The First and Last Show

I was in Utah and a friend's band was playing a local venue. It had been a long day of standing around a tradeshow, and I was looking forward to doing a lot of nothing. But my friend Mike dropped some wisdom on me. I'm paraphrasing, but he said, "If you have a friend in a band, you have to go to their first show and their last show. The rest are optional." I've since lived by this credo, and it's served me well. It's in this spirit that I pass the wisdom along to you. I've told friends over and over that I supported their band and was dying to see them, but something always came up and I missed their show. Maybe it's too early, too far away, or I just fall asleep watching The Golden Girls on TV. If you wholly dedicate yourself to at least catching their first show, then you actually believe that you might go to another somewhere along their career. And the last show, well, there's really no excuse for missing that one, unless you'd never seen any of their shows.

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