@ZackTeibloom Doors at 9, opening band at 10, I get off at 12. You can count on two sets and an encore from Umphrey’s like you can count on death and taxes, so even with a torrential downpour and a 15 minute drive, I figured I could at least catch an hour of Umph. I figured right.
The crashing gods smiled upon me once again as the rain slowed as I got closer to the venue and I had @halleyclaire as my girl on the inside feeding me info. What I knew going in was that there was a stamp, an outdoor smokers patio for easy access. If you’ll recall from Successful Crash #5, I have a stamp in my car at all times for such an occasion.
I pull up at 12:20 a.m., haphazardly stamp my hand a couple times, not knowing the pattern, and park. I jog up to the venue and there’s a guard lurking by the entrance to the patio. Umph was already noodling their way around their second set, so I couldn’t do my usual foreplay around the entrance. I had to go right for the penetration on this crash.
I do a quick pass around the building, unsuccessfully push a side door that’s locked and head to the main entrance. There’s a dude in a chair and I walk by him and flash my stamped up hand, thinking he’s the door guy. He’s actually the guy checking ID’s for alcohol. I’m broke, as usual, and have no intention of drinking, but since when has having a wristband hurt my chances of crashing?
It’s a bit of a maze once you’re inside, but the only thing between me and Umphreakin’ out is convincing a guy in a dark room that the blue smudge on my hand is the same stamp that he has right in front of him. I make a rookie mistake of walking by him without flashing my hand immediately. This is an important lesson. If you go out of your way to show the doorguy your hand, he will pay less attention to it. If he has to stop you to ask you, he’ll give your wristband or stamp a second look. I lingered just long enough to show him a mark of some kind, muttered “you got me already” and he shrugged and I was in.
I’ll try to make the crash more romantic next time. I only had time for a quickie.