Sunday, August 20, 2006

Active Summer

This has quite possibly been the most socially active summer of my adulthood. I don't recall ever having a stretch of time where I had something to do almost every weekend, and I don't think I've been to as many shows/concerts in one summer as this year. Of course, I have my significant other Valerie to thank, as the following text would not exist were it not for her.

The Spring/Summer season kicked off with a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure in April or May to get our first use of our season passes that Val bought for us and her kids. It was a little chilly, so the Hurricane Harbor part of the park was not an option (not even sure it was open yet). But having season passes takes the pressure off to try and do as much as possible in one day. It's much more relaxing knowing you can come back anytime for "free".

June 12th was our first concert, which was Zappa Plays Zappa in NYC. It didn't turn Val into a Zappa groupie, but I think it pretty well exceeded her expectations.
Two weeks later I went to Nearfest. See my other unfinished blog entry for details on that.
Somewhere in late June or early July was another trip to Six Flags, with Hurricane Harbor being included this time. Also sprinkled in there were a graduation party BBQ, two birthday BBQs, a "just friends hanging out" BBQ, and even a doggie birthday BBQ (apparently they exist).
July was capped off attending Ozzfest. It was an experience, I'll say that. I enjoyed the top 4 bands, but I also realized I'm way too old to do the entire day, to be a crowd surfing wave, and be a mosh pit boundary. I believe I've been to my first and last event at Randall's Island.

That brings us to the current month of August. Already we've been to another birthday BBQ, and went to Six Flags again yesterday. We're supposed to go peach picking permitting.
This Saturday we're going to the Opie & Anthony Traveling Virus Comedy show at the PNC Arts Center. That will wrap up August.

Labor Day weekend we have a BBQ to go to, and on 9/8 we're going to see Godsmack and Rob Zombie at PNC. So far that's it for September.

We kick off October with a Tool concert on Friday the 6th. The very next day, Val, her son Stephen, and myself will make a trek to Philly to visit Val's daughter Megan at Drexel University, then the 4 of us are going to see Porcupine Tree at the Keswick. We cap off the month on Halloween for another Zappa Plays Zappa performance at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, which was formerly the Felt Forum where Frank played many legendary Halloween shows.
As a by the way, both Megan and Valerie have birthdays in that month.

November brings us Valerie's other daughter Lauren's 11th birthday on the 19th. For that, I bought tickets to see Disney on Ice on Friday the 24th. If Megan or Stephen is reading this (unlikely), this is meant to be a surprise for Lauren, so keep it zipped. ;-)

That's about it for now. A real social life....imagine that. :-)

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