This year, I went to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival!
It's a free music festival held in Golden Gate Park in SF. My first year in SF, I didn't realize it was happening. My second year in SF, I think my aversion to crowds kept me away.
This is, however, the year of The Naoko. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying a lot of new things. Besides, it's not really that I avoid things because of being uncomfortable...it's usually a combination of laziness and poverty.
Since Hardly Strictly is free (yay!), I figured...why not?!
My only complaint is that Lyft totally tricked me and I ended up being charged $40 for a Lyft ride. I'm glad I had a coupon.
Here's the festival picture!
Thank goodness for my ability to "hold it", as the rows of portable bathrooms were intimidating. No. I do NOT have to go to the bathroom. For hours. I'm fine.
My friend L~ and I managed to make our way through the crowds and secure a spot. Her friends joined us shortly thereafter. We enjoyed snacks and music in the sunshine, which is, let's be honest, the best way to spend a Saturday.
Here is a picture of her friends. It was....impressive.
And this was an awesome group. I wish I knew who they were!
At one point, one of her friends asked me, "Are you on acid? Or are you just really really high?"
I've been mistaken for being drunk/high when completely sober quite a few times now, actually. This is the first time anybody has thought I was on acid, though. I blame the fact that I am easily amused and laugh a lot. "It's cool!" he said. "Everyone else's 'on something' is your normal life!"
I'm just a cheerful person!
It's especially amusing that that comment came from a music teacher.