I originally scheduled a blog post about my evening walk today, but I did something so super fun this weekend that I needed to express it to the world (wide web).
(Please come back next Monday and join me on my evening walk)
Those of you who have read me before, know that I’m a rocker chick. A rocker chick without any tattoos (which I also blogged about), and who doesn’t go after the rock boys (well, at least not for 28 years).
Rock music has got me in a strangle hold, baby, and I’m going to keep on lovin’ it because this weekend I was rockin’ in paradise. In case you didn’t recognize that sentence, there are three different song titles in it from three different bands.
Yeah, baby. Ted Nugent, SYTX and REO Speedwagon. The latter two I’ve been fans of since I was fifteen years old and are my favorite bands of all time. My husband is a Nugent fan, but I like most rock music.
We’ve known they were coming to town for months now, but I didn’t think I’d be able to go. You see, I have a very low tolerance for heat, and an outdoor stadium in Florida in May means heat stroke for me.
On Thursday, I heard the humidity was going to break over the weekend, bringing the temps to a more tolerable level. So, I bought tickets two days before the concert. It included a festival with rides and games. We were able to go in and out of the festival and stadium at will, and guess what … beautiful weather. Wow! We truly were rockin’ in paradise. Well, except for about thirty minutes when the sun was setting beyond the pavilion roof and shined right in our eyes. But, we were there for about seven hours, so thirty minutes of intolerable was tolerable.
I’ve never found the community in which I live to be very friendly, but go to a rock concert and everyone is your friend. If you know the band’s music, you can join in the sing along with everyone too (I know every word and every guitar lick to these bands). The crowd is all my age and older, which shocked me at the last concert I went to in February. I wrote about it in a blog post titled Rebellious No More.
I could go on with how I behaved like a giddy teenager and danced the night away. I could share about how we had pretty good seats for last minute tickets. I could share how a friendly woman who talked to me thought I was fifteen years younger. I could, I could, I could … but, I’ll share a few pics. Thanks for coming along with me.
The caption for the above photo won’t show up, but that is the crazy Ted Nugent.
The man below was my teenage idol. He is the lead singer of REO Speedwagon, Kevin Cronin. I’ve been considering writing a short story about the time I met him thirty years ago. He looked much different then … think big-hair eighties and no wrinkles or bleach. What do you think, should I write it in a story and post it to my blog?
Since you came along with me, here’s a sample of STYX music. Sorry I couldn’t get the video to imbed here on this page.