I went to the Nine Inch Nails concert on Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. The cool thing about bowl concerts is that you can take a picnic, wine and watch/rock out to the show. Well, that is, unless it’s Nine Inch Nails.
I packed my messenger bag with standard bowl picnic fair: cheese, crackers, a couple bottles of wine, chocolates and sparkling water in addition to the required cheese knife and corkscrew. The sparkling was on top and when I opened the bag, this was what the security guard first saw. She pointed to it and said, “I have to take the top off.”
Now, this was an ordinary plastic bottle of crystal geyser sparkling water with lime. I gave her a strange look and pulled the bottle out. I showed her the cap was still sealed, thinking she was concerned that I had refilled it with some other liquid. She told me that the bottle with the top on could be thrown as a projectile weapon. This I could not believe, and thought for sure, there goes my two bottles of wine, the cheese knife and the fun for the night. But instead, fortune turns my way.
I start to unscrew the cap of the water, which has been jostled in my bag for six blocks and it immediately starts foaming and exploding in hissing effervescent freedom all over my bag and the security guard. She jumps back and is distracted and weíre laughing at the fizzing. The positive is that she doesn’t search the rest of my bag; the negative is that she takes the cap off the bottle of water and KEEPS it! I’m jostling through the crowd with an open bottle of fizzing sparkling water, but I still have the two bottles of wine and the cheese knife in my bag.
It was worth it though. Nothing like enjoying a 2003 Merlot and 2002 Cabernet while listening to Trent under the Hollywood stars. Magic was bound to happen.