This year's Superbowl is in my town and along with all the hooplah and traffic woes come a few cool opportunities. Bruce Springsteen is performing in the halftime show. I'm not a Springstein fan. Never have been. Not even in the 80's. Something about him just grates on me.
Anyway, you know how they have the crowds that dance around in front of the halftime stage like they're at a regular concert? Well, those slots are pretty coveted by a lot of people. And to get in, at least this year, you have to get your name in the running for a tryout. And then you have to bring x number of friends and spend an entire day standing in the middle of Raymond James Stadium rehearsing.
Uh... I've been to a lot of concerts. There's not a lot of choreography involved in standing in front of the stage. Maybe a little "wave your arms like you just don't care" along with some well placed squeals and hip gyrations. All in all, I can't see where a day's worth of practice would be involved.
I imagine it should go a little something like this: Here's your holding room. On cue you will run out onto the field in this direction, flock around the stage and then proceed with the aforementioned "wave your hands like you just don't care," squeals and hip gyrations. Everybody clear? Ok. See you Superbowl Sunday around 10 a.m. so you can sit here and do nothing for eight hours while all your friends are enjoying their Superbowl parties. Congratulations you're in the halftime show!
Ok. Why am I going on about this? My friend was chosen to be in the show. And she invited me. She cannot believe that I would miss this opportunity. Especially since I am the one who drags everyone else to concerts and have been known to wave my hands like I just don't care more than most. I just don't want to do this halftime show. It sounds like more trouble than it's worth.
It's supposed to be raining in Tampa today. The people in the show have to show up at the stadium at noon. They have been told to expect to be there until 10 p.m. That's 10 hours, outside in the rain to learn how to wave your hands like you just don't care! And my friend doesn't understand why I just don't care to do this.
She tells me I have all morning to change my mind. All I have to do is show up at noon and she'll no longer think I've gone lame on her. Ok, yes it would be cool to say I was in a Superbowl halftime show. Yes it would be a blast to wave my hands like I just don't care with my friends even if I really just don't care about Springsteen. But 10 hours in the rain???? I'm sorry. I wouldn't even do that for Kenny Chesney. And I'm at every one of his Tampa shows up next to the stage waving my butt off.
Would you show up at noon today? On this play, I think I'll pass.