It was less than a month ago that I was typing "King of" into the Youtube search in an effort to listen to the classic Police hit "King of Pain". On a whim I clicked on the auto-populated "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles, thinking I had heard the song before. After watching the video about twenty times, I was hooked and thought I had found a hot new musical act. I was then informed by Laura that Sara Bareilles had been popular since 2007 and this was her 4th or 5th radio song....oops. Laura also mentioned that she was a fan and concurred when I mentioned that "this Bareilles really knows what the fuck she's singing about". A quick Google search showed that Sara Bareilles was playing in Covington on a Saturday night and the Reds were hosting the Pirates on Sunday with a one o'clock start....obviously this weekend had to happen.
Still a great song....
We needed a place to stay and after I was turned down for my Priceline bid twice I decided to Hotwire a Covington hotel for $70 and was pleasantly surprised to find we would be spending the night in the Covington Radisson, a unique, circular hotel you see right before you cross the bridge if driving 71N to Cincinnati. I bought the open seating tickets for $24 apiece plus Ticketmaster's ridiculous $10 charge. Honestly, I would feel better about paying that charge if Ticketmaster just called it a "bullshit fee" and let me know right up front that I was getting ripped off. Laura took care of the baseball tickets and Stubhubbed some excellent seats (pictures to follow) for $35 apiece. If we only get to go to a couple Major League games a year, we definitely want some legit seating.
|Derrick Rose shot an NBA record 84 FTs in game one|
We were now gassed up and ready to roll. We had the hotel shuttle drop us at Madison Theatre where we lined up around 645 to get a good spot when the doors opened at 7. We were probably two of the first couple hundred people to walk in and posted up in a standing area (all open seating) with a rail that also functioned as a drink holder. The show started at 8 with the first opening act: Ximena Sarinana. Ximena's songs were pretty good and I thought it was cool it was just her, a keyboard and a laptop with a drum machine. She sang a couple of songs in Spanish, which were difficult to understand. The next opener was Elizabeth and the Catapult and their music was as unique as their name. A couple of cool songs but probably nothing I'll ever hear again. It should be noted that around the beginning of their set I began downing Woodchucks, which made me fit right in considering I was in a room filled with 15-22 year old girls.
|The Real Deal|
To say I was a little bit giggly the next morning would be an understatement. The following video will pretty much explain what we did up until the baseball game:
We collected ourselves and drove across the river to beautiful Great American Ballpark. Although I am not a fan of either team, I would never pass up the opportunity to see a big league game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The Red lost but everyone in attendance still had a great time, the weather was perfect and it was a great back and forth game. The beginning of the game was very interesting. The Pirates first two hitters hit opposite field home runs on the first two pitches of the game. I have never seen that before. Plus I think Edison Volquez may have pitched the first inning underhanded, something else I have never seen before.
|I had a great time, however Laura was unsuccessful in her plot to blow up GABP|
|Our awesome seats, plus it was "photo day"|
A legit weekend.