Today went by very quickly (as you would expect with a day off unfortunately). I got up at 6ish, started cleaning up and then my Aunt called around 1 telling me to meet her at Costco. I took a quick shower and was there in like 10 minutes. We went inside and she told me to pick up whatever I needed. I was heading for the Chicken when we saw that evidently Costco
is the new Marshalls. They had Nautica, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein jeans/pants/shirts at less than half the normal retail. I picked up 5 pairs of pants/jeans 3 shirts, and a couple packs of underwear before making my way to the meat area. In the end, I had a full cart along with $100 gift card. Very nice...
On the way home I filled up on Gas and bought a pack of smokes (yes I am still with that at the moment). Then I showered, got dressed and headed to my ex-wife's house to pick up my older son. Traffic was insane because of a serious accident on Rte. 2 near Colchester and what is normally a 50 minute trip took an hour and a half. Not a big deal we arrived at Mohegan Sun
before 6. I went and picked up the Comp. tickets and then off to their Buffet. My son had never been (naturally) and really enjoyed himself.
We walked around till about 7 and headed into the Arena to get our seats, which as it turned out were 12th row center! The packet also included coupons for any large beverage at the snack bar. Seriously they take care of you at Mohegan Sun (and I have maybe been 3 times in the last year, go figure)
The show began with someone named David Garza
, who was um, different
. I can't say much about him other than he performed 4 songs and was gone. Vocally he left a lot to be desired (It may have been the horrid sound system at this Venue) his lyrics were repetitive and grating, and well I have to wonder why Fiona and Damien would carry him with them on tour. Yikes, I have trouble understanding how he opened for Ani DiFranco & The Smashing Pumpkins in the past..
Billing had Fiona first, but Damien opened (thankfully because my son doesn't much care for her, although I do) He was just amazing as was his background vocalist Lisa Hannigan. He played everything I wanted to hear including Cold Water and naturally The Blower's Daughter
(which was the final song). It was a completely mixed crowd, although predominately older (30-60) which was unexpected. I suppose that is the result of many comp tickets, because the troll next to me (and I say that only because he seemed to find negative humor in Damien's lyrics which he continuously mentioned throughout the show) had no idea who he was watching, and when told "Damien Rice" he said that he had no idea who that was.
In any case, priceless was my son's smile when Cold Water came on. It really made me smile, because not a month ago we weren't speaking at all, and now we were sharing something incredibly special. Neither of us will forget tonight, I am sure of that.
We talked all the way down, all during the evening and all the way home. It was just the most amazing night on so many levels. When I dropped him off he hugged me, thanked me for taking him and told me that he loved me. What a night....