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My wife’s birthday is in early January.  She wanted to do something fun and go see a band, The Buddz, in Bristol, TN.  You see, our daughter was in their first video (Adhesive) and from that experience we became friends with the guys in the band.  Anyway, they’re an up-and-coming rock band with a fresh sound.  You should check them out.

So, off to Bristol we go.  The band’s opening act comes on stage at 10 PM and The Buddz followed at around 11 PM.  Now keep in mind, we’re old!  Well, at least we’re a lot older than most of the crowd that was there.  But, man, did we have fun.  The show lasted until 2 AM, with the band playing 3 full sets.  It was great, but I am not in the habit of staying up that late any more.  It’s a testament to how good they are because I was fully engaged and wide awake until the very last song. They played some covers of songs I totally didn’t expect, like the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive for example.  Can you imagine that song being played by a “heavy metal” rock ‘n roll band.  It was freakin’ awesome.  Matt, the lead guitarist, threw in a great solo that was absolutely killer too.  We even got introduced by the band for “coming all the way from Nashville to see them”.  Got first class treatment and had a blast.  After the show, we got back to the hotel around 2:30 AM (had to take showers to get the smoke smell out of our hair and stuff – that was the worst part, it was a smoking allowed bar).

The next morning, well, at lunch time, we went to Cracker Barrel with the band and had a great time, before heading out to Gatlinburg for an evening of shopping and eating junk food!  Gatlinburg was hopping. The place was jam packed with people, like it was the middle of the summer.  Actually made it pretty nice.  The temps were cold, but the hustle and bustle with all of the people made it feel warmer.  Unlike when it’s a thousand degrees in the summer and there’s a zillion people there.  That just pisses me off.

After a fun night in Gatlinburg, we decided to stop and see a movie, The Good Dinosaur, on the way home.  It was really good.  They created quite the emotional connection with those animated dinosaurs and critters.  I give it a “two thumbs up” and recommend it.  It’s definitely worth the time and money, even if you’re not 10 years old.

As you can see, we spent a weekend being young!  It was a great reminder that you can’t always take life too seriously.  Sometimes you just have to cut loose and do something awesome, adventurous, and fun to keep a young spirit alive.