Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yesterday, and remember John Mellencamp?

Was working. Monday. Yuck. But yesterday, my brother and his family were in Boston, bringing the girls to Children's Hospital looking at treatments for them - I haven't mentioned it, but they both have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. They're only 8 and 9! One is doing really well, very few symptoms, but the other is really struggling while they try to knock it into remission. Not gonna say much on that other than that I think about it all the time, hope they don't have too many problems too young, and that both girls looked great and were their normal bouncy chatty selves. They met me for lunch after their appointment. I was SO happy to see them all in My World in the middle of what would normally be just a normal crappy busy Monday. Makes me wish they all lived closer, or at least would visit me more often :-)

Tomato update
Can't eat the termater from the last post for another couple days. But it's indoors on the windowsill, sitting and waiting for home-grown basil, some pepper, and teeth!

Tips for Tix
We got great seats at face value the day before the John Mellencamp show at Bank of America Pavilion-4th row! Not cheap, but not Ebay or Craigslist pricing at least. Here's a good tip: if you really wanna see a show especially if it's sold out and you can make plans day-of-show, check out the websites the day before or the day of show. They release tickets that members aren't using and you can get great seats, awesome seats, at face value. Example: yesterday, I looked up the Eagles and we would've gotten seats in the 10th row or so, center. It was a small fortune though, and Randy's family was in town for a family reunion in southern Maine, and they'd just left that morning. So, we grilled on the deck and enjoyed the weather instead. Really really nice, on the first perfect day in a while. 2nd example-15 rows back for Allman Brothers, day of show last year. Also, this year, with the state of the economy, there are tix available for most concerts.

John Mellencamp concert, 7/15/08, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston

The Bank of America Pavilion is my favorite place to see a show in the Boston area. Right on the harbor, open-air under a big tent. Great views of the sunset over downtown Boston, and of the harbor in general.
This is one of the wharves in South Boston. 20 minutes from our house, and affordable easy-to-leave parking on top of it all.

Picture of the tent at the Pavilion. Never any lines for food, beer, or restrooms. Plus, your chances of perfect weather in the summertime are pretty darned good.

Self pic

Lucinda Williams, opening act. She was great and had a really good band.

Her guitarist

The Man, John Mellencamp

They put on a great show and played new songs mixed in with the old faves.

Didn't even have to wait for the encore for my all time favorite JCM song, Jack and Diane.

This chick absolutely ROCKED the fiddle.

Cute on his album pics, he's actually really short and a little dorky.

I didn't care though. He's a great performer.

He played a lot of the old favorites solo. Very cool.

This weekend on Saturday: Bruce Springsteen at Foxboro, in pretty much the last seats in the last row in the furthest section. Didn't take my own advice about shopping day-of-show, 'cause Karen's coming out from Albany, NY, and we didn't want to risk the seats. But I can't wait! Gotta have fun before the winter comes in a few months-then rains for 3 months on top of it before summer comes again.


HAR said...

Love the sound of his voice. Reminds me of good times.

Kimberly said...

OMG, both of the girls have been diagnosed? I did not know that. Sending double good thoughts their way tonight.

JCM - WOW! You had some seriously good seats. I'm sorry to hear he's short though. People from my office have seen Springsteen multiple times over the last couple of weeks (one coworker saw him 5x. It is the thing to do here in Jersey) and everyone loves it. Let me know what you think. I'm interested in an non-NJ opinion. :-)