Latest Dilemma

So, here is my dilemma. Next weekend is the event that I have spent the last year and a half working toward as Chief of Central Services: the reopening of the Central Library in Houston. It is going to be a big deal and a lot of fun. There will be authors, music, food, puppets, dancing, games (video and other), books, and fun (again). I would encourage folks to attend.

It just so happens that the night before the celebration, the Old 97’s are coming to town. I have been a fan of them as long as I have known my wife (I know this is odd and seemingly random but I remember first discovering them the day before our first date (November 1997)). It was the 97’s who turned me on to Bloodshot Records and the whole alt-country thing of the late 90s, which opened a whole world of music I did not know existed at the time. In the past ten years or so, they have come to town numerous times but something has always prevented me from attending.   In most cases, I was out of town when they were here.  They are rumoured to be a great live band. I will grant that their latest release is good but not as great (to my ears) as their early stuff and they have strayed a bit from the country twang that was so endearing in their earliest releases (AND some members moved from Texas to Los Angeles (Booo!!)) but they remain a solid band and I still would like to catch their show.

Now, knowing that next weekend is realistically the biggest moment in my career (also 10 years), should I attend a show the night before? Part of me says I should since I will be so nervous I will be unable to sleep anyway and a great show will calm my nerves and take my mind off of the big event. Another (more sensible?) part says I shouldn’t because I will be exhausted and I need to be able to be in a great mood as I welcome thousands to the library.

So, what should I do?

It occurs to me that things must be going fairly well life-wise if this is the most serious problem I am facing.

4 Responses to “Latest Dilemma”

  1. Go see them. I am a strong believer in that you should go after what you like ,or you will always look back and ask yourself, “Why did I not do that?” Go for it!

  2. Ducky Kramp Says:

    You should go. I can’t think of the Old 97’s without remembering the first time I saw them. It was pretty crowded and the chick in front of me had the worse gas I have ever been witness to. I wanted to leave but I was close to the front at Liberty Lunch and I’m sure you have been there when it was that packed. Nevertheless the show itself was great and I’m glad I went. You should definitely go.

  3. Ingrid Says:

    I say go see them too. It’s not like you are going out and partying.
    Good luck with the library reopening. We have been thinking of you.

  4. So, did you go to the show? And how did the opening go?

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