LOL- yup, perfect timing :-)
Oh I did- but at the time I had available away from acts elsewhere there was a 'comedian' on followed by some sweary rapping.
Wow. Different experiences then.
I was front and centre for Grace- as I'd always intended to be- and loved it. Had no idea what was happening next door after, other than what I could hear, and just assumed that was the next act starting. I'm not a festival organiser so also assumed that what happened was supposed to happen. If Grace could organise to get a promoter to presenter her in NZ as she deserves then she has that option surely?
As it happened- lucky us!
Graham Reid wasn't so enamored. Like I say- different experiences.
I followed her act by saying good night to my ailing love and heading straight to Beck's stage for a "4 rows back and centre" spot to watch the last few overs over the cricket on Sky Go on my iPhone with some quickly-made new acquaintances while we waited, and then had a great time. I did wonder how he was coming across up the back as- from my POV as a first time observer but fan of the latest album- he didn't see like a natural or polished 'entertainer'. But his band were, and the show itself was top notch.
Golden Dawn Western Springs was not what I'd gone for- pushed the boat a bit further out you might say ;-)..and enjoyed acts I heard only heard singles from (she was also keen to hear George Ezra), and ones I was interested to experience after a few month's Spotify acclimatization. As such, even with wilting wife in tow for her first fest (and I've done all but one Laneway and the sole Soulfest), I felt this was great value for money.
I did wonder (as I did at Sweetwaters 2000...) if the event was paying its way- there seemed waaaay too much room, and relatively short queues for everything except the loos- but I saw Drax Project (a personal fav), Grace, and Beck for the first time, and then walked home up the hill. Awesome.
My main complaint about the lack of a decent drink seems petty in hindsight. I went home with only one beer inside me because the choice of alcoholic beverages was so poor (as I didn't go inside the GD enclosure I never discovered that wine was an option at that one spot- I even briefly considered Red Bull an Vodka for the first time)- and felt fantastic! So, winning all round.
But that was just me.
Don't forget to report that booking fee to Consumer NZ's rip-off fees page.
Despite my reluctance to support a sponsored post I did click the link but got a 401
Ok. From the posts so far I had to check I was following the same original story.
But (if I'm on the right thread) looks like Florida isn't the only state with this problem.
Congrats again. Now you can concentrate on that ”crisis around hosing” story I’ve been hanging out for.
Hey, congratulations on the Canon win last night! Long overdue IMHO.
Great, and topical, post, Ben. Thanks.
Without wanting to sound just like a pro or anti post, my worst Uber experience was also my best. I always check the route and get a fare estimate before booking and was taken on a ridiculously circuitous route in Sydney a couple of years ago on my first overseas trip where I'd used Uber. After the journey I rated 1 star with an explanation that the route map was the only explanation that was needed.
I expected the usual slow and argumentative round of communication with the transport company, but instead awoke to an email the next morning admitting that I had been given the runaround and offering a revised charge slightly lower than had originally been indicated.
Since then I've happily and confidently used it in San Fran and Europe- but mostly Auckland- whenever available.
I will start cancelling rides with non-P licensed drivers. Along with managing the surge pricing if I'm in no hurry (often by starting walking home until the surge drops: win/win :-) ) it's part of being in control as the customer. Another reason I choose Uber.
(Although the version on Live At Rio is the definitive original in my opinion. Dare you not to dance around the kitchen to that!)
EDIT: Fixed your embed. For YouTube clips, just paste in the URL, nothing else.