Sunday, July 23, 2006


Summer is here, and with it the impulse to seek out a mass of warm bodies for some good old standing, sweating, and swaying en masse.

Unless you're me.

I've never been one for crowds, truly. Taste of Chicago? Kill me. Arena rock? Heyl no.

And although I was precisely the right age for its debut, I have never been to Lollapalooza. But I did go to the Louvre last night, which has similar crowd conditions as well as other commonalities...

Top 5 similarities between the Louvre and Lollapalooza:

1. Clothing Optional (click). Or, at least, minimal clothing required. It's hot, folks, and skirts that ventilate the goodies seem to be the order of the day.

2. Segregation. There are subcultures within these crowds. The same kids that press up against the AT&T stage to see Red Hot Chili Peppers are gonna be, weeks later, snapping photos in the Denon Wing. Both have their groupies who hardly know why.

Down the hall, Arts of Islam is the smoking section of your college town diner. The cool kids peer out of their thick-rimmed glasses while listening to the same iPod tunes that are performed on the Bud Light stage.

3. Dirty hippies (click). Men with beards are everywhere.

4. Same price. Well, sort of. A one-day pass for Lolla is $65, roughly the equivalent in euros of a one-year pass that gets you into the Louvre with no waiting and with a free guest on Wednesday and Friday nights.

5. Love is in the Air! (click)

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