these past few days have been some of the most amazing of my life.
on saturday afternoon, at around 4:30pm, i left staley 305, got in my car, and proceeded to head north. i drove from elon, north carolina all the way to towson, maryland. according to mapquest, this is a 358 mile drive. when i finally made it to towson university, katie and i had a lot of trouble finding eachother. but when we did, it was a great feeling. you don't realize how much you really miss people until you see them again. we hung out in her dorm for the night and got ready for what would be a crazy sunday.
sunday morning we woke up and attempted to do some homework before we left. katie got some done, but i just played freecell. we left towson university at 3:30pm, made a quick stop at 7-11 for some food, and then headed off toward pittsburgh. since katie loves to drive, she drove my car the entire way there. on the way there, we had some crazy encounters. we saw funny looking yellow motorcycles, parade floats, and lots of bush bumper stickers which we would always yell at. we passed through a place called breezewood. there had been so many signs for it on highway that katie hated it before we even got there. we then got on the penna turnpike and immediately got cut off by a chrystler mini van. it kept changing lanes in front of us and we got really mad at it. but eventually we tag-teamed and we used him to steer us through traffic.
after driving for 251 miles, we made it into pittsburgh at 7:30 or so. pittsburgh is a gorgeous city at night. we got lost as soon as we got into the city. we ended up in a neighboorhood that looked out over the city and asked some girls for directions. we followed them and still got lost. finally after asking about 24986924 people for directions, we made it to the a.j. palumbo center, dressed in really really cute outfits. it was after 8 at this point, so we were afraid that we had missed the beginning of incubus's set. it turned out that they hadn't started yet. the palumbo center is tiny. so even though our seats were far away, they were actually really close.
incubus finally came on, and it was the most amazing feeling in the world. it seems so crazy that we traveled 250 miles just to see a band in concert, but as soon as they started playing it made me realize how much i adore incubus and how i would travel as far as i could to see them.
they started out with pistola, which we knew would be the opening song. we danced and went crazy. katie snuck her digital camera in and took pictures and videos, some of which didn't come out well because of the crazy lighting and because the guy in front of her had a big head. the other two guys in front of us were hilarious and danced like crazy. a few rows down there was a girl in a yellow shirt and she was the most annoying and stupid person i've ever seen. i can't even describe how she acted, but it drove me crazy. anyway. they played pistola, nice to know you, and then idiot box!!!!!! i LOVE that song and i'm so glad they played it. after that came wish you were here, just a phase, stellar...and i don't remember what came after that. they also played vitamin, beware! criminal, sick sad little world, talk show on mute, made for tv movie, megalomaniac and drive.
katie and i had looked at previous setlists and we saw that they usually played southern girl and pardon me for the encore. so they left and then came back out. southern girl was the first song they played, as expected. then we were like, "okay, here comes pardon me, that's cool." but instead they played a certain shade of green. and we FLIPPED OUT. i screamed like a 12 year old. this might be my favorite incubus song of all time. it seemed so appropriate that we traveled so far and they ended the show with our very favorite song.
once it was all over, we headed back to the car. katie wanetd to drive again, which i was very happy about. we saw boyd street on the way back, even though it was completely dark. katie knew where it was because she is psychic. we made it back to towson at around 3am. by that time we were exhausted, but still on this crazy sort of high. we had traveled hours to see incubus. it was probably the craziest thing i've ever done before. but it was so worth it.
i woke up at 9ish by diana jumping on me. we hung around for a few hours and i finally left around 11:30am. i needed gas and got off at the white oak exit to get it. seeing home was a strange feeling. it made me miss it terribly, but at the same time i was excited to go back to north carolina. the rest of the ride was boring. i got back to elon at 5pm and immediately fell asleep for a few hours.
to sum it all up: driving a total of 1300 miles just to go to an incubus concert was probably the craziest thing i've ever done in my life. but it was also one of the greatest things i've ever done. i'm so glad katie and i did this together, because it's something we'll remember for the rest of our lives.
i have two papers due this morning. if i were a sensible person, i would have stayed here this weekend and worked on them. but instead i took a road trip to pennsylvania with an amazing girl. it was an incredible experience and it was totally worth it.
melissa + katie + incubus = love.
Current Music: love is a verb here in my room.