As I mentioned the other day, I was going to fill you in today on what I've been up to over my extended weekend. And, because this post already exceeds the attention span of most bloggers, I'm going to cut right to the chase...
Thursday - A sweet day at the area's largest amusement park, Valleyfair. This place has all the big rides including this brand new roller coaster described by my son Brandon as "the best ride I've ever been on in my life!" That's a pretty ringing endorsement if you ask me.
Unfortunately, I had to restrain from all the head-whipping attractions due to the fact that my mutant giraffe-like neck has been out of whack off and on for the last few months. Hell, even the slightest jerk of my head aggravates my neck for several days. As you can imagine, this pretty much nixes my dream of spending a night at the Roxbury.
My daredevil son Austin decided he wanted to take advantage of a special they were running for one of the attractions you have to pay extra to ride. For only $10 each, he and two of his buddies got the chance to ride the 180 foot high Ripcord. This YouTube clip I found of someone else taking the plunge pretty much describes it all.
Even though this clip has all the quality of the Zapruder film, I like it because it shows an accurate perspective of just how insanely high these kids were hoisted before they were cut loose to freefall to their... mother's worst nightmare. No kidding, I think Charli was more freaked out just watching them than the kids were taking the plunge.
Friday - The next morning we took Brandon and the two boys who were with us to the University of MN for their first-ever campus tour.
Seriously, I can still vividly remember the first minute I held Brandon in my arms, sobbing with tears of joy as my little newborn's eyes connected with mine for the first time. And now we're taking him to visit colleges.
I think I may start to cry again right now. Not because he's growing up and moving on, but because I've just seen the cost of tuition. Waaaaahhhh!
Saturday - Headed on up to Battle Lake for The Receders annual show at Stubs Nightclub. And what a night we had too. The place was crowded, the people were partying and the room was hot! Literally.
In fact at one point I had to grab a bunch of napkins to wipe the sweat off my face between songs. Near the end of the set our guitar player walked over to me and said, "Jeff, what's that shit on your face? It's been on there since the beginning of the set." Apparently some wads of napkin remnants were clinging to the stubble on my cheeks so I looked like the victim of a Bic shaving incident gone bad - and he decides to wait an hour to tell me. Thank you very much.
Sunday - Nothing but the good life. After getting back to our drummer's cabin at 2:30 a.m. the night before, we woke up to a day made in Heaven at the lake. I always have mixed feelings about spending such a gorgeous day at someone's deluxe cabin while floating in the water for hours on end doing nothing but relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. On one hand, I couldn't ask for a nicer time. On the other hand, I pretty much hate anyone who gets the opportunity to live like this on a weekly basis. That's just the kind of petty and jealous person I am.
So there you have it. While you were all sitting there blogging all weekend, I was out partying, enjoying the beautiful weather and pretty much ignoring you. And for that you'll have to forgive me -
until this weekend when I do it all over again.