Monday, June 25, 2012

"That Place Can't Be THAT Good!"

One of the fun (and exhausting!) parts of checking our Marillion up close (read: on the rail in front of the stage) is queuing up for hours before the show.

The most interesting line we have ever been on has to be the scene outside the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia. Because the theater is located in a busy commercial district, lining up right outside the venue is prohibited. Instead, what you have to do is wait down the block, in this alleyway.

Given the distance from the venue, people walking by have no idea what to make of the scene when they see a line stretching all the way down the alleyway and around the corner. The four of us had fun watching people's reactions as they came up upon a seemingly random mass of humanity. We would watch people's eyes move from the line up to the nearest building, in an effort to figure out just what it was all of these people were doing.

The funniest part was watching people try to make sense of the fact that it was a cheese steak shop that was the closest establishment. Imagine the cognitive dissonance of people trying to bring together a line of hundreds of people and cheese steaks. Who could possibly wait on a line like that, just for a sandwich!?

Not us, that's for sure!


PS: The setlist...

Asylum Satellite #1
Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
Slainte Mhath
Fantastic Place
Somewhere Else
Afraid of Sunlight
Man of a Thousand Faces
Lucky Man
This Strange Engine

The Invisible Man

Three Minute Boy


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

I can't believe Megan randomly ran into you guys on our trip to Philly that same day!

At 7:00 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

That was awesome! Steve and the kids always tease me about running into people in the oddest of places. I guess that after teaching for 20 years, I know thousands of people:) It was great to see Megan!


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