Guest Blog: Childhood dreams fulfilled

08 October 2008
I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting this guest post, so before Michelle decides to stop speaking to me until I write it, here it is. I promise it’s not going to be a bunch of Libertarian ramblings, vegetarian propaganda, or pictures of my dogs in their Halloween costumes (however cute they may be!)

Getting to the point:

I’ll admit, I’ve had a pretty exciting life up to now. I’ve lived abroad, and traveled pretty extensively, graduated college, worked about every type of job imaginable, gotten married… but something has always been missing. Until Saturday, that is.

In 1991, a certain, special band was embarking on their European tour. Alas, my mother decided a loud, crazy concert, two hours away was not the place for a couple of seven and nine-year-olds. Seventeen, yes, SEVENTEEN years later, my sister and I were finally able to realize our childhood dreams, and attend….
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A NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK CONCERT!!!!!!


I know what you are thinking.




And trust me, as someone who readily admits to having attended concerts by Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson and Hanson, I don’t care. It was an AMAZING show. My hearing will never be the same; my vocal cords are still strained; and I still can’t believe I spent $8 for a beer. It was all worth it though, especially when Jordan ripped his shirt off to serenade me with “Baby I Believe in You”.

Sister: AMY! He has his shirt off!! Why aren't you taking pictures??

Amy: ::drool:: er... OHH!! OK!!!


I am also happy to report, that while the “Kids” are rapidly approaching 40 (except Joey, who is 36 – totally within an acceptable age range) they are still hot, and can still sing. Their new songs are catchy, and they played all the classics (albeit, in some cases, at a lower octave). Their comeback felt like old friends coming together, not a bunch of washed up old men who need to do one last tour to pay for their blood pressure medication (which was how it felt when I saw Vanilla Ice perform a free show at the Great Inland Seafood Festival in Newport, KY in 2005. I wish I were kidding.)

Joey even broke out the original smiley face jacket.

Hangin' Tough - no knee replacements here!


The concert was everything I hoped it would be, and it was the best feeling to forget about being an adult and all the fun grown-up problems of the world for a few hours. Plus, admit it. You were a fan too!

Economy-schmonomy... we're going to see New Kids on the Block!

7 comments:

Michelle said...

That guest post rocked! For realsies you made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me want to break out the skidz and Tretorns.

Michelle said...

Oh, and I can forgive you for the Hanson... but, Vanilla Ice? I think we can't be friends anymore. Even after that awesome guest post.

Lori said...

OMG!!!!!!!! You know I am thrilled that we can bond over our deep love and affection for our New Kids!! I CANNOT stop getting all giddy knowing that I'm gonna see them in about 2 weeks!!!!

But Vanilla Ice, seriously?!?!??? That trumps Hanson, for sure!

Emily said...

I wanted to go to a New Kids concert sooooo bad when I was younger. I have to admit that my inner eight-year-old is just a little bit jealous.

Amy said...

Ok, I don't even know what skidz or Tretorns are. We got New Kids on the Block, The Cosby Show and slap bracelets. There are only so many American '80s things that made it across the Atlantic for me to reminisce about!

Glad you liked the post though!!

hecknoin06 said...

no.damn.way. Amy I heart you!

Emily said...

Amy, I don't know what skidz or tretorns are, either. They apparently didn't make it to rural Northwest Ohio, either.

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