By 4 p.m. Friday, the air surrounding the Coachella music festival already reeked of cheap beer. Topless brosephs with painted chests and women in bikini tops and barely there shorts have been pounding an abundance of Bud Light and Pabst in the parking lot.
Once you pass a certain point on the trek from your car to the security check you have to leave all liquids behind. As a result, a sense of desperation has taken hold and concertgoers try to get as drunk as possible before entering the festival.
Hey, paying for booze on site can be expensive ($7 for a Heineken, and $8 for a weak vodka soda -- not that I would know).
The discard piles at different checkpoints are growing into towering aluminum testaments to future sloppiness. But by far the best item spotted in the discard pile was an empty bottle of Glenfiddich Scotch.
I took the liberty of putting a tiny crown on it with Photoshop, as the determination and eagerness with which its owner or owners must have gone about emptying the bottle was positively royal.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo illustration by Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times