For the last two-ish months, it has done nothing but rain in Cleveland, which made for some of the most depressed looking people I have ever seen, myself included. Vacation was absolutely perfect with nothing but sun and fun for five days straight. Meanwhile, back home, our family and friends were experiencing snowball sized hail and tornadoes. Sucks. At least that’s what I kept chuckling to myself while laying on the beach…right up until I had to fly through one of the storms in order to get back. You are one hell of a bitch, Karma. One hell of a bitch. I’m seriously glad I’m alive. The lighting was striking so close at one point that I thought I saw Zeus, Jupiter, and Thor join forces and wield those bolts themselves. It.was.RUF. But I made it! And since then, the weather has improved dramatically and has reached the level where it’s warm and sunny enough to declare that SUMMER HAS ARRIVED!
My friends and I were talking about how great it would be to create a summer bucket list in order to do as many things as we possibly can. And with this weekend coming up, we’re off to a great start and will be crossing two activities off our list! Great Lakes Brewery Tour and a Summer Concert. I’ve been wanting to go on the brewery tour since the moment I turned 21 but for the last two years I either didn’t live here or didn’t want to believe I lived here. But this summer will be different. Now, there are two words why the tour will be amazing: beer and free. Any place that has great beer is already ranking high in my books, but add to that fact that the tour is free and this place jumps to #1. Oh, and change up the order of those two words and there’s free beer involved?! SOLD! Except not even because it’s free. It’s such a beautiful concept. After we enjoy the tour Friday, most of us will get back together on Saturday for the first Indians Music Festival that will feature Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Neimann, and 7 other country artists. Oh, and something called a “Water Works” area that will have slip ‘n slides, dunk tanks, fishing simulators, and race car simulators… It’s like the world is giving us permission to be 7 again! Props to Jena for nabbing the Groupon discount and getting us all tickets for a measly $20! That’s right. Brad, Blake, Jerrod and others along with water activities all at The Jake (any self-respecting Clevelander will NEVER refer to the Indians Stadium as Progressive Field or The Prog… That was so laughable when they tried to make that nickname happen) for only TWENTY DOLLARS. I absolutely cannot wait for this shambles-fest. My track record with concerts hasn’t been too great this year though so I’m hoping for a better outcome.
The first was a Joshua Radin (please marry me) concert back in January. He came to the House of Blues on what happened to be the second worst blizzard Cleveland had this past winter. My little Pontiac Sunfire convertible was sliding all over the streets of downtown and once we finally made it there, Christina and I were stuck behind a herd of real Asians cuddling and breathing a bit too close to us. Then, at the beginning of May, some friends came up from Cincinnati to go to the Sugarland concert out at Blossom. Blossom is probably the coolest venue to have a concert because it’s outside and versatile for any type of performance. The only downside is if it rains… Please refer to the first sentence of this post in order to guess what kind of weather we had. YEP, rain. But the worst part was that it was a teasing rain. Weather.com called for the usual daily storm we had been experiencing at the time so I prepared for a night of sitting in water logged everything. But then a miracle happened! It was nice out! My friends and I thought we were in the clear to enjoy a night of great music and perfect weather. That is until thunder cracked during the last song. The heavens opened and poured all the water that was supposed to be falling throughout the entire day all at once, during our 20 minute walk back to the car.
If any of you have been to Blossom before, then you also know that not only do you get to sit on the grass during a show, but you also park in the grass fields nearby. Once again, VERY PROBLEMATIC when it rains. My car got stuck in the mud within the first 25 feet of driving and there was no hope. AAA couldn’t come because the entrances were now all exits, but don’t worry, they suggested to “flag down” a Blossom employee for help. Meanwhile, the field is quickly starting to flood and the mud is now well past my ankles but I start to traipse around in the pitch dark looking for anything resembling a helpful hand. And then I see it. A tow truck’s flashing lights at the other end of the field. I start running…err gallop glopping…for it, weaving around the other stranded cars. I fall, I get back up. Girls flash me, I wave them on. Finally I reach it. I’m out of breath but I manage to beg for help.
“Sure, no problem. We’ll be right over. Where did you say your car was?”
“Ahhh THANK YOU THANK YOU. It’s on the other side and is red with a black top and… umm.” As I’m talking, I finally get a better look at the truck. “Is your truck sinking?”
“Huh? Oh, uh yeah.”
“Sooo are you stuck in the mud too?”
“Technically…yes. But see that truck over there trying to get in? It’s coming to pull me out.”
“Oh.” Smile. “Ok, great.”
“But it’s a flat bed and can’t come on the field because it’ll get stuck too.”
“Then how exactly…are you…supposed to get me out…if you can’t GET OUT EITHER?!”
“I told you we’ll be right..Ohhh heyyy ladies!”
Aaaand the flashing girls were back.
I might as well have laid down and made some mud angels because they would’ve been a better option. I trudged all the way back to my car (which was also running on empty at this point) and tried one last time to push it out myself. Then, out of the mud emerged two swamp men asking if I wanted help. I actually cried a little I was so happy. The three of us managed to get my car out and since my clothes were destroyed at that point, I decided it was better to ride home in just my underwear and tank top rather than dirty the inside of my car too. Which was just a lovely site for the tollbooth worker. You’re welcome, sir.
Even though it’s supposed to rain this Saturday, at least this concert will be downtown so chances are it won’t end quite as disastrous. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. I won’t complain though because IT’S FINALLY SUMMER! And everything is better in the summer.