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Straight To You Concert Memories

Queen4JGro's picture
on August 15, 2012 - 5:18pm

It is so unbelievable that it has been a little over a year since seeing Josh in concert. I know I posted my experience over a year ago, but I am going to try to gather bits and pieces from my cluttered mind and share from beginning to end.

It was a frantic Saturday and I was so excited about seeing Josh for the first time. I had nothing decent to wear and went shopping. I have just a little shopping problem - I scan and touch from one end of the shelves and racks to the other because I am a junkie of many. The fabrics, bright colors, nothing in my size. The pain, suffering and finally a purchase. Rushed home just one hour before my friend was planning to pick me up. The phone rang. It was Susan. Her company just left and she was running an hour behind. No problem. Whew. An hour later, I was finally ready; wearing my 'play' clothes and 'concert' clothes on a hanger. I was upstairs dilly dallying, on the computer. Went downstairs. Looked out the window and there she was. OMG. Susan had been waiting for me for about a half hour.

Susan and I have been 'joined at the hip' since we met. We are both short and chubby, but she is far more talented that I am. She makes me laugh so hard my stomach hurts.

We got into Green Bay and she wanted to stop at Hobby Lobby. I gave her a huge warning. DO NOT LET ME SHOP IN HOBBY LOBBY. YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME AND I WON'T COME OUT. I wanted to go to Goodwill thrift shopping. We had about an hour before we needed to be at the concert. I had great tickets - VIP tickets. $200 plus tickets. Included appetizers, beverage, and fun stuff. I warned her. She could not find me and I wandered all over the store, completely oblivious to my surroundings. Almost in a trans. That's me!

We got to the concert hall 45 minutes before it started. We had to change into our concert clothes. Parked the SUV in the far side of a parking lot and changed. I am leaving out the incidental happenings. Neither of us had eaten all day. We were taken to a room upstairs for appetizers and a beverage. We were the only people there. Now we had 15 minutes before the caterers closed the room. 13 minutes and counting I told Susan we had to leave. She was in the middle of eating a pot sticker. Up she got and we took off. Then I had to use the restroom before the concert began. Susan waited by the concert hall. 15 minutes before the opening act. We were escorted to our seats. Susan was in awe. Three rows from the front, middle of the row.

Now the opening act, Elew. I saw him on television. I know there are a lot of people who absolutely loved his performance. After the second song he did, I was done with him and wanted Josh. I had to wait.

50 minutes after I was finished with Elew, Josh came out. I thought I would die. The moment I was waiting for - one year of waiting, excitement, anticipation and oh my heavens............. He was rrrright there. I could see his shoelaces. Unreal. Never in my life had I been so excited. I love this marvelous man with every once of my everything. I watched his every move. Listened to every note. My mouth hung open in shock - he is right here. In front of me, all of my short chubbiness. I had to take a few pictures.

Picture taking is not one of my best qualities. I have a hard time with points of distance, centering, etc. i took out my Bushnell binocular-camera. I was not going to miss anything at this concert. Yup! I was too close to Josh to get good pictures with this camera. They would have been perfect if my seat was in the nose bleed section. Ah, what the heck. I gave it a shot. Oh boy did I. I got some very close up pictures. His nose, nostrils, part of his ears. I wanted to kick myself. Where was my regular camera? In the SUV. Where was Susan's cell phone and camera? In the SUV. Neither of us planned on leaving our seats. Oh well I thought. I will have to rely on memory and these pictures of Josh's nose and nostrils.

The music was unbelievable. He was so funny. Josh started singing one of the many songs that touches my heart. With my hand on the side of my face, I glared at this marvelous, handsome, dropdead gorgeous man. My imagination went wild. Susan said, "I have to poop." I lost it. I started laughing uncontrollably. Susan said, "Stop laughing. You are shaking my intestines." Susan and I looked up and there it was, the Josh Groban concerned stink eye. This poor man was probably wondering why we thought he was so funny. Susan said, "Did you see that?" I was so embarassed. It was now intermission time and Susan was able to get up from her seat.

The rest of the evening was as unbelievable as the beginning. I did not want him to stop singing. I could have watched him and listened to him sing and be silly forever. Of course, all good things came to and end.

Susan and I went to a drive thru and got something to eat. It was around 2 a.m. when we got home.

After church I took out my binocular camera to download the pictures on the computer. Batteries were dying so I changed them. I connected my camera into the computer, pulled up the software and wah lah. No pictures. They were gone. Every single picture I took before the concert and during the concert were gone. It was then I remembered that pictures had to be downloaded before the batteries were changed. No battery power, no memory.

I called Susan with the bad news. No pictures of Josh's nose, Josh's nostrils, Josh's cheek, Josh's earlobe. Nothing. We were both so disappointed. What we did have and still have are the memories stuffed in the back of our minds. The videos others took that have been posted. I am forever thankful to those who have shared the pictures, videos and their memories. I watch the videos from the Straight to You Tour over and over and over. I never tire of them.

Now I am a little more saavy and will be very prepared for the next time.

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