Went to a Cincinnati Pops concert, "Pops In Space," where they played sci-fi themed favorites against a backdrop of NASA space photos and animations.
Meh. First, we had really bad seats and it was impossible to see much of the screen. For an organization that puts on one of the world's most technologically advanced yearly spectacles with "Luminosity" (worth a YT visit if you like that sort of thing), it shouldn't have been too much trouble to hang two more flat screen monitors, one on each side, and then everyone would have been able to see.
Second, this is my first up-close look at our "new" conductor (I say that because he's been here nine years), and I don't like him. At all.
First, he's full of nervous energy. When he's speaking, he's either rapidly tapping his foot, shaking the microphone, or playing pocket pool, or all three.
He has the manic energy of Robin Williams in "Death To Smoochy." When he's talking, he's bouncing all over his little podium, striking dramatic poses, dancing around, he's like a hyper kid.
Call me traditional, but I like a little more formality and reserved behavior when I'm at the orchestra.
Other than that, though, the music was fantastic, and the tickets were free, so there was that.
One last thing, the woman scanning tickets to get in was rude as shit. I dropped my wife off and went to park and that took about 10 minutes. While I was walking back to the hall, the wife scanned her ticket and went in to get her some drinks and meet me inside.
The tickets were e-tickets, on our phones, and my wife scanned the first ticket. When I showed up, I told the woman my wife was inside, I didn't know which ticket she scanned, so how did she want to handle it?
She scanned the first ticket, then mumbled that it had already been scanned and I couldn't come in.
"Yeah, she must have scanned that one, here's the second one."
Then she just started scanning other people. I looked up and there's my wife, looking at me with drinks in her hand.
"Ma'am, that's my wife right there, she's already inside, so-"
"I SAID WAIT HERE! YOU CAN'T COME IN UNTIL YOUR WIFE GETS HERE!"
"But my wife is already here. She's right th-"
"I SAID WAIT HERE!!!"
By then my wife came over, puzzled, and asked what was going on. I was honest and said, "That idiot has a bug up her butt and won't let me in because she scanned the same ticket you had scanned."
So my wife turned to her and started to explain, and she just shouted again, "HE HAS TO WAIT HERE!"
At that point, I turned around and walked two feet to another ticket scanner, showed him my ticket, the unscanned one, and he scanned it right away and let me in.
As I walked through, he chuckled and said, "I wondered when you were going to figure out it was just easier to come over here!"
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