This week, I’ll be crossing something off the ol’ bucket list: I’ll finally get to see U2 in concert.
That is, unless somebody goes to the hospital.
Let me explain: this will be the third time I’ve tried to see Bono & the boys in concert. The first time, Sunny had a little health scare that kept me from going. The second time, Sunny had a BIG health scare that kept me from going. That was October, 2009 and I wrote about that experience in a piece called “No U2, No Problem“. My favorite part of the post is the end, my “Ode to October 6th” wherein I made 28 song & album references to U2’s work. I’m so proud of it that I’m reposting it here. Hopefully I won’t be revisiting this little ditty come Saturday night.
Well, October 6th hasn’t exactly been a Beautiful Day; but, you know, Some Days Are Better Than Others. My Wild Honey has had Vertigo all day. Or you might just call her The Lady With The Spinning Head. Watching her when she feels Bad is just So Cruel. It’s like being Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of. Right now, I’d do anything for a Miracle Drug to help Numb her pain. I had tickets to the U2 show tonight and my buddy asked, “Do you want me to go With or Without You?” Of course, I told him I had to Stay because, hey, wherever she goes I Will Follow. That’s what you do when you’re A Man and A Woman who are One. Besides, Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.
In A Little While, I’ll put on my headphones and listen to all the U2 songs I’m not hearing live tonight and I’ll keep telling myself that the audio recordings are Even Better Than The Real Thing. On second thought, I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight. Just Breathe, Jason. Just breathe.
So Bono, maybe I’ll catch you and the boys Another Time Another Place. Until then, I’ll Rejoice that we’re One Step Closer to being able to Exit this hospital in the morning. And you know what? A night by my wife’s side has turned out to be pretty Magnificent, The Sweetest Thing anyway. I guess there was lemonade to be made from this Lemon of a day after all!