I've had tickets to see Justin Timberlake for many, many months. When you buy the tickets, there is, of course, no way to tell what the weather will be like. But, hey, it's a summer show. Who's worried? Not this gal. I'm going to see Justin Timberlake.
I planned to pick up my friend, and co-Justin fan, at 6:15 pm to head to the show, which would start at 8 pm. At around 5:45 a massive storm with tornado warnings, hurricane-lite winds, and torrential downpours swept through the area. The power flickered and the visibility from my windows stopped at about a foot and a half. Oh no, Justin, I don't know if I will be able to reach you! I then took a moment to worry about my husband, who, oh yes, was driving home in a Jeep in the middle of this mess. I have priorities.
At 6:15, I still had not left, and my husband finally burst through the door, a dripping, dark figure.
"Are you okay?"
"I didn't put the windows in the Jeep. I thought I would make it home before the rain."
I didn't mean to, but I started laughing. He was so soaked through that his underwear was pretending to be a bathing suit. The cup holders in his car were full of water.
"It was fine while I was driving, but when I came to a stop, it poured in. Then when I went over a bridge, the sideways rain really got me." I laughed some more. He was luckily in good humor about it. I'm not sure I would have been laughing like him.
The deluge finally slowed enough for me to try to pick up my friend. It took multiple attempts to reach her house, as one entrance was blocked by a tree that had fallen across the road, taking down a power line, and landing, smash, right on top of a car. Bad day for those folks. I decided to avoid the live wires. Sorry, Justin. I went around a back way and almost got carried away by the two feet of standing water that I know I shouldn't have driven through. I've seen the warnings about flash flooding. I shouldn't be stupid about this. I weaved around large branches which had created a debris obstacle course in the roads. It was not pretty, or easy.
He was worth it. Whether you like his music or not, the guy is an unbelievable performer. It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to based on performance and energy alone. The entire stage moved, so that he traveled to the back of the arena. EVERYONE had a great seat. And it doesn't hurt that he's a bit handsome and funny, too. The thousands of screams indicated that I am not wrong about that. I'd like to think he was happy that I was having a good time.
Luckily the roads were significantly dryer and calmer when we drove home. It's amazing what a glimpse of JT will inspire you to do.