Des Plaines shuttle bus waited extra for a fan from Mexico, but he never made it. I hope he found another way. Shuttle bus died at least 3 times at the beginning of the trip, but we eventually got to Alpine Valley.
Good timing, too. As soon as we walked in and looked around for a minute, I heard Eddie singing with Liam Finn and saw the crowd surge towards the stage. Morgan and I walked around to get a good look, but to no avail. then we get to wondering how he gets around from that stage to the main one. She spots the barrier with people lined up w/ cameras and we look at each other, shrug, and head that way. After a short wait, I see a golf cart heading our way. There's a guy in the passenger seat - he's got great posture and immediately think, "is that Matt?" IT WAS! and I was quick enough with the camera to snap a pic.
Now we're hooked so we stick around a little longer. Then Boom went by! He threw us the Hang Loose sign and I got a photo of that too. On his way back to the main stage area he waved some more. He seemed like a very happy and nice guy.
A little later and a van with tinted windows went by and we couldn't see any one but the driver. We joked about Eddie hiding from us in the back. Some of the crowd at the barrier dropped off. Maybe 20 people standing around and then a Dodge minivan comes rolling up. The back window on our side is down and Eddie's smiling face is shining out at us. He's got on sunglasses and throwing a peace sign. I'm sure I was very "deer in the headlights" but hopefully there was at least a dopy grin, too. The car was moving pretty slowly, so I'm sure he had time to take each of us in and that gives me the shivers. I snapped to just as he passed and remembered to shout, "thank you!" Both my sister (she promised me that I'm not just fantasizing) and I saw him nod his head in acknowledgement of my expression of gratitude. ~swoon~ I just had an interaction with Eddie Vedder!!!!!
I'm sure people are giggling at my overreaction to some trivial contact, but I've never had an opportunity to meet these guys and all I've wanted to do for a very long time is say thank you. I am delighted that I was finally able to do that at their birthday party and to get to say it to Ed was just icing on the cake.
My sister and I milled around a bit longer while we recovered and got to talking to a really fun couple next to us. (Michelle, we really enjoyed meeting you and your husband and didn't think you were crazy at all!
) By then just the four of us were standing around and along comes Mike on a cart! We were all mad cheesing and waving and he waved back. I love Mike and how he seems to get the biggest kick out of us fans! That was by far the best and most exciting part of my day. I am pretty sure that getting to interact with these guys was a once in a lifetime deal; I couldn't have lucked out with a more appropriate time.
Afterward, we spent two hours in line to see the museum - tiring but worth it. I was most tickled to see Jeff's hats and Eddie's composition books. we grabbed dinner and our lawn seats in time to watch The Strokes. Finished a beer and then Pearl Jam time!
Another effing kick-ass night!!! 11 new-to-me songs (I'm on show #8 at this point), 2 covers I didn't know and 1 new song. Plus
all the awesome sing along songs. And
more TOTD. I was just a little bummed to hear the repeats, I'll be honest. But that's what you get, guys, when you spoil us so good! Oh, and one of my top 3 dream songs got crossed off this night - Leatherman!!!!! I couldn't believe it. heehee. I freaking LOVED the opener and was in heaven during the It's Ok tag. The other songs I was super-excited about seeing are: Habit (Liam Finn nailed it!!) Red Mosquito, Satan's Bed, Nothingman, No Way, Smile, & All Night Thing.
Thank you guys from Toledo for scooting up our way and making me feel less like the weirdo for woo-hooing and shaking my ass.
What an amazing weekend! I'll never be the same. I can't stop thinking about it. I told my husband that I would be floating for about a week, gradually weaning myself from the PJ as I get back to normal. Tomorrow I have to scrub the PJ20 paint of the back of his car.