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Leave your phone, iphone, droid, blackberry at the door

Find your seat, sit back, and enjoy the show. Yes, I said sit down. My ticket has a seat number on it and I am so looking forward to resting my tush. I’ve given up going to concerts where I know I have to stand — actually that’s not true –I usually give in at the last-minute when Drew says, “you don’t have to go, I’ll go with out you.” Although lately I think he’s on the same page as I am.

Last night we went to Radio City Music Hall to see Bright Eyes. Drew and I ended up eating dinner at Heartland Brewery. I don’t know why– probably because it was up the block from the concert. (Note to myself: Need to find a place to eat in neighborhood — a nice casual pub would be nice . Suggestions?)

After dinner and many texts later, we found the girls huddled in a corner a few blocks away. We stopped at Starbucks before the concert. My feet were already hurting. I love my Doc Martens but they are not walking shoes. I was looking forward to sitting down.

At Radio City I found my seat, sat down, and I was ready for the show. As soon as Bright Eyes walks on stage the entire audience starts clapping and screaming and they ALL stand up. Everyone is  crazy excited. I take a deep breath. They’ll stand for a song, and then calm down, and sit. But that is not what happened. No one sat down for the entire show. What’s with this? I didn’t want to appear to be a weenie-concert-goer so I stood. Drew and I were sitting next to Josh and his friend and I didn’t want him to look over at me and think, “wow, maybe she’s too old to be here.” I didn’t want to embarrass Rachel.

Meanwhile Hannah and her sister, Rachel, were up close and leaning on the stage the entire time. They probably got to actually see Conor Oberst on stage. What’s with the lighting? Bad hair day? Pimple? Sty? Did he not want anyone to see him. Either it was dark and I couldn’t quite see where he was or the lights were crazy blinking in my face and I couldn’t see anything.

I made it thru the concert. I did sneak a sit. And then, instead of hopping in a cab, we walked over to the E train — which, we found out too late,  wasn’t running at night — missed the 12:35 am train, and ended up sitting in Penn station for an hour. I was in bed by 3:00 am and asleep by 3:01.

I’ll say this: Sitting or standing you can’t escape the glow. Maybe that’s why the show is so blinding, and glitzy — to distract the band from all the screen glow from phones, blackberrys, droids, and whatever else battery operated device that fits in a pocket.

Dinner: Chicken sausage from Pat’s Farms, broccoli rabe, and cauliflower, and ginger peanut soup. Yummmmmmm

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Remembering Pogs

The capital of Oregon is . . .

Drew and I are heading to the west coast for a short vacation. His will be shorter than mine. I’ll get to spend the days wandering around Seattle alone while he puts in a few work days. Now I remember what I forgot — go to library and check out some travel books on Seattle and Portland (OR.) Any suggestions?

Still time, think I’ll run off when I finish this. Have to get this post done early. Tonight is the Bright Eyes concert at Radio City Music Hall and barring a major tornado, flood, or LIRR malfunction, we should be there — sitting a row or two behind Josh and friend. I hope they will be on their best behavior. I’ll have my camera with me.

The girls will be sitting together in row EE which is pretty close to the stage. We tried to get 4 tickets for them but there was a 2 ticket limit so Josh, aka Rachel’s boyfriend, will be sitting near us. (Does he know this?)

So where was I? Ah, yes, Seattle. Going to spend some time there and then rent a car and head to Portland, OR. Never made it Seattle and I don’t think I was in Portland. I drove up the coast and then over through Spokane — that was in 1976. And I think I was in Spokane on July 4, 1976. Parades, fireworks, yup, I’m sure of it now.

Did you know that Portland,Oregon is one of the top 5 best places to live and/or retire? So this morning  Drew and I were talking about where to go, what to do, and he said, “We could go to Eugene, sounds like there’s a lot to do there. Isn’t that the capital of Oregon.?” “Could be, how should I know?” I respond. “I thought you knew all the capitals?” And that’s when I thought of the hours and hours I spent playing pogs with the girls when they had to memorize all the state capitals. I did pretty good back then. But this is now.

Salem

Dinner: Out

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