September 26, 2005
The best weekend ever part two: The rest of the weekend
So, the first part of my weekend was the phenomenal U2 concert. Amazing stuff. Now, and I know you were waiting for this, here is a full description of why this was the best weekend of my whole life. Unfortunately it will have to be in abbreviated (bulleted!) form, but hopefully you'll get the picture.
- Curt in Grand Forks, my college roommate and best buddy came down to go to the U2 concert and spend the weekend with me and my family.
- We watched The Longest Yard which happens to be an adequately entertaining movie.
- We went to the Mall of America and had Georgia pulled-pork sandwiches at Famous Dave's. Yummy!
- We went to the U2 concert.
- We rode the light rail to and from the concert. Since the train was so crowded we both remarked at what an absolute "boondoggle" it was to build the light rail and how much we all appreciate Phil Krinkie's leadership on a wide variety of issues.
- We slept in Saturday morning and woke up in time for the Gopher's game. Curt said it was the first time he had slept in for at least 7 years.
- We watched quite possibly the most exciting (with a good outcome) Gopher football game I have ever seen.
- We invited Cheesehead Craig to come over to watch the Badger/Michigan game. As much as I dislike Wisconsin football, I dislike Michigan football even more. It is absolutely wonderful that they are out of the top 25. On Wisconsin, on Wisconsin, Grand old Badger state!
- Curt, Cheesehead Craig, and I went to see The 40 Year Old Virgin. This was much more of a ribald movie than I thought it would be, but because I watched the movie with Curt it is now one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Curt has such an infectious laugh and is such a joy to watch movies with that he can make even the most mediocre comedy the funniest movie I have ever seen. Housesitter with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin is still one of the best movies ever only because I watched it with Curt.
- Sunday morning we went to church, but we got out early to go to the Vikings game!
- We went to the Vikings game where the Vikings actually won! I attribute this to the fact that this was the first Sunday I wore my Cris Carter jersey this year. You can thank me later.
- After the game we went to Chipotle and had two of the best burritos ever created. They were delicious.
- Because Curt's train back to Grand Forks didn't leave until 11:15 at night, I got out of our Sunday night Bible study! Yipppeee!!! Er, I mean, that is a shame. I'll have to pray a little harder this week to make up for it.
- Instead of the Bible study, Curt and I watched The Last Starfighter with my kids. Curt had never seen the movie and admitted at the end that he is a "better person for having watched it."
- I took Curt back to the train station, we hugged, we agreed to get together again, and thus ended the best weekend ever.
That's it. I hope you can see, for a married man like me with three kids, this was an unbelievably fun weekend.
Needless to say, my wife now has free reign to do whatever she wants, spend however much money she wants to spend, and pretty much tell me to shut up if I put up any kind of resistance. That is the price I have to pay, and yes, it was worth it!
Posted by snackeru at September 26, 2005 4:12 PM | Life
Yes, a great weekend was had by all! But I believe the credit for the Vikings victory has to go to me, as I was wearing my Vikings wrist band on my left hand instead of the usual right. In addition, I also wore the pom-poms we were given in the back of my hat as if it were hair. I think that combination put us over the top. Thanks for a great weekend!!
Curt (back in boring) Grand Forks
Posted by: Curt Hanson at September 27, 2005 8:40 AM
I saw U2 in 1987 at RFK ($15.00 GA on the playing field!).
They ended with "40" and everyone (40,000 strong) were singing in unison "How long to sing this song" at the end of the song. The crowd sang it as U2 left the stage, we sang it as the lights came up and we exited the stadium, we sang it in the parking lot, and there were still groups of people singing it in the subway on the way back to their homes. I was humming it to myself for days afterward. Talk about an emotional concert.
Saw U2 May 2001 at Target Center and it was a great show too, but nothing could ever match that 1987 experience.
P.S. Last Starfighter is one of those unsung classics that appeals almost entirely to boys of all ages.
Posted by: freealonzo at September 27, 2005 9:39 AM
I have to agree that Curt did make that movie even more enjoyable. Thanks again for inviting me to come along (and for having me over for the 4th quarter of the Badger game). By the way, "Where's Anders?"
Posted by: Cheesehead Craig at September 27, 2005 10:05 AM
I must have made quite an impression, because I don't even remember seeing Housesitter! I do remember, though, watching a Three Stooges film in elementary school and all of the other kids staring at me because I just couldn't control my laughter. And I'll be laughing again when the Vikes throttle the Falcons this week!!
Curt in Grand Forks
Posted by: Anonymous at September 28, 2005 9:14 AM
Freealonzo -- what upsets me most about the U2 concert is the fact that it was the first time I saw them. Here is the band of my generation and I don't see them live until I am 32? Unforgiveable. So, for you to say you saw them in 1987 is almost painful for me to read. I am happy for you, but just ticked off with myself...
Craig -- You can come over and watch the Badgers anytime! Glad you had a good time...
And Curt, I actually remember something you don't? Amazing! Yes, we watched Housesitter in the Biology building theater and you literally had the entire crowd laughing hysterically. It was wonderful.
Posted by: Shane at September 28, 2005 9:25 AM