Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Eighth John Mayer Concert!

I'm totally behind in posting about this experience.  I saw this show at Staples Center on March 25, 2010.

Here's my most important memory of that concert:

John Mayer Day is a holiday in our household.  It's all geared toward a celebration of music and having a good time.  We were in our eh seats between the opening act and the main event when seated guy (henceforth known as Douchebag, or DB for short) bumped Beer Guy who was walking down the stairs, turning one of beer guy's plastic cups of domestic draft into a waterfall down the stairs.  I watched it sadly run past six or eight aisles before it rolled off the edge of the seating area.  DB and Beer Guy exchanged a few words, Beer Guy disappointed and DB refusing to take responsibility for what he'd done.  This upset me greatly.  Sure, Beer Guy had terrible taste in beer, but it was John Mayer Day.  Because of DB's actions, Beer Guy was at risk of spending the entire concert frustrated about DB and the beer incident instead of enjoying the show with his lady friend.  I could see he was irritated.  Andrew could see that I was distressed about it.

Andrew marched over to Beer Guy and offered to buy him a replacement beer because no one should suffer on John Mayer Day.  Andrew fetched Beer Guy another domestic brew, they toasted John Mayer Day, and Beer Guy was all smiles.  Things were finally right with the world again.

After the concert (amazing, as per usual), we passed a street musician playing guitar outside the venue.  Andrew dropped $7 in his case and we strolled down the street.  He explained to me that Beer Guy gave him his last $7 toward the cost of the replacement beer, insisting that he take it.  We didn't have cash on hand when we passed the street musician on the way in, so this provided him with the folding money he needed to tip the busker.  No one should suffer on John Mayer Day.

It was nice being able to take public transportation to the show, and it was my first time to go to Staples Center.  I wish I had better seats but now I know a guy who can help me with that next time. :)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Donate!

I haven't really done much fundraising in my life.  I sold Girl Scout cookies as a kid, did the March of Dimes read-a-thon in elementary school, and I asked for some donations for Theatre Unleashed during our first season.  I don't hit people up all the time to help me raise money for some cause or other.  I've proven myself far better at donating to causes, like AIDS projects, breast cancer, scouts and zoos.

My breast cast goes on the auction block next Saturday.  I have until then to raise $1000 if I want to bring it home with me.  I love the cast and the artwork by Ken Ruzic is amazing, but my drive here is to raise money for Keep-A-Breast Foundation.  This is from their website:

The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts, we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.
It's a very hip organization and I love what they do.  I need your help to make this fundraising goal because Keep-A-Breast is awesome.  You can donate to my cast here.  Every donation counts, even if it's a few bucks.  Heck, if you want to place a bid over $1000 so you can take my breast cast home for your own mantle then that's great!  Everything donated on my fundraising page goes directly to Keep-A-Breast.  If I raise enough to bring it home, I'll mail everyone who donated a photo of me with the cast.  Help me raise money for this great organization via my boobs. :)

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