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What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

For those of you who don’t know what Lollapalooza means, you need to check the word’s origins. In Latin, Lolla means “Big Assed”, while Palooza means “gigantic party”, so a Lollapalooza is a big-assed gigantic party, and the 2013 edition of this annual music festival is invading Chicago from August 2nd to August 4th. Unless you’re totally into music, you’d better stay away from Grant Park. For those among you who have never missed a Lollapalooza, you know the only other place you might possibly be when the ‘Palozza comes to town is the county morgue, because you’d fall dead if you couldn’t go.

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    Lollapalooza 2013 VIP ALL ACCESS!!

    Before you pop a fuse, consider this: VIP Concierge has VIP passes to the Lollapalooza 2013 throw-down. And these aren’t any VIP passes—these are the best VIP passes with total access to all the zones that are forbidden to the common festival attendee. You can even go places where you probably don’t want to be. By the numbers, all access passes give you access to hundreds of wild performances spread across a handful of massive stages.

    For this magical rock event, Hutchinson Field becomes “southpalooza,” which is taken over by two main stages. Butler Field, on the opposite end of the park, becomes “northpalooza,” which is home to two additional performance areas. Fans also cram into the newly expanded electronic music areas at Perry’s Place and gather around stages that line the area around Buckingham Fountain. Did we mention all the great museums and art exhibits that are also located in the park? Or the nightclubs that light up after the festival ends for the day? You could even head out on Lake Michigan, because the park has its own marina and boat launches, or you could pose with the dramatic bronze warriors that decorate CongressPlaza. Yep, there is a lot to do in Chicago, aside from Lollapalooza.

    No matter where you are when you’re at Grant Park, you’ll be surrounded by music and merriment—over 110 acres of music and merriment, to be exact. Good thing Grant Park has plenty of room, because more than 90,000 crazed music fans cram into the lakeside park each day. The festival is constantly breaking its own attendance records. That will show all those parents who don’t want their teenagers listening to the latest and greatest rock acts. Last year, more than 270,000 fans got to see their favorite bands perform at Lollapalooza. The crowds are huge, it’s party o’clock.

    Check out this bulleted list. (Bulleted lists make things look really impressive, don’t you think?) At this year’s fest, you could see all these bands, depending on how fast you can get from one stage to the next. There are eight stages, and you’ll need to do some serious planning to attain maximum musical saturation.

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    Friday

    • Crystal Castles

    • Disclosure

    • Queens of the Stone Age

    • Band of Horses

    • Chance the Rapper

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    • New Order

    Saturday

    • The Postal Service

    • Dada Life

    • Kendrick Lamar

    • Azelia Banks

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    • Death Grips

    • The Lumineers

    Sunday

    • Phoenix

    • Knife Party

    • Steve Angello

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    • Major Lazer

    • Beach House

    • Cat Power

    • The Cure

    Anyway, we could put many, many more bulleted lists of bands, but that takes up too much space. So before you space it out, pick up a few pairs of tickets to one of the greatest music festivals of any summer.Lollapalooza only comes around once a year, so unless you want to hear all your friends’ stories about this year’s show, don’t miss it. Then you can rain down your good times on those poor schlemiels who didn’t make the show.

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    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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