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Three Weekend Catchup

August 4th, 2018 Comments off

Friday (7/27) we saw Shinedown and Godsmack live. I was wise to the venue’s shenanigans so I hid two extra water bottle caps in my bag so when they confiscated the ones on our bottles we were able to reseal them and put them back in our bags so they’d stay colder. We had a quick dinner at home before leaving but stopped at Target by the venue to grab a few snacks which we enjoyed during the show. We had seats but didn’t care for their placement so headed up to the lawn area like last time. The bands were much louder this time around so it was a good call. Shinedown put on a good show even though the actual sound seemed a bit distorted. Godsmack was much better, though! I really enjoyed their energy and wasn’t even mad that (I think) they played Whatever twice since I love that song. I’ve been trying like hell to find either a review or a recording of the full show to validate this, but haven’t had any luck. We did take off during the last song so we could get out of the parking lot with ease. There were definitely twice as many people in attendance than when we saw Poison but luckily even though the far away bathroom had a line it moved swiftly. They have about 40 stalls in there with workers directing you to open ones by calling out the number painted on the outside of the door which is very helpful to keep things moving. Standing on the lawn made my feet sore, though, but the show was too good to sit through.

Saturday (7/28) we relaxed since Sunday (7/29) was Pierogi Fest day! We picked up my brother around 10:30 and made it to the fest right around official opening. We headed straight to Dan’s Pierogis like we always do and spent about 25 minutes in line. We shared some sweet cheese plus Joe got a meat one and I got cherry. He let me have a bite of the meat and I liked it so I’ll be getting some of those too next year and skipping the cherry. I didn’t get as many piergois as I normally can eat because I was saving room for a taco pierogi from the Mendoza truck, only to find out they no longer make them because the owner sold the truck but not the machine that makes the pierogis. That was a pretty huge disappointment. Joe got a polish dog, J got a corndog, and we shared some mini donuts that could have been better (first time even getting mini donuts that were not that good). We ended up at the White Castle just outside the festival grounds to get a couple of sliders before dropping J off and heading home. So I guess this year was a bit of a flop, although the weather wasn’t terribly hot like most years and despite the crowd being bigger (we usually go on a Friday) we were able to find parking nearby and a place to sit as long as we shared a table with others. So all in all not bad, but because of the timing we had to skip the Milwaukee Brew Fest this year. It would have been too hectic plus there wasn’t anyone to watch Wookie. That’s probably the only one thing I don’t like about having a dog – not being able to just do stuff without worrying about who is going to keep an eye on her. We let her roam the downstairs when we’re not home and she pretty much just sleeps the entire time but I would feel awful leaving her home alone any longer than 8 hours at a time.

This weekend was spent with Joe’s dad who is visiting from Arizona. Joe picked him up on Thursday (8/2) after work while I was at home tidying up the house and preparing a surprise dessert – chocolate peanut butter pie – which ended up being a hit with both of them. I also made beef stroganoff for dinner.

Friday (8/3) was their birthdays so we went out for breakfast, drove around the arboretum for a bit (his dad cannot walk long distances), and stopped for gelato on the way home. We originally planned to have Red Robin for dinner but his dad slept so late (he takes daily naps) we decided to order deep dish from Lou Malnatis instead.

Saturday (8/4) we went to IKEA for breakfast and spent a little time in the pool (his dad just sat in the shade). After Joe’s dad’s nap we went to Red Robin for dinner.

Sunday (8/5) we had a light breakfast at home because we had lunch at The Pit Ribhouse in Hickory Hills at 1 pm. The kids both brought their significant others which was fun. They were late to arrive (no surprise there); E and his girlfriend (who we met for the first time) had to leave early as it was so they didn’t get to visit too long.

After lunch we dropped Joe’s dad off at Joe’s aunt’s house. We visited for a bit and fixed her computer’s wifi connection so Joe’s dad could get on Facebook. We also left with two pieces of homemade pineapple upside-down cake which we didn’t get to enjoy right away since Joe wasn’t able to eat on Monday due to a colonoscopy on Tuesday. He ended up doing the same prep I did since it was cheaper than the prescription. The doctor said the prep was good and he didn’t have any polyps. We’re both free from this nonsense for five years which is good since it’s going to cost us about $1200 out of pocket, thank you crappy insurance. It used to be only $250 through Blue Cross Blue Shield but they haven’t been an option with Joe’s recent employers. We have Aetna which I don’t like as much.

Friday (8/10) I did a deep clean downstairs since I hadn’t cleaned in almost two weeks! I also reorganized the laundry room and guest bathroom cabinets. Once Joe got home we headed out to Dollar Tree and Costco. We decided to get a couple of hot dogs before shopping and just as we were finishing up I spotted friends of ours in the checkout line. That’s the second time in about two months that we’ve run into them at Costco. We chatted for a bit and then did our shopping. We also took Wookie to the dog park that evening. I got the pass last month since it’s half price after July 1st.

Saturday (8/11) we had breakfast with Joe’s dad, aunt, and cousin and then visited with his dad and aunt at her house for a bit since his dad was flying home that afternoon.

We decided to visit Lake Katherine and The Little Red Schoolhouse before heading home. I brought my camera and got some nice shots. We didn’t stay long at either location very long since it was around noon and already very warm and humid outside.

That evening we took Wookie to the dog park again where she almost played with this cute white Bischon named Luna. She (Luna) was egging Wookie on but I think she’s still not sure how to dog. That’s totally our fault for not socializing her enough as a puppy. I hope after more trips to the park she’ll figure it out because I think she’d enjoy herself if she realized the other dog isn’t trying to hurt her. I plan on taking her to a local daycare next week after our neighbor sang its praises. It would be good to have a place close by we can take her in a pinch. Their rates are not much different from what my friend charges and Wookie could play with other dogs (assuming she wants to do so).

Sunday (8/12) we ran more errands and I got a bunch of different colored leggings from Walmart as well as two shirts that go well with them (and are long enough to cover my crotch which is perfect for wearing leggings outside the house).

I’m also still dealing with the whole glasses/frames fiasco. I really wish my eyes didn’t get so dry and itchy with contacts so I wouldn’t even need to worry as much about finding a comfortable pair of frames.

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Poison Concert

June 11th, 2018 Comments off

Saturday we went to see Poison live at the venue in Tinley Park (currently called Hollywood Casino Amphitheater). I did my due diligence and checked the website to see what we could bring in and still got screwed when we arrived at the gate because the list posted there was not the same. They said empty refillable water bottles were allowed but they didn’t specify they can’t be aluminum.

After a trip back to the car to leave my bottle, we once again got in line and since the idiot checking bags only looked in the main compartment of my backpack, we were able to sneak in three water bottles even though the sign stated one per person (Joe had the other two). Of course, they made us open both water bottles they knew about and confiscated the caps because they are assholes. Seriously, WTF? They are SO worried about littering that they also don’t give lids or straws with any drinks you order either. So… we had to carry around our bottles of water we weren’t yet ready to drink and make sure not to spill them. God, I hate that place!

Unfortunately we’ll be back there in late July for another concert so I’m going to sneak in bottle caps just because I can. Screw them. Also, there’s going to be littering no matter what they do – someone left a half-empty container of nachos and their drink on the stairs leading up to the lawn area when there’s garbage cans right there. Did anyone working at the venue clean it up? Nope. It was there for a good hour at least. SMH

Anyway, we had purchased seats way in the back so I wasn’t prepared to have my ears nearly blown out by the opening act, Pop Evil. I think I might have enjoyed their music better if I wasn’t worried the tinnitus in my right ear was going to get worse.

After they left the stage we decided to move to the lawn area (we brought a blanket just in case) where the sound for the next act, Cheap Trick, was much better even if I only recognized one of the songs they played.

It wasn’t until after 9 pm before Poison took the stage. They were good, though, and I knew more than one song which was nice. I had just returned to a trip to the furthest away bathroom (because the one closest to the seating had a ridiculous line all evening) when they had just started Unskinny Bop which we were hoping they’d play. By that point it was after 10 pm so I decided to google their previous set lists for the tour to see if we could gauge how much longer they’d be playing. From what I could tell after the guitar and drum solos they were only going to play Every Rose Has It’s Thorn so we decided to leave. We patted ourselves on the back for beating everyone to the lot and being able to exit without a long wait.

Now when I check the set list I see we missed the one song we had hoped they play – Nothin But A Good Time. Son of a!!! Plus they played a two-song encore after that! Kinda pissed about that, but what can you do? I’ll need to do my research ahead of time or just suck it up and stay til the end and deal with waiting out all the people to leave.

We were pretty exhausted Sunday so all we did was watch My Name Is Earl ALL DAY LONG. Seriously, we pretty much watched the entire 1st season. I forgot how good that show is!

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Cure Concert

May 18th, 2008 1 comment

What a fantastic show (not that I expected anything less)! 3 hours of Cure-filled goodness.

Here’s the setlist. I bolded the songs I enjoyed.

Plainsong, Prayers For Rain, alt.end, A Night Like This, The Walk, The End of the World, Lovesong, Pictures of You, Lullaby, The Perfect Boy, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Hot Hot Hot, Sleep When I’m Dead, Push, Friday I’m in Love, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Never Enough, The Only One, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

1st encore: If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, The Kiss
2nd encore: Lovecats, Freakshow, Close To Me, Why Can’t I Be You?
3rd encore: Boys Don’t Cry, Jumping Someone Else’s Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

Total = 34 songs.

Once again, I got screwed out of my Seventeen Seconds encore, but more on that later.

I was peeved on the way to the venue after seeing this, but once we got there and I saw where our seats were, I quickly got over it. For some reason I thought we were higher up and further back than we actually ended up. Our line of sight was quite excellent (other than the red-head who danced the whole time a few rows ahead, but I ended up sliding over to the empty seat on my left so I could still see Robert). We were close to the aisle too which made my frequent trips to the bathroom easier. I also gave into the evil that is Allstate Arena concessions and got a $4.50 bottle of water (which they put in a plastic cup, thus being even more wasteful) and $3.75 pretzel.

Oh and before I forget to document this, it is fucking FREEZING inside the arena. I almost felt sorry for the hootchie girls in their tank tops and capris, but not really. Who wears heels to a concert? Seriously. I had on jeans and my beloved Let’s Go To Bed t-shirt that Joe bought me when we were first dating after I lamented how I hesitated buying it from The Clubhouse the one time I saw it and the next time I went there it was gone. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually worn a Cure shirt to a Cure concert before so that was kinda cool. But I digress.

Even though dear Robert did NOT play my favorite song in the whole world, A Forest, which he played at the majority of the other shows, I still really enjoyed myself, particularly when a group of their faster more pop-like songs began with Friday I’m In Love. First off, the hearts from the single’s cover that spun around on the screens were so cute and they seemed to dance along to the music. Secondly, everyone was singing along even more so than any other Cure show I’ve been to (and this marks #5). The energy was just amazing! Check out this video someone posted over at YouTube.

That being said, I was a little disappointed in the second half of the show. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, just not as good as the first half. Plus Robert completely butchered Disintegration. I mean, it was god awful. Clearly the worst song of the night and I love love love that song! After the song Robert said some words to the effect of something being “fucking awful” but I can’t make out a word that man says so I’m not sure if he was referring to the song or his voice since I read that he was having vocal problems. Wrong Number wasn’t too hot either and I don’t know why he seems to always play If Only Tonight We Could Sleep because that is one of my least favorite songs of the band’s and didn’t they realize I was there? ;)

The encores were a bit disappointing too as I was hoping for the classic Seventeen Seconds lineup – Play For Today, M, and my beloved aforementioned A Forest. I don’t get all the hub-bub over Lovecats but I seemed to be the only one as the audience went ape-shit over it. Once they got to the third and final encore, which were songs from Three Imaginary Boys and Boys Don’t Cry, I knew I wasn’t going to get my wish. Jumping Someone Else’s Train was pretty bad-ass, though!

Despite my moments of “what the fuck?” and slight disappointment, I’d still say it was an amazing show. The light effects alone were awesome and really tied well to the music. Their playing was impressive considering they no longer have a keyboard player. I love The Cure live and as long as they keep playing, I’ll keep paying Ticketbastard insane prices to see them.

Side note: We managed to avoid the hour-long trying to get the fuck out of the parking lot fiasco by parking in the back away from where everyone else was directed to park. I believe everyone used the South entrance while we used the North. I made my last trip to the bathroom during 10:15 Saturday Night and we stood in the concourse to listen to Killing An Arab. Once Robert said goodnight, we high-tailed it out of there and were one of the first cars out of the lot, nearly behind what we think might have been The Cure’s tour bus! It had a police escort and was headed to the airport so I can’t imagine who else it was. If it was in fact them, I’m impressed with how quickly they got out of there.

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