Great Music and Best Friends  

five_speed 42M
3250 posts
8/3/2005 4:46 pm

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Great Music and Best Friends


Whew…

It seems like so long since I’ve been on here, but it’s only been a few days. I guess it seems longer since I’ve been doing so much and sleeping so little. But I’m back! Yeehaw!

I spent the weekend with some very old and close friends I’ve known since grade school. There are four of us, and we used to camp a few times every summer until we graduated high school. Since then (1993) we’ve all been together only 4 times, but when we do work it out, it’s like no time has passed at all.

Did Ozzfest Tuesday. Ozzy was sick and Black Sabbath didn’t play ‒ it was a real bummer, but the day was very good all the same. I went with a woman I dated before I moved to Virginia, and she wanted to get as close to the stage as she could to see Rob Zombie. It took me nearly an hour of struggling, straining, pushing, pulling, shouldering, elbowing and cussing, but I got us both the very front just in time for ol’ Rob to take the stage. Then I got beat half to death keeping myself between my date and the crowd surfers and moshers. I have bruises all up and down my legs and back, and those clothes are ruined, but it was worth it. She got what she wanted, and she didn’t get hurt. I wasn’t expecting a reward, but she thanked me in a very satisfying way when we got back to her place after the concert.

So, this weekend has me thinking about old, true friends and also about live music ‒ not just rock ‒ any live music (I love live jazz and the symphony also.) I wonder what the rest of you think, so please chime in with your 2 cents.

The definition of a best friend: A good friend will bail you out of jail. A best friend will be sitting in the cell beside you, saying “that was AWESOME!”

My father once told me that at any given point in my life, I should be able to count my true best friends on the fingers of one hand and have a couple fingers left over. I’ve found that it is very good advice for me. Do you agree?

And although it is unrelated (unless you were there with your best friend) I am wondering how you feel about live music and concerts? Do you like them? What is your favorite concert memory?

five_speed 42M

8/4/2005 5:39 am

My favorite concert memory happened at Ozzfest in 2004. Zakk Wilde and the Black Label Society kicked off the main stage. Between songs, Zakk opened a can of beer, took a drink, and threw the rest into the crowd. I was nine rows back and way left of center stage. A guy a few rows down and closer to center almost got knocked in the head by a can of beer. He looked up and saw it just in time. Then he just held it and watched it foam all over his clothes. I screamed "DRINK THAT, YOU FUCKING PUSSY!!! DRINK THAT!!!!" Zakk looked at me and said "Right on, man!" When he finished the next song, he was all the way over on the left side of the stage. He cracked a beer as he walked back to my side, pointed to me, took a swig, and tossed the can right to me. I turned it up and gulped as much as I could, bt it was foaming all over the place. I wore more of it than I drank, but it was still awesome. I still have the can.


rm_talldarkavg1 106M
10172 posts
8/4/2005 4:06 pm

I have always belived...if you live a long rich life and die with but 5 friends...you've been spending way too much time alone in your room!

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rm_bella_ 48F
4030 posts
8/4/2005 6:03 pm

Someone once told me when I was very young that friendship was a thick as a dollar bill, very delicate and torn easily...unfortunately I have to agree.

I love Ozzy!....and I love the symphony also...


five_speed 42M

8/4/2005 7:43 pm

TDA1: I think true friends are never gone, but they are not always readily available, either. I think my father was just trying to teach me to look closely at the people I considered friends so I would not fall prey to "fair weather friends."

I told him one time "Dad, Thanks for teaching me to never believe anything unless I thought about it on my own and decided for myself it was true, and thanks for being patient most of the time when I applied that same lesson to some of the bullshit you've spouted over the years. I'll always count you on my hand when I think of my true friends, but I'll leave it to you to guess which finger I use to count you."


five_speed 42M

8/4/2005 7:48 pm

Bella, I agree with you: Ozzy is the MAN, and I'll arm wrestle anyone who says otherwise! I so wish he had not been sick this time, but I'd rather he take a break than push himself. This last time I had a chance to speak with a number of the crew that work directly for Ozzy, and they all speak of him in reverent tones... you can tell they literally worship him.

As for the symphony, I didn't get any chances to see it where I used to live, and I have not explored the possibilities at my new home, but it is on the list of things to do soon! For now I just crank up the suround sound, close my eyes, and pretend I am there.


five_speed 42M

8/5/2005 6:43 pm

I wish we had something like that here, nbtnt. I figured there would be more local talent with this being a college town and all, but so far that hasn't been squat.


DefiniteTrouble 51F

10/19/2005 8:33 pm

I'm surrounded by concerts year 'round...all music genres. Look forward to experiencing several with you.

And yes, I expect you'll be sitting next to me in the jail cell, both of us in hysterics, not giving a damn where we are, just enjoying the time together.


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