Friday, July 18, 2014

Nearly Naked Rick Springfield and the 80's Ladies.

Last week, our little gaggle of ladies who have fond musical memories of the 80's got together for a big night out to see Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar play together. 
It was, like totally, awesome.
And Robbin happily realized that a group of classy ladies like us needed to arrive in style and so she made sure that we had a limo to take us to the show....because after all, we are way cool 80's ladies. 
As you can see, both Robbin and I were doing our best to capture the Flashdance-y fashion of the era while the other women pretended like they didn't get the dress 80's memo and decided to go for the cute, fun and appropriate look instead.   
I assured Robbin that of course we wouldn't be the only women at the show dressed in 80's gear and that the place would probably be full of cool gals like us in Cindy Lauper meets Flashdance outfits… absolutely no need to change into the cute capri's that she had tucked in her bag.
But guess what? Apparently no one at the entire concert thought it would be as awesome as Robbin and I to pretend like we were rocking 1985. I am certain that I was wearing the only two leg warmers in the entire venue.
In fact, when Rick hit the stage, he was definitely not wearing leg warmers or really much else.
I'm still not exactly sure why Rick played the entire concert wearing only skinny black jeans, but he is by far the most body confident rock and roll grandpa ever.
And he played Jessie's Girl like nobody else could, and oddly enough did a really fantastic cover of the Katy Perry song Roar.
And it turns out, in spite of his near nudity, (or maybe because of it) I am just as much of a Rick Springfield now as I was in the early 80's.
He was very fun...kind of slimy, but the 80's ladies were ok with the super fresh sleaziness of our Dr. Noah Drake. 
Following Rick, Pat Benatar and her man Neil Giraldo hit the stage and kept all of their clothes on during the whole rock and roll time.
Pat sounds fantastic and it was a lot of fun to see her and Spyder on stage together...and yep, if you are married to Neil, then apparently you may call him Spyder with an "y." 
Which makes me wish that I had some sort of awesome badass nickname...and also made me wonder why Pat was Pat while Neil got to be Spyder with a "y."
Thank you ladies for a fantastic night full of obscure 80's references, near naked pop stars, a few questionable fashion choices and a whole lot of laughter.
And where the immortal words of Pat and Spyder ring true now more than ever.
"We are young, 
Heartache to heartache we stand, 
No promises no demands, 
Love is a battlefield 

Rock on Summer Sisters.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Send Slim Jim's and a Better Knife!"

Photo credit of young extremely macho Jamie goes to a nice Camp Kooch-i-Ching camp counselor.

Jamie sent us a letter from camp.
He is having a GREAT time. We are certain that he is having a GREAT time because he was sure to write GREAT very big and in all caps.
He is also in desperate need of a BETTER knife, because he was the only kid without a "really good knife." 
Karl thinks that the perfectly fine swiss army knife was just a little bit too Swiss, and he needs something more macho to earn the respect of the other junior campers.
And obviously, any almost 12 year old guy with a good knife needs as many Slim Jim's as a mom can fit in a care package.
I wasn't even sure where I could buy a jumbo pack of processed meat snacks and had to depend on the kindness of friends for that level of research.
(FYI bottom shelf in snack food aisle of grocery store)
And you better believe the next box to camp was full of Slim Jims and a really awesome, full of machismo, far BETTER, knife.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mary, Beyonce and JayZ, Together for One Night Only.

Beyonce and her husband JayZ came to town on Saturday night and I was lucky to get to see them  with my girl Mary. 
It was a great show, full of serious dance choreography, wind machines  and not a lot of clothing…at least for Beyonce and her fans. Queen B seems to gravitate towards mesh bathing suits and stilettos, and many of her biggest fans wore similar outfits.
Mary and I did not think to wear our bathing suits and stilettos..she wore cute but sensible flats and I wore my mom sandals that look a lot like they were chosen by Peppermint Patty.
I'm sure that both Beyonce and JayZ would have been appalled had they noticed, but fortunately there were thousands and thousands of other fans in platform peek toes there to cover for us. 
But even though Mary was wearing cute flats, she was still able to rock out to every single super feminist girls rule empowerment lyric that Beyonce belted out. And there were many of them.
I was quite proud. 
And also relieved that she wasn't singing along to JayZ… whose music and style ooze cool, but his lyrics are not so PG. 
And while Beyonce and her Sasha Fierce glares through the heavy draft of her wind machine did seem a little bit intense at times… I appreciate her message of confidence and cheered for each and every raunchy girl power ballad of the night.
Here is a completely staged portrait of Mary fist pumping and loving Beyonce Sasha Fierce Knowles Carter…she and her cute, cool husband really do put on and awesome show.