OK, OK!!! I will TRY not to jump around all over the place in the story of our Incredible day in Austin by starting with a little about the actual concert and then going chronilogical. If possible. I was the FIRST person in line and if me and whichever member happened to be on the keyboard at the time had held out our arms we would almost look like that famous painting we all know and love...except we would have been HOLDING HANDS! It is just now beginning a hard rain but yesterday, it was over EIGHTY degrees in Austin...hence a line Dan gives in Boston. Good thing too since it was sold out with 350 people packed in at standing room only both downstairs in front of the stage and upstairs with all the furniture moved out. If people had been wearing jackets or coats that would have really sucked. While waiting for the bands, we got to sit on the stage and that was cool. We thought Kay got a pic of me up there but it didn't click.
It almost wants to make me cry that poor Kay had to give up before Augustana came on, and even before Lauren Shera went off, and pull a Ronbo to go sit in the car. You know what assuming does, right? I had assumed that since this concert was inside we would have chairs. But we didn't. And the only way they would allow her to sit anywhere inside was to go to the restaurant part that was still open and order more food. It wouldn't have been so bad and I am sure she could have made it if we hadn't walked from the parking lot on Eighth, past Stubbs to Sixth and all the way up to Lamar and back around from 2 to 430 pm. We met many cool people on the way and I filmed 55 minutes of the hour and a half the two Augustana dudes were on stage so she says she still had a great time. I know I did!
Austin doesn't like anyone to use the restroom. We ended up at Starbucks where you have to have the Barista let you in IF you are going to buy something. One guy was ranting about how they treat Platinum Card members and that he would be contacting the CEO. When I opened the door for Kay, this lady named Diana was talking to her about our common bond as RN's. That is how fast Kay makes friends of all ages and all walks of life. She continued to talk to her for forty five minutes, eventually mentioning she had Schizo-Affective Disorder and was Bipolar. Later we met another Diana who talked Kay into buying her a meal at Chipolte. After that Kay was enthralled with some plants and Kirk introduced himself. "When I saw you PETTING THAT PLANT, I just knew, THAT is a woman that loves life!"
There are fifty Redboxes in Austin but I still never found one to turn in my movies before the deadline. We paid the night charge for the parking spot and went on to Stubb's at five for dinner before the show. Their bathrooms are downstairs where the stage is and guess who was practicing when we went down? I looked like an idiot old lady groupie, waving wildly as I averted my eyes...and went where the Men's Room is instead of AROUND the stairs thru the middle of the room to get to where the Women's Room is. So I had to go around and wave again. And wave again when I came out. We went up and had an AMAZING meal. Who knew I liked collard greens (the only side I could have)? We could hear them practicing, of course, so we each had to make a phone call to show it off and THEN...Augustana came upstairs to get their dinner. Ding dang it! Why was I facing the door instead of the back corner? Especially since Kay made me sit there while she went to the car. I had already looked goofy so I'm sitting there with my back to the abbreviated band for fifteen minutes.
Then we went outside to start standing in line and met Jessica and her wonderful friends that we didn't get names for. All twenty one and graduating in May. One girl will be working for Google where they want to send her to China for six months and one wants to be a doctor. They hung out with us for the rest of the time, probably feeling like I felt when I was twenty one..."How cool that these two OLD ladies still like to party!" While we were in line, Dan and David came out and went around the corner, each talking on their cell phones. Took awhile for them to come back, still talking on em...and before and DURING the show, it was announced that a "band member" had lost an iphone in a red cover and to please return it. Wonder if anyone did? It was funny when it was over because Jessica actually apologized that they needed to go ahead and leave because of school and they hated to leave me alone since Kay had already gone. I had to go out to get Lauren Shera's two cds. She was another surprise at how much we enjoyed her music. Below is a link to a video of our favorite song that she sang.
Kay wasn't the only one making friends out of nowhere. Austin is a friendly town. When I came out, a young couple stopped to ask about my Counting Crows shirt...since I can never find an Augustana shirt on sale. She asked if Counting Crows was how I got into Augustana whic, of course, they were. He asked about my hat. One of the funniest things about the night was that after walking the block up hill to get to the car, I felt like I would feel even better if I could walk around the block once or twice. Like stretching my legs...but this is after the two and a half hour Sixth Street Stroll and then standing in line and for the concert for five and a half hours after that!
Below is a link to the longest and best of the videos that brings tears. Boston is the song I was focused on when Zack ran away those years ago...and also the song Dakota plays on the keyboard. He doesn't do his extended note as long on Fire but he throws a doozy ending in on the last song. I am currently adding clips of most of the concert so you can get to them from each other I guess. If you were only gonna watch two, I would say this one and Dust, even tho I didn't start at the beginning of Dust...might as well add that link too. David is a jammin' fool on the keyboard on it!