I don’t know where else to write this.
Over the summer I got to see SHINee in person thrice. (And Super Junior and related people numerous times, but that’s another story for another day.)
First was the Yeosu Expo where they performed Sherlock, among other songs. First time I watched Sherlock live. The moshing was a nightmare but the live was so perfect. To see Jonghyun sweating just a few metres in front of you. *_* How did it happen? Basically I got up at 5am and took a train from Seoul to Yeosu. The performance was at… 8pm? But I sat at my spot from noon. Reached my bed at 2am and knocked out immediately.
Second was their pre-recording of Sherlock for some special programme. I don’t even know what programme it was. I got up at 6am to get my ass to KBS by 8am. Roll call was at 9.30am. The pre-recording was at 12pm or so. In case you want to know, there are 7 levels for pre-recordings at TV stations. Level 1 is the highest, where you have official fanclub membership, downloaded the ringtones, digital songs, albums, and I don’t know what else. I had the specified album and nothing else, and I was level 5. All the level 1 people get to queue up before level 2, who get to queue before level 3, and so on. Within each level, priority is by whoever turns up and sends their photo to the fanclub head first. For a recording like that, (i.e. non-comeback week) everyone who came and followed instructions managed to get in.
After the pre-recording, we trooped down to Incheon airport. It was the day SHINee were heading to Hiroshima for their Japan Arena tour. Saw lots of fansite heads and photographers waiting for them too. Spent all afternoon waiting. Jonghyun teased everyone non-stop at the traffic lights with his tongue T.T you know, the usual. We all died.
What I can conclude from this is that the life of a fangirl consists of 90% determined waiting around. Personally I hate the waiting around, but if you have time to burn, happy waiting. When your idol finally turns up, it might be worth it.