Last week was fun. Alan's favorite band, Wilco, played Wednesday and Thursday nights at The Tabernacle. Rather than fighting traffic, wrangling for parking and coming in to work exhausted, we decided to get a room at a nice hotel nearby and take Thursday and Friday off work. I booked a nice room at the Westin Peachtree Plaza and we were able to stroll back and forth for the shows. Wednesday night was so very cold, though! - walked a block and a half wearing a turtleneck, a Patagonia fleece, a Patagonia jacket and still thought I was going to freeze.
The concerts were great. Wilco always puts on a good live performance; both nights they played for a little over two hours. There was some commonality in the set lists, but enough differences that we were very glad we went to both shows. Between the two, they did most of my favorites and some 'from the vaults' that pleased Alan.
At the first show, we located our seats only to find one of them occupied by a fat bald guy. Alan tried, nicely, to explain that he was in our seats but the guy kept arguing with him, saying that the show was General Admission except for the VIP section. He wouldn't back down even after Alan showed him our tickets, which would hardly have had row, section and seat numbers printed on them if they were general admission, but he was insistent. Finally, I summoned an usher and Fat Bald Guy even wanted to argue with him, snapping, "Since when?!?" (in the same tone and cadence an 8-year-old uses for 'Oh YEAH?!?") when he was told that these sections were reserved seating. After a bit more back-and-forth, the usher was able to make him understand and Fat Bald Guy stomped off angrily to stand downstairs in the throng. No one threatened the sanctity of our seats on night two, happily.
We also ate a nice lunch at the Sundial, the restaurant at the top of the hotel. It rotates so you get a full view of every direction of the Atlanta skyline. Alan had never dined there before and, in addition to the great food, he very much enjoyed the views. We also had brunch buffet on our last morning at the hotel - fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, herbed smoked salmon, cured meats and sliced cheeses - drool! I'm ready to go back. That little break was most welcome.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Hope you're spending it with people you love. I got a bouquet of puppies!