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The joys of taking a break
July 7, 2013 - Wes Burns
So I've just returned from the preeminent Iowa music festival, 80/35. I'm going to do a full write up of my experience at the fest in my column "A Nation Burns" (available right here on the internet! Also-in print!) but I felt this new found bit of information warranted the expediency that only a blog can provide.
And that fact is this: People really love a good nap.
When you go to a multi stage music festival you quickly come to terms with the idea that you will not be able to see every band; mostly because this would require some kind of multiple body, Micheal Keaton-esque comedy of clones to achieve. Lots of stages, lots of bands, you're going to miss something.
So, since you've resigned yourself to the rule of physics, at some point you're going to want to NOT see a band. This will mostly be due to the heat, the humidity, or someone wearing inexplicable combat boots decides to become the one-man mosh pit.
And this is where the glory of "the nap" comes into play. During my regular, day to day life I wouldn't think of spending part of my mid-day just sleeping. Also because this is looked down upon in the newspaper industry ... and most other industries as well.
But during a music festival the mid day nap is high on the list of the day's activities; right behind "unexpected favorite cover" and right before "free corn dog."
Why is it such a great experience? Because otherwise you're probably going to pass out from heat/dehydration/spending $9 on some crab rangoon. And nobody should miss a concert because they're in an emergency room, trying to recover from over-paying for Chinese food.