5 And A Beagle

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Monday, July 28, 2008

Into the Great Wide Open 

"Into the great wide open, under a sky of blue, out in the great wide open...."

This past Saturday, #2 and I (and 40,000 of our closest friends) packed into this site to see Tom Petty. It was fantastic!

The festival was a 3 day event filled with quite a diverse group of performers but we only had a one day pass for Saturday.

On a normal summer day, Pemberton is 2 to 2.5 hours away. We left home mid-day Saturday and were making great time along the Sea to Sky Hwy up until…..rounding a bend with a marker announcing that Pemberton was a mere 13km away, we came to a grinding halt, cars stretching into the distance ahead of us.

While we waited in the slowly creeping line, #2 kept remarking on how we had to be a couple of the oldest in the line up. In fact, according to him there was probably not another person in any of the hundreds of cars ahead and behind us that would have been passing their time in the same way that I was….knitting. What can you do when you’re stuck waiting?

Wandering around the festival site, us 40-somethings were definitely in the minority amongst a sea of 20-somethings, but we crushed our way into the crowd and got to within about 50m of the stage. At one point, as we were waiting for the concert to start, I remember thinking “this would be a really bad time for panic attack.” Which of course was a bad thing to think because it simply got me thinking... “we’re packed!" "What if I start panicking?” "Oh my God, I think I’m starting to panic!” "Where will I go?" "What if I can’t breath?" "How fast can I push my way through ALL of these people?!?"

Then of course the other 'fun' experience besides the crush of bodies, was the people being passed through the crowd - OVERHEAD! After the second “body” came surfing above us, I really began to question what the hell we were doing there. Thankfully there weren’t any others and as the night progressed, the crush of bodies even lightened up a bit.

It was such a fun experience to be in the crowd singing along with “kids” half my age to songs, some of which were hits before most in the crowd were even born.

No doubt that Tom Petty is still a crowd pleaser even though he's past his mid late 40's. I'm sure no one in his group was passing their time knitting on their way to the concert.

Link to a snippet of video I managed to take.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Something Old, Something New 

It's been a busy month around here, what with a high school graduation, a 77th birthday, a 25th anniversary, end of year exams, a new job.... a little bit of old, a little bit of new.

#4 has bid a fond farewell to her high school, gramma celebrated her birthday, a little happy, a little sad because this is the first one in a many years without dad. #2 and I hit the silver anniversary milestone, the girls have finished all of their exams and in 3 more days, I will be saying goodbye to a company I've been with for 26 years. While I'll miss the people, some of whom I've known for 20 plus years, I will definitely not miss the commute. I'll be moving to a job a scant 2 miles from home.

Projects on the go or completed......

The first in a pair of socks for il piccola cugina in Italy.
Crenellated Toe-up Socks from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet

A neat little pattern with a Serbian toe and Turkish heel.

And completed before the heatwave that is the start of summer in the Pacific Northwest, my very first Clapotis. Am I the last to make one? Is there a knitting soul who has yet to catch the addiction?


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