You Know You’re An Old U2 Fan When…

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So we had move up day last week at my school. It’s the day where all the incoming 5th graders get to meet their 6th grade teachers. The kids are so excited, and are bursting with earth shattering questions like: “Can we buy pizza every day?” or “Are the seniors going to stuff us in our lockers?” It also gives me a chance to outline some of the things we will be doing in my World Geography class, like using U2 song titles and lyrics to introduce the kids to European Geography. When I asked the question:  “Who in here knows U2?” And not one hand went up, I knew it was going to be a long day. When I asked if anyone ever heard of Bono, one snot nose kid asked, “Who’s Bono?” It took every ounce of energy not to pick up the little sh*t and chuck him out the window. Let’s face it people, we’re old. So it got me thinking: “You know you’re an old U2 fan when…”

1.    Most U2 songs are on the oldies station.

2.    Your main way of listening to U2 requires you to replace a needle on the stylus.

3.    You’re more concerned about Bono’s back than his voice.

4.    You secretly wish U2 would consider starting their concerts at 10:00 AM.

5.    You head to the parking lot at a U2 concert after 5 songs to beat traffic.

6.    You have warts older than Jordan Hewson.

7.    You have ZooTV live from Sydney on Betamax.

8.    You think the GA line is part of the subway system.

9.    You try to get concert tickets using a rotary phone.

10.  You remember when The Edge had hair.

11.  You use your AARP Card in attempts to get ticket discounts.

12.  You seek out all emergency exits, rest rooms, and first-aid stations when you first enter the venue.

13.  Members of the opening act look like your grandchildren.

14.  You ask an usher if they wouldn’t mind turning down the music a little.

15.  You wear a sweater to the outside venue and it’s 90 degrees out.

16.  A week before the show, you drive to the venue to make sure of the directions even though you’ve been to the venue fifty times already.

17.  You set your watch alarm to go off during the show reminding you to take your medication.

18.  Small talk between acts include discussions about weather, latest health ailments and bowel movements.

19.  You bring an umbrella to the show just in case and there’s not a cloud in the sky.

20.  You make up lyrics to songs you’ve heard 1,000 times and are convinced your lyrics are right.

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21.  You order a decaf coffee at the concession stand.

22.  You chastise the t-shirt vendor for the high prices by saying, “When I was kid…”

23.  You ask an usher for directions to the pay phone.

24.  Someone mistakes your liver spot for a tattoo.

25.  You hide your own snacks at the bottom of your purse and feel a sense of pride when no one finds them.

26.  You have your War T-shirt laid out nicely on your bed for the concert three days prior to the show.

27.  While tailgating, you take a nap.

28.  You call the guy sitting next to you “Sonny” and he’s in his fifties.

29.  You hope that all the fans in the inner circle have good arch supports in their shoes.

30.  The theater you saw Rattle & Hum in hasn’t been a theater for 3 decades.

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    joepit
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    So we had “move up day” last week at my school. It’s the day where all the incoming 5th graders get to meet their 6th grade teachers. The kids are so
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    #9046

    Pam
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    Joe, it´s nice that you already saw your future students. The way you connect U2´s song titles with European geography is a great teaching method, because the kids get to know different knowledge fields. My students never talk about U2, so it really seems that our favourite band already belongs to the oldies. You mentioned some funny things that might be “relevant” for old U2 fans! Very nice blog once again!

    I wish you a beautiful Whitsun. :)

    #9047

    Leeny
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    Nice job, Sonny.

    #9048

    joepit
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    Thanks Pam, you too. Leeny, a rotary phone would be a step up from your current phone. ;)

    #9049

    Leeny
    Participant

    Joe, my dad worked for the phone company. We had a working candlestick phone in our living room. To dial you had to click the receiver cradle up and down. I LOVED that phone. And I still own a bright orange rotary phone. Unfortunately, they haven’t worked since the company went to all pulse dialing. :(

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    #9051

    Leeny
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    As for being an old U2 fan… you can be one if you choose to be; but my goal is soul and I’m working on aging to perfection. ;)

    #9053

    joepit
    Moderator

    I tried getting tickets using a rotary phone back in the day. Unsuccessfully. :(

    #9060

    Leeny
    Participant

    Hmmmm… just wondering what kind of phone did ET use?

    #9061

    joepit
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    I think ET used this phone.

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    #9063

    Leeny
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    That looks so familiar. :)
    And in my home town when you got the recording saying you dialed a wrong number, it used to be my mom’s voice on the tape. :)
    When I was little, and she was working, sometimes I would dial a wrong number just to hear her voice. Can’t tell you how much I wish I had that luxury today.

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    #9065

    joepit
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    Great story. You were an Unknown Caller before Unknown Caller. ;) you can still hear her voice. I hear it in your laugh, that has to be her. :)

    #9066

    Leeny
    Participant

    Actually, I do have her voice. When I read at Mass her friends tell me it is spooky.

    #9067

    joepit
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    I knew it. Just checked out Joshua Tree website, the band is coming around to a few areas near me in the next couple of months. Might need a summertime meetup. ;)

    #9068

    Leeny
    Participant

    Woburn?

    #9069

    joepit
    Moderator

    No, The Claddaugh in Lawrence and a bar in Rye NH. Both about 20 minutes away.

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