A few years ago at Lollapalooza, I got there at the first hour of the first day. I was determined to see as many bands as I possibly could in three days.
Lolla starts on Friday at around noon, when lots of people are usually at work. So unless you’re dedicated to the weekend, you might not care much about Friday’s lineup until around 3:30 to 5. That’s when the crowds start filing in in full force.
Lolla takes up a lot of square footage. The stages are all in the middle, beyond that are beer and food tents. And at the periphery are a shit-ton of Port-a-Potties and those hand-washing stations that are operable by pumping a thing with your foot.
From all of my weekend festival experiences, the port-a-potty areas are pristine on Friday, and become the closest thing to hell you’ll ever experience (since hell doesn’t exist).
I arrived at Lolla at noon, and I expected Tina around 4-ish.
At around 1:30, I got a call from my bowels telling me they needed a little relief.
I looked right.
I looked left.
The coast was clear.
I relaxed a little to let go of some gas, and I immediately puckered my sphincter and gasped.
“Oh, shit!” I said out loud.
I did what people refer to ever so fondly as “sharting.”
If you don’t know what a shart is, think about those times when you fart and a little something extra rides that fart’s coattails.
That little something extra is rarely welcome to the party.
I almost cried.
I thought, I have to go home. I’m fucked. I’m not walking around wearing shart pants all day.
Regardless, I had to solve the immediate problem of shit running down my leg STAT.
I waddled as gracefully as possible to the port-a-johns. My MO was to move my butt cheeks as little as possible to avoid distributing the soiling too much.
That’s when I went all MacGyver on that shart. Since it was the first day, the hand washing stations were loaded with paper towels. I wet some, soaped up some others, and took some dry ones. I went over to the handicapped Port-a-potty, you know, the larger ones. I stripped to my bare ass and I went to town on my shorts.
By the time I was finished, my pants were good as new.
And I was able to take care of business and avoid any more accidents.
And I was able to stay without going all the way home, and missing one of the bands I was there to see that afternoon.
I. am. NOT. going to let that happen again. But if something does happen, I’m going to be prepared. I’m bringing spare undie pants and t-shirt with some handiwipes.
Because my luck, something would happen on the last hour of Sunday when you risk getting sharted upon just walking near the port-a-potties.