1. Upper right corner of one of my bottom teeth - Bad Religion, Warped Tour 2004
One girl had a skateboard deck with her IN the pit which she held up like a shield, shoving away people who bumped into her. It was obviously her first pit too. I'd be far more sympathetic if she hadn't swung it smack into my friggin' mouth when someone shoved me towards her. Though I did feel like a very bad-ass preteen explaining my fugly swollen lip at school the next day.
2. Real cool PJ Harvey 'Uh Huh Her' pin (on front pocket of JanSport backpack) - Natalie P's cousin's band whose name I can't recall, 2004
We felt like the hottest shits going to a show sans parental supervision (Natalie P's aunt doesn't count cause she didn't drive us.) I'd just gotten the pin and was stoked on it cause I was learning 'The Letter' on bass. I remember being overly hormonal (early teen years, yo) about this loss and Natalie P telling me to shut up in the Key Club bathroom.
3. 10th grade hearing-aid (left ear) - Green Day, 2005
I can openly admit to losing over a thousand dollars worth of technology at the American Idiot tour now; my parents can't ground me. R.I.P. Inner-ear model. Hopefully your hard plastic shell that kept me from truly loving you (too uncomfortable) also kept you from being smashed into oblivion on that venue floor. Though, if we're being real, what's left of you is probably lodged in between the treads of a hundred VANS.
4. "Lucky" 50 Yen coin - Gravy Train!!!!, 2008
This wasn't so much a mosh pit as a very rowdy sweaty dance pit (super fun.) But I remember I'd just gotten that coin from my trip to Tokyo a few months prior and had, for some reason or other, decided that it would be - tah dah! - my special lucky coin. That designation obviously proved apt.
5. Unopened pack of glow sticks - La Roux, Coachella, 2010
By comparison this really wasn't a big loss, but the night was young and I'd had big plans for all 25 of you, you colorful little wands of poison liquid. Hopefully you were scooped up and appropriately enjoyed by some kids rollin' balls in the desert.
6. My friggin' car keys, momentarily - Some show at the Echo, I think it was Part Time Punks, 2011
This night I had the privilege of being both DD and PMSy, so I only moshed a bit before spending most of the show on the edge of the crowd, watching my friends like a soccer mom. At some point I realized my purse was unzipped and my car keys were not inside.
I didn't want to ruin my friends' fun, so I wordlessly rejoined the pit in an attempt to stealthily check the floor. 4 songs later and all I'd managed was to look really awkward and step on a lot of feet. Returning to my spot on the edge, I saw my keys on the floor, right underneath where I had been standing. I scooped them up and never mentioned the ordeal until now.
7. $16 - Thee Oh Sees, FYF 2013
Ok so sixteen bucks, big deal, sure, but those were my last bucks for all of FYF that night and the bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors are cash only. Now do you understand the gravity of the situation? Now do you understand my tears?
8. My 6th iPhone - Cherry Glazerr, 2014
So last month I went to a show at Everydaze Music in East Los to see the Memories and Cherry Glazerr. It was totally hella rad and I was 3 feet from the stage and getting the best pictures ever- ever. A mosh pit started, I jumped in, sent a Snap Chat that read "MOSH PIT PIT PIT" ... and that was the last thing I ever did with Ione the iPhone (RIP)
You can see me at the 0:47 mark in that video. Well, you can spot my bangs, and really, that's what counts.
So basically this whole post is an elaborate segue into me asking you to text me your numbers because I finally got a new phone (my first android) and I don't have anyone's contacts. Ok thanks.
*list does not include lost hearing, sanity, feeling in toes, or dignity