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on Paul McCartney and serendipity

Monday, June 24, 2019

This has nothing to do with eating.

I splurged on a ticket to see Paul McCartney. It was outrageously expensive- for me, at least-, esp. since I bought it the day of the concert, but I rarely went to concerts when I was young. Too poor.

I was feeling slightly sorry for myself that I was going on my own, but I if I let going on my own stop me, there's a lot I wouldn't have done in my life.

My seat was way ,way high, in the next to the last row in a 42,000-seat stadium, but I was sitting lower than I was supposed to, in a stretch of empty seats, because I was so early, planning to move when the time came. Not long before the concert started, a very hip-looking older woman came up the stairs, looked around, and motioned to me. I thought she was telling me I was sitting in her seat. It turned out she had an extra wrist band a friend of hers was not going to use- down on the ground, where tickets were several times what I paid! She wanted to give it to someone in the cheap seats! If I hadn't been sitting where there were so many empty seats, and on my own, she probably wouldn't have singled me out. (Make no mistake, I would trade this lucky event, and a lifetime of Paul McCartney concerts, for a loving relationship any dayI But it is what it is.) I ended up spending the concert in an empty seat in the 19th row. Actually, I spent most of it standing and dancing in place! Most others were, too, and I was on the end, so not blocking anyone's view. My benefactor was very gratified that it hadn't gone to waste, and that it went to someone for whom this was pretty much a bucket list event.

I have to say that it was very sweet and even awe-inspiring to see MUCH younger people there singing along with songs that Paul recorded long after the Beatles broke up, long after I was paying much attention to his career.

And it's making me really want to get out there with my exercise, seeing him look so trim and at ease for a 2.5 hour concert! At 77 years of age. I read that he does quite a grueling routine, though with no trainer, and stands on his head to top it off.

And I've GOT to set up my hammered dulcimer! Even if it's just to bang on it a few times a week with wooden chopsticks...
And on that note...
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    I just read your post. That is an amazing story! My husband and I saw Paul when he came to Syracuse. It was definitely a bucket list thing for us. It was incredibly expensive, but we will decided this might be our last chance to see him in concert, especially right in our city. We still talk about it often and I get goosebumps still when I think about it. I am so glad that you treated yourself to go and that you were so fortunate to get such an upgrade to your seating. Everything happens for a reason!!!

    ROCK ON!!!
    16 days ago
    That is just so awesome! We didn't go the last time he was in the area, a year or two - tickets were ridiculously expensive for three of us. And I think there was an issue with the date too, I don't remember.

    From what I've always understood, Sir Paul has been a vegetarian for many years. So obviously he wears it well!

    We did get to go see Ringo Starr a couple years ago, smaller venue, prices more reasonable, and that was fun as well! Many three-generation family combos there so that was very cool to see!
    68 days ago
  • CGEM61
    That is so awesome! I'm very glad you were the benefactor of the ticket!
    I love the hammered dulcimer, I used to go to Callahan's restaurant to hear it be played.
    77? He is 77? Wow! I'm very glad you had such a great time!
    107 days ago
    Yea for you! Glad you enjoyed it and it fell your way! emoticon
    119 days ago
    What good luck! So happy for you. Great that you really enjoyed it.

    I was crazy about Paul myself and saw him at the GatorBowl in Jacksonville in 1964. It was wonderful. Even from way up in the stadium. I was 14 and it was my first out of town trip without parents. Loved the music. Loved the train trip. Loved the crazy, crazy fans.
    119 days ago
    So glad that you were the beneficiary -- and enjoyed it all so immensely!!

    Yes Paul looks good -- at least from the pictures I see!!
    119 days ago
    What a wonderful experience! And a great concert. I am single so I go by myself sometimes also. The woman with the extra ticket had a great thought when she gave the ticket to someone in the upper seats. It's really good that Paul McCartney inspired you to keep on with fitness exercises, AND to play your hammered dulcimer (such a beautiful sounding instrument)
    119 days ago
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  • LORI-K
    Oh WOW!! What a fabulous story. Congrats on the upgraded seat. Congrats on seeing Paul. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him twice in concert and both times were mind blowing experiences. We are so lucky and blessed.
    Thank you for sharing.
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    119 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Wow, I am happy that you had such a great time. Paul McCartney is still awesome so many years after the Beatles.
    120 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed it.
    120 days ago
    Glad you had fun! I saw him in concert a few years ago. He is amazing!
    120 days ago
    Great story! How nice that you were so lucky and had a wonderful time! YAY for Paul and his routine!
    120 days ago
    How wonderful that you were singled out for that blessing. Reminds me of the admonition in the Bible where people are told to choose the lowest seat at a banquet, because someone may just come and tell you to come up higher and sit in a better spot. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    120 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Good for you glad you had a good time. and enjoyed yourself.
    120 days ago
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