I have always been able to get good tickets to concerts, sporting events, etc. Once there, I start looking around and usually decide I need closer seats. I get them, don't ask. It's always fun and legal.
Arriving at Troy High School just a little past 9AM was good. Our place in line was maybe 200 people back. The doors opened at 10:30. Just like a concert, T-shirts and buttons were being sold. The other 1,800 people were lined up behind us and the end of the line looked like it was flowing over into the next city.
By 10AM, my brain was on overload. How could I possibly be back in line this far and how will I ever get a close seat?
Hummm, who has authority around here?
It couldn't be as easy as
So ... we are on the main floor. Before 10:30. The first row is saved for VIP's. Who ever they were. The second had some saved and some available on the end area of the platform Barack (oh yeah, we're now on first names ... read on) would be holding court.
We opted for the third row pretty much front and center.
Barack spoke and reiterated everything that we have all heard, not bad, just nothing new. Or maybe he was saying something new, I don't really know because I was watching all the secret service men in action. I was impressed with their
So, here are a few grainy photos. I though it was my crappy photo skills, but my sister's came out like this too. I think all the media flood lights funked up my shots. I should have adjusted the settings, but I was too busy being in awe.
He a youngin! He's well spoken. He has great teeth.(That's a
Then it came time for questions from "the peeps".
He gave me "the look" because I am thinking he may have been forewarned about me.
He did better, he send out this kiss to her:
Now the best part, (for real). At the end, he was making a sweep past the front row, shaking hands. People began to move forward, and so did we. I saw him politely shaking hands, smiling, and
He reached out to shake my hand, and as I took it, that "one more thing" instinct kicked in. I asked for a hug. He smiled and said sure. As he hugged me, 007 removed my hand from his back as quickly as I embraced him. I know he was just doing his job, but man oh man, I was hoping for a longer hug. Why? Because that suit! It was the finest suit I have ever seen or felt! It had to be 100% silk. It was so light weight and tailored to perfection.
And the photo of my hug? I'm sure some stranger has one of me. My sister had us all framed and when she clicked the button, the
It was an awesome experience.
Hu? What's that?
Nope, not going to tell how we got in before 10:30 and got such good seats. It was legal and no clothing was removed for the cause!