So, I’m sitting here at my borrowed laptop in someone else’s house after a day of taking care of adopted furkids, taking promotional photographs for Quality Street Kitchen & Catering, and after having watched not one, but two movies with my Mom. (Kung Fu Panda at the movie theater, which was quite cute and funny, and Untraceable here in M’s home theater, which was quite disturbing yet satisfying.)
I’m sitting here, ready to insert photos into a post I wrote about the roller derby. And I mean, I’m ready! I’m even wearing my new Windy City Rollers shirt! I’ve been thinking about how to wordsmith what I’ve already written, and since it’s almost 11 p.m. I know my brain is going to click into writing-mode at any second and yet… I can’t post the roller derby post because today I went to my own house and downloaded all of my photographs from Chicago to my home computer in an attempt to free up space on my jump drive. Which means I have no Chicago roller derby photos here with me to insert into my Chicago roller derby post, and this post really needs photos. So I’m stuck. All I have left in my “Chicago May 08” folder on my jump drive are 10 corrupted image files that wouldn’t open or copy over. *sigh*
So instead, I’m going to tell y’all about last night.
Last night, Sarah J. picked me up around 6:40 p.m. and we headed up to the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department to see Sugarland! The SLVFD has done a fantastic job of bringing national and international talent right here to Calvert County’s doorstep since they built an outdoor stage at the edge of a field next to the VFD station.
Sarah picked me up, and we got as far as oh — not far — when I realized I left my camera back at M’s. We turned around to go get it, and then faced a monster parking situation when we finally arrived at the concert. Perhaps we should’ve left a bit earlier, because we ended up parking across the street. “The street” being a four-lane divided highway with no crosswalks. 🙂 Ah, the adventure! Anyway – so we made it across the lanes frogger-style, all in one piece, grabbed a $4 Coors Light for each of us, and made our way to Section C seating and into Row J, seats 13 & 14. They were FANTASTIC seats! A little off to the right of the stage, but in front of the amassing throngs of cameras pressing in from the sides and within eyesight of Sarah’s hubby, Mike, a Calvert County police officer who was on duty.
** Here’s a big shout out to all of the hard-working personnel of the Calverty County law enforcement who make events like these happen smoothly, who keep the peace and keep the exits clear from 1,000s of women with cameras. Who leave their families early to help set up, and delay coming home so they can help clean up. Who have to wear uniforms and padded vests and boots in Southern Maryland humidity while the rest of us wear cute dresses, skirts, shorts and flip flops. If you’re reading this, stand up and give them a big round of applause! They so deserve it. **
I don’t recall what the name was of the band that opened, but soon enough Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush took the stage! And I managed to get a whopping grand total of NINE PHOTOS before my camera claimed “battery empty” and turned itself off. Well, I think now you’re getting the meaning of my post’s title, huh??!? This is one of the best photos I was able to capture:
Everyone was up and singing and swaying and trying not to pour their plastic cups of beer on one another, so it’s a little blurry. It was a humid Southern Maryland night — probably in the upper 80s before the sun went down, and probably somewhere around 90% humidity. Sarah and I thought it was very cool and relaxed of Jennifer to come out in shorts and a tank! Kristian, of course, came out in his signature jeans and black cowboy hat. There was a woman in front of me who was going crazy with her camera. I should’ve asked her to e-mail me some and given her my info… but by the time the show ended around 9:30 p.m. I had forgotten. Instead, I guess I’ll have to keep checking out SLVFD’s web site for show pictures… let’s hope they post some good ones!
This concert meant a lot to Sarah and I, because the last time Sugarland came ’round (Nissan Pavilion two years ago), Sarah was pregnant with her own baby girl and couldn’t go. Friday night’s concert was made possible by Mom Baines who offered to baby sit. I swear, sometimes it does take a village to raise a kid (or at least to free up and evening to attend a concert)!
And I mean to tell you… Sugarland is AWESOME in concert. Jennifer has SO MUCH ENERGY I think she must eat a pound of Skittles before taking the stage, and Kristian is right there on stage with her, playing it up for the crowd. Their concerts leave you singing, dancing and wanting to go out afterwards (something I’m not inclined to do all that often… I usually am ready for my jammies). That said, I didn’t end up going out afterwards… I’m still on the Great Dog Watch 08 after all, and I had two furkids at home who were hoping that I hadn’t met a cute cop or stumbled upon a backstage pass and a roll in the speaker wires.