Kid Rock Concert

So my birthday experience this year was unusual. I took two days off from the office (4 Day Weekend) for the occasion. I had big plans of wild parties and a lot of drinking. Well… I must be the polar opposite of Nostradamus because none of my predictions came to pass.

From the moment the weekend starts, I’m already heading down a path of destruction in the totally wrong way. My initial thing was to spend the day at the Zoo and the Natural History Museum to see the Lucy Exhibit. Well before I head down there, I decide to stop for some Mexican food. It turns out that ordering a greasy burrito and a rather large Grand Marnier margarita first thing in the morning is NOT a good idea. Reason being, it made my stomach feel like a wet-shirt being squeezed out in the middle of a Gwar concert. So after plenty of sickness, I nix the zoo/museum idea and head home to try and man up before my birthday party. Well… a few hours later and I’m feeling better, or so I thought. Thinking I am well, Vincent and I head to Spec’s to buy liquor for my party. Well several samples of rum, tequila, vodka, port, and red wine later and I’m back to lying in fetal position for the rest of the night. That turned out to be the night-ender at my would-be birthday party. I believe that out of roughly ~40 people that made it to the party Chris and the guys threw for me, I may have seen 5 of them. LOL. Ah well…. 2nd year in a row that I’ve spent my birthday party in bed. And in the totally not-so-good way.

At least on Sunday, I had the pleasure of being taken to the Kid Rock Concert by Alex. She was so nice to buy the tickets and get us up to the front row. It’s funny but out of a four day weekend, those several hours were the ones where I actually felt well. I even felt awesome enough to verbally kung-fu a guy for trying to take my spot in the pee line. …speaking of which, how in the world is the guys’ restroom line 4 times longer than the women’s room?!?! Anyways, we had an awesome time fighting our way to the very front of the stage. I even made friends with the couples around us. I know because they came to my defense as I was attacked by an old lady. LOL. In any case, it was a fun time at the concert, even more fun listening to Chris Isaak driving through Memorial, and the most fun when we were just talking about random stuff at Sullivan’s while the restaurant closed around us. Good stuff. Alex, you were my respite from an otherwise tenious weekend of feeling powerless against myself. Thank you. I sincerely appreciate it.

The rest of my birthday weekend was spent running errands (my car is finally fixed!) and laying low. I took my family out to a Japanese dinner on my birthday Monday. It absolutely rewarding to be able to treat my family, whom I love more than anything in this life, to dinner on my birthday. It seems like the older I get, the less I care about the material stuff I used to care about, and truly focus on the important things, such as valuing my relationships.

In summation, what I got out of this year is the fact that I’m happy to know that I surround myself with good people. From my Mom and Dad, with all their infinite guidance and tutelage in making me this awesome person that I am, to Derrick Fury, Chea, and Eric Junker, who went out of their way to treat me on my birthday, I love the people that I surround myself with. After all, I’m only what they all made me to be. Looking back on this year, I guess I did get what I wanted. And I’m starting to feel better. So look out world. Good times ahead. 🙂

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