Saturday, October 29, 2005

Doing a Happy Dance

Amidst all the crap (i.e. school) that has been pulling me down lately, I am grateful that good things can and do happen. I discovered yesterday that all of my financial aid and loans have been already disbursed and looking at my account balance, I started to panic.

My friend Melissa called me yesterday to say that Melissa Ferrick, an artist that I've loved for several years, is coming to Motown to play at the lesbian bar. Melissa Ferrick and Ani DiFranco are two artists that I have wanted to see in concert for a very long time, but despite periodic checking of concert dates, neither of them ever seemed to play anywhere near where I lived. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is Melissa Ferrick playing near where I live, but that's she's actually coming here! Here! Melissa Ferrick apparently really dislikes playing lesbian bars because of troubles she's had with audiences in the past, plus this venue isn't even on her list of tour dates, so what's even better is that the owner of the bar must have done some real sweet-talking to get Melissa Ferrick to play there! I could hug myself, I'm so damn happy.

I was a little preoccupied with my finances when Melissa told me about the concert, so I was wondering if I should go, whether I could afford the ticket, etc. As I said, I've wanted and waited for this concert for many moons, so I figured, if anything, I'd use some of my birthday money. I mean, there was no way I could pass up an opportunity like Melissa Ferrick in Motown!

The best part was when I checked my mail last night, right before leaving to go buy my ticket and head out to a friend's Halloween party. In the mailbox was a Halloween card from my awesome Aunt Barbara and Uncle Danny, $20 slipped inside as "treat money". I would have been touched at their thinking of me without the money, but that was so nice and such good timing, that I was a little overwhelmed. I immediately realized that the $20 would pay most of my concert ticket, without having to tap into birthday money I'd wanted/needed to apply elsewhere. Such a great feeling, to receive a thoughtful gift from wonderful people, and to be able to enjoy this concert with no guilt!

I wrote them a thank you note, of course. I can't get over my excitement. I get to see Melissa Ferrick in concert next Thursday!! r0x0r!!

On top of it, I had a ton of fun at Dan's Halloween party last night. Halloween is the only holiday I genuinely like, and for the first time in many years, I had an actual costume and everything. Not just something I threw together at the last minute, but one that I spent a few hours working on. It's kind of hard to describe, so I'll try to get some pictures up. Anyway, hurrah for good things. :)

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