The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

Over the weekend, I succumbed to the beast of Milwaukee – Summerfest, billed as the world’s largest music festival.  Don’t get me wrong, to me Summerfest marks the beginning of summer in Wisconsin; and in celebration of this belief, I make sure to take part in the festivities at least once a year.  But Summerfest truly is a beast, with thousands of people of all ages moving at all different paces and directions, and music at every turn.  And we (those that head into the heart of it each year) seem to think the best way to conquer it is in groups – very large groups.

Every year, we round up our friends for the event and head to the festival grounds, completely disregarding the previous year’s experience of maintaining a group that size throughout an entire evening amongst a crowd of thousands. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this, let me tell you – it is stressful. Cell phones have made it a bit more bearable, but then you have the added stress of getting lost in the crowd and the phone battery dying, or better yet, the signal becoming so weak due to the overcrowded airways. (And yes, if you tried sending a text message between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight last Saturday night in downtown Milwaukee, it wasn’t going through.)

I’m learning slowly but surely, that the way to conquer the beast of Summerfest is not in groups of eight or more, but is in pairs of two or maybe four.

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