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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy 36th Birthday Kent- January 27th

HAPPY 36th Birthday Kent!!!

This is the only "baby" picture I have of Kent...which isn't really a baby picture at all. I am not even sure how old he is in this photo either.
Back in September I had bought Guns 'N' Roses concert tickets as a birthday gift surprise for Kent. The concert wasn't until January 16th so we had a while to wait. I was SO dang excited as he had NO clue that I got them and it isn't very often that I can surprise him like this. Niki and Darren bought some as well so we all were going to go together.

Darren, Niki and I had come up with a "big plan" of how we were going to go about the whole "date night" since Kent didn't have a clue what we were really planning. We got dressed up and met Darren and Niki at Montana's Restaurant in Calgary. The food was delicious and then from there we went bowling. We hadn't been bowling for years...so it was ALOT of fun! Let's just say I made them all look like super star bowlers since I was SOOOOO bad ha ha! We had fun and I was glad we went there.

We were right close to the Saddle Dome where the concert was going to be starting around 8 p.m. We decided it was time to head over there. We all got into the van and Darren was driving so he put on a Guns N Roses song. Kent and I were in the very back of the van (because of car seats) and when the music started Kent started singing to it and said "good song." Darren, Niki and I all smiled at each other (keep in mind it was dark out) so it was hard to see each other or anything inside the van for that matter. I asked Kent what group was singing...the music was really loud and he didn't hear me...I had to ask him like 3 times. He finally answered me like duh, it's Guns N Roses. He then said to Darren, "hey they are coming to town did you know that." I pulled out the tickets to the concert and said, "oh you mean this concert?!" Kent had the most confused look on his face as I handed him the tickets and he was trying to figure out what I had handed him. Once we clued him in he was SO shocked and SO excited! We were at the Saddle Dome by this point and he kept saying, "are you serious?" He couldn't believe that I had kept this a secret for so long (which by the way I can freely admit I am a HORRIBLE secret keeper...I get too excited!!!) but this time I rocked it and he gave the greatest reaction to it all =)
Ok so I must be a VERY naive person as I had NO CLUE what we were in for going to a Guns N Roses concert...let's just say my eyes were wide open the WHOLE time...and it wasn't because I was watching the concert it was because of the shock of what I was seeing all over inside the dome. When we got to the doors to go inside the dome men and women were being separated to be searched for drugs and weapons...hmmm, I thought to myself this is strange as they never did this at the Rascall Flatts concert. There were a lot of interesting characters in line at the concert so it gave Niki and I something to talk about while we were waiting...it felt like Halloween...too funny! As we got closer to the door and I could see them literally checking in purses and bags and what not.
We FINALLY got through the doors and met up with Kent and Darren and walked around to find where our seats would be. Ok, so we spend ALOT of time at the Saddle Dome since we have Calgary Flames season tickets...and let's just say it didn't feel like the Saddle Dome AT ALL!!! They didn't have any of the hall lights on so it was VERY dark and dreary feeling in there. I was scared to go to the bathroom by myself...so therefore I didn't. It was extremely smoky in there and dark. Much to my surprise there was people doing drugs EVERYWHERE. There was security and police present walking around and they would tell them to put it out (people doing drugs) and I kid you not the people would just laugh and keep doing what they were doing. There was NOTHING the police or security could do about it because of the numbers of people doing it and the limited amount of police and security there. Inside the dome it literally felt like "a pit."
Needless to say we left early as it was not a good environment. Kent thanked me for the tickets, but told me not to buy him tickets to concerts like that again...NO PROBLEM LOL!!
Kent wanted my no bake cheese cake for his bday cake and Taco Soup for dinner. It was all yummy! We had the kitchen decorated and everything ready to be eaten once Kent walked in the door from work. He had a big grin on his face...and THAT was the greatest!!

5 comments:

Heather said...

What a fun story! I'm impressed with how you kept it a secret, and surprised him!! Good job Barb! Also, the concert atmosphere sounds freaky! I've never been to a concert like that either! But what an adventure right???

Lynn said...

Awww.........you are so sweet! What an AWESOME surprise and SO funny! Loved it.

Happy Birthday Kent!!!

I feel bad that that the concert wasn't what you had hoped for. I think that concerts are nowhere NEAR what they use to be when we were teens, eh? I try to explain that to my kids when they ask to go to concerts and I say no. They can't believe that I use to go to them. But I am glad that I don't get any argument out of them......cause when they hear from their friends what DO happen at concerts, they totally get the "no" answer and don't ask why. ; D

Kent and Barb said...

Oh Barb just thinking of Kenty when he was lil and how much he meant and still means to me is overwhelming! Being so far away makes it easy not to think about what I am missing. Him growing up! Please tell him I love him sooo much! Give him and kiss and holy crap he is really getting old! Almost 40 and only 3 years younger then Frank! Yikes!!!!!!!! Love Aunt Joan

Kent and Barb said...

BARB KENT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING. HAPPY HAPPY 36TH KENT, THE BOY, WHO WAS DEB'S AND RUSS'S LITTLE MAN IS NOW YOUR BIG HANDSOME MAN. THAT IS WHAT I CALL WAYNE . YOUR SURPRIZE WAS AWESOME BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD LEAVE EARLY.

LOVE TO ALL AUNT TANYA UNCLE WAYNE

The Caballero's said...

Oh my gosh Barb - that concert story cracked me up!

Happy Birthday Kent!