Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

When I was a tiny tot, my dad was in a band called Renegade......now lets remember that I was born in 79, just one small year short of being born in the raddest, bad to the bonest, bodacious, gnarlyest decade of all time!!!

My Dad is the one with the feathered hair.........hahaha........okay my dad is the one above the guy with the guitar. On the left....refrain from telling me i look just like him minus the mustache....ive heard that enough to make me want to have plastic surgery...i mean hes a DUDE for Santa's sake!!!! (im practicing not using the Lords name in vain.....santa was all i could come up with)



Anyway Renegade was (to me) the coolest band EVER ,as was every other band they (my parents) played in, they even opened for some pretty famous bands back in the day....I always remember trying to get some shut eye, but not really being able to because of the ruckus going on in the other room where they were practicing.
Some of my fav memories are of me and my brother cuttin a rug at the "Texas Tumble Weed" off of 281 which went on to become Jungle Jims and LA weight Loss and now who knows what resides there, and also the club "Sneakers", even just repeating that name is cool .....my point is that it was then that it happened.....I became ADDICTED to 80's music!! Im talking "Men at Work" "The Outfield" "Aha" "A Flock of Seagulls" "Toto" "Banana Rama" "The Bangles" "Billy Idol" Seriously I could go on and on and on....for days....really.....HOWEVER it would be blasphemy to say that any of those 80's artists were my fav.....because they are not.......my FAVORITE all time 80's artist would have to be, HANDS DOWN............wait for it


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PAT BENATAR!!!!!!


Now im pretty sure i knew all the words to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by the time i was one, and im pretty sure that i learned to dance watching her in the video "Love is a Battlefield"







so it is no surprise that I would almost PASS OUT when I found out she would be in San Antonio......AND fate would have it my Mom's birthday happened to be coming up.......I thought to myself "Self, you are SOOO taking your mom to the concert for her bday" And that I did!!!!


Here are some pics of us celebrating my mommies bday, I love this pic because Landon decided it was HIS cake and HE was gonna blow out the candles.....and then we re lit it and at least let Mom HELP us blow them out.



Now this particular day, which happened to be this past Sunday....I have never in my life experienced such a wide variation of emotions........the two main emotions i felt on this day would be SEVERE HUMILIATION and INTENSE EXCITEMENT.



Why, you ask, would I have experienced such a broad range of emotions on this particular day?



Well my dear friends, I was asked to do something for a family member that I will


A. never attempt to do again, and



B. Never live down.....



EVER.......not even when I am standing at the pearly white gates of heaven will EVEN the Lord himself let me pass through with out snickering at me and asking me "Dear God WHY would you do such a thing?"

WHAT IS IT ALREADY STACI.....you are obviously dying to know....



Yes, I admit, I dressed up as Hannah Flippin Montanna for a young child's bday party and lip sync'd to songs which I hate to admit I know the names of so I wont post them on here.



I digress....why do I digress?? Because I really do not want to talk about it....in fact i am feeling like locking myself in a closet right now.......or crying.......and NO i WILL NOT show you pictures.....you will have to solicit some member of my family for those which I am SURE they will be willing to show you since i am MOST POSITIVE they got a good kick out of it.


No really im not trying to be ugly, because i would do anything to make my family happy, but make no mistake, this one is going down in the history books as the ONLY time Staci EVER did a Hannah Montanna Impression.



MOVING ON to the the ladder, BETTER part of my day.......SO I jetted out of the Bday party as fast as my britches could carry me, and headed home to get ready for the CONCERT OF MY LIFE. Or should I say the SECOND BEST concert of my life, because the first time I saw Pat Benatar was with my Mom and my dear friend Holly Yanta who passed away in a car accident in 1999, and NOTHING will ever replace the memories I have of that night. Here is a pic of me and my momma before we left......


And here is a pic of our ticket into the Municipal Auditorium to watch the show......

The night started off with the opener Omar Lopez, He my friends was amazing!!! He was this electric violin player with a full band to back him up.....AND two awesome backup singers or opera singers or Indian inspired singers whatever you want to call them....sorry the singing was more than i could handle at times, speaking of more than i could handle.....his keyboard player.....OMG or as my blogger friend Heather would say "OH MY STARS" when my eyes lingered long enough from the amazingness of Omar Lopez to get a glimpse of his key boardist I about died from lauging so dang hard.....
Basically, since i have no picture ill just tell you that he looked like he was right from season 6 of American Idol, because he was the SPITTIN IMAGE of SANJIA (spelling?) and lest you think i am kidding, look up Omar Lopez on youtube, listen to his amazingness and dont drink anything when your watching it cause i guarantee you, you will die from hysterics!!! My mom and I must have turned to each other about a million times and made some comment such as "Man, Sanjia is REALLY rockin out" I mean seriously, if you look in the slightest, like him, PLEASE cut your hair!!!!


Then came Pat and Neil....and I just cannot TELL YOU how much they rocked!!! I mean really, I could only dream of having a voice like hers.....especially for however many years shes been rockin that voice.....and the talent level of her hubby on the guitar is JUST RIDICULOUS!!!! I sang along to every tune, and danced around......boy did i dance!!! It was FABULOUS just FABULOUS!!! The best part was when she sang "Hell is for Children" OH MAN if yall know this song I wont even have to explain what part im talkin about (and im still not going to explain because if you dont know, your just not cool enough to be my friend) but when she sings that one part at the end........i got gooseys.....HOW ??? How does anyone scream like that?

Anyhoo.....I thoroughly enjoyed myself and my moms company, and seeing the smile on her face when she got YET ANOTHER Neil Giraldo pick to add to her collection of concert picks (how do i get such luck please tell me?? My mom has a pick from the flippin PURPLE RAIN TOUR that prince himself handed her, a pic from Neil Shaun of Journey, AND two Neil Giraldo pics) was enough to last me a life time!!!!



Now dont be too disappointed when i tell you I dont really have any pics from the show...i know i know how could that be?? Well the camera Nazi resides in the Municipal Auditorium, no really after I pulled out just a tinsie lil phone she about bit my head off, AND even our phones did not do them justice.(Pat and Neil or Spider what ever you wanna call him, and YES we are on a first name basis....well not really, but a girl can dream) But I can say that they looked and sounded amazing. All in all it was an amazing night for which i will always cherish!!! And so from now until i decide you've (yes i said you) had enough, my blog will only be playing 80's music!!!
Ta Ta




35 comments:

Stephanie said...

You're killin' me smalls with the 80's music!! You know how I feel about that decade!! Just don't write anymore funny posts until you change the music, k? I just can't take it. I'll turn it on at night though for Joey. He will love it!!!

Eileen said...

Ha! I thought I slept through that decade. The memories were evoked. Rockin' post, my girl. And if I requested Hannah for a party, would you perform once again? lol

Staci said...

that would be a negative!!!! And you know there isnt much I WOULDNT do for you momma key, but THAT is asking WAY too much!!! Love you though!!

Heather said...

Staci, I love you dearly and read your blog every day. Yes, I do. However, you really must know that the 80's were an unfortunate decade for me. You are KILLING me. I'll still come read you every day, but I won't like your 80's music. No. I. Will. Not.

Lauren Horsley said...

So funny - I was born in 79 too and I count my blessings that I can claim (by the skin of my teeth) to be a "Child of The 70's" instead of associating my birth with the decade that produced leg warmers, Prince, Girbauds, and Garbage Pail Kids (not to mention cursing me with a bad, teased out perm for three years straight!).

Gina said...

Funny. I just got done watching 13 Going On 30 with my daughter. She looked at me like I had a third arm sprouting from my head as I sang along to all the 80's music.

Toni said...

Oh girl I am your twin I can tell by this post, I love the 80's music and have Pat Benitar on so much my kids love her and know her song. She is coming here in July and I will be there with hot pink skinny jeans and a flourescent shirt

Sheri said...

Hannah who? That's one of those good things of not having kids (just kidding . . . i've not been under a rock for the past year!)

My friend took me to see Def Leppard when they played in Roanoke, and it was AWESOME! I love me som 80's music . . .

Talisman said...

I wish my mom was cool enough to go to a concert with me!

Melanie said...

Oh, Oh I love the 80's!!!! That's the stuff I grew up with and it rocks.

Jill said...

You're too funny! Over from SITS

EmBee said...

I was in high school when Pat Benatar was big... Can still remember a group of girls that used to dress like her.
Fun Stuff!

Karen said...

Yup, I feel your Hannah Montana pain. Between my granddaughter, Sacha and my young friend Taylor, I
am quite conversant with the whole HM mania and also the High School Musical thing!

The 70's was my Wild Child era and not only did I surf, but for a short while I was a drummer in a band. Impressed my kids no end, when they found out. :-)

I love Pat Benatar. Now I will have 'Hit me with your best shot' circulating inside my head for the rest of the day!!

Rhea said...

I need to see pictures of you as Hannah Montana, seriously!!

Sounds like a fabulous rockin' night! What a wonderful treat for you and your mom!

Jenni said...

I have to agree that 80's music is generally great, but there were so many things wrong with the 80's when it comes to style and decor. . .though I did not suffer much from those since I was born in '78.

scargosun said...

All that Pat stuff is cool and all but you need to break out the HM pics. Come on now!

MomMega said...

Having been born in 75, I feel ya on th 80's music. LOVE. IT. What an awesome memory (and mom). By the way. A pick from Prince? Sooooo jealous!!

Cristin said...

I'm a bit older than you but still consider myself a child of the 80's
Billy Idol was probably my first rock star crush... and I did like me some Pat Benatar!

Tausha said...

I love concerts! I love them! So, your experience sounds way way fun!! Glad that you were able to go with your mom! good timeS!!

Jennifer P. said...

Do you have the coolest mom in the world or what? Well--Pat Benetar would probably be the coolest mom--but yours sounds like a close second.

Hannah Montana--ha! ha! A picture of that would have been hilarious!

Merrie said...

What a cool mother daughter date! I hope I'm as cool as your mom when my daughter is your age, and that she'll want to take me places.

Caroline said...

Girl, we are so loving the same music. I love me some Pat B. WE Belong is my favorite song of all time. The 80's had the best music ever! How cool is that that your mom went to the concert with you. Gnarly!

Jessica said...

awesomeness!!! I was born mid 80's so i know of her and her songs, I've only been to one concert 98 Degrees.. LOL so GLAD u were able to go. just rockin it out. Pat is a wonerful musician.

Sherri said...

I LOVE the 80's!!! Did you take the long way home?

Judy Haley said...

ah! 80s music! best decade ever

Gina said...

woohoo, the 80's!! Total '80's girl here- graduated in '89 so I swoon to them all.

Bethany said...

I love 80's music. I love the video for "Love is a Battlefield"!

Michelle said...

I'm totally with you on the 80s music, although my background isn't nearly so ummm complete as yours. So glad you had a great time with your mom. That's a cool gift - I love time kinds of gifts!

Mrs. R said...

Loved the Go- Go's!!!!

Givinya De Elba said...

I guess that being born in the '70s means you were old enough to enjoy the '80s! Me too - I was born in '77.

BTW, I totally love your blog design, and Steph's too. Great advertising for Blogalicious Designs!!

GdeE.

PS still in shock about your poor teeth.

Sunshine said...

So, you basically can't make a guest appearance as "Hannah" at my daughter's bday party today? Dang it.

Good times. Good times. Do you ever watch that VH1 show...I Love the 80's(and of course the 90's and now I think they are doing the 70's)? Anyhoo...I flipping LOVED Aha. I remember *crying* watching that "Take On Me" video. Flipping weeping my 13-yr-old eyes out!

Are you still talking to me? So yeah...watched a Documentary on Pat Benatar recently and I want to live with her. Be her daughter. She has an awesome family. I'm a fan.

So...sorry I'm blogging here. I tend to do that. I am just loving your blog. That's all there is to it. Good stories, girl.

Vicki said...

How cool to be able to go out with your mom like that! Makes me want to live closer to my mother...

WheresMyAngels said...

Oh man, sorry about the Hannah Montanna. I thought Barney was bad when my teens were little but now there is Hannah for my 4 year old and she has a voice as bad as Barney.

My oldest did move on to Richard Simmon's, she even slapped him IRL! Priceless.

Jennifer said...

I'm a huge PB fan too! Congrats on being a SITS feature - and you have a gorgeous family!

Omar Lopez said...

Hi there! My assistant forwarded this link to me because she recently googled "Omar Lopez Benatar" and your blog came up. I just wanted to say thanks for your kind compliments and words of appreciation for what the guys, the girls, and I do. We all work very hard to bring a great show to the audiences so even two months after the fact, it's nice to read this. Oh, and I also agree with you about Chris's hair. It's gotta go!!!! He's 18 though - so he'll grow out of it soon - we HOPE! Regards and love, Violinist Omar Lopez