Monday, 29 September 2008

Monday 29/09/08

Then it’s Saturday and I’ve been in Athens for maybe 10 hours and then I go to the gym.  I will be going to the gym every day while I’m here, maybe five to six times a day actually, because I have nothing else to do, so I’ll write about it at a different stage.

Then I go to see Madonna.

I arrive at the Olympic Stadium along with another 74,999 punters and I wait for my friend Christina, but Christina is always late so I’m stood outside there waiting for 45 minutes.  And I don’t know if everyone is suddenly gay in Athens or it’s just because of where I am, but everyone is suddenly gay in Athens.  Is it wrong that I kinda like this?  At the time when I moved away – in 1998 – I can honestly say that no one was openly gay here.  But now they seem to be.  Which can only be good.

Then Christina decides to turn up and then we go in.  I like how I wrote this sentence nicely succinct there, like the whole process of trying to go in didn’t take 1.5 hours, but anyway.

Then we’re in and we may have tickets for the arena instead of seats around the stadium, but unfortunately we’re in something called “Pitch B” as opposed to “Pitch A” where all the action is going on.  I.e. we’re quite far back.

Anyway, then Robyn comes on to support but sadly Robyn is completely unknown in Greece and I’m the only one who cares, and then Madonna comes on and plays her songs.  I think I can make her out somewhere in the distance.

The highlight of this concert for me, however (apart from She’s Not Me) are the people around me.  I’m not even going to pretend I’m surprised by this, but I think I’m surrounded by the two worst groups of people in the whole stadium.  This is of course an exaggeration and they probably thought the same of me, but there you go.  This is my blog.

In front of me, there is a full-on family from the Northern suburbs of Athens (i.e. rich), with (a) minimal interest in the concert itself and (b) maximum interest in telling everyone they know that they went to see Madonna.  They stay immobile during the whole show, which I suppose makes sense, because a tied sweater around the shoulders can get easily messed up / ruffled if you move.

On my right hand side there are two girls (women?), late 20’s, immobile as well, but also very bitter.  They stand there with their arms crossed and they only occasionally break the character of “I’m not impressed” to glance over at me in a disapproving way.  Because I act like I want to be there.  The best moment occur, when: 

At one point one of them decides to take her own back I guess, and starts dancing, no wait, elbowing me as some form of revenge I guess.  What she doesn’t realize is that, a) I don’t mind at all, I go to concerts and expect people to bump into me, jump up and down and generally invade my space.  That’s why I wear insanely bad clothes that I don’t care if they get destroyed, and don’t put anything in my pockets, in case I lose it.  Regardless, because she’s doing this on purpose I’m a bit annoyed (not much) and form the following dialogue on my head:

Me: Have you ever been to a concert before?  You know people are expected to move, right?

Her: Something rude and bitter

Me: It seems that you require a few slaps and I’m very willing to give you them.  And don’t think that you won’t because you’re a girl.

(This much is true: I’m small and I’m gay so all rules that apply to men hitting women are surely not valid in my case).

Then nobody hits anyone, then we go home.

That’s it for today, but you know that the best posts are coming, don’t you?  The interaction-with-family-posts.  For samples of my previous work with my family, read here and here.

40 comments:

Quigley Cox said...

All the gays are in Athens because they read you were going. None of them live there and they're all readers of your blog..

DL said...

I'm glad you had a great time at Madonna even though the people surrounding you put a damper on things. How boring to go to a concert and stay in your chairs!

Looking forward to your posts about family. Read your previous posts about family. Can't wait for the exchanges between you and your family members. I anticipate that it will be a great read. ;)

London Preppy said...

quigley: Yes, yes! How didn't I think of this myself?

dl: I did, it was very good. As for the people, well it was partly my fault, I should have had Pitch A tickets with the hardcore fans

george said...

you should have thrown water at them.....family posts.....yeah i love them. can't wait!!!!!.....george

London Preppy said...

george: Well, I'd been stood there for a few hours so I was not gonna give away my tiny amount of water to anyone, let alone thrown it at them!

Maluminas said...

"But now they seem to are"?

Did you forget to bring your flawless grammar with you D:

I have to admit i had to read that sentence twice to find what was wrong with it, because it seemed like it could be a real sentence, but there was something out of place... I must be overdosing on lolcats...

London Preppy said...

maluminas: Oops! I'll have to remind everyone that I write these posts with the TV on, a magaine in hand and my sister fighting the remote off me

prepster said...

I'd like to rate your sister. Please give us a picture of her.

a.s. said...

if i were u, autin tin Christina tha tin skotwna for sure(plaka kanw). des ta albums pou evale o Vassily sto facebook. osa gia ta ellinika, fovamai autin tin kouli tin maluminas. take care....

London Preppy said...

prepster: Never!

a.s: Kala ki ego ti skotona ligo an imastan Pitch A kai argouse. All sto Pitch B ti na to kano? Tis eida tis fotografies tou Vassili, EKEI EPREPE NA IMOUN!

Nathan said...

Y'know... I actually think Greek guys are hot. I think this comes from time spent in Sydney and Melbourne where there are lots of hot gay wogs.

London Preppy said...

nathan: I am sending you the profile of the hottest Greek guy I have ever seen

jhkirkendall said...

I hate when London Preppy uses his secret London Preppy language to communicate. I feel so...excluded.

pascal said...

I totally agree with your discription of the concert, I wasnt in the arena myself but in a seat and I can assure it was a bit worse..just people who had to be there to tell other people about it.
Anyway, still it was great to be there.

..by the way I saw some cute guy waiting and thought that he could be you..fair hair, nice body and a t-shirt with the writting "Mr Strong".. :-)

London Preppy said...

jh; Apologies :-)

pascal: Ha ha! That was me [insert smiley] Did we look at each other?

pascal said...

..actually we did..I was wearing a black sweater and jeans and my lucky scull ring
..its funny cause these kind of stuff happen often to me

so are u still in Athens? I left the next day to Thessaloniki..back to work

d said...

name me one greek woman under the age of 60 that isnt bitter?

London Preppy said...

pascal: Yes, I'm still here!

d: Dunno. But what about the over 60s?

Tim in Italy said...

Yes, I have the comfy chair, the pop corn, various beverages and lights on dimmers all prepared for the first family interaction post.

Trybaby said...

"Me: It seems that you require a few slaps and I’m very willing to give you them. And don’t think that you won’t because you’re a girl.

(This much is true: I’m small and I’m gay so all rules that apply to men hitting women are surely not valid in my case)."

I really liked this part!


"Then nobody hits anyone, then we go home."

But I really really like this part. :]

Trybaby said...

Oh and by the way, I'd hit a girl with the same kind of hesitation that I would hit a guy.

Impressed Guy said...

Krima na mhn eisai sto pitch A opou ginotan panikos! Ontws xamos apo gay, eidika mprosta ekei pou hmoun den prepei na yphrxe oute str8 kounoupi! Na peraseis kala sth patrida kai na mhn griniazeis gia to family! Haha! Filia polla!

prepster said...

what about... mm......in exchange for a pic of my brother? he's a rugby lad. (and you can rate him too.)

or just tell me your sister is hot- and i'll get over it.

writersblokc said...

Nai, i Athina einai ge-ma-ti apo gay guys, ta pragmata exoyn allaksei poly apo tote poy efyges - p.s. na parakoloutheis Star Channel gi' ayta ta themata, einai poly enimeromeno.

Ego an xastoykiza kapoion tha itan autoi oi posh-my-ass typoi apo ta, let me guess, dytika proastia, me ta lacoste ston omo.. Tous miso kati tetoious typous.

Have fun back in home. Elpizo na ta poume syntoma sto...voreio spiti! :)

A said...

LP, funny that you should mention bad concert-going experiences today. Friday, I had one myself. I bought tickets to see Cut Copy, who I think you also enjoy, with my friends. What I didn't know were these things:

1 - there would be an opening act so laughable as to make the entire experience worthwhile. Heartbreak were all the bad 1980s cliches rolled into one. I expected Molly Ringwald to appear at any moment.

2 - this concert venue would be jam-packed with foul-smelling urban hipsters and shitty faggots (for the definition, see the podcast Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern). This was bad during The Presets, worse during Cut Copy.

At least there were no families or pseudo-bitter ladies around to complicate the evening further. That said, a girl callously almost spilled a drink on me, and I am not above cutting a bitch.

London Preppy said...

tim: Well I better start typing then

try: Yes, plus she looked like she could handle herself

impressed: Ax afto to Pitch A, mou'xei meinei parapono

prep: I'll take the picture of the rugby lad please. And to answer, well I don't know. She's aw'ight you know?

writers: Telika m'aresei pou exoun arxisei kai diavazoun arketoi Ellines to blog. Thelo ki allous!

Alex said...

Well, at least you are going back from time to time. I haven't done that since I left 5 years ago... until I discovered that I'm just not interested in that anymore.

semistraight said...

For the non-Greek commenters: a) what on earth are they saying? b) is Greek a language worth learning?

And it seems quite comon for people to go to concerts they don't want to see. I once had this pair next to me sitting with arms crossed during the entire night, even when the whole arena stood up.

London Preppy said...

alex: That seems like a good plan. However, I really need to be here right now for reasons that I can't go into

semi: a) Well, just general blog chat I guess and b) Not really, unless you want to comment to the LP blog in Greek. That's the only valid reason

Alex said...

I hope this is nothing serious! :-\

London Preppy said...

alex: Thanks :-) And no, nothing bad, not to worry

Gav Dublin said...

Ah, you actually inserted a smiley rather than "insert smiley". One is confused and afraid.

konstantinos said...

Hi LP,
(sorry LP readers for the greek...)

Paei kairos pou exo na afiso comment... Apo ta pio diaskedastika sou post to sigkekrimeno!
Ego tora siniditopoiisa oti itan support stin Madonna i Robyn! Krima pou to exasa. Kai aporo pou den diavasa kammia alli anafora sti Robyn se alla 'ellinika' blogs. To diko mou agorasmeno eisitirio gia ti sinavlia tou Londinou pige xameno logo argoporimenis ptiseos :(
Kala na peraseis Ellada (oso effikto theoreis oti einai ayto). Meta to Sydney tha argiseis mallon na ksanapas ;-)
Looking forward to your family-matters post.

skountouflis said...

agaphmene londonpreppy hmoun katw apo th skhnh! h madonna einai mia thea!!! APISTEUTH! To prwto misawro etreman ta podia mou :) Makari na ksanaerthei!!!Eixe ekplhktikh oreksh ki energeia! S'emas htan mia kopela 15 lepta prin arxisei to show me 4 portokalades! eleos!Hrthe sth madonna gia na piei portokalada!Allh proxwrouse me mia mpura!Pantws prepei na dwsoume credits kai sth Robyn!Htan polu kalh kai glukia!

skountouflis said...

AAA! Epishs mou thn espasa ki osoi travousan video (an hsoun enas apo autous sorry :))Enoxlousan apisteuta...Ase pou den eidan sunaulia, alla thleorash!

AlwaysReadySF said...

So was Robyn the opening act for Madonna? How cool! I saw her her (Robyn, not Madonna) a few months ago and she was awesome.

I think that most of these big concerts have similar crowds. When I saw Madonna here a couple of years ago it was somewhat similar. People were sitting by watching things with the less participation they put into watching a movie! I mean - WTF? Why would one spend $600 to sit there and pout?

So, yes, I would vote for slapping the silly ladies but I am glad you didn't as otherwise you would have ended in jain and we wouldn't get to hear the stories of your interaction with your family

[insert smile]

d said...

women over 60? at that point theyre yiayias... they have to be thankful and unbitter... its like a law or something

London Preppy said...

konstantine: Po po krima pou exases ti synavlia sto Londino logo ptisis! Oso gia ti Robyn, nai poly kali alla teleios agnosti edo, oute to Heartbeat then exei ginei hit

skountoufli: Oxi den epairna video, apo kei pou imoun katarxin tha travousa ena kounoupi stin apostasi...

Quigley Cox said...

All this Greek doesn't bear much resemblance to the koine Greek I learned at university. But then, I never was very good at it.

London Preppy said...

quigley: Well, we're typing phonetically here because we don't have Greek keypads. Hence this is a very odd form of the language