Okay, I have to admit to you here that I am a died-in-the-wool Beatlemaniac,
fifty years later.
It just doesn't seem possible.
I layed on the floor in my parents house, in the dining room, where our "Hi-Fi" sat on the floor, and listened to the music turned very low, so it wouldn't disturb my mother watching tv in the living room.
I had to buy the albums with whatever money I could earn, and oh, my, I did any extra chores that would make me a little money, and used all my allowance. I had to walk about three miles to the Katz drugstore that sold the albums to get them, but how glad I was.
Last night, my friend Jill and I drove to Topeka in driving rain to see
Rain, the Beatles Tribute.
I had lucked out and got good seats again, seven rows back.
The Topeka Performing Arts Center is a beautiful venue.
We drove in driving rain and falling temps... and wind. It was very chilly walking the one block to the door... and we were suprized to find the Westboro Baptist Church picketing the concert. I felt so sorry for the children among the picketers, brought up in hate, and out there in the blowing cold for something so silly.
Keith and I pray that this hate-filled group will someday come to their senses and just go away quietly.
While visual cues can suggest John, Paul, George and Ringo... the actors playing them do try to get as close as they can. This "John" had a great voice, and sang his leads with gusto, and they were all good musicians, and were supplemented by a synthesizer keyboardist who did all the special sounds.
This was my second chance in as many months to go back in time and relive that girlhood happiness.
The camera/phone police were on duty, however, and it was only at the end of the concert that I was able to get a couple of shots to show you.
When we came out of the concert, everything had iced over. Jill had to scrape the Suburban, and we waited for it to warm up. We headed down the big boulevard to cross over the Kansas River to go home... and the bridge was CLOSED. We detoured four blocks to another bridge, got on it, and discovered black ice. Jill skillfully drove to the center lane, and we crossed that bridge at five miles an hour. We were lucky to follow two snowplows partway home, which we drove about 40 miles an hour. (I was praying all the way and kept reminding Jill to "Slow Down".... I'm sure she wanted to throw me out the window).
We made it to Tongie, and then poor Jill had to drive another 30 miles home to Overland Park. She texted me at midnight to tell me she had just pulled in.
Keith and I talked until 1 and then I got up and ate some cereal, as I had not kept anything down yesterday... so it was a short night for me.
Very cold (29) and icy this morning, and I carried warm water. I'm going out in a minute with more warm water to check everyone's watering bowls and make sure they are still good.
Keeping the Hooligans, and Delilah in today, with lots of good brome hay to much on.
Staying safe and careful on the frozen deck and stairs.
Remember what else happened fifty years ago today, when a nation's innocence was stolen, and several good men lost their lives.... and so many lives were changed forever.
Prayers to their surviving families, and for our great nation.