Yesterday was weird.
Really fun, but also extremely weird.
Last night, some old Finnish friends of mine played a gig at a venue near me here in Stockholm, Sweden. We had been talking about meeting up for over a week, so it was set in stone that I would be attending.
I got up early (weird thing number one), took care of all of my emails, did this 30 Day-Shred workout that I’m trying (weird thing number two), hopped in the shower and walked over.
There were a lot of other people there that I knew. A dear old friend whom I haven’t seen in ages, a promoter buddy of mine, unexpected crew members, and unexpected colleagues.
The beer drinking began at approximately 6pm. It carried on until 3am.
There’s a couple of things I’d like to share with you from my evening.
The Shoe, aka weird thing number 3
After the gig, I went up to the front of the stage when the room started to clear out to talk to one of my security friends. As I was talking to him, I noticed he was looking over my shoulder to something behind me in a puzzling manner.
“Well, that’s odd,” he noted. I turned around.
Random shoe in the middle of the floor.
Now, I tour for a living and I’ve seen a lot of things left behind in a drunken stupor, or just randomly out of carelessness. Glasses, credit cards, wallets, house and car keys, jackets, hats, single gloves, etc.
What I’ve not seen left behind at a club show, is one rogue shoe. Oddly enough, I have seen pairs of shoes left behind.
You’d think that at some point before exiting the building, the person wearing only one shoe would have noticed that something was a little “off”.
Oh, pun was 110% intended there.
But as both my security buddy and I have seen many strange things already, we brushed it off.
We finished chatting and I turned around to find this.
The Shoe Moved, aka weird thing number 4
Now, it could be because someone accidentally kicked it, or tripped over it while walking past and caused it to move a bit. But let’s look at this from the more realistic and much likelier scenario that the shoe was being drawn to its master, who was clearly pulling it in with his emotional death ray as he stood really cool against the cage, by himself, way after the show had finished because he’s clearly a vampire. A really poorly dressed vampire.
Obviously, this is what was happening. I turned to walk over to my friends to point out the mysterious shoe and to warn them of the vampire. When I turned around to point at the shoe, I saw this:
The Break-up, aka weird thing number 5
Ok, I had it all wrong.
I mean, was it possible that someone had once again tripped over the shoe on their way out causing it to move? I don’t know….maybe, I guess. But to me, the picture was now clear.
Emo vampire guy wasn’t drawing the shoe in with his sad, evil, suicidal death ray.
These two were fighting.
Likely, what I was witnessing, was a break-up.
As the shoe inched closer to bad haircut guy in an attempt to make up, skinny jeans would have none of it.
My guess is, they went to the show together, and Shoe wanted to go up to the front, but Twilight was scared that someone would have too much fun, too close to him causing him to possibly crack a smile. So Shoe went up alone.
Twilight was not impressed.
After the show, Shoe tried to inch up in a cute way shuffling along the floor, but Edward was not amused.
This scenario makes way more sense to me than someone walking into the venue wearing two shoes, and walking out with only one and not noticing. They only sell folköl at this venue which is only 3.5% beer, so there’s no way anyone was THAT hammered that they would not have noticed.
This kid bringing in his friend the shoe and the two of them getting into a fight, seems much more likely to me.
The unicorn agrees.
Incidentally also the name of my sword and my dagger.
But I digress.
I was distracted from the shoe break up by the promise of more alcohol backstage as I was dragged away from the scene.
Drinks, drinks, pizza, drinks.
Somehow, this happened.
The Hummer Limo, aka weird thing number 6
A Hummer limo came to pick us up to take us to some sort of after show party thing. I’m still not 100% clear how exactly this happened. All I know, is that’s us walking towards the Hummer limo, and when we got inside, we were offered champagne, which we finished between the 10 of us in the 6 minutes it took for us to get to the next club.
When we got out of the limo, we had pulled up in front of another venue where another show had gone on that night. There were about 6 guys loading the trailer, and I yelled out,
“Hey, it’s me, E! Do I know any of you guys?”
“E? Is that you?”
The Completely Random Encounter, aka weird thing number 7
I actually knew who was playing at that show. A Floridian band that I worked with 100 years ago. Unfortunately, only two original members remained so it didn’t bother me that I had to sacrifice that gig for the Finnish gig.
I had no idea who was on the crew, but the touring world is small and I figured I’d likely know someone. It was a guy from the states that I had toured with 2 years prior. Just very random and weird, thus proving what a tiny ball we live on.
Beer, beer, shot of Fireball, beer.
Beer, beer, 3 shots of Fireball, beer, McDonalds, taxi, home.
Directly on the computer to WordPress to check stats. This is what I found under Search Engine Terms, and our final weird thing.
I’m Speechless, aka weird thing number 8