June 5, 2011

GLEE Live Minneapolis 2011


GLEE Live Minneapolis 2011
Shortarmguy's Diary Update for June 5, 2011

On Wednesday night, Miss Sheri, the boys, and I joined every 13 year old girl in the state of Minnesota to go see GLEE Live on stage at Target Center in Minneapolis.  We were required to drop off our testosterone at the door before they'd let us in the place, but it was well worth it.
I thought we had decent seats, but Ticketmaster screwed us again.  We were in about as nosebleed of a section as a person could get.  Somebody is going to have to teach me how to get better tickets through that service one of these days, because I sure can't figure out how to do it!

In typical Hollywood Fashion, these performers started whenever they felt like it.  The show was supposed to go on at 7:30PM, but at 8:15PM they were still forcing us to sit through Ford Auto Commercials on the arena's big screen.  I was just starting to get frustrated, but then the GLEE kids suddenly appeared on stage singing "Don't Stop Believin'" and all my anger just disappeared!
The show was absolutely incredible.  I suffered all sorts of taunts from my co-workers telling me I was "Gay" for going to a show like this, but I didn't care.  My family has watched every episode of GLEE since it started and we absolutely love it.  The music is awesome and the stories are inspirational.  We love shows where a group of "Misfits"can overcome their fears and a hateful society to achieve their dreams.  That's just good television.  And reliving our favorite songs from this past season's episodes live on stage in front of us brought smiles to all of our faces.
Mostly Smiles.  Certain performances like those by the group The Warblers reminded us that the audience was 90% teenage girls.  I have never been surrounded by so much young estrogen in my entire life and their shrieking screams nearly pierced our eardrums!!
All in all, the concert was just awesome.  We especially enjoyed Brittany singing "Slave 4 U", Santana and Mercedes singing "River Deep, Mountain High", Kurt singing "I want to hold your hand", and the group songs "Loser Like Me" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way".  If you're a fan of the show and the concert is coming to a city near you, we highly recommend going.  Just don't forget to bring ear plugs.



On Friday night, we went to a 40th birthday celebration for our old buddy, Jason Hornbuckle, and also had the opportunity to celebrate his niece Maddison and his nephew Parker's birthday at the same time.  It was such a joyous occasion.


We were glad to have the chance to see Jason's brother Chad outside of the hospital.  Chad has been having some real challenges with his health lately.  He recently had both of his feet amputated 6 inches below the knee and parts of his fingers on both hands.  To follow Chad's story, you can see his Caring Bridge Page here:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chadhornbuckle

We were pleased to find Chad in positive spirits.  He's receiving great care from his doctors, his blood pressure is doing much better, and best of all he's relieved of the pain he's been dealing with for a long time.  Please keep Chad in your prayers as he continues working through his road to recovery.
Jason's family thought it would be fun to celebrate his 40 years on earth by going around the group and sharing stories about him in a "This Is Your Life" type format.  Sadly, I didn't do very good with the game because all of my best memories of Jason are either X Rated or involve illegal activities.  Neither of which produce stories that are  great to share in a family environment.


 Even though I regularly embarrass myself when I'm around them, they always seem to forgive me.  I guess that's what friends are for.... 
We sure do have fun with these people!!

The rest of the weekend was spent down at the lake with Sunny trying to build up his skills so we can enter him into some "Dock Dog" jumping competitions.  He has a long way to go before he's ready.