my wife and I joined some friends to attend our first "rock" concert
since the COVID pandemic temporarily made fun illegal. It was great
to be back in that electric atmosphere among a crowd of excited music
lovers, about 90% of whom were younger than my lawn mower.
Ed Sheeran headlined the concertwith Khalid and Dylan opening.
I was really excited about this lineup, mainly because with two opening
acts, there would be plenty of restroom and refreshment breaks. Better
yet, our friends gave us the tickets, and they also drove us to AT&T
Stadium in Arlington,
Texas, which meant that I could nap in the car.
I didn't know much about Ed Sheeran prior to the concert, other than
he sang a couple of popular romantic ballads and he had ginger hair
that looked like he styled it with a package of fire crackers. My
wife and I both worried that we might have trouble staying awake if
all of his songs were slow and being performed after 8:00 PM. Oh,
well. More napping!
A few hours before the gates opened, we decided to have a late lunch
in downtown Arlington at Babe's Chicken Dinner House, where the food
is served family-style, most of it is fried, and everything is "all-you-can-eat."
(Did I mention the chance for napping?)
The atmosphere in Babe's was cozy and dark, probably so we couldn't
see each other making total pigs of ourselves as the massive Lazy
Susan on the table doubled as a rotating trough full of fluffy biscuits,
greasy fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and a few other vegetables
that I don't remember much.
Once we had traumatized our waistbands at Babe's, we were off to the
concert. We arrived early, which gave me a chance to scout out the
food vending (including a jumbo hotdog I had my eye on) since the
long walk to our seats was making me hungry again.
Probably because our tickets were free, they were high enough in the
stadium to be right next to the Lord's throne room, which was fine
with me. Up there, we were among other adults who had the good sense
to stay seated.
The first performer was a new rock artist named Dylan. She was young,
incredibly energetic, and almost certainly had never eaten at Babe's
Chicken Dinner House. I thoroughly enjoyed her music, but she made
me exhausted just watching her. When she was finished, I felt old-and
Next up was Khalid, whom I can only describe as "totally cool." His
voice was cool, his walk was cool and his songs were cool. I couldn't
really make out most of the lyrics, other than one song called "Young,
Dumb & Broke." Now, that's a song I can relate toparts of it,
anyway. Khalid's coolness made me feel really uncooland still
Finally, it was time for Ed Sheeran. I was excited to discover that
his performance included lots of fast, "rocking" music, and he delivered
a terrific stage show. There were striking visuals, exploding fire
and best of all, I finally got my hot dog.
We had a great time at the concert. Ed Sheeran and friends were extremely
talented musicians, so much so that when the concert ended, I felt
really untalented, but at least I wasn't hungryuntil the ride