(Collin and his friend Michael)
We had a great ride over with Collin in the backseat talking poor Michael's ears off. I experienced technology at it's finest when I used my iPhone to put a status on FaceBook, asking where a good burger place was, so we could eat before the concert. Within minutes I got a response back, so we found the place and had our first experience at SmashBurger. YUM! It was delicious! I had a burger that was fantastic, but instead of fries, I had fried pickles with ranch sauce. Amazing! Hmmm. Tempting. Pretty day - an hour drive......nah, wouldn't be fair to make David drive all that way again. Oh well.
When we got to the Hotel/Conference Center there was already a line (and we were about 1 1/2 hours early). Thanks to a friend's good advice, we got in line and I'm glad we did. Not too long after that, the place filled up and was packed. Thankfully, we had a nice couple to talk to, however, I have to say that my nerves started to get the best of me when two pre-teen aged girls behind me kept bumping into me. Their mom kept saying "sorry", yet the girls kept acting like they left their brains at home. I have to add that this same family sat directly behind us, and while the son talked to the mom the entire concert (he was a teen), the brainless girls kept saying very loudly "that wasn't funny" everytime Tim Hawkins told a joke (which was all night). So!
It's like Murphy's Law........if there is going to be a talker, they will end up right behind me! No joke!
Then there was the lady and her 4 teenage girls that just cut right in front of us, after we had been in line for about an hour. They just weaseled their way up the side of the huge line and landed right in front of us. I stood there looking at them for a minute, thinking they would realize that this was not a double line, you know, side by side, but the mom was too cowardly to look at me. I couldn't help but wonder if she leads her daughters on other "rude" outings, like maybe shoplifting or something. Great lesson to teach your children lady!
Anyway, in spite of the two families that forgot their manners at home, we had a great time. Tim Hawkins is hilarious! Part of what makes him so funny are the facial expressions and the body movements he makes. We literally laughed from the time he came out onto the stage, until he was done. Never a dull moment.
So now Collin has seen Tim Hawkins and Michael Jr. in person and I know that thrills him. Glad we can make our kid's dreams come true. It wouldn't surprise me if I was watching Collin up there one day.
**Several hours before the concert, we dropped Ted off at church for a 24 hour bus ride to Phoenix. He and 50 other kids and parents are heading to the National Fine Arts Competition (same thing he did in Detroit last year). As I'm typing this, they are still driving! Poor thing. They will arrive in Phoenix today, rest, then hit the floor running tomorrow and go all week, competing in various categories. He will have a long week ahead of him.**
Well, tomorrow we will welcome August to our lives. That signifies the end of another summer for us.
Enjoy this last day of July folks!
See ya next month:)