As I am naturally a very shy person, I do not typically talk to people I don't know; however, I'd love to pass the time in the General Admission queue talking to U2 fans and generally having a nice time rather than acting as if I am mute. In other words, if I could meet up with people I already know, I could have a good time without my shy instincts kicking in and rendering me incapable of speech. So if you'd like to meet up, please say so and hopefully we can do something.
Where will I be? Everywhere but Adelaide. I'll be going General Admission to all of the shows, and my current plan is to turn up sometime in the afternoon as I don't believe lengthy queuing is necessary (of course, that plan is open to change). The specific shows are:
17 March - Auckland
18 March - Auckland
21 March - Brisbane
24 March - Melbourne
25 March - Melbourne
31 March - Sydney
1 April - Sydney
Why am I going to so many damn shows? Well, I never actually intended to go to so many, but a combination of circumstances, generous friends, and the fact I'm the main writer for U2-Vertigo-Tour.com meant that I've found myself travelling around a fair bit. There's also the other fact that this is potentially the only time I will ever get to see U2 live, so I'm going to make the most of it. Now that university is the focus of both my energies and finances, I certainly will not be able to see U2 until at least after 2011 (3 year BA, 1 year Honours, 2 year Masters) if they do not come to Australia, and in the unlikely event that they come back to Australia, I'll only be able to see them once or twice if they come to my city (though if they play New Zealand, I will of course be there no matter what). And while I am optimistic about the short-term future of U2, beyond about 2011, I struggle to see much more activity from the band. So I'm really making the most of this chance to see them, especially as they're right on top of their game now, but who knows what state they'll be in come the next tour.
On a more specific note, I certainly am not going to miss U2 in New Zealand considering the powerful links to the country created by One Tree Hill and the death of Greg Carroll. Plus, I haven't been back to my homeland in three years, and it's my father's fiftieth birthday (he's coming with me to one show), so the timing is absolutely perfect. I'd have been going to New Zealand anyway. And come on, seeing U2 live on Saint Patrick's Day! That's definitely going to be one hell of an occasion. They haven't played live on Saint Patrick's Day since 1992 either.
I live in Brisbane so I'm not going to miss them here, and I needed to head down to Melbourne on university-related matters anyway, so if that co-incides with U2 gigs, all the better! Should be fun with the Commonwealth Games on then too. Sydney's sprung up only very recently, and I hope it's a blast. I hope I get to meet the folks I know who are going to those shows. I must say I'm delighted how NONE of this clashes with my university schedule.
In case anyone actually cares, today, my university schedule was finalised. I suppose that if you want to talk to me, knowing when I'll be here will come in quite handy really. I'm very happy with how the schedule has worked out.
Midday-1:50pm - Introduction to International Relations, lecture
2:00-2:50pm - Introduction to International Relations, tutorial
5:00-6:50pm - Europe 1200-1800, lecture
7:00-7:50pm - Europe 1200-1800, tutorial
Midday-1:50pm - Modern Political Ideologies, lecture
2:00-2:50pm - Modern Political Ideologies, tutorial
4:00-5:50pm - Rise Of Modern Asia, lecture/workshop
And that's it. Absolutely delightful. My current plan is that on other days, I will spend at least three hours (perhaps from 2pm) reading. Whether I'll do this at home or in the library, I'm not sure. Perhaps it'll depend on what I'm reading, as I actually have some books that are recommended reading already and it seems kind of pointless to take them to the library when I could just as easily read them here, but if there's stuff in the library, maybe I'll just read there instead of checking it out and bringing it home.
I think that's all for today. Have a good one, folks!