After thinking about it long and hard (insert "that's what she said" here), I decided that my birthday gift to myself will be tickets to Buffett for J and I. We talked about doing this for a while, but now I am having second thoughts. Here's why:
The concert is at Jones Beach. Anyone who is familiar with the area knows that Jones Beach is dry. You cannot bring in alcohol or consume it on the property. They don't sell it at the concession stands because most people drive there and they want to discourage drunk driving. I have a flask with my name engraved on it, and can sneak that in, along with maybe my Nalgene bottle from Vineyard Vines, full of margaritas of course. J and I had originally talked about tailgating, and he said that it's hard at Jones Beach, but not impossible. The concert is on a Wednesday night, and my original thought was that we were going to take off work that day and tailgate and pregame before the show. Last year was my first time going to a Buffett concert. Before it, we tailgated and drank for 13 straight hours. I'm not saying that I need to drink to have a good time, but when someone has songs titled Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?, Margaritaville, and It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere, you do not go to that concert sober. It ruins half the experience. J will be starting a new job that week, and told me that he isn't going to be able to take that day off. By the time I get done with work and make it out to Long Island, it will be close enough to the show that we won't have time to get dinner and drinks somewhere. I don't know if I want to spend like $5-700 on orchestra seats when we won't have half the experience. I would maybe get cheaper seats, except that 1) I'm kind of a seat snob, and 2) Buffett tickets are expensive, and even the nosebleed section would be like $300 for the two of us. I have zero desire to pay that money to see a show when all I'll be seeing is the back of an inebriated 300 pound frat boy with a parrot on his head and an inflatable shark in his hands. I really really really want to go to this concert, but I don't know if it will be the same now. What do y'all think?