One of my melon friends & his wife got to go into the sound check & he told the guys I'd be out when they came out, which was really sweet of him. When we walked into the casino, we headed right over to where the venue was located. Outside the doors was a couple of vigil friends who noticed me before I did them & I almost walked right past them. We were the first ones there & decided to stake our place in the line in front of the doors right then as it was set up. A couple more melon friends who were staying at the resort came down from their room to join us. Nice thing about making the line with a bunch of friends is we could come & go as we pleased & have breaks without worrying about losing our spot. We got get a drink, have a bathroom break & get a bite to eat & head back & forth. Our small group were the only ones when Rogers emerged from the doors. I yelled hey to him & he high fives me. He scurried off like he was on a mission. Then Glen & a couple other people came out after & they rushed off too. Then out came Brad, Travis & Tara. I turned to Brad "hey I know you" and he smiled & said hey & threw his arms into a big hug for me. The I went to Travis & gave him a hello hug as well. He asked how the drive was there. I told him it took us less than 5 hours. He seemed to be amazed by this. We took our time, stopped & ate & didn't rush to get there, so it was a nice relaxing ride. Travis & Brad hung out for a while chit chatting until we got yelled at for wanting to take pictures with them. The security guy told us if we wanted to do so we had to go by the fountain which was on the other side of the casino. So a few of us went that way & Brad led us there.
Travis & Tara disappeared ahead of us while Brad stayed & took pictures & talked for a little bit longer before he said he had to meet with the rest of the guys & their manager, he said he was late & then he scurried off as well. We were heading back to our spot in line when I ran into my melon friend & his wife after they came out from the venue. We headed out of the casino for some mischief at their hotel. It was a fun excursion yet I don't know how intelligent it was chugging the beer like I did but it's all in good fun. On our way back from our shenanigans, we were trying to find a place to park & we started to follow these little old ladies heading back to their car. They were moving slower than molasses! If we wanted to get back to the venue in time before the show, we'd have to go around them & attempt to find another spot. There was nothing anywhere nearby & after a while of going in circles & striking out we saw the valet parking. We all decided that this was probably the smartest thing to do with the state we were all in. None of us cared how much it was we just wanted to get out of the car & get back in line. After we arrived, people started flooding in & the line wrapped around the edge of the building almost down to where the fountain was. Time seemed to stand still. We got more excited when the lights outside Gypsies changed & the attendants came out to check our tickets. My stomach started flipping & we hadn't even gotten in yet. We got ushered in- which had chairs set up which we thought was strange but we went with it. We took up the front row. I headed to my usual spot so I could be right between CT & Brad, left side of the stage. I nestled myself between miss jersey (I think someone called her that once upon a time) & my vigil buddies. It was nice being able to sit waiting for the guys to come out before the show started. And there was a barista lady coming around to get us drinks, that was pretty rad. I could get used to that if they were at every show I went to. I had a good buzz going from the drinks & the anticipation of the guys coming out on stage. As we sat seeing the setlist, we joked about vandalizing it with the songs that we wanted to hear, I piped in that I had sharpies in my abyss of a bag. We all decided that we'd leave it alone. Melonheads with sharpies can be a dangerous thing.