December 06, 2009

What? I Can't HEAR YOU!

I took my eldest to an enormous all day concert today. It was called The Buzz Bakesale and is put on by one of our local radio stations, The Buzz.

We got there at 1:00 and got home at midnight. It was roughly 10 hours of... alternative music.

By 9:00 I was tired and cold and I smelled like pot. What in the hell are concerts going to be like when they legalize pot?

By 9:30 I was shivering and done. My husband sent me a text that said, "If you breathe in deeply, you won't care anymore..." referencing the fact I was going to come home smelling like weed. I thought it was funny.

So I'm hoarse from trying to talk to my girlfriend. There were four of us... her son and my son are best buddies. The boys had lawn seats and hung with their friends and she and I were homebase with covered seats, a bonus when it started to rain.

I think I am losing part of my hearing. I have a difficult time with ambient noise and the deep voices my son's are acquiring are difficult for me to hear as well. It could be normal 44 year old wear and tear, but I keep threatening to get it tested since right now I just get angry that they aren't talking loud enough for me to hear. If I know it's my fault, I might ease up about being so bitchy about it.

Anyway, any hearing I might have had at the low tones... well... it could be gone now. Holy crap.

On a final note, there was a band there called, Sick Puppies. They are out of Australia. I listen to them on the radio sometimes, but quickly googled them to get some background. In reading I saw that they got their name when the guy who formed the band noticed his Dad was reading a book called Sick Puppy by Carl Hiasson.

Now my son and I have a running discussion that really annoys him. I'm bent on finding a band name for his one day future band. The following conversation is an actual conversation we had:

Me: You know bands today come up with weird everyday names. You can name your band anything.

Ringo: I know.

Me: Seriously. Like, you could name it I-95 South.

Ringo: I'm not naming my band I-95 South.

Me: Or... Don't Turn Left on Red.

Ringo: Mom, Stop.

Me: How about... Have it Your Way

Ringo: MOM! STOP!

Me: Or... how about My Florida Dot Com.

Ringo: Did you get that from the license plate in front of us?

Me: Yes.

Ringo: No. Stop it already... it's annoying.

And so it goes.

On the ride home the conversation went like this:

Me: You know, Sick Puppies got their name from a book his Dad was reading called Sick Puppy by Carl Hiasson.

Ringo's Buddy: Really?


Me: See. His Dad kind of helped him with his name. I could help you.

Ringo: She does this. She comes up with these stupid names... like I want to name my band *reading a street sign* 'Andros Isles next right'.

*laughter in the car*

Ringo's Buddy: You're kidding. That's classic.

Ringo: No. No it's not. It really annoying.

Me: So be it. I could be a big help....

Buddy's Mom: oh look! It could be Mr. Lee's Chinese Restaurant!

Ringo: Great...

Evidently I won't be assisting with band names. I keep telling him it's 'brainstorming'. He keeps saying "No, it's just really annoying..."

Posted by Boudicca at December 6, 2009 12:43 AM

LMAO. That is priceless.

I have a sign that says, "I smile because you are my son. I laugh because you can't do a thing about it."

You need one of these too.

I often made comments that made my boys shake their heads and tell me, "don't". I loved doing that do them. It's one of the perks of being a parent.

He could find some really cool name from street signs.

Posted by: Sticks at December 6, 2009 06:27 AM

ohhhhh I could give him a whole bunch... like The Lego Ladies (oh wait... their boys) ohhh The Lego Lads... Chutes and Ladders, Pokemon Pals... this could be so much fun!

Posted by: vw bug at December 6, 2009 08:55 AM

I'll send you an e-mail about a good local MD to check your hearing and maybe get you some hearing aids. Brace your checkbook, unless you get cheapo crap, they're EXPENSIVE, about $5,000 a pair. And insurance doesn't cover them.

The good news is, when things get too loud at the office or concert, you can turn them OFF and they make dandy earplugs for some peace and quiet!

Posted by: George P at December 6, 2009 09:49 AM


Just Damn!

Posted by: Dax Montana at December 6, 2009 09:54 AM

BlogFodder would be a fantastic name!

My daughter and I have had this exact same conversation so many times - and she REALLY wishes I'd stop. But it has become a ceaseless source of entertainment for me so I will not :)

Being an Irish musician I though Fish and Chips would be awesome - somehow she didn't feel it...

Posted by: patti at December 6, 2009 01:43 PM

Sticks- I need that sign!

VW- I hadn't even thought of the every day objects around the house. It could be something like, "Pee on the toilet". Well, that's not HIS issue, but still. Or "Looking for a Q word". (Ref our playing of Scrabble.)

George- I think I'm just in the beginning stages. Worse yet, I know I did it to myself, listening to music too loud when I went running all those years. But I just need to know if I should keep yelling at my boys to "SPEAK UP!" or if I need to lay off because it really is my issue.

Dax- YES! Except... I'm not sure he knows he's blogfodder... :)

Patti- *I* really like Fish and Chips. And I do this for the same reason you do... it seriously amuses me.

Posted by: bou at December 6, 2009 02:21 PM

My friends in college and I spent endless hours coming up with band names. Some of our favorites were "Spastic Mattress", "Umbrella Sideways", and "Simply Totally Inane".

Posted by: songstress7 at December 6, 2009 04:39 PM

Back when I was in the Navy, I came up with two band names: Hydrostatic Release and In Port Fire Party.

Posted by: Denny at December 6, 2009 05:06 PM

Hydrostatic Release and In Port Fire, THOSE are funny. How about, Man Overboard, port side, or Mail Call. Or Sweepers man your Brooms. There's a limitless supply of cool band names.


Posted by: Angus of Locherbie at December 6, 2009 10:08 PM

Back in the day... when my kids were just about able to say "mama" and "daddy" - my husband would sit with them and the following would ensue:

Him: Say "truncated icosahedron"
Kid: *blink*

I think that would be a terrific band name... The Truncated Icosahedrons


Now, get some earplugs. If you get the cheapo foam ones, it kills the high pitched ambient noise at a concert, and oddly enough make it easier to hear someone sitting next to you not to mention making it much easier and less tiring to listen to the music. Heh.

Posted by: Teresa at December 7, 2009 12:13 PM

Now your family sounds like my family in a eerily kind of way.... But I 'get' it. I'm always trying to brainstorm with the kids and they always say it's annoying! Sigh.

Posted by: Lemon Stand at December 7, 2009 02:57 PM

Hahahahahaha - I like all of the names you came up with! :) And good for you for going to the concert - 1/2 of the music my girls listen to makes me want to lose my hearing... ;)

Posted by: Richmond at December 7, 2009 09:58 PM

Angus - Sweepers Man Your Brooms. LOL. I'll see that and add 8 O'clock Reports and 1MC.

And here I am stuck in a duo called the Elderly Brothers. At least I'm not the oldest. Jimbo is.

Posted by: Denny at December 8, 2009 03:50 PM

My suggestion for a band name?

Free Beer*

Imagine all the people that would show up to THAT concert!

Posted by: Rave at December 10, 2009 05:12 PM