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It started on a Thursday afternoon. Location: Internet.

I was chillin at home, playing on GTI when I noticed this thread: Celisse, are you going? It beckoned to me. Hena had just informed me that one of my favorite people in music, Jay Z, was playing a free show in Miami — a voter registration rally for the Barack Obama campaign. I was immediately thrilled.

For those of you who don’t know, I am obsessed with Jay Z. I do not know why, it’s rather inexplicable, and totally hopeless. My headline on this blog comes from my favorite song by him. In fact, just a few hours before the thread in question, I had just posted an entry on OlyVil about My Favorite Hustla and My Favorite Hottie. It was kind of kismet.

I could pick up tickets to the show at any of the South Florida Vote for Change offices, and I was already planning to get up early the next day and pick up my own free pair of tickets for the Sunday night show at Bayfront Park, and also get some questions answered about the status of my registration (which is valid, thank goodness).

I failed to realize, however, that the tickets were being given out on THURSDAY, and it was already THURSDAY NIGHT. I had missed my chance! I immediately turned to The Craigslist to see if anyone was selling theirs. The prices for the FREE SHOW were outrageous. The cheapest I saw them was for $125 each. The most expensive? $400 each. For a FREE. SHOW. These people were clearly insane.

Refusing defeat, I decided that I’d spend Friday morning calling all 13 of the South Florida Obama offices, in the unlikely event that one of them was hiding some extra tickets someplace. The first three I called didn’t have any tickets. Four more offices didn’t even answer. But, one shining, gleaming little office in Hollywood gave me the news I might have wanted to hear: They didn’t have any more tickets for Sunday night. BUT. BUT BUT BUT!. The demand was so great, that Hov’ added a Monday afternoon show, and there would be tickets available for that on Saturday morning, and I could definitely get some if I came before 10am. WHAT?

The whole thing seemed pretty unbelievable. Was there really a second show added? I’d heard someplace that Jay Z was playing a regular show on Monday night in Tampa. A free Monday afternoon show seemed almost too good to be true. So I used the power of the Google, and found out that the news was TRUE, and that there was a second show added and that, provided I got to the office before they were out of tickets, I’d still have a chance to see my favorite rapper at an Obama rally in just a few days!

Nothing was going to stop me, not even the torrential rains that covered South Florida all weekend. Saturday morning came quickly, and I woke much earlier than I’ve been used to lately, and made my way to the Hollywood office. I got there at the same time as 4 other people, and we started the line outside the humble little door, where light rain turned into steady rain which turned into heavy rain. And there we stood, hoodies covering our heads, umbrellas dripping around us, for TWO HOURS, as the line grew longer and rowdier and more wet.

I’m going to skip the long and mostly unrelated story about the ASSHOLES that got there after we did who literally cut in line in front of us, one of whom was rude enough to block my way through the door before SLAMMING IT IN MY FACE, and just skip to the part where a sopping wet me excitedly gets my tickets, and made my way home to dry off and take a much needed nap.

I GOT MY TICKETS. All of my friends, and most of the internet knew about it, and I could not wait for Monday afternoon to come.

And it did come. I woke again, too early for my tastes, and headed to M’s house, totally ridiculously excited. The bad weather had finally passed over the Magic City and it was a sunny, INCREDIBLY hot day. We made our way to downtown, spent entirely too long finding parking, and walked hurriedly down the street to Bayfront Park.

There were tons of rally workers, rushing to get everyone registered to vote today, the last day to do so here in Florida. I wasn’t worried. M and I were already registered and have been for a while. But seeing the efforts made us feel a sense of.. pride? We’re not sure. But we did comment to each other that it was really cool to be at a rally, the first one either of us had been to before. Seeing Jay Z was just a bonus.

Only somewhat surprisingly, considering the day and time of the show, the place wasn’t nearly as packed as it was on Sunday night, the show that I missed out on. But I was fine with that, it meant I got to be closer to the stage to get some good pictures. We found some good, albeit burning hot seats right in the middle of the amphitheatre and sat down, and proceeded to sweat our entire faces off for the next half hour.

It was 12:30pm by the time we sat down, which was when the show was scheduled to start. It was going to begin any minute, and we were totally excited to be there. But 12:30 quickly became 12:40, which quickly became 12:45, which quickly became 1:00pm, and that’s when an Obama came out and told us the news:

I’m so sorry to tell you all this, but the show last night was such a phenomenal success that Jay Z actually strained his vocal muscles, and while he’s been with his doctors all morning, they advised him not to perform for this show. But please don’t hesitate to get registered and ….

From there, her voice was muffled by the roaring groans of the disappointed crowd. Wait, disappointed? I mean PISSED OFF. My friend and I lifted our hot, sweaty bodies off the benches we were sitting upon and joined the mass of people angrily stomping out of the park. Rally workers were still calling out to people to get registered, but they were met with the jeers and shouts of a livid crowd shouting back at them: “FUCK VOTING. FUCK THIS SHIT.”

M and I were pretty horrified, even though we were angry, and we got out of there as quickly as possible, stopping in Bayside to cool ourselves down in the pretty, air-conditioned shops throughout the mall by the bay.

We made it back to my car, and, kinda dejected (at least on my part) went back home, feeling our day was wasted. We could have been sleeping! Ugh.

So, I guess, some notes for the future:

  • Don’t get excited for free shows
  • Don’t bother trying to get tickets to free shows, especially if it means standing in the rain (I feel a heinous cold coming on, man.)
  • Always bring plenty of water
  • Beware of scary angry people

This was so typical. THANKS A LOT, LIFE.


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My distant pseudo internet father who probably hates me, Ben Brown, was inspired by Obama’s speech the other night about how the Republicans need to OWN THEIR FAILURE as a result of the past eight years, so he wants all of us to own our failures too.

Check out OwnYourFailure.com and let everyone know what failures you’re taking responsibility for. And then comment back here so I can feel better about my own failure!

What’s my failure? I’m taking responsibility for my huge contribution to global warming by driving over 16,000 miles in just about six months. Whoops? If it’s any less embarrassing, I drive a YARIS! That’s gotta count for somethin’.


In slightly related but totally hilarious news, apparently Gov. Sarah Palin scrubbed clean her own wikipedia entry just hours before her VP nomination was announced. Nice work, Princess!

Here’s a transcript of some of the highlights from NPR for anyone who can’t get the audio.

Just 15 minutes after rumor of her selection broke, a Wikipedia editor discovered something interesting.  Yesterday, thirty mostly favorable changes were made to Palin’s Wikipedia biography.

The user making the changes was “Young Trigg.”  Trig happens to be the name of Sarah Palin’s son.

The changes, all from a single source, included the addition of a quotation calling Palin “a politician of eye-popping integrity.” The edits diminished a reference to Palin’s participation in a beauty pageant and minimized a section about a controversy over whether Palin used her influence to get her ex-brother-in-law fired.

Haaahaahahha. Good job on creating a username named after your son to FAVORABLY EDIT YOUR OWN WIKIPEDIA PAGE. Too bad the internet doesn’t keep original copies of these kinds of things. OH WAIT — IT TOTALLY DOES!

Nothing spells INTEGRITY more than using the power of the internet to use selective information to spread to your voters.

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So, I know this news has been out for HOURS already and it’s pretty much on the top of every blog and social networking site  in the country at this point, but FRIENDS AND LOVERS, I HAVE A NEW FRIEND TO INTRODUCE YOU TO. Her name is Sarah Palin, and she’s a BEAUTY QUEEEEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miss Wasilla, 1984!

Sarah Palin: Miss Alaska, 1984!

Look at her. She’s pretty. Apparently she’s also the Governor of Alaska or something but WHO CARES, SHES A FRIGGEN BEAUTY QUEEN. Or… she lost, didn’t she? Fine. She’s a friggen BEAUTY PRINCESS RUNNER UPPPP!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSS!!!!!!

Omg. She would make the White House so pretty. Lookit that hair! I want more!

So, McCain does the SMARTEST THING EVER by naming Beauty Queen Sarah Palin as his VP choice for the upcoming election. See? McCain knows what’s up. WHO CARES that she was only recently elected as Governor and thusly her greatest experience comes from being the Mayor of Wasilla, AK (whopping population of 5,470 — a number smaller than the amount of students in my highschool)? WHO CARES that he is teetering on the verge of death ON THE DAILY and might not even make it to the election? WHO CARES that he’s basically only using her because she is cute and has a vagina and is trying to use the *~*~*~LURE OF VAG*~*~* to sway the angry Hilz voters to his side?

None of that matters. COS SHE’S A BEAUTY QUEEEEEEN!!!!!!!!!!

This is the best campaign tactic I’ve ever seen. Who can say no to a beauty queen? Certainly not any of the educated, politically aware American democrats. WATCH OUT, OBAMA — YOU’RE GETTIN SERVED BY A BEAUTY QUEEN.

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