I went to the concert last night with the intention to sleep in my car! Friday, my kids and their friends were excited about going to the concert down in Chula Vista. It was a big show for them to see. I wanted to be safe, so I decided to drive them myself to make sure they got in to the show and to be close by if they needed me. I was looking forward to just sleeping in my car as I waited for the show to be over.
BUT, that’s not what happened.
I had to use the restroom once the concert started at 6pm, so I went down to the east entrance and used a porta potty. While I was walking to the restroom, I bumped in to about 40 people I knew.
I didn’t get back to my car until 4 1/2 hours later.
Being down in Chula Vista and being at a show put on by a company we used to work for, was all that was needed to bump in to so many people.
Alex Ramirez is a Chula Vista cop that I haven’t seen in over 35 years. The last time I saw him, we were kids playing “red rover, red rover” at recess. BUT, what was a trip was when I bumped in to him, we both recognized eachother. He looked the same, but just taller, older, and chubbier. :) BUT, the miracle of it all, is that he recognized me: I’m not even close to how I was as a kid.
But, we got to talking and catching up and it was awesome talking about all the people we grew up with and if they were okay or not. I was proud of Alex to be standing there in a Chula Vista police officer uniform.
Then, when I walked up the little hill by the east entrance, I saw some dude at the VIP parking table supervising everyone. I started to smile because it was a guy named Jimmy who was the head janitor at one of the radio stations we used to work for back in the early 90’s.
Those days back then over 20 years ago when I used to work with Jimmy was amazing. I was just a kid and all the early memories of the Jeff and Jer Showgram came back to me as I was talking with Jimmy.
Seeing an old friend and catching up is good for the soul.
Jimmy put me to work last night and I ended up sitting at the VIP entrance as people were checking in to get their tickets and parking pass.
It was so cool, because all of the radio station employees that I used to work with and clients had to come to the table where I was sitting to get their pass. It was very special to see everyone and to hug and talk about how everyone is doing.
One thing that I love about the Jeff and Jer Showgram and being in radio here in San Diego after our time off is that we didn’t burn any bridges and it was so cool to see so many people I used to work with.
I ended up getting some box seats and VIP passes to the backstage area, but I didn’t want to use them, so I text messaged the kids to meet me at the entrance. They came back and I handed them the passes, but as I was talking with Eddie and Vanessa, a woman about my age came walking in to the concert with a younger man.
It was a woman I went out with a couple of times about 20 years ago. Her name was April and she worked at the front desk at the radio station back then. The last time I saw April was at her house and she cooked me dinner and it was funny that night because her baby back then was in a high chair throwing spaghetti at the dog. THEN, I realized the dude she was with was HER SON all grown up. It was a trip.
I had a great time just hanging out and catching up with longtime friends. It was also very memorable, because I was able to just people watch.
As I watched people walk in, I saw so many funny things.
There were so many moms that walked in with their children and I felt like going up to some of them to send them back home, because what they were wearing made them look like a “ho”. I couldn’t believe some of the 30-40 year old moms trying to look 18.
I saw so many questionable aged young adults walking in intoxicated. That part was amazing to me. As a matter of fact, I was talking with a cop last night and he told me he just brought in a group of 16 year old girls because they all cut up their knuckles and fingers and were bleeding BECAUSE they had a case of ST. PAULI beer and didn’t have a bottle opener and so they tried to open the bottles with their keys and they all got cut up. Please re read this last paragraph. WTH!
Last night, knowing my kids were safe and having fun at the concert was the best feeling ever, but another good feeling was just being able to catch up with friends. Friends that I still see today and friends that I haven’t seen in a long long long long time.
Bette Midler once told me, “YOU GOT TO HAVE FRIENDS!”