5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!

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5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:23:53 PM »
That is all.
I'll come up with something eventually.

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 03:11:59 AM »
Nice nice nice!
See through in the sunlight

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 07:26:13 AM »
Enjoy, Mon! I haven't seen him since the 70's!

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 09:31:17 AM »
Please give a full review!
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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 06:15:20 PM »
TWO DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm in a hotel somewhere on the way to NY and I already know I won't be able to sleep because I'm way too excited.

In 46 hours I will be at the Walter Kerr Theater, Orchestra left, Row M, Seat 21.
I'll come up with something eventually.

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 06:43:55 PM »
Lucky you. Bruce in a theatre in NY. That's a dream vacation for me.
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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2017, 06:44:48 PM »
Have fun, Monica!  Bruce always brings a quality show!

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2017, 06:45:27 PM »
How exciting! wooo hooo

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2017, 04:15:54 PM »
How did you manage getting tickets? (Forgive me if you explained already)
Was it a fair lottery or did you have to jump through hoops?
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MonicaLea

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2017, 04:18:10 PM »
How did you manage getting tickets? (Forgive me if you explained already)
Was it a fair lottery or did you have to jump through hoops?

That is actually a pretty cool story.

When they announced the shows and the whole verified fan thing I immediately signed up. I had no clue how I would actually get to the show, but I told myself, "You'll figure it out, jut register for the damn tickets!" So I did.

Later, I got deployed to Houston and flew down the day before Harvey made landfall. While I was there, I got the text saying that I was chosen to buy tickets. I immediately freaked out because, at this point, Harvey had made landfall and was just sitting there spinning and tearing the place up and causing tornado warnings every 5 minutes, so we were just straight up working out of the tornado shelter, with nobody allowed out of the building at all, not even to go to our rooms which were next door.

When the tickets went on sale, I had just called in all of our mobile feeding staff because of yet another warning and we were all just sitting round while I'm on my phone trying desperately to get my ticket before the internet connection went out. After getting bumped off 3 times, I finally managed to finalize the sale and ended up with not only a ticket, but a really good ticket!

After my deployment was up, I flew home and asked my bosses to make a deal with me. If they would not send me back out until after the show, I'd cover for literally anyone who got deployed and they could send me anywhere for whatever length of time they needed me. They looked at the calendar, the current regional coverage, and the return dates of everyone who was already out and agreed on the spot. And that's why I'm in NY this week, but will be in either Puerto Rico or the USVI next week. And I'll probably be there until some time in January.

And by the way, 4 HOUR AND 40 MINUTES UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Last Edit: November 08, 2017, 04:20:00 PM by MonicaLea »
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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2017, 08:12:36 AM »
What a story!!!
Looking forward to your review!!!
Have a blast!!!
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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2017, 01:16:01 PM »
My sister went to the show on Broadway - flew from Ireland just to see Bruce :-)


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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2017, 04:33:21 PM »
My sister went to the show on Broadway - flew from Ireland just to see Bruce :-)


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Nice!
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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2017, 06:41:05 PM »
Mon, we want a report tomorrow!

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Re: 5 DAYS UNTIL SPRINGSTEEN!
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2017, 11:37:18 AM »
What a story!!!
Looking forward to your review!!!
Have a blast!!!

I did have a blast!

However, I am going to have to disappoint you on the review. I just don't have the words. I still get teary eyed and breathless every time I think about it. As I posted on my FB and blog, the best I can come up with is this:

"It was like joking around with your best friend then they stab you in the heart several dozen times and take you to heaven.
It's crude, and still doesn't cover, it but that's all I've got."

The rest of the trip was absolutely insane! Part of the time, I was hanging out with some friends in Jersey. They are the types who are constantly saying, "I don't know what do you want to do?" and I didn't have time for that so I took charge.

Since this was the first time I had ever been to NJ, I decided to drag them to every pop culture location that I had longed to see for a huge chunk of my life. We went to Asbury Park, and the Stone Pony, of course, Red Bank, Atlantic City, and all sorts of other bars and hang outs where I drank every drop of whiskey in the whole freaking state!

Back in Manhattan, I got to see, and briefly hang out with, some of my favorite comedians. I stumbled into my old haunts from my Sandy deployment, and had way too much fun flirting with the new bartenders and regaling them with stories from the last time I was in NY. This was when it hit me; the realization of how far I had come since 2012.

The last time I was in NY I had deployed because it was the only way I could keep body and soul together. I was unemployed and homeless and deploying meant that I would at least have a cot in a staff shelter and free food from our Emergency Response Vehicle. But I lucked out and, because I was supervising casework instead of working in the field, I got to stay in a hotel and work out of the Manhattan chapter office with a mission card to cover meals and incidentals. The juxtaposition between where I was staying and the reason I was staying there still freaks me out.

This time I was there because I had the incredible luck, and the money, to get a ticket to a show put on by one of my heroes. I have a job where I get a better than decent salary and paid time off which allows me to run off to New York just because. And not only that, I have enough "fun money" to buy gifts for my friends back home, eat at actual restaurants instead of whatever cheap shit I could find at the nearest bodega. All just because I can.

If that ain't the deadass, most amazing shit ever I don't know what is.
I'll come up with something eventually.