Last night M and I walked up to the Hollywood Bowl, as we often do even if we don’t intend to see the show. Just to people watch. Homegrown Happy Hour.
The band was Dead & Company, the latest iteration of the Grateful Dead experience, consisting of a few of the original band’s members. While Jerry Garcia’s been dead for almost 22(!) years, the traveling Deadheads are still out in full effect, many of them haven’t even been born until after Garcia’s passing in 1995. Their community spent a couple days here in the parking lots setting up their booths, selling their handmade crafts, and barbecuing.
As part of our occasional Bowl strolls, M and I will play a game as an extension of the Quick Polls. It’s loosely a “Top Ten People We Know Most Likely To [BLANK]”, where [BLANK] is any situation, most commonly “Run Into Us at Tonight’s Bowl Concert”. We’ll pick ten people we know, and plug them in. Now that we’ve been together for eight years, our list of mutual acquaintances has grown, making the game that much richer.
Top Ten People We Know Most Likely to Run Into Us at Maroon 5. (We’ll pick people with teenage girls, for instance.)
Top Ten People We Know Most Likely to Run Into Us at Steely Dan. (We’ll pick middle-aged yacht rockers we’ve seen wear Tommy Bahama shirts, for instance.)
Top Ten People We Know Most Likely to Run Into Us at Neil Diamond. (We’ll perhaps pick a few nice guys most likely to be escorting their mothers to a night out, for instance.)
Last night was no different. Top Ten People We Know Most Likely to Run Into Us at a Dead Show.
After running through our list of ten, we then rattled off a few people least likely to be there, which is always a logical way to end the game. We had a few laughs, and that was that.
As the night went on, I came up with another category, largely inspired by a documentary I watched the other night.
Top Ten People We Know Most Likely to See Bigfoot.
After thinking about our answers for a few seconds, we realized it would be the exact same ten people most likely to run into us at a Dead show.