I don’t go to concerts, well, at least I have not been to one in YEARS!
I think the last concert I attended was KISS at The Forum back in 1975. Hey, I was hip. I wanted to “Rock And Roll All Nite”, and COULD party everyday! Yea, I have the “ALIVE” album, and knowing that I was there and, in a very small way, part of history, still brings a smile to my face. I know, I know, and YES there were over 1000 people there, but sometimes I think I can hear myself screaming along with everyone else. After experiencing KISS (And yes it IS an experience) maybe I felt it could never be topped.
I’m going to another concert, a different SORT of concert, I’m not even sure it can be CALLED a concert.
I confess, I’m a nerd. I’m a geek. I have the android phone with twitter, facebook, cinch and myspace all set on the main display. I also have the I-Pod Touch, just in case I miss something, I guess you can say I’m pretty hooked up.
Wootstock is 3 hours of geekfest hosted by Adam Savage (Mythbusters), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek TNG), and Paul and Storm who are two of the funniest guys you’ll ever meet. Their music and comedy are legend. You have likely heard them on Dr. Demento and didn’t even know it. One thing is for sure, you laughed.
Wootstock is (according to what I have read on the web) “A night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.” In other words, a total geek/nerd fest, and you can even buy a T-Shirt to prove you were there. (Yea, I have one that was given to me by Adam Savage).
I was supposed to go to the Portland concert, the ticket was bought, hotel was reserved, and then a twit talking on her cell phone had to run a red light and plow into my Toyota.
So much for the Portland Wootstock. I was in the hospital for a week and a half! Bummer! At least I lived to tell the tale. Some people are not so lucky. Please make your car a “No Phone Zone”. The life you save MAY be your own.
Then there was Wootstock in Minneapolis, MN. a few weeks later. The show sold out before I could get a trip together. Lastly, there was Chicago, IL, missed that one too. Most people would have gave up by now, but not me. This is the 2nd year that the guys have toured, and I had missed the first tour all together. I was NOT going to miss this experience.
Now I will finally get my chance. Am I excited? Hell yea! I’m also hyper vigilant about crazy California drivers these days, I’m not going to miss this show because of some idiot!
Wootstock 2.4, Thursday July 22nd. in San Diego California. Close enough to drive to, enjoy the show, MAYBE get an interview with Adam Savage for “The NeverHood Show” (It’s in the works). And to top it off, my “Budskie” John lives there. I have not seen my friend in 7 years or so. The whole deal is a win win for me.
Because I KNOW it’s going to be fun. I want to have 3 hours of hanging out with people that “Get It”. 3 hours of not having to explain to people why I blog, twitter, facebook, etc… Not even my own Father REALLY understands it. “Why do you do that NeverHood Podcast if your not getting PAID for it”? he asks. My simple answer is “Because I CAN”, and I enjoy it. He’s much happier now that I have an On-Line store that sells “NeverHood” gear like hats and t-shirts. I could have just as well not had it, but I added it “Because I CAN”.
I want to hear what Adam, Wil, and Paul & Storm have to say. They speak my language. Bring on the geeky stories that Wil is legend for, bring on Adam with videos and Paul & Storm with the nerdy music. It’s about being a part of something, and simply understanding each other on a slightly different level. I want to be a part of that. I want to experience it, blog about it, do a podcast around it and tweet while I am there. I’m FINALLY going to W00tstock.
While it may not top KISS, I know it will have it’s own special place in MY nerdy world, and you can BET I’ll be buying the T-Shirt!
-Ethan Tudor W.