Saturday, August 11, 2012

Entry 499: Train Concert

One of our favorite music groups is Train and we were really excited that they were coming to Kansas City to put on a concert. Lance's dad, Paul, also likes listening to Train and since his birthday was the day before the concert we bought him a ticket and invited him along for his birthday present. As you can tell from our previous post, Julie had a broken toe and wasn't feeling very well but there was no way she was going to miss this concert. We decided that we were going to grab a bite to eat before the show and decided to take Paul to Arthur Bryant's so he could get some authentic Kansas City barbecue. He was a little amazed at how big the portions were.
After we finished dinner it was off to the concert. We had a little but of a traffic jam on the way there, but fortunately Lance knew a detour that got us out of the jam and on our way. When we got to Starlight Theatre the people there were so accommodating. They saw Julie was struggling a little bit, so they gave her a ride from the parking lot to the front entrance and then got her a wheelchair and took her to her seat. We were all amazed at how nice they were. The opening act for Train was Andy Grammer and even though we knew who he was we were amazed at how good he was. He did an awesome set and at one point walked through the crowd while performing. He stopped the row in front of us as you can see.
Andy Grammer got the crowd warmed up and then the second opening act, Mat Kearney, took the stage. We knew quite a few of his songs and he also put on a great performance. He really had a lot of crowd participation.
Then it was time for Train and we were not disappointed. They did all of their hits and even a few covers. As soon as they hit the stage everyone stood the entire time and sang along with all of their hits. I included a few pictures below and a video that we took during the concert (please don't sue us Train). We loved every minute of the show and were not disappointed one bit.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Entry 498: A Strange Night; Part 2

We finished our little trip around the neighborhood to see what the storm had done and then our night took another unexpected turn as soon as we came back in the house. As Julie came in the house, her canes slipped on the linoleum floor and she fell into the house. At first we didn't think she was hurt, but as soon as she started standing it was obvious that something was very wrong. Julie has a high pain threshold,, but when she put weight on her left foot she started screaming in pain. Julie's little toe started becoming black and blue and swelling up, so we decided it was time to make a trip to the ER. The ER trip was uneventful, but it did take us 3 1/2 hours to get out of the ER. They diagnosed Julie with a broken toe and prescribed her some pain meds and gave her a nice shoe to wear. We finally started heading home at 1 in the morning (we both had to be up at 5:30 that morning) with the plans of stopping off and getting the pain meds prescription filled. The only problem with that was that the storm knocked out power to nearly all the businesses and the pharmacy was no different. We ended up getting home at 1:30 and got a nice 4 hours of sleep. A very eventful night.

Entry 497: A Strange Night

Last night started out like any other night. Julie came home after a long day, we ate a nice dinner, and we settled down to watch some TV for the night. That's when the night changed from ordinary to strange. We had been watching the news and it said that some storms were possibly headed our way. The storms came and when they did they brought some major winds with them. The temperature dropped about 10 degrees in 15 minutes and the trees just started blowing all over the place. Tree limbs started littering the street and as you can see from the bottom picture our neighbor had a tree blown into his house. This lasted for 15-20 minutes and when it was over we decided to walk around the neighborhood and see what kind of damage was done. We were amazed by how much debris was in the street and the tree limbs that were just laying all over the place. Little did we know that our night had just begun.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Entry 496: Royals Game With Kent

Julie's dad, Kent, was in town this weekend so we decided to take him with us to the Royals game Saturday night. The Royals were playing the Rangers and it was a pretty packed house. Julie enjoyed going around the stadium and introducing him to all of her Royals friends and showing him all of her favorite places in the stadium. It was a good game, but unfortunately the Royals ended up losing in the end.
After the game we decided to go and grab a bite to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Corner Cafe. Unfortunately Julie's mom, Nancy, could not go with us because she was babysitting the grandkids. We decided to see if she could figure out where we were eating and we sent her the picture below and she got it right off the bat.