Just Blew in from... The Toast of Chicago!!!!
by The Ever-Lovely Divine Lisa
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
When I awoke yesterday morning, it was just a normal
Saturday. I got up, got dressed (which was kind of abnormal b/c
I usually like to stay in my PJs for a while) and waited for a friend
to pick up some jewelry she ordered from me. I decided to bop into
the Bette clubs to see what was happening... while listening to
Live at Last (in hindsight, quite a wild choice! hehe). ANYWAY,
I don't pop onto the "official" site as much as I do the
new site, but I had put the word out about my DIVINE bracelets and
wanted to see if anyone had posted their interest in one instead
of emailing me. When I started looking around, I saw a post by "Tom"
who wanted to give away an extra Chicago ticket. I had been watching
that date approach on the calendar with great sadness, knowing that
I would not be attending. I live in IL, but approx. 5-6 hours south
of Chicago, depending on speed! :) So, I looked at the calendar,
had only one thing planned for the weekend (which was rearrangeable!),
was feeling like a crazy risk-taker in need of some spontenaity
and some BETTE and I emailed the guy who had posted. I then began
to think everything through very well... looked into cheap but reputable
hotels, mapquest directions, etc. Within a couple of hours he had
emailed me back, we had talked on the phone, and I was on my way
to Chicago!!!!! :)
OMG, People! This ranks up there with the craziest things I have
ever done. My ENTIRE FAMILY thinks I have LOST MY MARBLES!!! Just
driving to and in Chicago is a big risk in the eyes of most who
live here. BUT I JUST DIDN"T and DON'T CARE! I knew it was
DIVINE intervention, lol, that it was the right thing at the right
time, the stars aligned for a reason (no homework, little planning
for school to do, no big plans, just enough cash in my pocket, etc.),
and that I was gonna make this happen or regret it FOREVAH. So,
I packed up in 30 minutes and off I went--EXCITEDLY SCREAMING and
SINGING (Can I boogy? Can I boogy?) aaaallllll the way to Chicago.
I had NO problems driving, had NO problems finding the place, it
was perfect!!! Meant to be!
At this point, I just want you all to know that Mr. Tom is my new
ANGEL! He hooked me up with a seat for KMB in that was just fabulous!!!
He asked for nothing and was such a dear person with whom to spend
the evening! Things like this renew your faith in the human race!
I am SO grateful!!!! Betteheads, I have always known and have just
had it verified yet again, are the best group of human beings on
the face of our planet! I LOVE YOU ALL!
And you ask... HOW WAS THE SHOW??? OF COURSE you already know the
answer, kids!!! :) May I say that Bette was in TIP-TOP form. OMG!
Her voice was TRULY like BUTTAH!!! It just floated over, rested
on you, and proceded to melt, covering you in a warm sensation from
the inside-out! I do not know any other way to describe it. lol.
I figured out this was my 11th time seeing her in concert... and
sitting there it felt like the first time ever, yet like I had finally
come home. I think perhaps because of losing my dad this summer
it was especially touching. This was the first time I had had the
opportunity to share a space with her since that horrible event
in my life. I was engrossed and captivated and I laughed, felt like
a proud mother, BAWLED MY EVER-LOVIN' eyes out, the ENTIRE gambit!!!!
She LOVED Chicago... the energy of the crowd was fun, warm, inviting,
and IN LOVE WITH HER! She really played off of it, of course. She
was bawdy, tender, thought-provoking, hilarious, concerned, and
down-right ADORABLE! My fave comment of the night? "Oooooh,
Chicago... it is SO GREAT to be in a BLUE STATE!" The rafters
almost came off of the place with that one! :) I felt so proud of
our blue!!! My favorite moment of the night? WBMW. Now, I am a TRUE
Die-hard Bettehead... WBMW is not one we often admit as a fave.
C'mon, we know the entire catalog, there are so many more interesting
choices. Well, yes, but WBMW was the song that I listened to over
and over and over again the summer I fell in love with our Bette!
It is a summer I remember being in the car with my dad and he would
let me play my Beaches soundtrack over and over again to my heart's
content. Now, after losing him, the words in that song JUST KILL
ME! He truly did hang out in my shadow so that I could find personal
glory. He was SO PROUD of me... and I feel like I took him for granted
(we all take our parents for granted, don't we?) and now I would
just like to have one second back to tell him how very much he meant
to me. Oy, I love and appreciate every little thing about my sweet,
kind, understated, unselfish daddy SO MUCH! I always have and just
never outright told him so, although I know he knew. I believe he
heard me finally feel and say those words through Bette's voice
and my tears of longing for him last night! ;) I sat and BOO HOOED
through that song. as did the lady next to me. At one point she
sweetly reached in her purse and gave me a napkin, plus took one
out for herself. We both sat and criiiiieeed... tears ROLLING DOWN
my cheeks!!! ;) It was a sweet moment. After, I felt soooo cleansed!
Nobody else but Bette (la la la la laaaaaa!) can do that for me,
So, now I am home... coming down off of the high of last night.
What an unparalleled and unexpected gift and blessing! It seems
a bit like a dream... but I have my one little camera phone picture
of the empty intermission stage to prove that is was very real!
:) My fellow teachers are going to FALL OUT tomorrow morning when
I tell them about my temporary BETTE-induced insanity! :) YIPPEE!
To be alive!
Tom, you are one of my angels! THANK YOU for your generosity! You'll
never know just how much that night means to me!!!!
Bette... thank you SINCERELY from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART! You helped
me heal a lot more last night. How you do it, I'll never know. I
just thank god that you are able to speak so loudly to my heart!
I am consistently aware of my good fortune to be sharing space and
time with you on this planet! I'd like to say a word of thanks to
GOD (Mother Nature, the creator, the DIVINE, Allah, Mohammed, Buddah,
whomever, hehehe) for sharing you with us all! Oy, honey, you are
just the BEST!!!! There are no sufficient words. Love ya much!
Much love and positive energy to you all!
Bette Blows Into The Windy City
by The More Than Divine Michael
Photo: BaltoBoy Steve Weiner
I saw the show in Chicago Saturday night, it was
phenominal. Bette commented that she was happy to be in Illinois...a
blue state, she also mentioned that she was happy the F ing election
was over. Bette also made some comments about Ashley Simpson's lypsynching.
The show was basically the same as it has been, towards the end
of the show during Do You Want to Dance the audience started standing
up & she was done with the song but she returned to the stage
& sang the last verse a second time. After she finished Wind
Beneath My Wings the audience kept applauding again & she returned
to the stage & sang the chorus again. Bette then said she loved
playing with Chicago because the crowds were always good & she
loves the beautiful city of Chicago & she does not get to play
I was very happy to be there and will be seeing the show again this
Monday in Moline