I left you on a cliff hanger? No I didn’t, I just gave you some teasers as to what was in store for this post that’s all….. I said “There’s music and dancing, violence and wildlife… gambling and even some law enforcement issues!!!!! Part three will be exciting!!!!”
So here goes part three!! What do you want to start with? Oh yeah we’re not actually talking here are we… so I guess I’ll start at the beginning but the go back in time then bring us back around and wrap it up….… We woke up and had coffee I Seattle’s Best this time – (don’t worry Starbucks owns them too it’s ok) we once again rubbed lotion on each other… well not really… I rubbed it on her but then I chose to rub it on myself after she was done…. Oh if you didn’t read part two you’re thinking that you’ve stumbled into 50 shades of something huh? Here’s Part Deux if you need it: http://www.mikeynchristy.com/Mikey_Blog/oh-canada-part-deux-112512/
So lotion is applied but now we have to go back in time… back to the 1980’s one of Christy’s good friends was killed in a car wreck in or near Stanley Park in North Vancouver, BC…we’d heard that there was some type of memorial for her there so our plan was to scour the park for the memorial. The biggest issue we had 1.6 Square Miles of ground to cover…..it’s a giant park… we drove all around the park the first time just to get familiar with it, we then parked and had brunch ( I had one of THE BEST burgers ever) . The deck was covered in icy frost but it had a gorgeous view of Burrard Inlet, English Bay, the Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore Mountain Range, we stood in the chill and took in the view, arms around each other just enjoying our brief respite from the real world…. We continued to tour the park, walked some and did the sight seeing things. We asked at the information center about the memorial no help from the teenager there…. So we wandered all over but never did find anything. We tried , and I think the trying gave Christy some closure and peace. That was the majority of our day, we had to head back to get ready for the Bruce Springsteen Concert tonight at Rogers Arena…we have killer seats and I want to be there early!! But I wanted to find a spare battery for our camera..so we went to a few places, parked illegally (ooh living on the edge!) and got away with it …but no luck finding a battery for our camera… so we decided to head back to the hotel and make some calls, search the internet and see what we could find…. If I could get one within the hour I should be able to get it charged enough for an emergency back-up before the show!! So I find a place on line, I call them and they have one in stock!! Sweeet!! Ok Honey I’m going to go grab a cab and have him run me there grab the battery and then get back…down I go to the valet jump in a cab and tell him where to go… he starts yelling at me…. not kidding.. we get in a full on argument and if you know me I’m NOT an arguer! I’m pretty much the most laid back guy I know…. All I did was tell him where I wanted to go and he’s reaming me that he needs the exact address I was taken aback and I explain I don’t know the exact address but it’s in the whatever block of whatever street and the name of the place is such and such…. And if you can just get me close that’s fine… NO! I NEED THE EXACT ADDRESS OR IM NOT TAKING YOU ANYWHERE (only it was with a very thick accent) ok mister settle down let me look it up on my phone real quick and I’ll get you the address… now keep in mind this is early afternoon on a Monday…. There are 5 taxis lined up and no one waiting for a cab….. and he starts yelling at me again..NOGETOUTTAMYCAB…what? Are you kidding me? is this a prank show? NO! Get out!! WOW dude you’re in the wrong line of work…… this is a big day for me, plus I’m a little stressed I really want an emergency battery and when I set my mind on something I get a little (ok a lot) OCD ish.. normally I’d make nice and apologize and wish him well but not today.. I fire right back at him that there’s no one waiting, I’m a “Fare” so if I get it wrong you charge me more, you’ve got nothing to lose here.. what’s the issue? IDONTCAREGETDEPUCKOUTTAMYCAB……. (OH HELLS NO -It’s on now)…..Me: GLADLY I tell him he’s an insane idiot and I think (well I know) I called him a name (rhymes with whoosh-bag) give him the one finger salute and go back inside…. I need a drink… LOL I cannot believe that just happened.. AND that I reacted that way… I never get mad or respond to abuse, normally everything just slides right off but something got to me and well it felt good to put someone, who was completely wrong, in their place….. but it stressed me out… I’m on vacation…I need a drink… go back upstairs and explain what happened and Christy is laughing and in shock… screw it no battery for me today…I give up (very rare) let’s get ready to go and go to the bar before we head to the show…. I belly up to the bar and she daintily sits in her chair..we meet a very friendly gentleman from Eastern Canada and a lovely local older couple and we have pleasant conversation over drinks for a bit and I finally relax a little… then it’s time to go….
(GO WHERE MIKEY???)
well glad you asked!!
To see BBBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEE!!!!! And the “the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, love-making –Le-gen-dary E – Street – Band!”
we grab a cab and head off to the arena… it’s about 30 degrees and clear, a nice chilly night.. we figure we get there early find our seats, wander around a bit etc… well we get there more than an hour before the doors open…but that’s ok it’s all BOSS fans 🙂 so we are at the front of the line to get in once the doors open, chatting with people and having a good , if shivery, time…. Finally the doors open and WOO HOO in we go!! We hit the “merch” booth 1st and are the 1st ones there too sweet no lines get our “merch”, grab some brews and head to find our SWEET seats…1st row on the side about 45 degrees from center stage…it’s a fairly small arena only holds 18,000 people and is the home of the Vancouver Canuks NHL Team.. we have great “neighbors” also from up from Washington State for the show , they are big Boss fans and they actually got to meet him before the show as he was coming in the Arena… LUCKY… it’s probably for the best because I’d then have to leave and change my drawers had I been there for that… and I would have missed one of the best shows of my life…. I saw Bruce in 1985 ish on the Born in the USA tour at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis and he was a white teeshirt and blue jeaned dot in what seemed a million miles away… if you have to have binoculars to see a show that’s not the kinda show for me…. here we were RIGHT THERE we could see him and the band clear as day about 60 yards away for most of the show and less when he crowd surfed and came to the middle of the arena for several songs on a platform….. not a single person sat during the entire show… the show started at 8 ish and the arena was only booked till 11 ( according to the security lady standing in front of us that we joked with all night she was super nice) …the show ran long of course and the arena turned on the lights ALL the lights… Bruce didn’t let that stop him! He played 4 more LOOONG songs after that, ending with a beautiful tribute to E-Street Band Members that are now playing on another plain of existence…. Danny Federici and the Big Man Clarence Clemons complete with videos and photos of them on the Jumbo-tron and a rousing rendition of Tenth Avenue Freeze out….
There wasn’t a sing song that I didn’t know every word too and boy did I sing along and dance and laugh and smile and his first album came out literally 40 years ago!!! 17 Studio Albums and so many best ofs and live albums and other compilations tons of amazing music over the years… music that tells you a story and touches your heart and soul, music that makes you want to move, music that makes you want to grab the gal next to you and hold her face in your hands and giver her that passionate kiss, songs that make you weep for the heartache and pain, lyrics, poetry musical genius that evokes every emotion and even quite a few that make you laugh out loud…yeah I’m an uber-fan…what can I say..…Christy even loved the show and she’s not a real fan-fan… she likes some songs but she was blown away by his show…. That’s all it takes to love Bruce, see him live… you’ll love it…. I don’t necessarily agree with all of Bruce’s strong political views but I do believe in his musical genius and he has my utmost respect for using his fame and fortune to make a difference a real positive difference in the world…all his shows help some charity or other… typically a food bank or something to help the local community he is playing, a genuine hero… here are two other “Ramblings” I’ve done regarding the Boss….and also 9/11…..I’d love for you to read them because they mean a lot to me…
The complete set list for “our show” went like this:
Shackled and Drawn
Out in the Street
We Take Care of Our Own
Death to My Hometown
My City of Ruins
Spirit in the Night
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Red-Headed Woman (Sign Request)
Streets of Fire (Sign Request)
Because the Night
She’s the One
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd cover)
Land of Hope and Dreams
Racing in the Street
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
If you read my other “Boss” stories and go back and look at the set list you’ll see quite a few songs that line up with me……every song on the set list was extra long and tons of crowd involvement, just a magical night…. But like all nights they have to end… and like all posts do too… but our night wasn’t over and our trip wasn’t over yet so this post isn’t either 🙂 ….I promised you music and dancing and you got that…. I promised you violence and well my issue with the cab driver is as close as I get to that LOL… I promised you law enforcement issues and wildlife and we’ll get to those ( though there was a lot of wildlife at Stanley park and WILD life at the concert) and I also promised you gambling…. That sounds like fun, let’s gamble! We leave the arena and can’t hear very well…. It’s right across from a Casino so we figure sure let’s go there, let traffic and people die down and then catch a cab back to the hotel…. So we gambled… we played a single slot together called “Godzilla” it was fun and we enjoyed it but we were really wiped out so off we go, grab a cab and hit the hay, for tomorrow is checkout day L …we wake up and I’m still on cloud 9 from the show… and then I get the news….. the news about D14 being electrocuted… I’d only brought my laptop to keep the memorial group I run updated and on track , it was an obligation I had… but when I opened my email and got the news it put a damper on my mood…Christy could tell I’m sure but I didn’t let her know until later… let’s enjoy one last morning …so we dinked around , Seattle’s best again and took the scenic route home… here’s the story about most of drive home and about the death of D14 – http://www.mikeynchristy.com/Mikey_Blog/the-day-i-learned-of-the-death-of-decorah-eagle-d14/ but that wasn’t all that happened on the way home… I know you’re thinkin; well that covers all the promises.. except for the law enforcement issues.. hmmm did they get a speeding ticket? Nope… were they involved in hiway robbery? Nope…. It was an issue crossing the border back into the USA….. we had our passports in order …and we were ready to go in line waiting to get the wave thru to be back in the USA…we pull up to the booth and hand him our “papers” …as you all know I’m honest to a fault sometimes…. Sothey guy asked us if we had any tobacco…yessir .. how many packs… we told the truth and he was like well that’s one too many…but I’ll let you g……he got the “guh” of go out when he saw 3 roses in the back seat of Christy’s Car… they were propped up in their vase being held by a jacket……what are those? Um Roses…..(duh…) where did you get them? Huh? Did you get them in the US or Canada…. I said I got them on the Internet LOL…not a good move….. I wasn’t trying to be a smart alec it just came out ….. I explained I had bought them on the internet to be delivered to our dinner table for Christy’s Birthday at a fancy schmancy restaurant….. so he says they came from Canada? I said well I guess so… Ma’am and Sir I’m going to need you to pull over to the holding area, leave your keys in your vehicle and please be seated inside… OH crap…..getting busted for Buds… but the wrong kind !!! we don’t do the other kind!!! Come on really? Over flowers??/ fine… we’re pretty upset but I looked at it as part of the adventure and I got Christy to pose in front of the building and try to make a sad face holding the ticket..but we got busted doing that too so we just went in and I said hey at least they are looking at things closely they are protecting us…. Should be quick….hahah well they are protecting us but they are still the government… wait in line for 30 minutes get called up they take our paper and they guy had written us up for BOTH the roses AND the Cigaretttes he was going to let “slide” dagnabit… ok so can we just leave it all here and be on our way? Nope…… have a seat please and we’ll call you after we’ve searched your vehicle…… so another 30 minutes goes by and then two officers and a dog go out and search our car we can see them from where we were sitting and they were getting a kick out of the eyelashes on her car…but yeah they went through it very well…. Another 30 mnutes and they come back and call us up…ok we are supposed to charge you for the extra cigarettes but we are going to let that slide this time with a warning… but you now need to go wait in that line down there for the Agriculture inspection…. Another 30 minute wait and a “very nice” (NOT) lady treating us like drug smuggling , bomb running terrorists and talking to us like we are 5 year olds tells us they will need to search our car…. Um they already did that, that guy down there…. I’m sure he did Sir but I need to do it again to see what other plants or agriculture items you might have… have a seat and we’ll call you when we’re ready… so off we go to sit on the bench another 30 minutes watching this “lady” chit chat and lollygag with her buddies then finally lumber off her seat and go outside and search our car again…. She was obviously NOT impressed with the eyelashes on the car…..she’s protecting us I’m trying to believe this…..she calls us up with the one finger how to same come here… ( RUDE) you know the come here signal with one finger……..I’ve about had it with this lady but she reads us the riot act on importing plants but then checks everything off the list and says the roses are fine and you can go…. So we can go as in leave go? Don’t have to tell us twice… 2 and a half hour delay for basically an extra carton of smokes and 3 cut roses that they let us keep….. wow…thanks for keeping us safe 🙂 seriously thank you Border Patrol normally you do a great job I’m sure but today was not that day…… how many guns and drugs got waved through while you were dinkin’ around looking at our nicotine and roses? …all a part of the adventure 🙂 we cruised the rest of the way home without issues and were warmly welcomed home by Easton who had stayed with the Critters and then critters themselves…. A nice welcome home and it’s nice to sleep in our own bed with 3 roses on the headboard and a pack of smokes on the porch…
Here are photo’s from the trip: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4885549657601.2190695.1263426166&type=3
Here are photos from the Concert: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4885775103237.2190699.1263426166&type=3