Preparty Tues. 3/5:
What fun! Our flight got in from Detroit around noon. By the time we got off the plane, we could taxi to the boat and check in. Seemed to be a more streamlined process this year. We did stop and get wine at a party store, which I probably would not do again. We really did not drink in our room, so a waste of time there. Save the cork fee per bottle (15$) and the hassle. Drinks in the Atrium bar/reception area before the PJ party at night on the pool deck (Lido, whatever;) ).If you saw the 'herd of zebras' in PJ's, it was us!
Sail Away Concert Weds. 3/6:
Fun in the Sun. Chilly in the mornings and evenings (with a breeze), but warmed up quickly... 75 to 77-ish during the days...)Shots of Devil's Cut for a toast before the big concert moment. Not a whiskey drinker, but sipped a couple shots down while listening to KR and TBT's. KR in long sleeved pink shirt with black bermuda shorts (I purchased similar pink shirt at TSC (Tractor Supply Co... I think my peeps were slightly mortified that the majority of my clothing came from Meijer or TSC--LOLOL!!)
HOLY HADES--Trombone Shorty/Orleans Avenue Show at 10 pm...their first show on the cruise. I am 2nd row center, because I have been waiting for this. Most of my peeps are waiting for Robert James' show to start at 10:30, so Mama Ho joins me (you saw her-Granny in the wig!!!)Third song in (Mrs. Orleans), and guess who shows up and does a 23 minute jam session with T-Bone and Crew, and pulls Hershel up to boot--Yep, Kid Rock! Freakin big time. Shorty's show ends, and Mama Ho and I head over to hear the rest of Junior's show, which was packed. I couldn't really concentrate on his music this show, but would later. KR showed up on stairs to take it in.
Went to bed early (11:00 pm?)
Thursday, 3/7: Redneck Paradise
Nice day on the beach with good friends and Heineken. John Eddie and Band did a great job- always a pleasure. Caught snippets of Lucky Bitch contest...Gina from Detroit I think won? Congrats :)
Laughed our a$$es off at Speedo Contest. Aaron (winner) truly did prepare to win. His wife and her pals choreographed his moves for days, and I must say I was impressed. He didn't even have to pull out the 'big gun' (which others did, to my surprised delight.)Cockman underpants was a hoot, and I have to 'hand' it to the 'So Hott' Sisters for making it such a fun time! Dave Dude (last year's winner), you were still special. Loved the picnic table dance and the crowd dives.
Had to see Trombone Shorty again. Showed up at 6:30 pm on the Pool Deck. Staked out my front row center spot. OMG can I say AMAZING AMAZInG AMAZING?? I coulda touched his freakin leg if I wanted too (which I thought about, but really, did not.)The whole band is on their late 20's or just 30. They have been working their a$$es off for a few years now. Professionals. Talented. Gives me hope for the future of music. T-bone even has a foundation set up for kids who cannot afford music. My wish for this exceptional young man and his band members is that they do not get sucked up into the usual wastelands of the music industry. Stay away from the $hit! and stay TRUE to yourselves! RSMS offered T-Bone a beer, and he said he doesn't drink. Her reply was..'I love you more.'
Jammed to Lukas Nelson (another Holy Hades!)-*Story Cont'd at end of posts-*