Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Green is Good - An amazing, fun, magical experience.

 
One Saturday afternoon my Sweetie arrived at my shop very excited about a synchronicity that had just taken place.

The evening before, he had been relaxing in his favorite room, the music room, sitting in his favorite chair, the "gold chair", listening to an album by a band he hadn’t listened to in ages, the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

As he sat there enjoying the music, he started reading an article in a magazine about a band he had never heard of before, but one that sounded interesting, called Tea Leaf Green from San Francisco.

Then this morning, out of the blue, one of his friends called from Florida and said he had been looking on the internet and noticed that the New Riders of the Purple Sage were going to be playing a concert in Cleveland, (about a 5 hour drive away), on the next day, which was Sunday, and there was another band playing called Tea Leaf Green.

Sweetie laughs, and tells him, I was just listening to the New Riders last night and reading an article about Tea Leaf Green.

Funny thing was, he and his friend hadn’t talked on the phone for weeks, and they had not ever discussed going to a New Riders of the Purple Sage concert.  

So Sweetie gets on the computer and looks up the concert.  Sure enough the New Riders were performing the next day and the opening act was none other than Tea Leaf Green!  

Can you believe it? What were the odds of that?

Sweetie was totally excited to go but the tickets were $150 each!  Plus it was a five hour drive which meant the cost of an overnight stay, too.

I could tell Sweetie was pretty excited, and seeing as how it seemed so synchronistic and all, I figured we should go for it.

So I called up the venue and asked if the ticket price online was correct, and if they still had tickets. Yes it was, and yes they did.  Seems it was a charity benefit and fundraiser, so that’s why tickets cost $150 each but we didn’t have an extra $300 we could spend that weekend on tickets.   

The cost of the tickets seemed to take the wind out of his sails, so I said, “Let’s not give up on it, maybe something will work out”.

The next morning I got up and headed out for my Sunday run.  As I was running, I remembered the concert was that evening and if we were going to go we needed to be on the road by noon. I thought about how strange it all was and I felt a strong desire to go but still didn’t have the $300 when I suddenly had a thought.  What if?

Since the concert was a fundraiser maybe someone had purchased tickets as a donation and had no plans on attending.   

So as soon as I got back to the house I called the number I had called the day before.  A really nice lady answered and I explained to her I had called the day before about the concert, I was five hours away and would love to attend, but couldn’t afford the $300 for the tickets. Had anyone possibly purchased tickets and wasn’t planning on attending? She said she had no clue but would call the person in charge of the tickets and ask. She took my number and said she’d call me back.

I decided to act as if it were a done deal and go ahead and get showered and packed and ready to leave in two hours, just in case. Road trips and concerts are two of my favorite fun activities.

Before I made it to the shower my phone rang.  It was the lady from the venue and she said, “If you are willing to drive five hours to attend this concert, come on, you don’t need any money, we will let you in for FREE!

I called up my Sweetie and told him to get packed and ready we were heading to see Tea Leaf Green and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, for FREE, and that I’d be there to pick him up at noon.  Needless to say, he was thrilled.

Come noon, as we were hitting the highway, with our cooler in the back seat, and a couple of sandwiches Sweetie made for our lunch, Sweetie starts expressing his doubts.  Yes, he agreed it was pretty wild how we were going to get in free and all but he had no clue whether this Tea Leaf Green would be any good.  Were we doing the right thing?

Just then a car passed us with a large bumper sticker that said, “Green is Good”.  I pointed it out and we both laughed. See? It’s a sign.  Just then, there was billboard by the side of the highway that said, “Got Music?” Then another car passed us with a sticker that said, “I believe in Magic”, then another that said, “Life is Good”.

I reminded Sweetie that I had won a one night stay at any Red Roof of my choice last fall and had never used my coupon, so when we stopped for fuel, I called the 1-800 number and they graciously made me a reservation, for FREE!

We had a fun drive and actually arrived pretty early. I even found some coins on the sidewalk. (A sure sign of easy money and good fortune)

When we went in, I told the lady I was the one who had called this morning and driven five hours, and she seemed happy we had made it.  She invited us to go backstage where there was a buffet.  

As we headed that way, Tea Leaf Green was just finishing their practice and sounded really good.  Sweetie told the band leader our synchronistic events and he said, “It was written in the stars”.

We headed backstage, got some FREE food and sat down at a table.  Sweetie went for a beverage and a bottle of water for me. 

As I waited for him, the band members of the New Riders of the Purple Sage walked up and asked were these seats taken?  Of course not! You can imagine the look on Sweetie’s face when he returns to the table and realizes I am eating and conversing with the members of the band.  When he confessed he forgot to bring me a bottle of water, the drummer for the band jumped up and said, “I’ll get you one off of our bus”.

Could it get any better?  Yes!

We had front row center seats for the whole show.  Unlimited free drinks.  We enjoyed two amazing concerts, both definitely worth the drive. Tea Leaf Green first, then the New Riders.

Then, after the show, the New Riders invited us to come on their tour bus for some photos and the drummer gave me both of his drumsticks (since I am a drummer), as a souvenir.
New Riders of the Purple Sage and Lucky Lady
What an amazing, fun, fun, fun, magical experience!

Have you had any amazing, fun, magical experiences lately?  If so, I'd love to hear them.

Until next time, here's to your lucky life!

Lucky Lady Kathleen

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