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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.

Help me out & add some more.

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An avid U2 fan, who doesn't take our group too seriously. Sixth grade teacher, married and have an 8 year old boy who is also a huge fan...he didn't have a choice.

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  • #9045

    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
    Participant

    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
    Participant

    Nice job, Sonny.

  • #9048

    joepit
    Moderator

    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
    Moderator

    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.

    • #9065

      joepit
      Moderator

      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
    Moderator

    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.

  • #9070

    Leeny
    Participant

    I guess the more important question is…
    Is there a decent dance floor?
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    BTW, my son’s buddy is an air traffic controller in Nashua. :)

  • #9071

    joepit
    Moderator

    Plenty of dance floor. Nashua’s about a half hour away.

  • #9072

    Leeny
    Participant

    http://www.wmur.com/Air-Traffic-Controllers-Honored-For-Helping-Pilot/11835686#!WoosL

    Chris was the kid next door to us before he moved to Nashua. :)
    The funny part of the story is the pilot didn’t find out his age, and he didn’t find out who she was until they met at the award ceremony.

    • #9073

      joepit
      Moderator

      Awesome story. We get WMUR here at my house.

  • #9074

    Leeny
    Participant

    So who else is going to The Claddagh Pub?

    • #9075

      joepit
      Moderator

      Don’t know, just saw it today.

  • #9076

    Leeny
    Participant

    Well, I was looking for an excuse to take July 12th off, so work on it for me, will ya? 😉

  • #9078

    alma
    Participant

    Leeny: Speaking of old ways of communicating: Please check u2.com for a PM when u can. (You’ll find it at the old stomping grounds.)

    “When I asked the question: “Who in here knows U2?” And not one hand went up” Time to include that in the national budget: educate the nation’s children on U2.

    A candlestick phone, huh? And a rotary phone – and colored at that! We once had a replica of one of those box wall phones (rectangular box, u pick up just the earpiece attached to a cord – might’ve had a replica wind-up crank on the side), & if I remember correctly, we once had a replica princess phone (the kind w/ a ‘stick’ handle between the mouthpiece & earpiece & it all sits in a cradle). U know you’re getting older the more often u say “if I remember correctly…”

  • #9079

    Pam
    Participant

    Joe, here are some additions:

    You know you´re old when:
    31. You try to smuggle some self-made herbal tea into the stadium instead of drinking a beer.
    32. The t-shirt you once bought before a 360 show has holes and faded colours. It also became too tight somehow over the years.
    33. You bring a few printed set lists of previous shows so that you can read the song titles if you forget them.
    34. You try not to get too excited at a U2 concert, because the blood pressure shouldn´t get too high.
    35. You hope a show won´t be too long, because you should be in bed before midnight.
    36. You wave with your walking stick while U2 play Walk On.
    37. You can tell your friends all the details about your first U2 concert, but can´t remember the title of the new single that was released a few weeks ago.

    • #9082

      joepit
      Moderator

      Pam, great additions, especially the walking stick. Checking with your cardiologist is also classic. Thanks,

  • #9080

    Leeny
    Participant

    alma said
    “We once had a replica of one of those box wall phones (rectangular box, u pick up just the earpiece attached to a cord”

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    We had a working phone like that out in the carriage house (barn) in the back yard. We couldn’t dial out on it, but someone from the house could buzz out to us and then we could talk. My dad installed it to make it easier for my mom to get a hold of her “seven angels” since we spent hours playing out there. And no, we weren’t out there playing games on our cell phones.

  • #9083

    Pam
    Participant

    Thank you, Joe! Your blog gave me some inspiration to add more and I had a lot of fun. :)

  • #9084

    joepit
    Moderator

    Glad to hear it Pam. Add more on if you think of any.

  • #9095

    James
    Participant

    if “the only way we can listen to u2 is putting a needle to the record “, then we just completely refused to by CDs, which I know even they are becoming out of date now
    I know VERY FEW people who love u2 who have only had them on vinyl the whole time

    it DOES make me feel a BIT oldER that I hear our boys in supermarkets and on oldies stations …but that just means those places have stepped up their game and have become MUCH cooler

    To whoever wishes the concerts would begin at 10 am (including YOU ) -“don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you”
    ps- daylight U2 CONCERTS SUCK

    I DO have a wart older than Jordan!!!!
    LEENY??? setting the watch ??? (ha ha , if ONLY you could HEAR it )
    WE make up lyrics ????BONO MAKES UP LYRICS and he’s the fecking lead singer

    yeah…..”when I was a kid the t shirts were ONLY 50 bux , now they’re fifty FIVE ??”

  • #9096

    James
    Participant

    yeah, right pam , “self-made herbal tea ” is THAT what we’re calling it nowadays ?

  • #9097

    James
    Participant

    how about EFFECTIVE ways of communicating ….like NOT RELYING on people’s not visiting this place to talk about future meetups , etc.

  • #9098

    joepit
    Moderator

    Jim, are you taking some of my drivel too literal again? 😉

  • #9103

    Pam
    Participant

    Joe, here is more: :)

    You´re an old U2 fan when:
    38. You take a seat close to the stage to be able to read the messages on U2´s video screen.
    39. You hope that a bus will take you to the stadium from the parking lot.
    40. You need a Bonavox hearing aid to be able to understand what the person sitting next to you talks about before the concert.
    41. You tell your friend the story about how you met Bono many years ago for the third time within an afternoon.
    42. You walk around in your garden yelling “Bono…BONO”, because you try to find your tomcat to give him some food.

  • #9104

    Pam
    Participant

    Yeah Jim, I call that healthy drink “self-made herbal tea”. Hope that´s correct. Remember, English is not my native language. Anyway, one day (when I´m very old) I will pick some herbs from my garden, let them dry and make some tea which I´ll bring to a U2 concert. 😉

  • #9105

    joepit
    Moderator

    Pam these are awesome. Who hasn’t retold the same story over & over. :)

  • #9135

    Pam
    Participant

    Thank you, Joe! :)

  • #9138

    Chris
    Participant

    Did you know that 99 yo is the maximum age you can type in when subscribing on U2.com? Even U2 are embarrassed !!!

  • #9139

    Chris
    Participant

    Jim..You’re so funny !!

    Hey Leeny…if that candle-stick phone had no dial-device for dialing the number, didn’t you have to ask an operator to connect you with the person you wanted to talk to, when you picked up that receiver-cup ?

  • #9201

    Leeny
    Participant

    Chris, that is what you were supposed to do, but I learned that the clicks were picked up by the phone company equipment, so if I clicked really fast, say three times, then paused, it was the same as dialing the number three. It only worked with local phone numbers (for which we only had to dial the last four digits), but I could call my friends that way. :)

  • #9205

    Chris
    Participant

    Very very interesting story Leeny…Having your mother working as an operator and hearing her voice every time you picked up the receiver must have made you Never Run Out of Change…and I bet the things didn’t need be Rearranged !!!

  • #9332

    James
    Participant

    @Musicabona said:
    Yeah Jim, I call that healthy drink “self-made herbal tea”. Hope that´s correct. Remember, English is not my native language. Anyway, one day (when I´m very old) I will pick some herbs from my garden, let them dry and make some tea which I´ll bring to a U2 concert. 😉

    Pamela, I was only joking , maybe referring to the stuff some people smoke ( I have never have)…..nothing wrong with your English ….just my sick attempt at humor :)

  • #9344

    Pam
    Participant

    Hey Jim, I had a certain suspicion that you might refer to something people smoke, but wasn´t sure. Your joke was funny and I always enjoy your humour. :)

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