i am one completely sweaty / dirty / disgusting mess. 

yup, that’s right, on the hottest day of the year, i blew off the work i had to do and stood outside with 25oo of my closest friends in order to get tickets for princes first gig at first ave since 1986.

a visual representation is in order:

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this is part of minneapolis.  the red x, that’d be first ave.  above that is target center where tonight’s main show is taking place.  when i arrived at 11am this morning the line started on 7th street (just to the right of the red x), turned right down hennipen avenue, right again on 8th street, right again on 1st.  crossed 7th (where the line began) and continued down 1st a full block, then right on 6th.  that red dot?  that’d be where i started the day. 

mind you, tickets didn’t go on sale until 3pm (and i would come to find out that i was 650th in line).  first ave staffers estimated the crowd at it’s largest to be around 2500. the club’s capacity is 1300. 

when tickets went on sale at 3, it took a full 2 hours for me to go the distance to get my ticket. 

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(paisley park studios wristband, one of the two physical tickets i need to get into the doors of first ave tonight) 

so now i’m home to get some food, shower (scrub the grime off) and get ready to meet greg at 7 for drinks before the 8:30 show at target.  my guess is that prince won’t take the stage until midnight at 1st ave. 

it’s gonna be a long, funky night ya’ll.

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