Jul. 16th, 2012

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This past weekend I volunteered at the Pitchfork music festival - I've done it a couple of times in the past, each time doing something different there. This year I was one of the people who put wristbands on people who were over age 21.

I didn't actually have to check their IDs - there was another guy who did that. At first it was kind of slow . . . I think the guy I was paired up with had some kind of mental impairment. He seemed like the kind of guy in school who would maybe have gotten teased a lot because he always talked too loud or something like that. He would check people's IDs and then tell them something about the year that they were born. A lot of people were born in the year that Mary Lou Retton won a Gold Medal in the Olympics while others were born in the year that Ben Johnson was busted for using steroids. A lot of his recollections had to do with car models that began or ceased production in that particular year.

Most people didn't really seem to mind. Or else they didn't really understand what he was talking about. I just kind of let him go. :)

For a while I would see the people who came up to me - see their faces - but after a while it just became a sea or wrists. I worked very quickly. There was such a huge variation in wrists. Some people (even some men) had wrists that were so narrow that the band would loop over itself. Others it didn't seem like the band was going to make its way across in one go. I tried to make sure that the band lined-up on the tape side so that I would, "spare the hair," as one guy put it. Another guy was made fun of by his friends because his arm had virtually no hair.

They all came and went so quickly, but I didn't want to be "that guy" to comment on everyone's wrists. A lot of people said, "thanks," though. So I would smile and tell them to, "enjoy the show," or some such.

The ID-checker stopped providing birth-year factoids as it got busier. He would just call out, "Good!" once he confirmed the validity of the ID, and that a person was of age. There were people from all over - Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Belgium, California, Washington, New York, Ohio and Indiana.

I wrapped up my shift and met up with some friends who bought tickets to the event. I didn't think I'd have enough energy to make it through the evening, but I'm glad I stuck around. Sleigh Bells and Grimes were both excellent, and it was good to relax in the grass with my friends after being on my feet for much of the day.


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