Last weekend I had the stomach flu. Like curluponthebathroomfloorIwantmymommy stomach flu. It was ugly.
I think the universe decided to try for balance, and do something nice to counter the OMGIwanttodie stomach flu. It did me a solid.
A few weeks ago on a lark I threw my email into an online contest to win concert tickets. I do this periodically, if it’s a band I’d actually like to see. I’m certainly not entering every contest. I honestly have to want to see the band or I don’t bother.
So I entered. Just once. You could enter every day, but I only entered once.
And then I forgot about it.
On Monday, the first day I was able to eat solid food, I get a phone call. It’s the radio station running the contest. I won. I thought it was a joke. Asked what the punchline was. The nice woman on the other end of the phone just laughed and told me it wasn’t a joke. Really, I was one of the winners.
Wait, what? Pause…I let it sink in for a moment.
OMFG I WON. I won two tickets to the show. In box seats. bouncebouncebouncebounce
And then she says: “And you won a meet and greet with the band after the show.”
I froze. Mouth open. Holy effin’ shite I GET TO MEET CAKE!!!
She gives me the details about where to pick up the tickets. The concert is Wednesday. Holy crap. I manage to pull myself together and figure out who to take with me.
So the show was last night. And it was full of so much awesome win. I have no pictures, as the band has a strict no-photography no-recording policy. The event staff were enforcing it, too (saw them throw a couple of people out).
Cake did three sets. Two main plus an encore. A nice mix of early stuff, their big hits, and a few songs off the album coming out in January 2011. Truly an excellent mix. They even played one of my all time favorites: “How Do You Afford Your Rock’n’Roll Lifestyle?” (from Motorcade of Generosity (1994)). They have no set list, choosing instead to play whatever they feel like that evening. They were clearly having as much fun as the rest of us were watching them and dancing at our seats. John kept the crowd engaged, really interacting with everyone between songs. There were moments of complete random hilarity.
Did you know they give away a real live tree (a sapling in a bucket) to an audience member at every show (info here)? And they make the person swear to plant the tree and take care of it. They have to submit pictures to their website as proof. They want progress pictures too, even if the tree dies. You can see pics of people with their trees here in the gallery. A dude named Ian won the tree at this show. A Fuji apple tree, specifically.
All around a good time.
And the people watching? Priceless. What a crowd.
The meet and greet after the show was predictably weird and awkward yet very cool. The guys actually talked to us contest winners. Mingled and chatted. They’re nice very down to earth real people, which was a very pleasant thing to have confirmed.
It was an excellent evening. There really isn’t another word that’s better. Just excellent. Yeah, awesome works too.
But don’t think you’re off the hook yet, universe. This was a nice little interlude, but not change. I still need things to change. So, thanks, I had fun, but let’s work on the bigger long-term picture, m’kay?