Saturday, May 8, 2010

Did I miss anything?

I've been a little preoccupied lately with life. My daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild. There is nothing more important than participating in this wonderfully exciting event. And I've had some health decisions that have been weighing heavy on my mind. I've been working my ass off establishing myself in a new market. Suffice it to say that the Manilow world has been the last thing on my mind.

But I spent some time browsing around the usual fan sites tonight and found that I've missed quite a bit of drama, some announcements, a request to renew my membership, and even some new pictures of the Manilow store.
  1. The drama: I never miss that. It's always nice to live in a bubble and not get all wrapped up in the usual fan related incidents and melodramas.
  2. The announcements: those hold little significance to me any longer (except another dangling carrot of the new album 15 Minutes--that will ALWAYS interest me).
  3. Renew my fan club membership: let's see--I'll pass on that one. Honestly, I can read the announcements on the website and I don't need another BMIFC pin. As far as being able to purchase the best seats, that was never the truth. The Hilton always had better seats available than the fan club and I assume so does the Paris hotel.
  4. Pictures of the new Manilow store: it looks like a really nice place in a really nice hotel. I'm happy that Barry is now there and that he's receiving the publicity and recognition he deserves.
It's amazing how a little distance can give you some perspective. Do I want to see the new show? Sure. It's new and I'd like to see it. Honestly, I don't miss the shows as much as I miss my friends and spending time with them. That was always the crux of my frequent trips to Vegas. Did I enjoy the shows? Absolutely. But I enjoyed the time I spent with friends and the moments that we shared so much more than the performances.

I have no idea when or if I'll ever get back to Vegas. But I still have my memories of some of the best times of my life. I'll remember them fondly and also remember that Barry was a part of them. But life is more than sitting in the front row night after night and wishing and hoping for a glance, a smile, or a handshake. I prefer to live in the real world, no matter how hard it can be at times, or how many difficult decisions I have to make. I prefer to invest in the future and not live in the past or wish for things that can never be.

Still believing that it is ALL about the music,
Texas Fan


Dawn Bushman said...

I don't blame you for wanting to miss the drama. I wished I could have too, unfortunately that was not my call.

Take care of yourself, please. There's only one you.

Good luck with the grandbaby!

Lori said...

Good points...and as always, good luck in all that you do.

Anonymous said...

Holy mackeral Suzanne, you touched on several points that hit home with me. You will not believe the feeling of being a grandmother, my granddaughter is 18 months old and the feeling is inexplicable. Congratulations to you. Also when you said that you don't look miss the shows like you used to, me too! I can't explain that other than I agree that going on these little vacations with friends has become more important than seeing Barry, not that I don't still adore him, but I have put a different perspective on being in the Manilow world. The new show is fabulous, very different, classy, a little bit for everybody.

Take care.


Peachy said...

So true. I look forward to hanging out with my friends - the shows are just a part of it. I got some pretty good seats for my upcoming shows and I purchased them from Ticketmaster; I must add, they were better than the ones offered by BMIFC. It really pays to look in both places before buying anything. Good luck to you, and we have to find another show to talk about since out fav is going off the air. What are we going to do?

texas_fan said...

Dawn--will do.
Jude--thanks for commenting and agreeing with me.
Peachy--not sure what we will do..have Jack withdrawals??? I know I'll be renting 24 DVD's for awhile to ease the blow!

Terry said...

Still want you to come to the Blogilow board of directors meeting in July!

texas_fan said...

Wish I could come this year but it's just not happening.

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Anonymous said...

You have a wonderful perspective and priorities in place. Congrats on the new addition.

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