If you want to talk over music, listen to a CD at home.

As I’m sure most of you know I saw B.B. King and Buddy Guy on Saturday – This post isn’t about them.

This post is a public service announcement. 

While I was enjoying their show I had three jerks sitting behind me and two on my right. These people, all of whom inebriated and fairly belligerent, decided that talking through the show was appropriate. 

I’ve encountered this behavior at many a concert. 

It wasn’t bad during the loud parts, but during the very common quiet segments of the show, all I could hear were these guys talking about their lives… which were not as interesting as the show.

A tall glass of shut the hell up. Have one before going to a show.
A tall glass of shut the hell up. Have one before going to a show.

As they chatted through the show, I gave them the universal look of scorn. Repeatedly… and so did half of the people in my section.  They either didn’t notice or didn’t care.

After a while I politely asked if “[they] could keep it down.”

They ignored me. 

Then I asked then I asked them, to “Please shut up” – According to my fifth grade teacher, saying “Shut up” is fine when accompanied with the word “please.”

They looked at me as if I was inconveniencing them. 

During the intermission, I walked up and told them, “No one paid good money to listen to [them] speak. If [they] wanted to have a conversation set to music, [they] should go home and put on a CD.”

That worked. Mostly.

My message is simple. Please don’t talk over concerts, or movies for that matter. It’s really uncool. 

Tomorrow, we shall return to your regularly scheduled geek programming.

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