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Have you ever heard of a little band called Walk Off The Earth? No, you say? Well, you’re in for a treat….
Not kidding, they’re one of my favorite bands. Jimmie discovered them a few months ago – I honestly have no idea how – and I’ve been hooked ever since. They’re so freakin’ talented…I picked the VW video because it does a great job showing just how talented they are. Just go YouTube them, because I promise you, you won’t regret it.
A few weeks before Christmas I caught wind that they were going to be on tour, so I got on Ticketmaster and scored a pair of tickets for Jimmie for Christmas. The show was cheap – $50 for both of us – and in Atlanta. Definitely worth it. Then a week before, I found a hotel on Groupon for $85. In the heart of Atlanta? Score!! I think I even got Marriott points.
The show was on a Wednesday, so I took both Wednesday and Thursday off from work. We headed down in Sadie, my new car….which come to think of it, I never blogged about. Meet Sadie:
Long story short, it was time. We found a killer deal on a gorgeous Toyota Camry XLE. It’s a 2008, and had a few more miles than I wanted, but it’s got impeccable service records. It’s loaded, with leather, HEATED SEATS, navigation, sunroof, etc. etc. I don’t know what to do with myself…I keep waiting for them to tell me I have to give it back. I still have Shelby (my Saturn) – I think we’re going to try to sell her to a high school kid, or maybe donate her. I can’t stand the thought of her sitting in a junkyard, or being auctioned, so I didn’t bother trading her. We didn’t need to, anyway, so it wasn’t an issue.
I named her Sadie, but Jimmie keeps calling her Terri. Sigh.
So we headed down to Atlanta. We took our time, stopped at the used bookstore in Chattanooga, where I got a super cute calendar for our kitchen. It was $3 and has pictures of Iditarod dogs. I’m kind of obsessed with the Iditarod…one of these days I want to go watch it.
We ate dinner at Gordon Biersch (love that place), then headed to Trader Joe’s to stock up on 3-buck-chuck, since TN doesn’t allow grocery stores to sell wine (YET – supposedly it’s coming). Then made our way through a sketchy parking lot and crammed Sadie into a too-tight space. Ditched our coats in the car, and it was time!
Parachute opened – actually some band called Camera 2 opened-opened, but we missed them – and they were awesome! I’d heard of them, but didn’t realize why until the last song, which was “Something to Believe In.” They put on a great show, and their frontman was awesome. He made me so excited and got me so pumped and into the music…and I’d never heard it before. Definitely check them out if you haven’t.
And…ok, I’ll be honest. The lead guy…super hot. I didn’t even think about taking a picture, and I’m so sorry about that. Don’t Google them…those pictures aren’t good. Take my word for it.
Finally….FINALLY….WOTE came on. I’d been guessing that they’d open with R.E.V.O….but they didn’t. They should have. Seriously, I’d been hoping for (and expecting) a really high-energy show…and the opener…wasn’t. I actually thought to myself “Wow, they’re going to have to step it up or this is going to suck.”
And step it up they did.
I’m not going to try to describe it all. They played, and it was awesome. They played Natalie – one of my all-time favorite covers of theirs. Sadly, the crowd didn’t seem to enjoy it, but I was in heaven. Probably embarrassed myself singing at the top of my lungs, but I couldn’t hear myself, so…I’m just not thinking about it. They released giant balloons (which truthfully, got a little old). They shot paper and glitter out of cannons. They jumped on stuff. Every single one of them played at least 3 instruments. Most of them played 6 or 7. Beard Guy didn’t disappoint. (Wikipedia actually has a list of the instruments they all play – based on what we saw, this is pretty accurate.)
I’ll be honest – I’ve got a bit of a girl-crush on Sarah. She’s super fit, and super talented, and I love her tattoos. So I took more pictures of her than I probably should have. I actually thought when she first came out that she was wearing a wig, but by the end of the show her hair had fallen. I realized it was real…just really really teased. I’m impressed.
Enough with my babbling. Have some pictures.
And we were exhausted, because we’re old and not used to standing through concerts anymore. And I still had to exercise, so Jimmie turned on the TV and I did some yoga to stretch out. Now….we don’t have TV. We haven’t for 7 years. We don’t miss it. HOWEVER. We discovered House Hunters, and all I can say is where have I been??? That show is crazy-addicting. Here I am doing my yoga, totally engrossed. (And the “before” concert shot.)
I promise, I actually was doing yoga, you just can’t see it. I don’t remember what pose it is. The one where the soles of your feet are together. Butterfly pose maybe? Or did I just make that name up?
So we watched too much House Hunters that night. Thursday we got up and trekked over to Dekalb Farmer’s Market, which is the holy grail of farmer’s markets. I’m not kidding. I don’t even know how to describe it. You’re not allowed to take pictures in there, but it’s amazing. It’s as big as a Costco, and it’s full of fresh fruits, veggies, meats, seafood (some still swimming), cheeses, spices, baked goods, flowers, ethnic foods…and beer and wine. OMG the beer and wine. Ahem.
I needed new spices, so we stocked up for less than $3. The spices come in these giant plastic tubs, and it’s more than you could ever need for like 40 cents. We also stocked up on veggies and fruits. I even convinced Jimmie to get an Indian Bitter Melon…which I’d never heard of, but it looked crazy so I wanted to try it. It’s currently wilting in my fridge. More on that in another post. And, we definitely stocked up on beer. All sorts of beer.
Maybe the most exciting haul? Besides the beer….BRUSSEL SPROUTS!!!! I think they were like $1.69 a pound. I got a gigantic bag of them for less than $3. In heaven again. And we found a new amazing apple and outrageous orange…like that? Stayman Apples. Minneola Oranges. Never buying another kind again.
And Jimmie bought me flowers. 🙂
So yeah, you should go see Walk Off The Earth, and actually Parachute too, whenever you have the chance. And next time you’re in the ATL, hit up Dekalb. It’s well worth it.
Want to listen but don’t know where to start? Try these:
- Didn’t See It Coming
- Something to Believe In
- The Other Side
- Can’t Help
- You and Me
- Kiss Me Slowly
Walk Off The Earth
- Gang of Rhythm
- Red Hands
- Natalie (cover)
- Summer Vibe