To any of you who follow my regular musings here, you won’t be surprised to learn that I escaped last week to attend a couple of live shows.
(You can read about who I was seeing and what I got up to here – https://the525toglasgow.wordpress.com )
To any of you who have ever attended a gig with me, what I’m about to write about won’t be unfamiliar to you.
Previously I’ve written about the various things that attend every show with me. There’s my Kipling “gig” bag complete with Cherry, the furry monkey. She’s heard SO much good music over the years!There are my beloved purple tie dye Converse that have served me faithfully. I must admit that they have seen better days and are now reserved for gigs when the weather outside is dry.
There’s one other item though that has been to every show with me.
No, it’s not my phone nor my camera.
It’s the Rock ‘n’ Roll Polo mints!
A long time ago when I was preparing to take my son to one of his first shows I expressed a little anxiety over it to my mother. Her response, and I paraphrase, “If you’ve got a packet of Polo mints with you, you can do anything.”
It made me laugh and it put the anxieties into context.
Her unwavering faith in the powers of the humble Polo mint date back many years to an occasion when, while visiting Fort William, my dad took her a “walk” up Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland. Plenty of hillwalkers take rucksacks, survival kits and emergency supplies. My mother took a small bottle of water and a packet of Polo mints!
Ever since, my “gig” bag has had a supply of Polo mints stashed in the small front pocket.
OK, I can hear your sniggers from here but hear me out.
The Polo mint really is, as the Americans would say, a Lifesaver.
These small round mints are sweet enough to give you a much needed sugar boost if you energy starts to wane.
Sucking them helps to relieve thirst pangs at shows where security are lax about handing back cups of water.
The paper and foil wrapper can be easily torn back to allow you to share the mints with your friends and fellow music fan thus encouraging camaraderie in a crowd.
They quickly freshen your breath when meet and greet opportunities arise. 😉
So, let’s hear it for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Polo mint!
(images sourced via Google – credits to the owner)