Bag of Randomness

  • It’s been a busy couple of days.  Monday was the U2 concert, and on Tuesday I escorted WifeGeeding to get her a prosthetic-eye.  The swelling from her surgery a few months ago has subsided, so this is the next step in the process.  I’ll be posting more on that in a few days.  After the new prosthetic is made, out next step will to get a peg implanted.
  • I wasn’t feeling well at all yesterday, and it didn’t help that getting a new prosthetic-eye made is an all day process.  As soon as I got home around 5:00 PM, I went straight to bed.  Heck, I’m only up right now (1:00 AM) because I had to use the bathroom, and I didn’t want to leave y’all without a post.  That’s right BagOfNothingNation – I’m doing this for you.  Prepare for lots of typos and grammatical errors – not that there isn’t many of those everyday.
  • Someone made a comment yesterday that they didn’t get what all the fuss was about regarding U2, and I can totally see where they are coming from because there are a lot of things that I just don’t understand why people go so crazy after.  But I’m not going to take the time to post a link  on a person’s website who happens to love a particular subject on why that subject sucks.
  • For me, I not only love the sounds and beats of their music, but the lyrics of their songs strike my soul and have helped me at different stages of my crazy and drama filled life.  Many Christ followers understand what I’m talking about, and I know that some other Christ followers roll their eyes at that.  It may be a turn off for a lot of people that the band is politically active, but that’s another reason I love them.  I also love that they play live and don’t do any lip-synching.  These are just a few reasons why I like them, I could go on and on.  I’m not trying to convince you to like them, to each his or her own, but I’m just trying to give you an idea why I like them.
  • Readers of my website know that a lot of what I post and write about is reflective of my personality.  They know when they come to this little section of the Internet every day that they will see postings about U2, religion, politics, my family and fur-children, geeky stuff, and various pork products.  It just comes with the territory.  I try to post a variety of things so that if you don’t like something, you can skip it and find something else that may relate to your taste.  Sometimes I try to be funny, sometimes I try to be a bit opinionated, but I try to approach it all with grace, and I hope that should you find something you disagree about and want to comment, you can afford me the same respect.
  • As I mentioned before, U2 and Oprah was in the area on Monday.  What was strange and so surreal, was that Oprah actually anchored our early evening news doing everything from national to local news.  It was like a weird dream.  Details here.
  • I did hear she attended the U2 concert on Monday night.  Heck, there were quite a few celebrities in attendance other than our local sports athletes such as Tony and Eva Longoria Parker, Jessica Simpson, and the biggest surprise of them all . . . Tiger Woods.  There was a moment in the concert when I thought I heard Bono dedicate a song to him, but I thought I must have been light-headed at the time (I didn’t drink much water that day because I didn’t want to have to go to the restroom during the concert), but sure enough.
  • Peter King of Sports Illustrated was there (he’s my favorite sports columnist) and he tweeted that 83,000 was the attendance (and that he didn’t know Texas was so U2nutty), but the Dallas Morning News stated there were only 17,000.  I’m going to side with the national media on this one.
  • The stadium just is not a good concert venue.  The sound was phenomenal where I was located, but I heard a lot of complaints in the upper levels.  I bet is sounded great in the open air in Chicago and New Jersey.
  • U2’s stage is so big/tall that it still couldn’t fit under the JerryTron video board even after it was raised an additional 20 feet.  It would have been better if the stage could have been set up in the middle of the stadium.
  • In all honesty I think I can hit that video board with a punt.  Granted the punt would go very far, but I’m most certain I can get it that high.  Here’s a view of what the board looks like from the bottom.
  • Since I didn’t know the next time I would get a view of the stadium from field level, I recorded video of all angles from the middle of the stadium.  I might post that video later.
  • Cowboys entrance
  • Another moment when I thought I was light-headed and didn’t hear things right was when Bono started to name off different suburbs in the area.  I totally got Fort Worth, but when I hear Richardson and Fair Park I was wondering if someone lit up and I just didn’t know it and these were the effects I was feeling.
  • Bono is looking old, but he’s still the coolest person in the universe under 5’7″.
  • I stood the entire time and I never got tired, which surprised me, and I felt like this was the quickest U2 concert I ever attended – it just blew by.
  • Don’t get me wrong, I loved the concert, but out of the three that I have attended I didn’t enjoy this one as much.  Maybe it was because WifeGeeding couldn’t attend because she wasn’t feeling well, or maybe it was because I wanted a different selection of songs.  The show, stage, special effects, Bono’s vocals, Edge’s guitar playing, and everything was just great, but it just didn’t move me as much as the first two, and I was in the nosebleed sections of those other two.
  • I purchased a parking pass when I bought my tickets and was quite thankful – lot four was quite close to the venue.
  • Those RedZone tickets were worth every penny.  There was a special section for RedZone members at the will call window, which there wasn’t a line for, we got to bypass any long stadium entry lines because we had our own line, we had our own concessions, merchandise, restroom area, sitting area, and of course it put us close to the stage.  We were given a wristband to wear so we could get to these special marked locations.
  • As I stated, I thought Muse was OK.  Maybe if I were more familiar with their work I would have like them more.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like them, they seemed really talent, but they didn’t blow me away.
  • You may be surprised, but I didn’t buy one bit of merchandise.
  • After Muse finished it was interesting to see that each leg of the stage had three spot light operators that were seated and strapped in for the entire show.
  • The one thing I always wanted was to get a picture with Bono, and finally it has happened.
  • I didn’t take my good/older camera to the concert, so I was left experimenting with my new camera and ended up with a lot of blurry images.  You can view all of my pics here in high-res (slideshow here).  A few of the better pics are posted below and from yesterday.  I’m curious to knew if there are any that you really like. One of my readers had a different vantage point and you can view his pics here.


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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. MamaToots says:

    I know it's early, but it took me a couple of minutes to "see" the picture of you and Bono! Good one! Sounds like you had an enjoyable evening……….sorry WG couldn't attend, but glad your friend was the fortunate recipient of your graciousness.
    As for "caring for U2"……….I have learned, from you, that his music is heart felt and soul searching. It may not be the genre (musically) that I prefer, but the messages he shares are blessings from God to many!

  2. Doug says:

    I love the way the Musers approached the "haters" this morning. People say U2 sold out. ANy band that has ever sold anything has sold out. Why can't we just say they have taken their talent in a direction that I don't like. Not everyone will get or like U2. The same is true with any artist. I'll be just as gaga when (you're gonna laugh) KISS shows up on Dec. 6th. Glad you had fun.

  3. Dude says:

    Thanks for the posts… get well wishes to WifeGeeding!

    Looking forward to the office photos from Halloween…

  4. hot_bananas says:

    hope wifeGeeding is feeling much better by now.

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