Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Actually, the past few days have been good. I had an awesome weekend. It was successfully fun :). I think the ultimate of the whole weekend was the bike ride. It was absolutely the best (this is not the actual hwy we traveled, but it looks very much like it, couldn't find a pic of our hwy). The weather was perfect and so was the ride. I must admit, the circumstances surrounding the jazz festival was a tad disappointing for several reasons.

Due to my car window getting stuck open, about 1/4 way down, I was delayed in my arrival. I did not get there nearly as early as I had anticipated. I wanted to get there as close to 1:00 pm as possible, which was the time it started. I didn't get there til 4:00 pm or so. It lasted until 10:00 pm, but I had to consider my drive back home was an hour. I didn't want to be too tired for that drive. We met at the trolley station and took the trolley to downtown. I didn't like the trolley ride. It was way too crowded with too many strangers.

Most of all, to my cousin's behavior which he was not even aware of. The festival is about downtown being blocked off and watching live bands and artists live on stage. He wanted to keep his distance in order to avoid the crowd. Our viewpoint made the artists look like small barbie dolls on stage! So, I told him, I didn't want to be way in the back where we can't see anything. He unwillingly moved closer for the LAST performance >:(. So, I did not see much. I couldn't even tell you who was there. Except for Boney James. My cousin didn't even want to get a program so we could follow the performance.

Once we had a good view and were A LOT closer, it was great! We finally saw Boney James on stage. He is a very, very good performer, from his own songs to oldies. Really great performance. With that said, I pulled out my camera so I can get some good shots, and.....battery died :(. It was ok. We got a really good view and I was happy.

On the way back to the trolley at 10:40 pm, my cousin lost all attention. Immediately after the last song, he became eager to leave. After verbalizing his desire to do so, he took off and practically left me! I had to ask people if I can get behind him because he was moving that fast...and not looking back. Just as we arrived to the trolley station, the red river suddenly flowed in a MAJOR, MAJOR way. I was somewhat prepared as I anticipated her arrival. At that point, it was ABSOLUTELY necessary to find a bathroom. There's no way I would have made it home with an hour's drive!!
I yelled to my cousin that I needed to find a bathroom. Now remember, it is by now 10:55 PM and we are downtown. He said, "You go on and find a bathroom, I'm gonna sit down and wait for the trolley!" as he's running ahead of me. He was about a two car's length away from me. I thought that was extremely rude! However, I did not have time to think about it. I went, found a bathroom and took care of my issue. When I came out of the restaurant, it wasn't until I was approaching him that he looked for me. I'm not a baby, but for him to let a female go on her own, at night, downtown, I thought that was terribly rude.

I did not dispute this with him. However, should he ask me next year to go to the festival, my answer will be absolutely not.


lori vliegen said...

i'm so glad that you got to see boney james...that's the most fabulous music!! i'm sorry that your cousin's attitude kept you from enjoying the rest of the concert, though. next year will be better! :)

Linda and her Twaddle said...

Hmmmm, next time you just do your own thing to get close to the stage. Your way or the highway.

Your cousin might have a bit of anxiety and not like crowds and such.

Still, the bike ride was good - sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. Next year you know what to expect and who to go with.