What I learned about myself at The Canyon County Fair.

You just never know what people think about you, or what kind of perceptions they may have of you, until you come face to face with them. For instance, I found out I am a "drunk at concerts."  Hmmmm.

This past week we were set up at the Canyon County Fair, giving away VIP seats and meet and greet passes for the concerts. We started out last Thursday, hooking people up and getting them ready for the Marshall Tucker Band.

I was standing at the table in our WOW 104.3 booth/tent, helping get people in to win VIP seats and/or meet and greet passes, when I was approached by a woman who said to me, "I don't think I've ever seen you NOT drunk at a concert!"

"Excuse me?" I replied. Thinking maybe she was joking with me.

"I don't remember ever seeing you not drunk at a concert," she stated again. Nope, she wasn't joking.

"I think you have me confused with someone else." I said, trying not to be too offended, knowing she obviously does have me confused with someone else.

"Nope...it's you...I've seen you, you're always drunk."

Now, I am starting to get a little offended. I said, "I'm sorry, but you really do have me confused with someone else. I don't get drunk at concerts because more often than not, I am working. I may have a beer or a drink once the concert starts, but I have never been drunk at a concert. There's a big difference."

Even Carly (Rick and Carly) interjected..."yeah...I think you have the wrong person, because I've never seen Rich drunk at a concert either."

The unknown woman didn't stop. "Nope, I've seen you."

Now, I am offended. Remaining calm, I said, "Look, I'm sorry. I don't know who you keep seeing, but you did not see me."

She could tell I was getting a little frustrated with the conversation, shrugged her shoulders and walked away. Conversation over.

Later, I was approached by another woman who asked, "do you have VIP tickets left?" I did. I had two and the concert was getting ready to start. I said, "Sure, here you go" and gave her the two tickets.

"Just two? I need four!"

Shaking my head, I said, I only have two, and I walked away.

The next night, the same woman asked me for VIP seats for Sammy Kershaw. I said as nicely as I could, "I gave you two VIP seats last night and you weren't happy I only had two, so you're going to have to try and win them tonight, like everyone else."

Disgruntled, she turned away. Later I found out she told one of the WOW team I was a mean person, and that she didn't like me. The WOW team member said to her, "He was the only reason you got VIP seats last night."

"Yeah but he's mean. I don't like him" she fired back.

So what did I learn?

1 - I must have a doppelganger that loves to get drunk at concerts.

2 - I am a mean and horrible person. Who knew?

It was certainly an eye-opening three nights for me.

Oh, I also learned that a gift today, may well become an entitled expectation, tomorrow.


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