Not once but TWICE

Tonight I had a once in a life time experience. But before I tell you what happened, I have to tell you where it started.

This story starts on April 15 of this year. It was a Friday. I had the day off. I was headed to Asheville, NC to meet my sister-in-law Lisa for a little girls weekend in the mountains. At 10am tickets were to go on sale for the Brad Paisley concert that would be on September 25. I had to leave the house at 8am that morning which meant that I couldn't buy tickets. So I asked my sweet husband to get online and buy tickets the second they were available (a.k.a. 10:01am). He agreed and I trusted that he would do it (after I reminded him about 15 times that morning before I left). So when he calls me at 5:30 that night after he was done with work, I of course asked about the Brad Paisley tickets. He had forgotten. So we ended up with crappy seats. I was upset but decided to just get over it because there wasn't anything I could do about it.

Flash forward 5 months to September 25- TONIGHT! We go to the Brad concert with our friends Kevin & Victoria and Kasey & Lindsey. You may remember Kasey & Lindsey as Foxy Butt- the team that beat us at cornhole for the 4th of July Brew-A-Que. If you forgot, you can always check it out here . They were the couple who won the Golden Hole. Well, they're die hard Brad fans like we are so we thought we would hang out with them WITHOUT the cornhole. We did a little tailgate party with Spurger burgers, beer and Brad music before the concert. Kasey bought Lindsey REALLY good/close-up seats in April as her 30th birthday present. So not only did they beat us a cornhole but now they had better Brad tickets than we did. Was I coveting?  You know it! But again, tried to not let it get to me. (p.s. we absolutely LOVE Kasey & Lindsey and really enjoy hanging out with them).

So anyhoo we get into the concert and the 6 of us go our separate ways. Kevin & Victoria go to the lawn seats (those really suck- sorry guys). Todd & I go to the crappy covered seats and Kasey & Lindsey go up front in the VIP section.

Here's where things get interesting.

The 1st song Brad sings you can only hear him but you can't see him. Then you see lights and the lights just happen to be at the front of our section. We are row N which means we are 14 rows back. I somehow RUN to the front of the section in about half of a second. Todd says I literally disappeared into air before he knew what was going on. I don't remember pushing people out of the way but I had to to be able to get to the front like I did. It was a haze but all I can remember is I'm literally 5 feet from BRAD PAISLEY. Brad Paisley, my music hero. Brad Paisley, my FAVORITE artist. Brad Paisley, the person I want to name my 1st born child after. I'm literally 5 feet from him.

Side note: Because I had crappy seats and there was a chance of rain, I opted to not bring my camera. Instead I assumed that I could get what I wanted on my Iphone. Assumption WRONG. Here are the only images that are proof that I was so close to him.

From Brad Paisley
From Brad Paisley

I mean how bad do these suck? If I was thinking rationally I might have just switched it to video and taped what was about to happen next. But who is rational when you are less than 5 feet from Brad Paisley.

So Brad is there singing MUD ON THE TIRES when he starts to walk my direction. I don't know how but it was like go-go-gadget arms flew out and I literally reached out for him and he touched my left hand. I was in complete shock. He walked down that row and then he came back a second time and touched my right hand. I think that was the point where I sh*t my pants. The woman behind me turned me around and screamed, HE TOUCHED YOU TWICE.  I literally freaked out. My heart was beating so fast that my entire body was shaking and I thought I would die of a heart attack right there.

I don't know if Todd would have believed me had he not seen my face when I walked back to our seats. I sat down and it was a scene from Rain Man- I rocked back & forth in my seat slightly mumbling under my breath "Not once but twice", Not once but twice". I think I sat there for a good 5 minutes and then I began screaming it!!!

From Brad Paisley

I told Todd I was done. Stick a fork in my I'm done. I've done everything I've ever wanted to do in life. He could have buried me tonight a happy lady. I'll go to my grave mumbling "not once but twice".

To say that this year's concert was the BEST EVER would be a huge understatement but there are some things I will always regret.

1. I should have worn Depends diapers (even though I'm SO thankful I didn't wear those white shorts I was thinking about. Thank goodness I'm a ruler follower and didn't want to wear white past Labor day)

2. I should have brought my flippin camera!

This was one of the best nights of my life. I seriously cannot believe I was that close to Brad Paisley. I will forever be CRAZY FOR PAISLEY!

I think there's a great moral to this story and its this.

NO matter how crappy life (or your concert seats) may be, life may throw you an unexpected twist. Don't be angry with the people who put you where you are (God or in this case Todd). You may not see why you need to be where you're at but there is always a reason and things could just turn around in a second. Also don't covet other people cause those people didn't touch Brad Paisley's hand!!!! And another HUGE life lesson: don't forget your freakin camera like an idiot!

I have to close with  a big THANK YOU to my sweet husband who forgot to buy the tickets when i told him to. Looks like it worked out in our favor this time!!!!!!!!!!
From Brad Paisley

It's 1 am right now and I'm just praying I can go to sleep on this Sunday night.

Good Night,
Brad Paisley's #1 fan

Victoria  – (September 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM)  

You are so funny! I love you! As soon as the first song started...I said to Kevin "that's not him on stage...that's a hologram or something" and sure enough he popped out in the crowd and then I said "That's gotta be right where Todd and Candice are sitting". Right and right! What a great show!!

Anonymous –   – (September 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM)  

You is Smart, You is Good, You is Important and You is crazy.......Glad you had a good time, much love Mom

Nat  – (September 26, 2011 at 2:54 PM)  

you are crazy but I'm so happy that one of your dreams came true TWICE! Hugs!

Kim  – (September 26, 2011 at 8:03 PM)  

Oh my goodness... Girl, I think I NEED some Depend! I have sat here laughing and wheezing so hard at this blog. I have tears running down my face! Brandon just asked me, "Hon, are you going to be ok??" I kept trying to utter the words in your blog to him. I couldn't. I tried 4 or 5 times. Oh girl... you killed me this time!

Kim  – (September 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM)  

Follow up comment... I just told Brandon, "Who tells the world they pooped in their pants and should have worn Depend except my best friend? There's no one like her!!!" :) Love ya, BF!

Mel :) –   – (September 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM)  

Oh Candice, you're hilarious! Like Kim I was laughing hysterically the entire time I read this.

Todd - you're DANG lucky Brad touched your wife... twice. Definitely saved your ass ;)

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