A most excellent rant.
I just grew to dislike that culture a lot. Now in my travels to DLD in Indiana, I met some cool people who were very gracious in sharing their beers.
I remember the first time we went it was miserable. We were very unprepared. We got shite faced the night before in chicago. If it wasn't for someone mistakenly calling my cell @ 7am we'd have missed DLD. Also you can't really stay in Munster, there is one hotel and it's full, always. It's like a 60 minute drive to Munster from Chicago. We got there and saw what was probably 300 people in line already. It was first come first serve mind you. We didn't bring chairs like others did. I remember standing there and seeing all these characters and thinking WTF am I doing here. I drove to Munster, Indiana for some beer. One group even arrived in a limo. What a bunch of a-holes. By the time we got our beers, I would say there was another 2000-3000 people in line. We got the beer and promptly left back to Chicago.
We went back again the next year prepared with tailgate chairs. DLD was once again a giant clusterfrick and poorly run at that. People would get there early for BA meet ups and share beer. Problem is most of them got wasted and were puking all over. Once again, we got our beer and left. I think after that year, I realized how dumb and not worth it this whole deal was. Driving 14 hours from BR to Chicago. It was a cool trip once, never again.
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