Thursday, November 10, 2005

I had an unexpected dilemma on Monday. I really needed to make more headway on the new short story I'm writing, then I still needed to do a re-read on the current on and offer feedback to my co-authors. So, I was all settled in for a full day and evening of writing. I was even planning on nixing Monday nite football and just watching at home. Then, I got a call from a friend who works for Anheuser-Busch. She says she has free tickets to see a private concert and did I want to go. It was Nelly.

I pride myself in dedication to my work. A lot of times you have to make sacrifices. Sacrifices that hurt. Even though you set your own schedule, you know what you can and cannot do. Or at least what you should or shouldn't. You know that to get to that place that you want to be, there are some calls you're going to have to not take, some places you're going to have to pass on going. Some concerts you'll have to pass up. Even Nelly.

I wasn't a huge rap fan anyway. I love old school rap, and I do listen to rap on the radio, although I admit to switching the radio station when it starts to get crunk.

"So, do you want to go see Nelly tonight?"

I felt like a true author as I pulled my cell phone away from my ear, gave it a twisted look, and answered, "Girl, are you drunk? Hells, yeah I wanna go!" And I tossed my laptop to the side, scattered my writing notes all over the floor, and made a mad dash to the closet to find an outfit to wear.

I had a good time. The three of us devised a plan, divided up, and got front row seats together. There were about a million acts that came on before Nelly. Local talents. It was my first rap concert and I must say that I enjoyed it. I put the music aside and focused on the verbal talents. Once I got into that, I found myself really impressed with these local kids for being on the stage. I still don't get the presentation: a million and one people on stage in the background, just strutting around, drinking, and bobbin' their head every once in a while. But I liked it.

And then Nelly came on and put on a nice decent show. I do wonder if it was tamed down from a normal concert (after all, this was an AB concert and it was 21 and up), and if so, I appreciated that. :-) He did some of his hits, then sang a little old school R&B, did a little old school rap, while sharing the stage and the mic with Murphy Lee and the rest of the Lunatics and then brought it back to their current day hits before leaving. It was a really good show and a really good break.

I went home and smiled at my laptop and told her I'd see her in the morning. :-)

5 comments:

LaShaunda Thu Nov 10, 01:16:00 PM EST  

Cherlyn,

Now you know I'm jealous. I so wanted to go. I did not know it was a free concert to afterwards or girlfriend would have been down there.

Now you know I was going to ask you if you were crazy for passing up a free concert.

Next time call a sista. :)

Joy Fri Nov 11, 05:11:00 PM EST  

Hope this is where you want us to leave a note about what you like to read. I read anything and alot of books. The only thing I don;t like to read are sci-fi ones. My fav authors are Bertrice Small and Sandra Brown. Just finshed reading an unusual one called Family Inheirtance by Deborah LeBlanc. I live in Arizona and was a school teacher for many years.

princessdominique Fri Nov 11, 05:24:00 PM EST  

Girl we all need a lil St. Lunatic in our lives. I like Nelly with his short, cute self...glad you fun!

Rose Sat Nov 12, 02:53:00 AM EST  

I heard that concert was too good...glad that you enjoyed it...

jus`writn Mon Nov 14, 06:50:00 PM EST  

oh so your laptop is a she eh? cute. The way you were going with the story I thought for sure you were passing up a fun-filled opportunity just to maintain the dedicated mode of a writer. LOL but your twist was good in the end, I'm glad one of us had some fun.