Willie Nelson concert at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas.

The concert was preceded by several hours of waiting on hot asphalt, which got interesting in the last twenty minutes as hundreds of inebriated country music fans grew impatient and aggressively defensive about their place in line.

Some of the factors that contributed to the hostility and confusion:

  • A cop who condoned drinking while waiting in line, “as long as you don’t get drunk.”
  • The heat and lack of shade.
  • The doors not opening on time.
  • And the two lines, neither of which anyone could confidently advocate above the other, and each of which began at opposite ends of the complex. As the lines grew longer, their ends met in the middle and merged with one another, and the resulting appearance to newcomers was that there was one long line that had two beginnings and no end. No matter which side they went to, they were mocked and told to go away.

In the end, we escaped without harm, as they finally let everyone inside to abundant shady picnic tables.

Willie: Part 1

April 29, 2003
Helotes, Texas