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Sep. 15th, 2016

Kent bought our tickets for last night's concert on one of those "sell your unwanted tickets" sites.  He just wanted seats (he's getting cranky and doesn't want to do lawn seats.  He also refuses to couch surf when traveling.  That 13 year age difference REALLY shows at times).

Holy crap, y'all.  We didn't realize we'd scored VIP seats.  For less than fifty bucks a pop. The seats were all cushy.  We were slightly above the floor, so you could actually see without standing. There were people coming around and asking us if they could get us something from the concession stands so we didn't have to stand in line

Kent and I kept looking at each other like "How did we pull this off?"

This also explains how we ended up with overpriced fruity cocktails in guitar shaped novelty glasses.  We had a carpe diem night.  Which means I *really* need to start racking up those tips the next couple of weeks.

The concerts were AMAZING.  Cheap Trick still kind of creeps me out (that quasi-spoken word bridge in "The Dream Police" makes my skin crawl), but they were on point.  Not aging well, but they sound good.

Joan Jett.  Oh my gods, Joan Jett.  I wish she'd done something from Pure and Simple (I really, really, REALLY wanted her to do "Spinster" or "Go Home"), but I really can't complain.  The woman is such a badass.  I've only seen her at feminist rallies before (so, so cool), but to have the full on concert experience was AMAZING.  She even performed "Crimson and Clover," which is one of my favorite covers ever.

We checked out the merch tent, and I really, really wanted the old school Joan Jett and the Blackhearts tshirt, but Kent wanted one that had the tour dates on the back.  I get it, because he's weird about dates and keeping track of things (I need to write up a detailed account of how the Rock and Roll Dice and the index cards work sometime).  But sometimes you want what you want, ya know?  However, we get one shirt per show--the benefits of being the same size--so I said okay.  Still a cool shirt.

My only complaint about Heart is that they didn't do "Dog and Butterfly."  I imagine they're sick of it by now, but I was really hoping.  :(  Instead, they did "Two" in what struck me as the place where "Dog and Butterfly" would have made sense on the set list (the spousebeast agreed).  It was truly beautiful, and really resonated with me, especially after TinFoil Hat Boy's nasty comments about how Kent and I live in our own little bubble (the lyrics are here: http://genius.com/Heart-two-lyrics).

And, oh, to be sitting under a nearly full moon, watching those two women perform and sip a ridiculously overpriced strawberry daquiri...my inner 15 year old nascent witch was so, so, soooooo very happy.

After the concert, I had to make one last bathroom stop (oh, and let me just say that Walnut Creek Ampitheater's bathrooms are some of the NASTIEST I've ever been in.  And I've used portapotties at the antique car show in Hershey, PA).  I culdn't find Kent when I came out, which causeed momentary panic.  Then he walked up to me with a Cheshire Cat grin...and handed me the shirt I'd wanted.  I got weepy (have I mentioned it's shark week?).

"You have been working your ass off.  Why shouldn't you have everything you want?"

The ride home was an adventure.  We hired Carol for the night.  He drives a taxi during the day, and runs what is probably an illegal hack service for select clients at night.  He routinely is the driver when Kent goes to work at oh gods thirty or when I call a taxi to schlep me and the groceries home.  We've struck up a friendship based on a love of rock and roll, so he offered to drive us there and back for a hundred bucks.  Given going cab rates from Chapel Hill to Raleigh and back, it was a steal (like, below half price).

I've never spent more than ten minutes or so in the car with him.  While he is infinitely safer than Santa Pete, he's...weird.  I get cursing out other drivers.  But cussing out drivers in different voices (Donald Duck?  And a wickedly accurate Christopher Walken, among others) is...special.  And riding with someone doing that while you're taking back roads?

But we lived and made it home safely.  And I am currently rocking my new shirt and pirate pjs pants...because *I* was smart enough to take today off.

Unlike some people.  Who is probably hating life right about now, poor guy.

Comments

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poniesandphotos
Sep. 15th, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)
SO cool! Great tickets make a concert that much better. Also how sweet that you both got your concert t-shirts!
dancingdragon3
Sep. 15th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
That all sounds so awesome! Congrats on having such a good time. My inner 15 yr old witch is very jealous :-)

Lol to swearing at other drivers while using voices. That's a new one.

Enjoy your day off!
mamculuna
Sep. 15th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
What a great night. I would just about walk to Raleigh to hear Joan Jett do Crimson and Clover in concert.

What a great husband.
nick_101
Sep. 15th, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a great concert. :D
nightshade1972
Sep. 15th, 2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time!

:-)
seaivy
Sep. 15th, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC)
FAB - U - LUS !!!!!!!
wow @ tickets!!!!!

fab you got your shirt - yes, you deserve it - even better that spousebeast treats you like the star you are

and i love your driver!!!!!!
bring it on - in voices!

Edited at 2016-09-15 08:53 pm (UTC)
fbhjr
Sep. 15th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the concerts were good. (And, am downloading "dream police" as I had forgotten that one...)

The different voices are OK as long as he doesn't act out cartoon violence, right?
unmowngrass
Sep. 16th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Haha!
qwentoozla
Sep. 16th, 2016 03:26 am (UTC)
That sounds like such an awesome time! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! That taxi driver sounds like a trip. XD
promiseoftin
Sep. 16th, 2016 04:01 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fun concert!
corellian_sugar
Sep. 16th, 2016 06:09 am (UTC)
This post made me so happy! It sounds like it was a great concert and you had a fabulous time! The VIP seats were a total bonus! Hurray!
communitybee
Sep. 16th, 2016 09:27 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great time!!!!
monkiainen
Sep. 16th, 2016 09:55 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had an amazing night :)
dancingdragon3
Sep. 16th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
That all sounds so awesome! Congrats on having such a good time. My inner 15 yr old witch is very jealous :-)

Lol to swearing at other drivers while using voices. That's a new one.

Enjoy your day off!
man_of_snows
Sep. 16th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
So happy that your concert was an amazing experience. I think I need an amazing experience here pretty quick or I am going to lose my mind...
patrium_novorum
Sep. 17th, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
Yay for a great night!
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