It’s finally Friday and the weekend is in front of us. Looking forward to a great weekend filled with live country music.
We have tickets to a concert in Greenville, NC. The original concert line-up was Blake Shelton, Big n Rich, Parmalee and Tucker Beathard. Well, Blake Shelton was postponed until April 2018 and the East Carolina kickoff was a fumble. Huh!? What!? POSTPONED!? Did I read that right? I did read it right and instead, they are offering us free tickets to see Big n Rich, Parmalee and Tucker Beathard. Ok! I can deal with FREE!
The Jeep is packed and we’re ready for our short 2 hour cruise to Greenville. It’s 10 am and we should arrive around noon. The ride is un-eventful; the wife and I are listening to Parmalee for most of the ride and talking. (I know, really exciting. Trust me, it does get better) We arrive at the hotel and they tell us the room hasn’t been cleaned and won’t be ready until 3 pm. We decide to head over to the venue, which is located on the campus of East Carolina University at the Minges Coliseum. As we are walking past the original venue, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium that holds 50,000 people. (Yup, you’re right, where the original show was going to take place)
As we approach Minges Coliseum, we can hear a band. I say to the wife,
“Let’s go in and see if it’s Paramlee doing a sound check?”
She says, “I don’t know if it’s a good idea” And starts to pace around anxiously.
I say rather irritated, ” I’m going in, the worst that could happen is they kick us out” And I open the door and head in…..
Oh yeah, that’s right, although it wasn’t Parmalee it was Tucker Beathard doing sound check. He is an up and coming country star! It could be one of those moments, in a few years from now, we say remember when we watched Tucker Beathard do sound check and now he’s a huge star!
We listen for a bit and then head back to the hotel to check in. We actually map our path back to the parking lot, to make sure we get a good spot. We’re thinking about getting back to the lot fairly early to tailgate. Concert starts at 6:30 and if we get back around 5, we can have some fun in the parking lot.
Fast forward-we pull into the lot around 5ish and there are some cars there, but they were already here. I pull out the Boom (it’s my bluetooth speaker) and start playing some music, while the wife breaks out some food and drinks. We have some humus with celery and these colorful little tomatoes along with chips and salsa. (Eating healthy trying to get fit)Again, there is really no one in the parking lot. (more of a grass field) I ask the wife if she wants some celery and she declines saying, ” I don’t like celery”. Me, I’m breaking off pieces and throwing up in the air trying to catch it in my mouth. Having a good time, the weather was fantastic, music was playing, sun was shining. Just a beautiful day to be outside, getting ready for the show. Now I am facing my wife and say “Ready?” (thinking I am going to throw another piece into the air and catch it in my mouth). She doesn’t respond. I throw the piece really high in the air and it’s sort of out in front of me. As I focus on the piece moving to get into position, as quick as I can…….
We collide right into each other head on, as she is positioning herself to catch the celery. We nearly fell to the ground we collided so hard. Laughing I say, “I thought you said you didn’t like celery” She says, ” I don’t really, but when you said, ready, I thought you wanted me to catch it in my mouth.
We continued on, in the parking lot, without any other incidents(I know surprising) and around 6:20 decided to head into the coliseum. Tucker Beathard was just going onstage when we got inside. He put on a pretty good show, but the crowd was a bit sparse. We wandered around and as we are headed up the stairs, my wife looks down and BAM! No, we didn’t collide again, but she found an autographed copy of Parmalee’s newest CD. We waited around for a bit to see if someone would come back to claim it, but after 40 minutes or so, we went back in and sat down to listen to some great music by Tucker and then Parmalee. After Parmalee finished playing they announced to the crowd they would be doing a meet and greet after Big and Rich. After a few songs by, the last band, Big and Rich we decided to head out down to where they were selling merchandise. It was just too loud inside. (yeah, yeah…I know what you’re thinking. There is the 50, of 50 fit n lovin life)
Anyways, we were hanging out trying to decide what to do and this woman yells over to us and says, “Come on over, you’ve been waiting here longer than we have to meet the band” I say no we really haven’t been here that long, but she was insistent. It was her, her two sisters and their kids and they were first in line. Yup, I did say line and we were now 2nd in line. There was A LOT of laughing and joking and I yell…
Our new friends
We now have been hanging out for about 1/2 an hour and Meagan (the one that waved us over) says that the Mayor of Parmale is here and wants to get in front of us to meet the band. Where is he, I ask. Me, being the shy quiet type, wave my big long arm and over comes Jerry the Mayor of Parmale.
Meet Jerry and of course our new friends photo bombing us!
and what could be better than meeting Jerry the Mayor of Parmale…..
Meeting the band-Introducing Parmalee…
We wake up pretty early Sunday morning (hahaha “Sunday Morning” the title to one of their songs on the new cd) grab some breakfast and pack up our things for the 2 hour ride home. It really was a perfect weekend.
Driving along and I’m thinking; we’re almost home only another 1/2 hour. My thoughts start to wander to some of the things I need to do when I get home. One of those tasks is gonna be checking my work email.
My heart drops. I put my computer in one of the drawers at the hotel making sure to keep it out of sight. Yup, you guessed it! As I sit here now typing on that said computer thinking about it, it makes me laugh!! I left my computer in the hotel. Of course, this is after I joked with my wife about doing the walk-around so we don’t leave anything. I read a book a few years ago. It’s called “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. The premise was if you weren’t going to remember it in a year then it’s not a big deal. As much as I would like to say I won’t remember leaving the computer in the hotel, I’d be lying…..
Hope you all got a good laugh……