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Shit Show Saturday @ ACL

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Posted by teibs On October - 7 - 2009

shitshow@ZackTeibloom I want to remember this day. I want to remember the things I didn’t remember the next morning. No, it was more than that. I couldn’t even process them as they were going on. It was a 22+ hour shit show that started with 5:20 a.m. McDonald’s Breakfast and ended with singing Pinkerton into a mini basketball hoop at 3:45 a.m. as I struggled to remain on my feet. In between? I’m gonna try to piece it together.

Saturday was the rainy day at ACL. Andy has a bit of a Wicked Witch of the West thing when it comes to rain and he had no ride to the festival to see the weakest line-up of the weekend, so he waited for me to get off work as @chrisinaustin picked him up. It’s the least he could do after breaking my wrist band the day before. When I arrived at @chrisinaustin’s, Andy was telling him the magic of sun chips as we watched a simulcast of that day’s festival.

We decided as fun as that Flogging Molly show looked in the rain, we should just booze in Chris’ room as we stay dry. I finally had my first Four Loco and a tall glass of Red Bull and Tito’s. “Did you just have two huge energy drinks? You’re going to be so … annoying,” Andy told me. Probably true. Before I got super annoying, I had one of the best giggle fits of my life. It lasted somewhere between five minutes and three years and there were noises and squeals that probably shouldn’t come from a man. I kept thinking it was over, but then I’d hear Andy’s bellowing laugh and see Chris falling over in his chair. It hurt my cheeks.

I regained my composure enough to finish off my energy drinks and Tito’s and had more than a good buzz going, a raging case of festival fever and needed Andy to drive. I led Andy in circles for about 20 minutes until realizing we were just driving back towards my apartment and needed him to pull over and look at the map. When we finally parked, I thought it was the funniest thing in the world to offer scalpers $5 for their ACL tickets on the walk in. They didn’t find it as funny.

I made an easy crash and it started to rain again, but we found refuge with friends under a tarp with a bunch of beers and our new friend Molly. From there, the night gets quite hazy. I headed to Ghostland with Alison Mossheart* and we shoved our way through throngs of people to get ridiculously close. There were lasers. I was told there was a marching band and, when I close my eyes, I can see the costumes. Mostly, I just remember blacking/making out.

As Ghostland ended, I drifted towards Dave’s stage, knowing I had to meet Andy at the disco ball tent. I made it to the sand-filled kids stage, looked around and thought “Hmm. I guess they moved the disco ball. That’s weird.” At this point, I was cursing myself for bragging the day before about my 6th sense of being able to find Andy in a crowd. I stood in the wrong spot looking around aimlessly with no phone had no service. I yelled his name out over and over, and some friendly festival goers said “he’s not here!”

sing1After an hour, I decided to just meet him at the car. Thankfully I didn’t have to take any turns to run into the car and Andy was there waiting for me just as it started to rain. We had Bryn meet us back at my place with an 18-pack of beer. The most unnecessary beer of my life. Before he could get there, I fell down in the shower and started hysterically laughing.

Apparently we split the 18-pack** and played cutthroat for hours as I fell down over and over, using a mini basketball hoop for support. Judging by Andy’s 3:47 a.m. twit pic of me singing Pinkerton into this very bent rim, that’s about all I had in me for the night. I woke up, football was in the second quarter, Bryn had spent the night on my bathroom floor and it was time to festival again. Jack White was waiting for me.

*Kind of.

**Except for two full beers which I inexplicably threw into the parking lot when Bryn went for a cigarette because, “I felt like it”

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