Sunday, June 11, 2006

So it's been a little while since my last post... Ok, yes, I was in a CRAPPY mood that day (to say the least), but I guess that everyone has those sort of days now and then. I just so happen to have more of them than others- how splendid for me (NOT). Anyway, the weekend did improve, as I had hoped, b/c the following day we went and saw the Rob Thomas concert at Mohegan Sun.

Though I love Rob, if that's not clear yet, to be completely honest, I was a little disappointed. Reason being that he put on basically the same show as he did when we saw him there a little less than a year ago. But, saying that, he still does an AWESOME job! :). It would be impossible to say that his show sucks, b/c that's so far from the truth... he most definitely rocks. But more about that later...first, let me backup some.

Before the concert, things started off a little problematic :( . Part of the problem being lack of consideration/ lack of patience in the family. We were supposed to leave at 12:30 sharp to go to the casino (where the arena is), b/c it takes about 2 hours to get there. We wanted to make sure we had ample time for the commute, time to just chill in the casino, dinner, and then, of course, the show. Well, my older sister, C., got to out house about 12:55, which is 25 minutes late, and that sort of threw things off, unfortunately.

I don't know what quite happened or why exactly she was late, but I guess she didn't think that we were leaving at that time on the dot or that we all would be waiting for her anxiously in the car, but we were. So she shows up late... and what ensues is a huge, dramatic, absurd argument.

During which is a LOT of CHAOS. Most of my family members were screaming at her or at each other, there were people refusing to go, and then C. went storming off in tears. Gotta love family togetherness, right? After much time wasted, my Dad decides to drive off to her apartment, where we thought she had most likely ran off to, and, eventually brings her back after more time wasted.

Things were still tense, but at the point, we had settled down some and we managed to get on the road (which is a major accomplishment at that point). We finally get to the Casino and had a little bit of time to relax. After about 30 minutes of walking around and checking out the slots a little, we head over to the buffet for an early dinner. Though the food isn't outstanding, it was in the ok to good range, and how can you beat, all you can eat? :) I was reasonably well behaved, despite being faced with a lot of goodies, especially desserts... so I was feeling particularly proud of myself for exhibiting some self-control (one of the few, rare occasions).

While my Mom was finishing off her coffee and I was still picking at a small helping of bread pudding, my sister, K., and my Dad took off to go find some poker machines... My Mom, C., and I then finished up and went to find some lucky slots... but no such luck :(. I lost money, only $5... which could be worse, so I took things as an overall success. Before we knew it, it was approaching 7 and the show was about to begin, so we got a move on to the arena.

We walked in in the middle of Tobey Lightman's set. Although I don't know much about her, she has a really good voice and, according to my sister who had been there for all of it, she was pretty good. She has a new record coming out, so hopefully we'll be seeing more of her to come.

After that, out came Jewel. Now I'm not a huge fan of her's, but I like some of her songs... such as "Foolish Game" (I think that's what it's called), "Who will Save your Soul", and "Standing Still". I kind of wish that she had just sung them normally, but I think she was trying to make them jazzy (or something)...and, unfortunately, at some points it just didn't sound right, at least in my opinion. Her set went on for a good while, longer than I expected, but then she did finish and then... what we all had been waiting for... ROB! :)

OMG, I love him, I love him, I love him! Although he did do almost all the songs he did from the show we saw previously, it was still enjoyable. He's such a great entertainer.

We didn't end up getting home until after 2 am, but it was worth all the difficult moments and trip there and back. But there's more...

My sister, K., was supposed to go this weekend with her friend (as a b-day gift) to his show at Jones Beach. Well, turns out her friend couldn't go, but guess who could. YUP :). Even though it was really chilly and extremely windy. I had such a blast at his show last night, even more so than at the casino. Yes, Tobey and Jewel were both there too, but Rob is the man! He changed things up some, and, I think being in a different type of arena (which is outside and all open), made things different and even more enjoyable. My sister and myself, were dancing in the bleachers/seats the whole time... along with lots of other people. And I didn't want to see it end :(, but, of course, all good things must. On the way out, we managed to buy a t-shirt each from a scalper (sp) selling them for cheap- which definitely serves as a nice reminder of the night- and what a night it was! :)


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