Last Night at Red Rocks

Well here it is.  It is now, at the age of 26, that I have come to realize these important life lessons when it comes to attending concerts at Red Rocks.

A) Always tailgate with Chipotle.  We recently made the mistake of tailgating with Qdoba and DUDE, NO.  Oh and do not forget the growler of homebrew.  Or the glasses to drink said homebrew from.

B) Reserved seating is where it’s at.  Okay, so I actually went to a concert earlier this summer where I did not have reserved seating and had to sit three rows from the very top with the high school girls and their moms, but that’s kind of exactly my point.

C) Practice post-show patience.  Unless you’re doing that thing where you ditch out early, traffic is going to be a nearly unavoidable nightmare.  The only way to avoid it, is to embrace it.  Crank some music, bring some snacks and enjoy tailgate 2.0.

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We saw Sam Smith at Red Rocks last night and WOW.  I have seen some good shows at Red Rocks — John Mayer, The Beach Boys, Foster the People — and Sam Smith wasn’t the most exciting performance I’ve ever seen but THAT VOICE.  My ears were feeling very lucky last night.  He even did a mash-up cover of “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” be still my heart!  I can vouch that he sounds even better live than he does on his album.  Also, how incredibly beautiful and refreshing to see someone put their whole bleeding heart out in front of the world.  What an absolute gem.

P.S. We are doing Round 2 of weeknight concerts tonight so if you see me tweeting weird stuffs tomorrow, know that it’s because I’m running on limited sleep…

 

Weekend Things

Rockies Home Opener Weekend Things.  Joey’s Birthday Weekend Things.  Red Headed Weekend Things.  Yes, all of those things.

Happy Sunday!  Yesterday I woke up at 9 AM after going to bed at 10 PM on Friday (party girl!) and felt exhausted.  This morning I woke up at 6:50 and felt ready to take on the world!  What is that even about??  I swear, the less sleep I get, the better I feel.  Is that a thing?

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Friday was the Home Opener for the Rockies, or as our friend Bobby poetically put it, “the day I’ve been ditching work/school for for the past 6 years.”  When I was still in school, the first thing I would do when I got the course syllabus was jump to Opening Day and breathe a huge sigh of relief when there were no tests or papers due.

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We hit up Biker Jim’s for a pre-game lunch.  The Biker Jim’s “classic” comes with a dog, a side of fries and a PBR.  One of the only places where drinking PBR actually feels right.

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This picture is amazing!

I usually go with the Vegan dog, but they have a shortened menu for Opening Day — it’s super busy! — so I ended up with the Elk Cheddar dog, topped the classic Biker Jim’s way with caramelized onions and cream cheese.  Everything about these hot dogs tastes like the best of the best, down to the super fluffy bun — even if it sticks to your teeth so badly!

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The streets around the stadium were packed with beer vendors and Rockies fans, so we picked a line and grabbed some beer with Bobby and his girlfriend Becca before heading inside.  Then Opening Day festivities commenced.

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It was cloudy and pleasant for a majority of the game, but the sun came out right at the end and it was plain hot.

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We pulled out a win — always a good start to the season when that happens!

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Later on, I found myself with a mad sushi craving and the nice weather had us both wanting to get out of our apartment for a while, so we headed down the street for dinner at East Moon Grill.

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We usually gear towards the more Americanized version of sushi.  You know, the cream cheese-filled, seafood-is-cooked kind of stuff, but two of the four rolls we ordered actually had raw fish and you know what?  We didn’t mind it.  Actually, the baked, fried and cream cheese-sauced roll was our least favorite.  Or Joey’s at least — I’m still a slave to the cream cheese 🙂

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There were some cool Friday night clouds on our post-dinner stroll.

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Saturday involved running, the first Starbucks Frappuccino I’ve had in years, dying my hair red and an amazing meal at Linger (which I will totally elaborate on later this week!), to celebrate Joey’s birthday, which was this past Wednesday.

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We also somehow managed to fit in a stop at this cool little ice cream shop.

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We stood in line for what felt like forever but it was worth it.  Ice cream always is, isn’t it?

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Today — you know, the day that started at 6:50 AM — has been a lovely day of lounging/TV watching, hot yoga-ing, Chipotle quesadilla eating (another thing I haven’t had in years and was every bit as deliciously cheesy as I’d remembered) and yes, more Rockies gameage.  And we won again!

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I hooked my wristlet to my seat and casually joked about forgetting it there and then I actually forgot it there.  Luckily, a really nice usher let us back through the gates and we were able to grab it and still make it back to the car in good time.  Oopsie!

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And with that, I think I’ll leave you to go enjoy what’s left of this Sunday before the work week starts up again.

P.S.  Longest post ever?  Sorry!

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What did you do this weekend?

Are you a baseball fan?

What was the last thing — food or otherwise — that you indulged in?