From face in the crowd to expert |

From face in the crowd to expert

Austin Diaz

BRECKENRIDGE – The cancelation of the Mobb Deep concert left me and my friend, who had made the arduous trip from Frisco to Breckenridge, with nothing to do. After making a couple of calls, we decided to head to the Salt Creek. Luckily the polished dance floor was completely empty, so I didn’t have to display my Texas farm boy dancing skills. The only other thing to do was play pool.As it turned out, most of the patrons of Salt Creek also had been disappointed by the concert cancelation, and rumors flew as to why Mobb Deep had ducked out.”Hey wait, this dude’s with the newspaper; he’ll know what happened,” someone suddenly shouted.

It took me a couple of seconds to realize he was talking about me. The sudden spike of attention in my direction caused me to completely miss the ball I was aiming for – at least that’s my excuse.”Yeah, dude, I read your column about the Steppenwolf guy,” another guy said.What? People actually read my column?”So the guy from Mobb Deep came down with syphilis, right?” the first guy said.”No, he has sickle cell,” I responded.

Now, since I not only worked for the newspaper but also had actually listened to the doorman at Sherpa’s, I was the instant expert on the matter. I had written the preview article for the concert and I had known previously about Prodigy’s sickle cell problem, but beyond that I was pretty useless. Nevertheless the questions rolled in: “Is it the mountains that caused the problems?” Um …”What’s the exact date for the next concert?” I don’t …”Can he perform up here with that disease?” I have no …

“Yo, when did he get syphilis?” It’s sickle cell.Not knowing the detailed, cellular make-up of sickle cell and having no idea when the yet-to-be-rescheduled concert was, the questions thankfully subsided. However, the distracting questions combined with the fact I’m just plain awful at pool caused me to lose the game. So I called it a night.Austin Diaz can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 251, or at

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