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This past weekend, Brian and I had tickets to the No Doubt concert in Vancouver.
We originally planned to spend a good long weekend there, visiting Brian’s mom in White Rock, and hanging out in and around the GVA. However, when it came down to buying flights (admittedly recently – last week), we decided that we needed a day at home for house/yard work reeeeally badly, and decided to devote our Fridays off to that.
So on Friday we mowed the lawn and weeded the garden, and did some other general yard clean-up. That evening we went to our friends’ (Rob & Kiely) house for a barbecue and a couple rounds of dominoes.
Bright and early Saturday morning (5:30am), we got up, tossed a suitcase together, and caught our flight to Abbotsford.
Brian’s mother and aunt picked us up from the Abbotsford Airport, and brought us to Brian’s mom’s place in White Rock. She has a beautiful little backyard porch where I spent most of the day chit-chatting, and soaking up the sun and the wonderful damp sea air. Brian brought his mom an old computer of his to give to her – which is a huge improvement over her old one. But then he spent all day setting it up for her and fixing her internet problems (partially caused by a 10-year-old modem). I didn’t mind – I was in a fantastic mood. The further west I go, the better I feel in so many ways. I can’t explain it.
The concert was Saturday night, and it was AWESOME. We arrived just as Bedouin Sound Clash started, and they were pretty good. They reminded me a bit of Sublime – and Brian and I recognized a song or two of theirs. Paramore came on next, and surprised me a little. I was sorta expecting something like Avril Lavigne, but it wasn’t too bad. The front woman reminded me of a little animated matchstick. She had a TON of great energy, and her bright orange hair looked just like a wild little flame.
No Doubt was amazing too. I’ve been a fan of theirs for about 12 years. They were my favorite band for a long time. When Gwen Stefani went solo, I wasn’t all that into her music… It was a little more dance/pop/something than I tend to listen to. So when they announced this tour as No Doubt, I was thrilled. Visually they were great, totally interesting and new, but I still absolutely recognized ‘old’ No Doubt in there. Even the way they moved. Tony’s two-footed hop across the stage, Adrien’s nothing-but-boots-and-a-tutu. Gwen’s abs. Ha. The woman is incredible. She has one of the most incredible bodies I’ve seen, and she’s had 2 kids and turns 40 this year! I know she has the time and money for a personal trainer (and probably chef, etc) but still. Kudos to her! The moment the band came on stage, 95% of the GM Place audience was on their feet dancing and singing along, and most of us remained on our feet the whole time! I can’t remember the last time a concert did that to me!
It was Brian’s first big concert like that – and he thought it was great too. I hope that means I can get him to more of them!
We had driven to and parked in North Vancouver, and taken the sea bus over to downtown, then hopped on the sky train to the show. So it took us a good hour and a half to get home afterwards, and since we were up for 21 hours straight on Saturday, we slept in on Sunday. Myself more than Brian. But he was still working on his mom’s computer. When I got up (around 10), Brian’s mom made us french toast. Before long, it was time to head back out to the Abbotsford Airport for our flight home.
The flight was fine, but REALLY bumpy coming into Calgary. We basically tried to land in the middle of an intense storm. It was probably my bumpiest/scariest landing, but for some reason I felt REALLY trusting of the pilots, knowing they would land us safely. We had to abort one landing, which was strange. We were coming in, getting closer and closer to the ground in the pouring rain, and then suddenly the plane engines got REALLY loud and we started flying sharply AWAY from the ground. I’ve never seen that happen before! We circled around, and tried again – This time, successfully. After landing though, we had to wait out on the runway for a while, because the ground crew had been called inside, due to lightning in the area. Pretty crazy! But we all clapped once we were on the ground, and I think the pilots did a great job.
We are home now, once again. But again, not for long. Brian leaves for Toronto tomorrow, and I’ll follow him on Wednesday. We’ll be back on Sunday, but I’m leaving town again for work the next day.