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12/15/2005

Barenaked Holidays

Well, the good news is I'm not dying. Well, at least not of the plague or bird flu. I waited over two hours in urgent care (no appointments available at my doctor's office) for the M.D. to tell me I had a bad viral infection and that I was doing all of the right things to treat it. He does want me to stay home from work for the rest of the week, so I got a note. And he also gave me a prescription for antibiotics if I haven't improved by Friday.

In spite of my illness, I did go out Tuesday night. I've had tickets to see Barenaked Ladies for a long time and couldn't miss it (no Jerry, not real naked ladies!). They played the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which is a very strange concert venue. I bought floor seats, in the center section, thinking it'd be good. I was so wrong. The floor barely had any slope to it and we were far enough back that I could not see at all! I am absurdly short, but had worn big shoes to compensate and that still wasn't cutting it.

Luckily for me, the show was not quite sold out. I noticed some empty seats in the upper section and figured I'd rather be further back and able to actually see, so we headed up there. It was great. I could see the whole stage and I got to sit. Now, I am not one to sit at shows. I'm usually up and dancing my ass off, but being sick, I was probably better off taking it easy.

The show was great. I've seen BNL many, many times. In fact, the first time I saw them was almost 10 years ago to the day. They are on a Holiday Tour right now, the stage complete with fireplace, stockings, a Christmas tree, and Santa Claus. Along with many of their regular songs, they sang holiday covers and originals as well.

Outside the venue were big signs stating, "NO PHOTOGRAPHY!" I nearly got busted for my camera by security going in, but the woman checking my purse was a bit daft. I had my camera, which isn't small, in an inside pocket in my bag. She was feeling it, saying, "I feel something here...hmmm...is it an iPod?" She then looked and said, "Oh, it's this makeup case. Okay, go on in." So, I snuck some photos using my new telephoto lens. My camera doesn't have a great zoom, so Eric got me the lens and it worked well.



I got some pretty decent shots, considering I was in the upper back of the place. More can be seen in my BNL flickr set. The band was "on" and seemed to be having a good time. The set list was great (apparently picked for the night by Jim Creegan, bass) and included "King of Bedside Manor," "The Flag," and "These Apples," a few songs I really didn't expect to hear. The concert didn't cure me, but helped me forget feeling so shitty for a couple of hours.

Back to bed for me. I have a virus to fight off.

6 comments:

TiggerLarue said...

I love the Barenaked Ladies. They always put on a great show!

Jerry said...

Hey Jodi! You never get over the Flu till you spread the virus to someone else, so I'm guess you should feel pretty good with all the folks you infected at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Why are they called, Barenaked Ladies?

Know what kind of Bees make milk?

BooBees! (boobies) Yay!

Hope you are well!

Joanne said...

I LOVE BNL! Peeved Michelle & I went to see them at Irvine Meadows and it was so cool. She had won the seats on a radio contest so we had great ones and it was a beautiful night. That is very cool.

I think The Flag may be one of my favorite songs they do.

Jodi said...

I wonder if that is the same Irvine Meadows show I won tickets to? Was it part of the Horde tour?

Dianna said...

Hope you are feeling better.

Joanne said...

I don't remember what tour it was. It was years and years ago, well when I still lived in CA. Maybe 99 or 2000.

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