Thursday Things

1. I went to my first concert at Wrigley Field on Saturday, and boy was it a good one.

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(This picture doesn’t show it well, but I loved what they did with the flags on either side of the marquee. For baseball games, they hang flags of each team playing on either side of the marquee, but for the concert, they had special Fall Out Boy at Wrigley Field flags instead. I thought that was so cool!)

As soon as I heard Fall Out Boy was playing Wrigley, I knew I had to get tickets. How could I not? I’ve loved Fall Out Boy for years, so I certainly wasn’t going to miss their hometown show of the MANIA tour at Wrigley Field of all places. It was, unsurprisingly, amazing.

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I love how much Fall Out Boy loves Chicago, and it was so apparent that they were having a great time during the show. I also appreciated the various Chicago touches during the show, like the lighting during Lake Effect Kid:

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Light blue, red, and white: aka, the colors of the Chicago flag.

But their were plenty of other Chicago moments, too, like them playing Chicago is So Two Years Ago (which isn’t on the setlist for this tour), Patrick Stump wearing a Cubs hat, Pete Wentz wearing a customized Cubs jersey at the end of the show, them taking a picture of themselves with the crowd with the WORLD SERIES TROPHY *heart eye emoji*, and, during the intro to Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy, Patrick reminiscing about how he wrote that song in his apartment at Roscoe and Hoyne, and he and Pete would run by Wrigley Field during that time.

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Of course, nothing, not even a show at Wrigley Field, could top seeing Fall Out Boy at the Metro five years ago. Seeing a band of that caliber at a venue of that size (i.e.: small) will likely forever be my favorite concert experience. But Saturday night was a good runner-up πŸ™‚

2. I continued my Fall Out Boy-ing on Sunday with a trip to The MANIA Experience.

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The MANIA Experience was one of those…uh, experiential things that are cool these days: things like Happy Place or wndr that basically exist for the sole purpose of taking cool pics for the ‘gram. I’ll be honest: I don’t entirely understand why these sorts of things are necessary (perhaps because I don’t have Instagram, and therefore do not have a need to curate an Instagram ~aesthetic~), but the MANIA Experience was free, so I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.

There were about eight or so spaces in the MANIA Experience, each inspired by a different song off the MANIA album (with the exception of the bathroom, which was inspired by the Lake Effect Kid EP).

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“I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color,” is my favorite line from the entire MANIA record (even though it’s actually a line from The Addams Family), not because I relate to it in any way, but because it is so deliciously emo: so emo that it feels ironic, like a caricature of what Fall Out Boy and the entire genre of emo music used to be rather than a genuine expression. I don’t think anyone who grew up listening to emo music in the mid 2000s would try to argue that Fall Out Boy’s newer music is even half as emo as it used to be–and I think for those of us for whom emo music formed the soundtrack of our high school careers (*raises hand as a proud teen of the ’00s*), that’s not only understandable, but ideal. It’s been thirteen years since 2005, after all, and I would hope that most of us, including the bands we listened to, have grown out of our angst since then. We’re not teenagers being taken for a ride by our raging hormones anymore, are no longer under the impression that we’re the only people in the world who have ever felt things, and no longer need music that taps into that sense of how no one could possibly understand anything we’re feeling. (Or at least that’s the case for me, and seems to be the case for most of my peers that I know. Like, I cannot TELL YOU how directly I related to Simple Plan’s Perfect at the ripe age of 12, whereas today, just reading the lyrics makes me cringe with embarrassment.) Anyway, all that to say that I’ve grown up, Fall Out Boy’s grown up, but I nevertheless appreciate their, in my opinion, tongue-in-cheek reference to the genre that started it all nearly 20 (yikes) years later.

That being said, it amuses me to no end how many teenagers showed up at the MANIA Experience, tortured by their abundance of emotions, acting like they’ve been ride or die Fall Out Boy fans since the band’s inception back in 2001, literally before they were born. Okay.

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The absolute craziest thing about the MANIA Experience, though, was the fact that I ended up walking out of it with a free pair of Vans (?!!?!). I got a stamp on my hand when I went in that said “SECRET,” and apparently that entitled me to a free pair of, according to Google, $55 shoes. I’m not sure why I got that stamp, and based on what I saw on Twitter, I think this was only something that happened to those of us who went on Sunday (but I’m not sure), but I’m happy to accept free shoes in my favorite color.

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Though I do have to say that nothing made me feel old and less emo than my immediate reaction to trying them on, which was, “These don’t have any arch support! When could I ever wear these?!” Please, try to not be intimidated by my coolness.

3. I once again neglected to inform you all of my exciting bird sighting during my training recap post on Monday! Get it together, Bethany!

The strong winds on Saturday drove a bunch of birds onto the shores of Lake Michigan (as in, I ran past multiple clusters of 100+ seagulls. And I do mean that literally: I counted them). About a mile or so into the run, I saw three little birds scurrying around and promptly lost my mind, as I am apt to do (to the point where my group leader was like, “Do you need to stop to take a picture?” Hahahaha. My life.). I had never seen them before, so I looked them up when I got home, and it turned out that they were Sanderlings! I think they were juveniles, but I’m not 100 percent sure. My crummy iPhone pictures make it hard to tell. Regardless, I was so excited to see them! They breed up near the Arctic Circle, so those little creatures had made quite the journey to get all the way down to Chicago! They were total cuties, and definitely the highlight of an otherwise relatively unpleasant (due to the wind) run.

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. LOL re: arch support! That is cool you got the shoes, though!
    Hey, come on now, younger people can be super fans of bands that have been around longer than them! Many people my age are that way with The Beatles, Stones, etc πŸ˜‰ But don’t ACT like you’ve always been a fan, when it’s not physically possible, ha!
    I’ve been seeing people talking about those popup spaces that do solely seem to be around for Insta. They look fun to walk through, to me! And yeah, I bet I’d post a pic to Insta. ha!

    • Someone else made that same argument to me when I brought that up the age of some Fall Out Boy fans to them, haha. I guess the difference I see between getting really into the Beatles after the fact vs. getting into Fall Out Boy after the fact is that I consider the Beatles to be on a totally different level than Fall Out Boy. The Beatles were gamechangers when it comes to popular music in general. They defined a genre–defined a generation, even. Fall Out Boy, on the other hand, was one in a endless parade of emo bands during the ’00s–and one that it was only moderately cool to be into (at least in my high school), because if you were *really* into emo, you weren’t listening to the bands that ended up on the radio: you were finding nobodies on MySpace and going all-in on those bands instead (I see emo as very much being the angsty predecessor to the hipster/indie movement of the early ’10s, but that’s a different discussion). Fall Out Boy just happened to transition away from emo and more into mainstream pop after emo stopped being mainstream, and thus survived beyond the ’00s. I guess that’s why it’s weird to me that there are a bunch of teens into Fall Out Boy. I wouldn’t put Fall Out Boy anywhere near the Beatles or the Stones in terms of influence, so it’s surprising to me they continue to be popular with young people. But hey, the more the teens are into them, the more they’ll continue to tour and give me more opportunities to see them live, so I suppose I can’t complain πŸ˜›

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