When I Joined the ARMY.

Hey. Weren’t we here a year ago?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know who else is still alive? The nut jobs who think that Covid is a hoax:

And in a case of sweet, sweet karma, these anti-vaxxers (the parents of the kid who shot and killed four of his fellow students at Oxford High school i the suburbs of Detroit on Nov. 30) got schooled:

 

Yes, Dear readers, I am back from my Los Angeles adventure. The weather was awful; cold and misty and damp. This is what it looked like from my hotel room  at 9 AM:

And this is what it looked like  (below) at the entrance to SoFi stadium at 4:30 PM on  when I got there early to buy merch that was sold out 48 hours after it had gone on sale earlier in the week. Oh well. At least I got to stand in line for an hour before the doors opened.

ARMY amasses inside:

It was very humid for all 4 days I was in LA so my hair decided to have a wild party on my head.

Over 4 concerts, BTS sold a total of 214,000 tickets.

The concerts grossed $33.3 million.

It’s the largest gross for run of shows at a single venue since 2012, when Roger Waters earned $38 million over nine shows at Estadio River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It’s the biggest U.S.-based Boxscore in 18 years, and the second-biggest ever in the 30-year-plus history of Billboard Boxscore in North America (and biggest ever in California), behind Bruce Springsteen’s 10-show marathon at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (38.7 million).

The shows cap a banner year for BTS, following three Billboard Hot 100-topping songs — including a 10-week stretch at No. 1 on the chart with “Butter.”

I went to two shows at SoFi stadium, and each one was exhilarating.

On the last night, for their last song, Chris Martin from Coldplay came out and did their collaboration, My Universe (that’s Chris in the middle, below):

Then the boys took a bow, and they were gone.

These are fan photos of the concerts from Twitter which explain why millions of fans worldwide are OK with BTS singing in Korean:

HOT AF is a universal language, n’est-ce pas?

I also saw BTS for a third night when they opened the iHeart Radio annual Jingle Ball at the LA Forum. I left after their performance because I wasn’t  interested in Doja Cat, Kid Laroi, Saweetie, or Ed Sheehan or any of the other 14 acts (the show was over 4 hours long). I would have stayed if Dua Lipa hadn’t contracted laryngitis and cancelled, but alas, she was a no-show, so I took off. I wasn’t alone. There were plenty of other ARMY who were heading out to the Sizzler restaurant across the street from the Forum, which seemed to be the designated pick-up spot for ride shares.

Have you seen the painting by Edward Hopper, Nighthawks? The Sizzler is like that; I felt very sorry for everyone who was spending Friday night dining at the Sizzler on Manchester Blvd in Inglewood, LA, and I felt even sorrier for myself, waiting in the Sizzler on a cold December Friday night in Inglewood, LA, for a very late car and  driver. The Forum, in my option, is a dump,  and the Sizzler is even dumpier than the Forum and it was such a scuzzy way to wrap up a magical BTS experience. And as such, it was the perfect dose of squalor that I’d been missing. I have a thing for squalor. 

On this trip I had chance to observe myself out alone in the world for the first time in two years and I must say, my travel chill is gone. Kaput. Nonexistent. Zero. I was basically an imbecile. It was the kindness of strangers and old friends who rescued me time and time again that made this trip a success and I would love to tell you all about my fuck-ups in detail but time is short and art is long and one of the things that this trip taught me was that I have to get off my blogging ass and write another book. I already have a title. I’m fixing to discuss it with my agent in the next month.

The consequence is that while I will still be here from time to time in 2022, I may be not be as reliable a correspondent as I’ve been, meeting you all here once a week. 

So let’s all head into 2022 with a renewed sense of our old selves. Shake things up, shake off 2020 and 2021. We’ve learned to take Covid in stride now, and it’s time to get bak and take off, if you know what I mean. 

Here’s a kitty to help you make the transition to a newer, brighter, funner YOU:

 

 

 

My sister Buffy sent me these next photos of a cat who’s famous on TicTok for obvious reasons:

 

 

 

 

She also sent me this:

The rest is stuff I found myself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for this week, Dear Readers. I hope you’re all whooping it up over the demise of another atrocious year, and looking at 2022 with relief and anticipation and gratitude. Let’s all hope for a Trump perp walk in the near future — keep hope alive!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XXOO

 

 

10 Comments, RSS

  1. Rachel

    Hello, my dear. It looks like you had a super time in LA, even tho there was fog and the wait for your ride after the performance wasn’t fun. It’s good to have you back, if only briefly. You will be missed, but I know writing a book is all consuming. Perhaps you will share some of the painting….there will be painting, won’t there. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Rachel

  2. Leslie

    Dearest Vivian, I’ve collapsed on my fainting couch, and I don’t know how I’ll be able to go on without the weekly post fromVivian World. Sincerely, Leslie.

  3. Susie

    I’m with Leslie…how are we to survive? I will just have to think you really did run off with your Korean boyfriend and then I can forgo my sadness and be happy for you. I still use the phrase odious Tuesday volunteer to describe “that” kind of person and for that I will be ever thankful. Excited at the prospect of a new book. Good luck and happy writing and painting.

  4. Well, I’m glad your trip was awesome and the concerts were fun despite your encounters with the seedier side of LA. (You can’t go to LA and NOT have at least one seedy experience. I think it’s a requirement.) Can’t wait to hear about the new book!

  5. Well, despite a few glitches (maybe more than a few), your trip sounds terrific and with all those concerts and your boyfriends in view, what’s not to love. OK, what’s not to love is fewer visits here (not every post has to be this long! We just want to know you are alive and well and see you every week — even for a little bit!)! I LOVE that you have a wonderful idea for a book, that you’re going to talk to the agent and that I hope it has your wonderful art! Life, lovely! Have a wonderful week now that you’re back.

  6. Welcome back! Your trip sounds amazing even with the difficulties. It is like falling down and needing to get ourselves up and dust ourselves off. My October travel was that, I had to do it to see if I could still do it.
    Getting impatient for the DOJ to start prosecuting Trump and his people. That is the only salvation we have, or maybe COVID will do them in. Thankful for my vaccinations and mask.

  7. Kirra

    The BTS concerts look and sound amazing! So great that you went and enjoyed them. The LA weather looks terrible and the third concert sounds pretty strange. I think you’re probably owed some good karma from travelling anyway, glad people helped you out in your stuff ups.

    All the best for your new book idea! It will be a pity not to have blog posts every weekend but you’ve got us through some truly tough times, especially the last couple of years, so you deserve a break to do some real work.

    I want to be like the cat with all those drinks! Cheers everyone!

  8. Juan Ortiz

    Our visit short but yet so impactful!! Too many years have passed but in that moment memories of Niamey came to the present. You walked by yourself to the café so your adventurous self ever present. We both a little different but our energy and spirit of the past still shone through brightly. We are a little different but I dare say more mature and refined. May we not wait another close to 40 years to experience the company of friendship once again.

    Best wishes in 2022 and can’t wait to read the new book.

    Gracias for the memorias and siempre un amigo

    Juan

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