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After the age of 25, I learned that my time is more important than whatever pathetic free handout is being offered. Remember, time is money folks. So let’s way low-ball my time at worth $10/hour. Is spending 2 hours in line at iHop for a tiny serving of bad pancakes actually worth it? It’d be cheaper (in the money-time equation) to just buy a full meal. By the time you get in, order, eat, and leave that’d be less than an hour anyway.
Free samples are always small portions. After all, the company has to stay in business somehow. But is a tiny portion even worth it? Waiting 1+ hours in line for a kiddie scoop of ice cream.
Packing yourself into a crowded open bar for a beer in a small plastic cup or a watered-down cocktail. It’s rarely enjoyable and rarely worth it.
I know what you’re thinking, how can you complain when it’s free???
I’m not complaining. I’m just saying that I’m 30 years old and have a job. If I want ice cream, booze, or pancakes, I can afford to buy a real portion.
Aside from free food, nyc has a lot of free events in general. Free theater, free music concerts, free dance performances, free comedy shows….. lots!
Sometimes a free event is great! Sometimes it’s not.
This past summer I went to one of the free shows put on by House of Vans every year. A free rock show is nothing special around here but these shows have the bonus offer of free booze. Sounds great, right?
The way this works is you rsvp to get up to 4 free tickets a week in advance. However, your ticket doesn’t guarantee entry, so you still have to stand in a long-ass line (in the summer) hoping you make it in. Keep in mind, even if you make it into the show this doesn’t guarantee you free beer, as they could run out.
To get the most of your free experience, you’ll want to get there 1-2 hours early, standing in the summer heat, just to get 2-3 plastic cups of pissy light beer.
Now, it’s a good place as a venue and the shows are cool. They get good bands and it’s cool that it’s free. So, maybe worth the lines, right?
Well… House of Vans doesn’t have real bathrooms.
Let’s recap. You’ve been standing in line for 2 hours in July nyc heat downing water so you don’t dehydrated. Then you get into the venue and chug 3 light beers before they run out. And now you’re faced with a line of portapotties.
Sure, portapotties have their place (like, at running races for example) but a music venue with drunk people is certainly not where I want to use one.
Look, I’m 30 and have a job. I’ll gladly pay $20 to see a good band, drink good beer, and pee in a real toilet.