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The recap of the Journey concert that almost was

July 15, 2014
You all were so super sweet and fun with your Instagram and email comments on Saturday as I was getting ready to go jam out to one of my beloved 80s bands: Journey. 

As I was getting ready, I listened to my 80s station on Pandora, and tried to get as 80s-i-fied (?) as I possibly could, without looking too… “Babysitters Club” – does that make sense? I finally settled on a side ponytail (but not obnoxious, you know?) with jorts, some leather, and a leopard bracelet. I mean- all of those things say 80S ROCK, right?! (And I can see my friend Andrea shaking her head in disproval over those jorts but they’re from The Gap, okay? They’re super cute.) I was especially proud of the side pony though, especially considering I don’t tend to do anything other than “down” or “up” with my hair. 
I jumped in the car and said a little “props to you!” to God for holding off the rain – it was gray out but no rain! I stopped at the gas station to pick up some Red Bull, water, and snack (Red Bull for pre-gaming and the water and snack for the return trip). I totally felt like I was in high school as I took my first sip of RB – ready to rage, you know? I then did the ol’ drive by to pick up my good (and hilarious) friend Keren and we. were. off. You know that friend who, no matter what is going on- and I mean no matter WHAT terrible thing may be happening- they can still make you laugh your face off? That’s my friend Keren. I mean she ranks up there with my Dad and Christian funny. So imagine what it’s like on a day that is already fabulous- she has me practically peeing my pants from laughing so hard. 
The drive to the concert venue was no easy trek. I’d never been to this venue and as the miles continued, I kept telling Keren, “I seriously feel like we’re on a road trip right now!” It was only an hour away, but really felt like we were driving to Iowa or something. As we neared the venue, we noticed a ton of cop cars rerouting people. Of course, I got really excited, thinking there was some sort of drug bust or something (I know, I’ve been watching too much Cops) until I saw a sign that said “Concert Postponed.” Keren gasped and looked at me and I just kept driving. I think I muttered something like, “Nah. It’s probably for some other little local show around here.” But as I neared the venue entrance, there were more cops, preventing anyone from pulling in, and one of the cops said over his speaker: “The concert has been postponed to a later date due to venue flooding. Continue on the directed rou-” and that’s when I stopped giving a crap listening. 
WHAT?!?!?!?! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING. 
I think I was silent for 30 seconds as I then turned to look at Keren who was wide-eyed and trying not to laugh. I mean, it was totally comical. We’d just driven an hour, pumping ourselves up for this Journey concert, only to have it cancelled. We decided to drive the hour back home and do the one thing you can do in a situation like this: go out for margaritas. 
So that’s exactly what we did. I mean it’s the next best alternative right?? I took down my side pony and I drank my margarita as Keren showed me all of the hilarious picture apps on her phone. Like this one, “Bimbo-ify yourself”
I’m not sure if this is so much a bibmo-ify yourself as it is a “this is what I’d look like if I was a dude in drag” but it served its purpose and we could not stop laughing. Then, Keren told me that you can make your own peanut butter at Whole Foods and I’d never heard of this so of course we had to go try it. We got to the peanut butter aisle at WF only to find that they were fresh out of peanut butter maker containers. So we did the only thing you can do: take hilarious pictures in the sauce aisle. 
And that was that, all. I took Keren home, I went home and watched Cops. In my jorts. (It felt appropriate.) 
Disclaimer: Tickets would have been provided by the Illinois Lottery had torrential downpours not flooded the venue and canceled the concert. (I’m not bitter at all.) Reviews of this catastrophe are 100% my own. 

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  • Oh no! I'm so sorry your concert was rained out. Such a bummer! At least you made the best of the situation. Margaritas are always a good back up plan!

  • Oh no!!! So sorry that the shoe ended up being postponed! I would have probably been soo mad! Bummer!

  • Nooooooooooooooooooooooo I woud have been so upset!!

  • What a bummer! Do you still get to go when it's rescheduled?

  • I still say your side pony was adorable!

  • LOL for some reason I'm not surprised by any of this! You were due for a catastrophe.

  • YAY!!!! my comment worked!!! I'm on the library computer. I'm going to come to the library every day now so I can finally comment on your posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • So you can really make your own peanut butter at WF?? I've never heard of that either!

  • Awe I am so sorry that the concert got cancelled! But I'm glad to see that you guys had a good time anyways πŸ™‚

  • Sorry about the concert but selfishly glad this happened because NOW I AM BIMBO-FYING MYSELF AND EVERYONE I KNOW. This is amazing!

  • Hahahaha this is hilarious!! OF COURSE the concert was postponed. I'm a huge Journey fan myself. I probably would have teared up to get all excited to see them, only to find the concert's been cancelled. Ok, not probably…I DEFINITELY would have shed a single tear.

    But it's ok because it's not even Steve Perry singing with them. So don't feel TOO bad. πŸ™‚

    xo Denise
    lovelybohemian.blogspot.com

  • Ahh I hate when that happens! But go figure – it makes for a funny adventure to blog about later. LOL!

  • Sorry about Journey but it sounds like you had a fun night anyway!!! Love the side pony (and margaritas too)! Shhh….I'm afraid to ask this but….what are jorts?

  • That is terrible! I love LOVE Journey and would have been so looking forward to the concert!

    So Much Sunshine

  • Such a shame it was canceled – but sometimes those evenings are the best, when you're with a great friend and you have nothing to do but enjoy each other's company! πŸ™‚ I hope you get to go when it's rescheduled. If not – Journey CD on loud, side pony back in, and dancing in the living room!!

  • Your little side pony is ADORABLE!

  • This entire post had me in stitches with laughter! "I totally felt like I was in high school as I took my first sip of RB – ready to rage, you know?" — Ready to rage, bwhahaha, best line ever. So sorry that your show got rained out, but it resulted in a hysterical blog post (at least)!

  • I am so devastated that you didn't get to see Journey… BOO. I mean, the story, yes, hysterical and worth the fun of it all, BUT what I would do to see Journey.

    I'm going to go ahead and vote that the side pony be incorporated into every day wear. That couldn't be a more adorable look on you.

  • Oh NO! I feel so bad for you, but this post had me laughing so hard. Good for you for making the best out of the situation πŸ™‚

  • am i lame that i don' know what jorts are?? please include a pic so i can enter 2014! and i'd be devastated to miss Journey…they're a def fave. and i love that you love the 80's so much!