Sometimes I am impulsive, like when a concert is announced six months in advance. I am ready to jump in feet first. I work out the financial plan and then I purchase the tickets. The closer the concert gets the more I anxious I become, especially if it is being held in an arena or stadium. At this stage of my rock and roll life I am better suited for intimate concerts in small venues like the Louisville Palace or the Brown Theater. In my younger days, when I was in my forties, I made a lot of road trips to Cincinnati or Indianapolis. If I did that today I would have to stay overnight in a hotel. In days of old I would come to work the next day. This past Friday I went to see U2 at Papa John’s Stadium, a place I had never been. I went with my son the priest. Going with a priest had its benefits. There is a Catholic church across the street from the stadium so we had convenient and free parking for the concert. Although the stadium was across the street from the church it was still quite a hike to get to the entrance. At that time it was approximately 87 degrees. I began to have serious doubts about the wisdom of attending an outdoor concert in a big stadium on a very hot day. Once we got past security and into the stadium, we were able to hang out in a shady spot until the opening act hit the stage. Unfortunately, our seats were on the sunny side of the stadium in the nose bleed section. The air is a little thin up there too. My brilliant son gets out his iPhone and goes to the Ticketmaster website. A few minutes later he says, “Follow me, Dad”. He takes me to two seats on the end of a row that were much better than our reserved seats. What did he do? He simply looked for seats that hadn’t been sold. Brilliant! I never would have thought of that. The concert itself far exceeded my expectations. The sun was finally setting as U2 took the stage. It was a powerful concert and they played most of their iconic songs including the entire “Joshua Tree” album. Music is more than entertainment for me. It is often a deeply emotional experience. Several times I was moved to tears, especially when Bono sang “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, song about Martin Luther King, Jr. U2 is very political but in a positive way. Their songs are deep and personal, yet universal. After the show my son and I maintained a tradition I began many years ago after I had taken him to see the Rolling Stones when he was a teen-ager. We ate at the Waffle House with all the other creatures of the night. Much to my surprise I ran into someone from my office but what happens at the Waffle House stays at the Waffle House. When I finally got home I looked at my Fitbit and I had walked over 40,000 steps! It wasn’t until Sunday that I felt the pain. The good news is that I’m still out there getting it done! Old guys rock!
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