Sunday, February 24, 2013

Excuse Me, Can You Just Shut Up?

I haven't vented in a while, or maybe I have...whatever. But today is a good day to do it.

Went to a show last night. It was the great Sophie B. Hawkins, channeling her best Janis Joplin in a revue which sees Janis' spirit come back and remember the events in her life and how everything had an effect on her. A review will come by the end of the week, but today I need to talk about what happened in the theater.

Show just starts, four women come in and sit in the two rows in front of me, two and two. They are still buzzing from coming indoors, fine. I give them a little time to get adjusted and settle in. Twenty minutes later they are still yakking with each other. Virtually non-stop. Now I'm getting pissed. So what would you do?

Well, as most of you who actually know me can testify (can I get a witness?) that shit doesn't fly with me. Enough. It wasn't like it was a concert and they were talking throughout the songs.This was basically a one woman show, a couple of characters had a few lines, and there is a lot of dialogue. Shut the fuck up.

It's time to go Jersey on them. I lean forward between the two heads in front of me and say "You know, you are being very rude." For me, that's about as polite as I get in dealing with something like this. The woman turns to me, a bit startled and said "Oh, am I being rude?"  I say "Yes." She then gets up and says "Well, I'll just move." 

Fine, I don't have a problem with that, go. Then she says to me "She's a dead woman." meaning Janis. huh. Yeah, I know, I was alive when she died you stupid bitch. But I kept my calm and just asked her "Why are you even here?" She then asked me "Why are you here?" So I said "To see the show."

At this point she gave me a look, picked up her stuff and along with the woman next to her, moved to a seat farther away from the stage. Within minutes the other two women who were sitting two rows down, left as well. And the rest of the performance was not only quiet but without a head in front of me.

Epic freakin' win.

I make no apologies for my behavior. What gives you the right to spoil the night for other people, and it wasn't only me. The couple next to us was also making gestures towards the women like, why can't they shut up. I however, have no problem saying something.

It's a matter of respect and we were not getting it. If you are bored or would rather be somewhere else, go. It's not fair to everyone around you. Otherwise you just might have someone sitting behind you who is just ready to get up in your face about it.

Then we can all enjoy the show.

Do I hear applause?

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24 comments:

  1. BRAVO! You're absolutely right. I absolutely despise that behavior. I get pissed off by flashing cell screens during movies, inconsiderate yapping during events, and people who feel the need to get in and out and in and out throughout a performance. You're spot on and owe NO ONE apologies. They owe you thanks!

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    1. Thanks Angie, I just get to a point where I think...you annoying bitch, you should know better. When I get to that point, there's no going back.

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  2. Fuck yes you hear applause. I still have to tell my epic story of watching Lincoln and getting theater hoppers arrested.

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    1. Oh God Jessie, do tell. That couldn't have been pretty. And thank you.

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  3. I honestly couldn't stop laughing reading this. Not only because I can picture you doing this (and deservedly so) but just at your word choices: "Shut the fuck up", "You stupid bitch!"... haha!

    It always makes me wonder, why the hell did you even go to the show if all you want to do is talk?

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    1. ah Jim, a couple of meetings and you know me so well. yeah, that's me. and it's not the fist time I've done this. So far I haven't been punched in the face. Something to look forward to.

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  4. "Going Jersey" Priceless..........

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  5. standing ovation!

    I saw sophie at Lilith fair in 1997. She didn't have a great set but I know she's talented.

    If you're at a concert and you're not paying attention to the show, then you deserve more than a coller ass Jersey girl telling you to be quiet.

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  6. I've had many people kicked out of movies 'cause of that bullshit or they were talking/texting on the phone. Nope, not putting up with that. Good for you!!

    CatG

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  7. bully for u,u did the right thing

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    1. thanks, No retreat,no surrender...always

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  8. Love it! I would go to a show with you anytime. Totally hate when someone is so inconsiderate, and most of the time I am the one saying something (and end up getting my companions upset at "me"!)

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  9. I always laugh when people are willing to suffer in silence with people who are rude, so they are not thought to be rude themselves. screw'em. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Common courtesy! That's why I hate people sometimes. Good for you! Hope you enjoyed the show.

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    1. I find I hate people a lot of the time. Thanks so much.

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  11. I can be very rude to rude people, I wish I had your tact.

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    1. Well, she took the hint after the initial contact. If she had said something nasty back to me, it might have been ugly. I tend to go from 0-95 in about 3 seconds.

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  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I hate when people do that.

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  13. You have huge applause from me. I would've done the same thing. You sound a lot like me. That shit doesn't fly with me either. You handled it very well. Can't wait to read your review.

    Thanks for linking up to the hop Kat!

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  14. Thanks Linda, nice to be at the hop. A great idea. BTW the review was posted on another website. You can find it here
    http://ourvinyl.com/room-105-the-highs-lows-of-janis-joplin/

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