One down; two to go

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Purchases necessary to my trip to Louisville, that is.
Earlier this week I was able to purchase the “Ultimate Ticket to Ride,” which is the top shelf weekend pass to AROTR . With it I get admittance to 21 VIP concerts, preferred seating to the spotlight concerts (including my favorites, 1964: the Tribute), admittance to the midnight concert series in the hotel ballroom and access to a VIP room that will have art, additional vendors and other things. All that’s left now is to book my hotel room (may or may not require the first night’s payment as a deposit, so I’m waiting till later in the week to make sure we have money when I call) and get my plane ticket. This will all hopefully be done in the next ten days or so and then all I have to do is sit back, relax, work on losing some more weight, and watch the time fly by till the end of May.
When I went last year I was on a shoestring budget. I honestly don’t know how we afforded for me to go at all. I had a limited amount of available funds and Robert couldn’t really come up with anything more to put in the account. For meals I basically stuck to the Wendy’s downtown, to which I could walk, and a few other cheap places within walking distance. I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on food and I sure as heck didn’t want to waste a bunch taking a cab somewhere. This year, though, things have eased up a little. I can’t go wild but I shouldn’t have a problem getting spending money to take. So I think this year I will treat myself one night to a very nice dinner. I think there is a really nice restaurant within walking distance of the hotel but, if there isn’t, I should be able to take a cab to one. Also on the agenda this year: Beatle boots! I gazed longingly at them last year, even tried some on, but the budget just couldn’t stand it. I’ve given Robert notice, though, that those are first on my list this year, followed closely by more bootleg CDs. And, of course, more shirts for Madalyn. I brought her four shirts last year (two Beatles, two Paul McCartney) and she wears them all the time.
I have been to the AROTR website a number of times to look up various things. On the front page they have pictures from last year. Every time I see them I get downright giddy about going again. Have I mentioned I had fun last year? Just checking.

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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