Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I Will Follow You Into The Dark.... or at least to a concert.

Lucy is  having surgery this morning so just know I am a hot mess and I know it's not rational because tubes are the easiest surgery ever but anesthesia freaks me out since my incident so yeah. *Think happy thoughts*


If you follow me on Instagram you already know of my fun activities so you already knew I took Jackson to a concert. But many of you don't follow me (losers) so you don't know. So here we go. 

For Jackson's birthday (waaaaaay back in April) his big gift was a pair of tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie in Mankato, MN. It was supposed to be his very first concert but Shawn Mendes was a surprise and that ended up being his first. It was OK though because this was going to be cool but also be just him and I, which we don't get to do very often. 

Bummer is that there was a massive thunderstorm warning so thank goodness I am hyper vigilant about checking, and re-checking, and then re-checking everything again because they ended up moving the show from the outdoor venue to the indoor venue. For a normal person that wouldn't be a big deal but for me it was a big deal because for the last several months I have been studying the route from the hotel to the venue in the freak chance my GPS and phone would simultaneously stop working and I'd have to wing it. 

Logical? NOPE. 

So a venue change ramped up my anxiety to 11. Never mind I had never been to Mankato in my life so this was basically all new. 
We left really early. My GPS told me it was 3 hours and 39 minutes away and I gave myself 5.5 hours to get there. Too much? Maybe, but I would rather be early than rushing in traffic I'm not familiar with.  
THANK GOD I left that early because I really thought I was going to miss rush hour traffic around Minneapolis/St. Paul but I didn't know there was a pre-rush hour traffic situation, plus construction, plus people who cannot drive around barrels, and cannot zipper merge. 

Needless to say by the time we got to our hotel I felt like we were going to really be cutting it close. The hotel turned out to be really nice, SUPER clean- maybe the cleanest hotel I have ever been in my entire life.  
We had a pet friendly, handicapped room which was fine. The odd thing? Mirrors. Everywhere. A whole wall of mirrors and a strategically placed mirror on the opposite wall. My first thought is maybe this is a weird, kinky sex hotel?  
It also had a padded window bench either for your pet or kinky activities. I'm not sure. BUT! Shout out to a hotel having a really top notch AC. The temperature actually adjusts and works. I've never  had that and it don't sound like it was going to fly out of the wall. So nice.  
And this was in the bathroom. Matt (and several friends) think this is a weird sex towel. Or even a "don't use the good towels" type thing. Others think this is a really good idea and should be done more often. I think it's weird, but I felt pressured to use it. So I used it to wash my face. I did leave it folded on the side of the sink because I am not some animal who throws towels on the floor.  
We really had to go because I had no idea where we were going or where we would park so we skipped dinner. It turns out it wasn't far and I found a parking ramp that was free (woo-hoo!) but it was kind of a weird walk to the venue, so I was trying really hard to remember our steps so I could find our way back after the show.  
Good news, we bought pizza by the slice and it was only marginally gross, and our seats ended up being better. It pretty much became a "sit wherever" type thing because this place didn't have the same seat numbering system but it worked out well and everyone seemed cool with it. I actually ended up being happier not being outside and we didn't have to deal with bugs and all that.  
The opening band was Lala Lala from Chicago and this was their last stop on the tour with Death Cab for Cutie apparently. They were maybe the strangest, least experienced opening act I've ever seen. Between having a weird start where it looked like they didn't know where to go, to starting songs oddly and then their songs all stop abruptly so there isn't that casual fade out/slow down of a song... they just stop. Then there is that awkward delay because we aren't sure if we should clap now or if it's not quite done. It became clear they had some kind of technical issue, which I'm not sure what it was because once it was solved there wasn't any difference. The singer wasn't very charismatic but rather awkward and had the "I don't want to be here" attitude but I'm pretty sure that's part of the shtick? I don't know but it was odd. I think there was one song in the whole set that I thought I'd like to listen to again but honestly, I forgot all about them until I looked at this photos. 
I have seen Death Cab one other time a few years ago and I really remember that as being the closest thing to a religious experience as I've ever had. It was at First Avenue, I was so close (like second row) to the stage in a standing room area and it was magical. This show wasn't like that but it was pretty good and I am reminded that this is a bad that doesn't take breaks. They are start to finish. The only break they had was an actual minute between "Soul Meets Body" and the encore which was actually four songs. 
They opened with "I Dreamt We Spoke Again" and they covered a lot of their new album, and all of the favorites from previous albums. I was thrilled to hear "What Sarah Said", Title and Registration", "Cath", "I Will Follow You Into the Dark", "Tiny Vessels", "When We Drive" and "Transatlanticism". Those are some of my favorites, and those are the ones that ended up being an all crowd sing along, so that was fun. 

Overall? Very good concert. We basically ran out of there to hopefully get out before everyone else and inadvertently found their tour bus! 
If I wasn't so tired and I didn't hate being in the dark, we would have hung around to see if we saw them but that could have been a few hours and I'm not the young buck I once was. So we went to the hotel and crashed. 

The next day we planned to have breakfast and get on the road right after to get home at a reasonable time. That was going well until we got to Jordan, Minnesota (I think) and were coming upon Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. We saw it on the way but didn't have time to stop before and we figured it would only be 10-15 minutes, it's fine.  
It was AMAZING. I have never seen a place like this before in my life. They have a massive area full of glass bottle sodas and then you walk into the candy area.  
The walls and ceiling? Hand painted. The characters are actual statues and some move a little but the rest is painted and it is stunning.  
Besides being overwhelmed by all of the artwork and scenery, the amount of candy and food in here is insane. They fit SO MUCH into the area and you really just walk up and down aisles.  
It got to the point I made Jackson go get me a basket or something because I had something for everyone in my hands. We got candy, I bought popcorn kernels (some that make purple popcorn and others that pop into round balls!), I bought sodas and caramel corn, cupcake mix, a lemon bread mix, all kinds of stuff.  
We basically spent almost two hours in this place.  
 Oh, and I watched the band of weird looking candies play music. 

Because I am a child and the ultimate tourist. I am really trying to live the YOLO life and when else will I see a candy band? 

We left there two hours later than we thought we would so that was fun. We hit ridiculous traffic on the way back thanks to construction and we ate at a Denny's in North Branch. Our waitress clearly hated her life and her job and literally threw my shake at me. I still tipped her well but jeez- calm down with the shake throwing lady. Dang. 

Overall? Really cool mini trip with this kid. You have to really get to know him to appreciate his humor and just how he is in general. Him and I have fun jokes and banter between us so I know he is always going to play along when I use humor to get through a really crappy, stressful situation. 

We don't have any other concerts on the calendar together but Olivia, her friend, and I are going to see The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer in October. Yay me. 


Lauren said...

That's nice it ended up being inside - definitely better weather and way less bugs. Sounds like an awesome show, and just a really fun trip in general. And OMG, that candy store. I would have been there for hours too - so much fun stuff!


coach-daddy said...

This is awesome. I wish I had been able to take my girls to their first concerts. It seems like it would have been a natural thing for us, you know?

Cool when you share musical tastes, too.

And maybe those padded benches in the hotel were for the pets to get kinky.

Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

I saw on Instagram that Lucy's surgery is over and went well so yay for that! I love so much that you did this road trip with your boy! Death Cab is amazing, they would be so fun to see live!

mypixieblog said...

Awwww you are such a cool mom 😊 and I love that you have these experiences with your kids individually. Like you appreciate their musical tastes and like to support them however you can ❤️ Also random changes in plans (like venue change) causes me to freak out, too. I’m glad that you had such a great time together and that is such a cool candy store!