Thursday, July 3, 2008

If I weren't a Mom, Summerfest would have gone like THIS.

1) My entire Summerfest visit this year would not have been limited to the hours of noon until two on Monday, free day. Also called Children's Day, I would NOT have tried to fight the crowds composed of every day care in the entire city and their charges.

The crazy crowd at Kid's Day
Looking at it now, this picture doesn't do the crowd justice. It was taken around 12:30 p.m. (30 mins after opening) on a Monday. Yikes.

2) I would have gone to hear a really grand band (or two, or three or 12). I would not have been content with the sounds of Rumbleseat I could hear from the Miller Lite stage while sitting along the Lake scarfing my lunch. I would have gotten tickets for Colbie Callet and John Mayer last night, or Tim McGraw for tonight - or Tom Petty for this upcoming Saturday.

3) I would have had a beer with my corn.

4) The new Harley stage would have had far more people at it when I visited.

Empty Harley Davidson Stage
You can't really see it in this photo, but there are motorcycles along either side of the stage.

5) I would have been standing on those bleachers, dancing along with the band.

6) I would not have waited 15 minutes for my three-year-old to get an airbrush tattoo of a snake on his leg. (I don't know why we did this period. Seemed fun at the time, I guess.)

Nick's snake tat

7) I would have listened to Finger Eleven* at the Zippo stage and posed for an obnoxious photo afterward with friends in front of the giant Zippo car. But instead I took pictures of my kids next to it.

The boys & a giant Zippo car

8) I would not have stopped to pose for a photo with the banana lady. She was just creepy.

Daddy & the boys with the crazy banana lady
Do you see Will's face? He was like, "WHAT THE....?!?"

9) I would have eaten far more than just the BBQ pulled chicken sandwich from the Charcoal Grill.

10) I most likely would have started a random conversation with a stranger about a tattoo. Two years ago, it was the guy who had a large portrait of a young Johnny Cash covering his calf. He was impressed that I knew who it was. Beer played no part in that conversation. At all.

11) Sunburn would probably have been an after affect.

12) And I probably would have shared a turkey leg with my girlfriends as we walked out of the grounds and to our car.

13) Instead, the only souvenirs I took home were these:

Mommy & her boys

Eh, I think I'll keep 'em anyway.

*Sub post: So, last night I went out for pizza with the boys and my Mom and Tom. My mother, who by hipness standards is 187 years old, tells me my youngest brother is going to see Finger Eleven.

"You know, you hear 'em on 99 WMYX."

Now, WMYX is a local station who's target audience is the 40ish set and specializes in soft rock. My 21-year-old brother would not have been going to see something on their stage. So I argue it with her. "Mom - there's no such band as Finger Eleven. I think you're thinking of Matchbox 20 and Mark would not be going to see them."

"Yes there is. Finger Eleven. You know, their song goes like this," and she hums some indistinct melody while swaying crazily back and forth. We're seated in the middle of the dining room and I start to feel like a 12-year-old again. I'm embarrassed by my mother in public.

"Mom, no there's not."

"Yes there is. They're famous." We argue for awhile - I must note that Tom doesn't think they're a band either - and finally she says, "Yes they are. I'm going to find their song on the Internet and send it to you."

Tom and I burst out laughing. My mother has an aversion to anything with buttons. She can't operate her own DVD player. The mere fact that she knows there are songs online impresses me. But she'd never be able to find them, let alone send them to anyone.

She called Mark and left a message - we made a bet of a bottle of wine. Guess I owe her a bottle of Kendall Jackson. Damn it.

The funniest thing? She gets home and has my *other* brother Jeff call my cell. I missed the phone cuz I had stopped at a friends' house to drop something off. The message went something like this:

"Uh hi Colleen. Its Jeff. I have some tickets to Summerfest tonight and Erica [his girlfriend] can't go. I was wondering if you wanted to go see Finger Eleven with me. Call me back and let me know or I'm just going to go by myself cuz I really want to see them."

I called him back and we had a good laugh about it - he didn't think Finger Eleven was a real band either. Neither did the friend who's house I'd stopped at while Jeff was leaving the message. DANG IT!!! If you want to hear one of their (probably their ONLY) famous songs, you can do so here. The one I recognize is called Paralyzer.


Carol said...

So, you had more fun this way, right? Hey! The days of doing it the 13 way are coming sooner than it seems. Then you'll miss the way you did it this time.

Happy 13!

Heather said...

I haven't been to Summerfest in ages. I didn't even know they had a kid's day, but it sounds like you had fun with your boys. ROFL @ your Finger Eleven story, too. Hope your mom enjoys her wine! *grin*

Melissa said...

OMG Colleen, I am dying over here about your Finger Eleven story. Paralyzer is my ringtone!!!!!! I love that band. Now I will think of you whenever my cell rings!

ShAĆ© - ShAĆ© said...

I'm thinking your Summerfest was a hit despite what you write! ;-)

Happy2bme said...

Geesh girl, they have a few popular songs and yes they are one of my favs. I am a total music buff so while I was reading your argument with your mother and placing bets I was shaking my head, laughing and thinking oooh girl you have so lost this one!! LOL

R.L.Scovens said...

That icecream cake that you mentioned in my comments sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I would definitely eat the entire thing though!!

Denise Patrick said...

So you didn't get to do the things you wanted, but your kids had a blast and you got great memories. Memories that you'll look back on someday when you can do it the way you want to.

Happy TT!

Sassy Mama Bear said...

You know I have never been to Summerfest in my whole life of living in WI. Amazing, I know. Some day you will enjoy it, but the souveniers are cute.

Anonymous said...

OMG I have to chuckle at the things you would be doing if you weren't a Mom...oh AMEN SISTER! LOL

And I am more than scared that I knew there was a band called Finger Eleven...could be cuz I have a soon to be 13 year old, maybe?

THopgood said...

That's funny...never heard of 'em...