Today, on a very special episode of Three Stegosaurus Moon: Emmett goes to a Wu-Tang show! The year 2010 draws to a close, leaving us all just under two years to exist as a species! The Windows operating system is heavily insulted! All this and more, today, on Three Stegosaurus Moon!
Yes, I did in fact see the Wu-Tang Clan last night. And yes, it was in fact stupidly awesome. My friend Eric and I drove into Philly around 8 and arrived at the Trocadero to find a line stretching all the way down and around the block; luckily we already had tickets. The opening acts took up the first two hours of the show, which we hadn’t planned on. Nonetheless, the Wu section of the show was unbelievable, if a bit belated. They started out with the first few tracks from Enter the Wu-Tang. The opener, of course, was Bring Da Ruckus: the DJ played the samples, and the whole group came onstage immediately when Ghostface’s rap started – it all happened very quickly, and was very awesome. Ghost had a bag of doritos that he held onto and munched from throughout the show, which I guess is normal for a hip-hop show? The whole group also had several herbal remedies that they were passing around onstage throughout their set, as well as a decent collection of alcohols in water bottles and flasks. It was just amazing to see all of them in person (except RZA, he wasn’t there, unfortunately). The highlight of the show was, of course, Method Man, due mainly to his crazy stage presence and tendency to crowdsurf. When he did his track from Enter the Wu-Tang, people were just going nuts. I wish I’d taken video, although in a big sense I’m glad I didn’t. That way, I was able to keep my W up most of the night. It was a fantastic show.
That was the first exciting thing that I did in the last few days, after my attempts to fix my mom’s laptop turned sour. Last I wrote about that, I had convinced her to try Ubuntu instead of Windows 7, a decision which lasted about 15 hours. She woke up and decided she had to have Windows, which quickly brought me to two realizations: that the Windows 7 install disk my dad bought required an existing Windows install to use, and couldn’t be booted from, and that Windows XP is an awful, awful operating system. I spent a good while (I mean a while) attempting to find the right service packs and drivers on the internet to get the XP laptop internet access, which was of course way more trouble than it was worth. I did not, however, have to call any kind of tech support. I can do it myself, thank you very much. And if you call tech support, you don’t learn anything.
At risk of sounding like a whiny 13-year-old girl: Being at home with the family can be really tough sometimes. I have, for the most part, a pretty good time at home, and I get along my with family decently well. I really have to figure out how to deal with being told what to do by my parents, though. I’m in an awkward situation as the oldest in my family, stretched between wanting to be independent and being seen as a kid by my parents. Living at school for the majority of the year, I’m not used to having people tell me to wash the dishes or walk the dog or whatever it is; there, I just do what has to be done and it’s all good. For some reason, though, coming home causes me to revert somewhat into a state of childishness, where every request, reminder, or admonition from my parents wears on me. I’m sure a lot of college students go through this: it’s a difficult position to be in, seeing oneself as capable of independence while being forced away from it by well-meaning yet slightly overbearing parents. It’s ok, I just wanted to get that off my mind. Thanks, internet.