So after going back and forth for the past couple of months on “do I go, do I not” I finally realized to take the advice the band has for the young at heart, because soon I will be older and I’ve got to make it work. I pulled the trigger on a ticket to the Tears for Fears and Hall and Oates concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas in July.
Now, I will say I have a bit of apprehension still but I think I can make it work. In an effort to save money and reduce sound pressure levels I opted for balcony seating. I’ll definitely be taking my musicians’ earplugs with me to wear as I’m sure it will be loud and I have super-sensitive hearing (seriously, don’t you dare try to talk shit about me when I’m anywhere close, I will hear you even if you’re just whispering in the ear of someone right next to you!). My big thing is how to deal with the crowd? I know it will be a sellout crowd so I just don’t know how I’ll be able to handle it.
Of course, I’ve been in venues with large crowds (most notably Texas Motor Speedway; which I’ll be there again in the next couple of weeks) and handled it OK with minimizing eye, physical and verbal contact with others and largely keep to myself but I just don’t know if that will be possible in such closed quarters as a basketball arena (at least TMS is a 1.5 mile track so it’s more dispersed). Whatever the case, I know to just keep to myself, avoid interaction and enjoy the music.
As long as I can do that, I think I’ll be just fine. Again, much to the chagrin of my fellow spectrumites, I do really wish I was neurotypical. It would be much easier to enjoy these kinds of things if I was.