Sunday, December 7, 2008
Charlie Daniels Charliepaloosa
We had an unexpected surprise from our future son-in-law. Tom called us with the news that he had a hotel room for us at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa where Charlie Daniel’s would be. We would have VIP tickets to events and the concert. We went not knowing exactly what it was but hey, if it’s free it’s for me especially if I can be a VIP. Well, it was really something. The hotel (actually casino) we had been to before, but hadn’t stayed. The room was wonderful..all the extras. Such modern decor and the beds were unbelieveable. Like sinking into feather beds! The hotel was dressed up royally for Christmas. Bill and I aren’t much at the gambling aspect but we both put in $20 to throw away. LOL Bill went home with $16 of his $20 but I gave mine all away to the hungry machines.
We went to the hospitality suite where we found dinner, steaks, chicken and every kind of food imaginable …FREE! OMG Drinks, desserts, candy bars, fruit..OMG FREE LOL
When we got to the concert we found out that it wasn’t just Charlie that was there. Confession: we have never been Charlie fans but also on the headliners were The Marshall Tucker Band, Confederate Railroad, and (drum roll here) Bo Bice (American Idol). Every one was really good but we were waiting for Bo Bice. We are American Idol fans, can you tell? He finally came on stage and we were shocked. He’s a little tiny guy…thin and short. I wouldn’t have recognized him in the hotel or anywhere I met him because I wouldn’t have expected him to be so slight plus he wore the strangest looking straw hat and also big sunglasses. It was good to see him though.
Strange thing is that we never saw Charlie Daniels. This concert went on for hours and we tried to wait it out but I went back up to the room finally and Bill stayed. He was going to report back about Charlie but he finally gave up, too. Charlie came on long after the concert was supposed to be over. Fans said you never really know when Charlie Daniels will show up. We figured he’d be the very last act, but then the much anticipated Florida-Alabama game came on.
We opted to see Tim Tebow over Charlie Daniels. LOL And what a game it was. It sure had us on the edge of our seats for most of the game but Florida beat the undefeated Alabama team. Hooray!
It was a great day all around, starting with that phone call from Tom. Wow, what a guy! Back to the real world again today and trying to get caught up. Our day of being VIP's is over. sigh