I thought about Newport Beach's new "Loud and Unruly Gathering" ordinance when I attended a U2 concert at Angel Stadium last month.
While a connection between the Irish rock band and Newport's effort to crack down on overly rowdy partiers seems unlikely, bear with me while I tell you my story.
U2 is one of my all-time favorite bands, so my husband kindly indulged me with tickets. My enthusiasm dimmed when I realized that the tickets were for admission on the field, standing room only.
I had visions of my decrepit old body being tossed about in a mosh pit, even though I'm not entirely sure what a mosh pit is. So I gave those tickets to my son and bought two more in one of the stadium's seated areas, which turned out to be the favored spot for obnoxious, middle-aged drunks.
Our first encounter occurred during the opening act. We were gradually making our way to our seats when a woman approached and asked to use one of our cell phones — or as she put it, "Can I borrow a shell phone? I can't find my shtoopid hushband."