July - 12 - 2009

green@ZackTeibloom I was starting to think my Stubbs wristband collection was as useless as that time I collected Ploids* when I was 16. Every time I’d tried to get into a Stubbs show with my pocket full of different color wristbands, they’d roll out a new one on me. I even have multiple shades of green.

The third night of Spoon’s Austin home stand was a light green wristband. Guess who already has a light green wrist band and had his easiest crash in months.

I always like to draw out crash stories, building them up to epic tales of conquest, but it took longer to park than it did to crash this one. I took a piece of used gum (don’t ask where I got it from) and slapped that green wristband on my hand once again.

The lesson to take away from this is, come prepared and know your venue. Some venues use stamps, some have different color wrist bands, sometimes there’s no marking at all. The rule of thumb is to have a black sharpie with you and keep your old wrist bands in your car. Happy crashing.

*Ploids were a giveaway gimmick by Frito Lay at the beginning of the 21st century. Each bag had an inch by inch square you could cut out which was worth a point (or Ploid.) If you saved up enough of these Ploids, you could send them in for prizes. Having no access to the Internet at camp, I could only ponder what the value of these Ploids were, but I knew from the bag that a Gameboy could be acquired.

As a 16-year-old at overnight camp, I found myself exposed to a few thousand Ploid opportunities a week as the camp would give chip bags to every camper at lunch. I got friends to help and acquired tons of empty chip bags, stuffed them into garbage bags and brought them home on the bus from camp. My dad was very proud that I was collecting garbage.

Anyway, I got home from camp, checked online and found out that Ploid redeeming was absurd. 3,000 only got you one gameboy game. $1,500 worth of chips got you a $30 game? WTF?! After a few weeks of the trash taking up room in the garage, my dad said I had to do something with them or we’re throwing them out.

Needless to say, the Ploids never turned into anything and it’s a good thing I didn’t spend time cutting those Ploids up. Apparently the whole thing was a scam. Suck it, Ploids. I like my new collection a lot better.

1 Response

  1. shore Said,

    How was the show? I’d love to hear about it, because my only Spoon experience thus far was interrupted a song and a half into the show due to a dead camera battery. The finest sandwiches in Colorado were to blame.

    Posted on July 13th, 2009 at 11:00 am

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