Tuesday, January 31, 2006

moved to tears


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The Waterboys were incredible. Just amazing. I've loved them for years and years and to finally have the opportunity to see them live was mind-blowing.

We travelled quite a distance to see them (took us over 3 hours to get there) and I have to admit by being a little disappointed by the venue to begin with. It was a seated venue, which just doesn't gel with a band like The Waterboys. On the positive side though, it's quite a small venue and even on Row 10 we had the most incredible view of the stage and seemed to be really close to the band. Plus the acoustic there are amazing - it's a purpose built venue designed for an orchestra, need I say more.

For the first two thirds of the show all the audience remained glued to their seats, frustrating to say the least. Then, mid-way through 'Killing My Heart' a guy got up and started dancing beside his seat until, unable to contain himself he ran down to the front next to the stage (which must only have been about 2 feet high) and proceeded to dance away. The security staff were upon him like a pack of hounds though, and 'escorted' him firmly back to his seat.

The turning point came, however, when straight away Mike Scott poked a little fun at the venue by asking if it was against the rules to dance, followed by a cheeky '.....well, I'm dancing....' The repressed and frustrated audience needed no further prompting and immediately we all leapt to our feet (well, I didn't so much leap but the thought was there!). This changed the atmosphere completely from one of sedate appreciation to a far more appropriate 'close your eyes, fling your body around and dance like no-one can see you' experience. That was what I wanted! It was over far too quickly, my foot was agony and I was hot and sweaty but it was totally worth it.

I cried when they played 'Stolen Child' - I don't think it has been on a set list of theirs for many years and probably isn't the easiest track to perform live but, my oh my, it sent shivers down my spine and tears rolling down my cheeks. I wish I could relive it again right now.

But I have my shiny new live CD to cling too, blurry photos taken with my camera phone and memories of a fantastic night. Next time they tour, ~S~ is coming with me, come what may.

So what else is new?

Plenty and nothing, actually.

~S~ started a new job yesterday and I spent the whole day pining for her. No internet connection so we can't even communicate by email during the day and it really isn't what she wants to do at all. I'm really hoping that as she settles in it becomes a little more challenging because at the moment it seems to be mind-numbingly boring. But on the plus side, it is still paying well and there is a vague possibility of it being permanent. I know it's not what she wants to do, but hey, it pays and as mercenary as this sounds, that's all that matters right now. Besides, she can continue to look for something better while she is there. It isn't my decision to make though and whatever she decides to do I will support her 110%. It's important that she's happy.

I've spent the morning trying to get a new wireless headset configured to Skype so that we can talk for free. It has driven me nuts. I can get it to work but everytime I want to connect I have to switch drivers (something to do with XP having a built in bluetooth driver that won't support the headset I'm using), then I have to pair the headset to the PC, and then I have to configure the Skype settings. Every bloody time. I got it working but then tried to listen to some music through my speakers. Nope. Not playing. And in getting the speakers to work again it booted out the headset so now guess what, I have to reset the whole bloody thing again. I can't fathom out why it won't just remember that I want the headset with Skype and everything else as it was. Bloody technology. But it will be worth it to be able to talk to ~S~ on a wireless headset (so I can wander round the house like I do when I am on the phone) and not have a phone bill the size of a small third world debt. And I'm sure that once I have messed with it a few times I will be able to figure out a way to switch things over quickly and without having to reboot the PC. In the meantime I've switched it off in disgust.

What else then?

Well, I'm back at the hospital tomorrow.

It's d-day.

Since I broke it, I have had one set of x-rays. After this I had a week at home with no plaster cast, no protection and a seriously vulnerable shattered foot. When they finally managed to get a plaster cast on, they did so without checking that the bones were all still in the right place.

Almost seven weeks later and tomorrow I am due to be x-rayed.

I'm clinging to the hope that everything is as it should be and the cast can come off tomorrow. If that is the case then I'll have my life and my independence back within 3 weeks - after physio and stuff.

But I can live with it if I need to stay in the cast for a while longer - just so long as it is healing properly.

Worst case scenario is that the whole thing has been messed up and it needs re-breaking and pinning. But hey, I'm a glass-half-full kind of girl and that just isn't going to happen, is it?


Blogger TigerLilly said...

Im so glad you enjoyed the concert! and I wish you much luck with the xrays
I use skype alot and the only problem Ive had was my firewall, but my headset isnt wireless...now that would be fantastic!
I hope you figure it out, it means so much to be able to talk and not worry.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Deadly Female said...

lilly - I debated for ages before taking the plunge with a wireless headset - it's just the convenience of being able to potter around when I'm talking, you know? I just need to get it sorted now...

2:17 PM  
Blogger patti_cake said...

Glad the Waterboys exceeded your expectations and hope you get the headset working properly. Little things like that DRIVE ME NUTS! Happy Day and also hoping things get better for S in the job dept! Oh, one more thing sending healing vibes for your foot to heal properly and that the cast comes off soon. Whew i've worked up a sweat here now :)

2:37 PM  
Blogger Lil Bit said...

Just love your music posts, DF. And by god, I'm gonna figure out how to get my wma's switched to mp3's one of these days so I can do the same. (thx for your emails on that, btw)
Hope all fares well w/the cast removal. *fingers crossed*
*hugs for you & ~S~* =)

2:51 PM  
Blogger FunkyB said...

Congrats to S on the job. I also hope that it proves to be challenging for her, in spite of the obvious hurdle.

Technology -- ain't it grand *smirk*

Good luck with that d-day thing!

3:18 PM  
Blogger a fish on a bycicle said...

maybe it's just as well it was a no-dancing kind of venue - you might have bought yourself another seven weeks in plaster if you'd let yourself go?

Fingers crossed for you, on all manner of things.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous edge said...

nope, aint gonna happen, they give you any grief you just put your foot down, carefully.
Great concert review

4:18 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

got your link off cynthias page...your writing moved me greatly...

5:45 PM  
Blogger jazzy said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the concert!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Minerva said...

Oh I am glad you went and glad you enjoyed it and thank GOODNESS you didn't dance the night away!

Good luck with the foot appointment...


6:16 PM  
Blogger Evil Minx said...

Yay DF -- rockin' on down to the Waterboys... good for you girlie!!

So glad you had a good time. And good luck to ~S~ for her new job..



9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope your foot checks out OK. I'm praying for you.

How about one last pic (or two) of you with your sexy toes protruding from that blasted cast? (Yeah. I dig feet. And oddly enough, casts, too.)


10:18 PM  
Blogger Sapphire said...

Have I told you lately how much I love you? And miss you?

11:23 PM  
Blogger The Recovering Straight Girl said...

email me at recoveringstraightgirl@verizon.net for a super secret link...

12:46 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Glad you had a nice time at the concert and here's to hoping all goes well and you can get rid of that cast!

Hugs to ya!

2:01 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way! Very good ones. I saved some good New York energy from my trip just to send your way. :) I hope everything will be fine.

2:34 AM  

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