Sundays are usually pretty damn good. I mean I’ve been lounging the whole day. My biggest achievements of the day have been couple of emails and cooking pancakes for my wife (and myself of course). So how to start the Momotaro Jeans Copper Label update of the day? I think it’s best to approach this chronologically with all starting on Friday 4th of June.
Needless to say the day started really early with the NBA Finals kicking off. Starting your day at 4 am instead of the typical 7-8 am takes it’s toll at some point. While I was burning that midnight oil the whole day, I was still a bit more exhausted than usual around 8 pm. Well instead of logging off and chilling at home I was heading to a rap concert in the Helsinki Central. Greats like MC Eiht and Devin the Dude came to Finland and my friend did not have to ask me twice if I wanted to check the concert out. I didn’t even realize that MC Eiht was performing as I went there to see Devin. Below a clip from each artist in case you’re not familiar with their work.
So the event was supposed to be from 10 pm onwards. However being that I’ve seen quite a few concerts and when the event starts at 10 pm the concert is definitely not starting before midnight. So it was going to be a long, long day. I met up my friend at the venue around 10 pm. Good chance to shoot some breeze and get few drinks before the concert.
Well we definitely had good chance to chat because the warm up bands only entered the stage close to midnight. A message to promoters and concert organizers, nobody cares about the warm up bands. I mean you go there to see a specific artist whose concert only starts after midnight. It could be that it’s just my theory but I think it’s all so that folks would keep buying drinks and keep bringing money to the lounge. But damn. I have no idea who the artists were but listening to “local talents” and cover songs for 2 hours is not what I paid for. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I was really checking my watch like every 5 minutes when the dudes were performing. It’s all good, do your thing but just cut the warm ups short.
Fortunately MC Eiht got on the stage at a decent hour around 1 am I guess and the show go under way. While his performance was solid, it was also something like an hour. Another message to the organizers, why the hell are the sounds so loud? The sound effects like machine guns sounded horrible with capital H. I mean it’s always funny to hear the guns popping on the albums but concerts like these, it just sounds silly and got us laughing. Still, well done MC Eiht. Keep doing your thing.
OK, so it was close to 2 am and still no sight of Devin, the people got mroe and more drunk and more and more people entered the venue. At this point I will direct the story back to my jeans, which I had been wearing non-stop the whole day from 7 am until now 2 am. Well there was this gentleman who for some reason wanted to park his drinks on our table that kept talking to me but being that he was too drunk and the music was too loud I still have no idea what he was saying. Well peace to him but he was able to pour portion of his drink (I think it was White Russian) on my left knee. Now if I was your average ignorant drunk dude, I would have probably started a fight but instead I wished the guy a pleasant evening and he moved to somewhere else. I was sure my jeans would meet some accident, it was a rap concert after all. Finally Devin entered the stage and the crowd went wild.
Wild enough to dig up those joints from their pockets and lighting them up in celebration of Devin’s weed praising lyrics. Devin himself lit one up and shared the joy with the crowd. I have not seen more weed smoked in a public place before (then again I have never been to Amsterdam). There were some pot smokers in the Too $hort concert last year but nothing like this. The packed place smelled horrible. Devin also had a solid set, unfortunately way too short. I mean the dude you went there to see performed much shorter sets than the warm ups, not cool. Another message to the organizers, not cool. Seriously, cut the warm ups.
Back to the situation. My midnight oil was running out as it was something like 2.30 am I had been up for 22 hours, not something I do on weekly basis. Again, I must be getting old. I called my wife and thankfully she came to pick me up from the central. One thing I have to say is that the sunrise between 3 am and 4 am looks pretty nice.
Back to the jeans. My clothing smelled so bad I’m sure if somebody burned them they could have gotten high from the absorbed weed smoke. there’s no way I would keep wearing them until they were properly washed. First thing on Saturday morning, off to the machine they went.
Yesterday became the first day I did not wear my jeans as I spent my day in shorts. Not too bad, it was a warm day. I could see that the result of the wear, wear and wear was visible already on the wet jeans, I could not wait until they had dried. So without any further due, here you go. The jeans at 21 weeks, washed three times.
If I was a pessimist, I would argue that the jeans will have this look until the end of the project, but I know that’s not the case. I know the jeans will only keep evolving from here on. I will still keep up the once per month wash cycles unless the jeans occur more of these impromptu events which force me to wash the jeans more often. Wring continues as per usual and I will keep reporting the progress. But until our next edition, stay safe everyone and be easy. I’m out like last season. Peace.