Birthday, Part One

Beginning several years ago, I decided that birthdays should be celebrated longer than just one day. I mean, really, if we have to grow older, there should be some advantages other than Medicare and senior discounts.

So my birthday celebration for this year began last Friday. Motor Man and I headed to Roanoke Rapids, NC for a Sawyer Brown concert. Since that’s about an hour and a half from home, we booked a hotel room, so we wouldn’t be driving home so late.

We checked into our hotel, relaxed for a while, then Motor Man suggested that we get to the venue early in order to get as close a parking spot as possible. There was a threat for bad weather later in the evening.

After finding a parking place, we sat and chatted, and Motor Man casually asked if I had our tickets. “Yep, right here in my wallet”,  I replied. Well, no….they were NOT in my wallet. And nowhere in my purse.  At Motor Man’s suggestion, I headed into the arena, knowing there was nothing that could be done.

Up to the box office window, I carried my trembling self, and, almost in tears, told the lady that I didn’t have my tickets. In her sweet Carolina drawl, she said: “Well, honey, I can just reprint them for you!”. She asked my name and address, and in less than a minute, I was holding our tickets. …our 2nd row tickets, mind you.  Yes, relieved was the word.

We also had passes for the Meet and Greet prior to the show.  And, let’s just say that we missed the call for THAT. (Long story, but there were so many people in the lobby, we just didn’t hear the man when he called for those with passes to assemble.) Are you seeing a pattern here?  So, once again, I took my trembling self over to the merchandise table to ask if we had indeed missed Meet and Greet. And was told that yes,  we had. But, the band’s staff member pulled some strings and told us to come with him.  (Keep in mind, this is about 30 minutes before showtime.)

Two of the band members, “Hobie” Hubbard and Mark Miller, came out of the tour bus and had pictures taken with Motor Man and me.

Now, THAT’S customer service.

We had a wonderful time at the show. The policy is no flash photos, so I didn’t get great pics. But this shows just how close we were to the stage.

The band was performing their final song of the night, when, suddenly and without any warning, everything went dark.  That “possible” severe weather had arrived.

The emergency power came on in a few minutes, and Mark asked everyone to sing along on the chorus of “Some Girls Do”. It was a great way to end the show.

And I still haven’t found those original tickets…

~These Days Of Mine~


11 responses to “Birthday, Part One

  1. Oh my— I could just imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you did not find those tickets!!!! ugh. So glad it was such a great night after all–even with dramatic loss of power it seemed to all work out well.

  2. WOW!! You said there was a story to tell! But what incredible kindness from everyone. And for band members to step outside before concert, RIGHT BEFORE performing to take pictures, a class act…A lit of stress, but kindness of strangers to help you through. And then to finish the night in darkness!! The definition of an adventure!! So what do you have planned for next years Birthday adventure? Mountain climbing? Got to keep the pressure. up!! BTW, I have always believed a Birthday is more than one day.Hope you have more adventures coming up for this Birthday!😉

  3. I totally agree that once we are in our “senior”, “golden” or “wisdom” years, the birthday celebrations should last more than a day!! This sounds like a perfect start to what I know will be a fabulous week!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sounds like you are celebrating your birthday in style!! I celebrate a birth month instead of a birthday! So pleased it all worked out for you in spite of the hic-ups. Happy Birthday!!

  5. AMEN!!! Let’s celebrate these birthdays – which seem to come faster and faster – as long as we can. Glad yours turned out so nice – and that you’ve not finished celebrating yet. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Day #2!!

  6. What a rollercoaster evening you had and how nice that the Box Office staff were so nice and the musicians so gracious.

  7. So glad everything turned out perfectly for your birthday adventure. The stars were aligned in your favor I think! I see from the comments that I will be in a minority when I say that at 72 I’m not a “long birthday celebration” gal. Frankly I’m just glad to still be here period. We usually go out to dinner then that’s enough celebrating for us. I’d run out of energy if I celebrated a week or a month!! But I’m glad that you and Motor Man still have the energy to leave the rest of us in the dust – I’m sure you will always be that way!

    Hugs, Pam

  8. Well, even though there were a few glitches in your birthday celebration, part 1, I’m so happy for you that it all worked out at the start of your birthday week!

  9. Yep- tickets have a funny way of doing that .. glad y’all were able to get in, get a couple of great & unique pics, and have a good show ! Streeeeetch that birthday out !

  10. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! One day you are going to find those tickets, I just know it!

  11. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    So happy things worked you. Glad you did not have to miss a thing.

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