The Charade

I can’t take a day off until October and I’m really feeling it now. My last day off was in June. I was hoping that the weekends would make up for no days off but no, that is when I have everything planned. And this past weekend, I traveled to Virginia Beach to see the one and only D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige. What a weekend. I went down late Friday night and came back on Sunday. It was like having no weekend. I’m still exhausted.

I’m going to blog about this marvelous concert more in depth in my music blog. I don’t even know where to begin. I waited 10+ years to see D’Angelo live and it finally happened…not the way I wanted it to but it  happened. He said, “VA, I will be back”. I think he said it more than once. I’m pretty sure he didn’t tell New York that on Sunday night. He knows VA (his home state) loves him and supports him more than anywhere else in the US. I can’t say the world because he is huge overseas. Anyhow, I’m holding him to his promise. He will be back and hopefully not opening for a huge star like Mary J. I don’t know why they chose to kick the tour off in VA Beach but D’Angelo and I say THANK YOU!

The love for Mary was overwhelming. The place was electrified. She put on a great show. I saw her about 10 years ago and she was far better this time around. Just watching and listening to the audience was entertaining. I know she felt the love. I saw Mary’s husband, Kendu and other VIPs sit a few rows in front of me to watch D’angelo’s set.

I did not dance much if at all for Mary. Everyone else was dancing. By then I was tired and I wanted more D’Angelo. However, I did dance for D*. I did not care about what others thought. Oh yes, they did have opinions. LOL. I wanted to show him support. While everyone else in my section (not the pit) were seated, I fucking danced. In front of people. I almost felt like I was in my bedroom but nope, I did not go that far. That was how I felt. I was surrounded by Mary J. Blige fans who did not get D at all so why would I sit when they don’t even care??! Luckily the whole audience wasn’t that way. The people around me wanted to know why he was even there. 😦

(*Yes I had to pop a klonopin to dance. Some people get drunk, I get medicated. I would have been too shy/self conscious otherwise. I did wait until I knew I would need something to loosen up before I took one).

I would like to think I got a nod from D during “Brown Sugar”. He was looking right at my section and I was the only one standing. I nodded back. I wanted him to do that pointing thing he does where he points out members of the audience but he didn’t do it at all to anyone on my side. Bummer.

Great show. I wish I could follow the whole tour. hahaha. Why does it cost so much money? I thought the best things in life were free?! No more concerts for me until next summer………….unless D’Angelo goes on a solo tour before then. I don’t have to worry about John Mayer. He is having throat surgery again soon (Please get fully well this time!). There’s probably about 3-5 other artists I have never seen that I  would break my no concert rule for. It changes all the time but I almost always have a top 5 I would do anything to see. Anything for me is travel 2 hours, I can’t afford much more than that. So my anything is not extreme.

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I got into jewelry making class at the museum! Yay. Class starts in  mid September. This should be interesting. The class is really small. I just want to learn everything. Should be fun.

I’m sooooooooooooooooooo glad I’m not in school. Not only because I wouldn’t be able to take the jewelry class but training at work and doing school? Hell, no! This training is tough. I wanted to cry one day last week. Yeah, maybe I do need a day off. It is so much and I’m worried about not getting everything. It’s not like I can afford not to get it. I have no choice. I have to get it. It doesn’t stop there. Then after work I have to figure out what the hell I learned so I can type it up. Overwhelmed does not begin to describe how I feel about all this. I’m stressed out and I need a day off and I need to stop going on weekend getaways.

Sigh.

I did make it to the beach for about 45 minutes on Saturday. What a waste of paid parking. I will never visit the beach in August. Too crowded. In fact, I have never been to the beach during this time of year due to that fact. It was around noon and the weather was nice. Not too hot. etc. So everyone was out. Here is how close I got to the ocean:

No clarity. No dipping my feet in the ocean. ROFL. But I’m glad I at least attempted to go. Usually I don’t try because I don’t want to deal with the crowds, the traffic and the parking.

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