I've been trying to be a little more fearless now that I am in my dotage. I don't want to end up like Gary's sister Karen, who just today sent this email:
"Can you both make it earlier at mom and dad's tomorrow on the 4th. Around 12noon. We are trying to miss the late afternoon Thundershowers."
She's always been that way about thundershowers (or, rather, Thundershowers). Once, Gary's parents were coming to the airport to pick us up from our honeymoon. Karen sobbed and demanded they wait until the storm was over. Luckily, it was ONLY ABOUT TWO HOURS.
I don't want to be that way. However, it appears my conscious effort to be fearless might have failed me. I bought Counting Crows tickets at the GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois, right across the river.
Okay, many of you might know that what truly is right across the river is East St. Louis, Illinois. Murder Capital '07! Whoo! However, the concert is not in the heart of East Saint Louis. It is in Sauget. Observe the map:
The green arrow is Sauget, and the ballpark is even further South of East Saint Louis, at the southern tip of the airport you see at the bottom.
I took comfort in those empty fields.
I was even comforted enough to plot a map to the nearest snoot outlet. I was even confident enough to tell Mom of my plans.
"SAUGET? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?"
"No, Mom, I think it will be -"
"Stop" she barked (and if she could raise her hand she would have added the "Talk To The Hand" gesture). "I want to hear nothing else about this concert. Do not mention these Crows to me again."
So that was THAT. That made me a little more determined to go. I even thought, hmm, maybe Marcia would be more fun to go with than Gary.
"SAUGET? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?" Marcia roared. Then, more calmly, "I deeply regret to inform you I will be unable to accept your kind invitation."
"Well, fine." I turned to Libby, my most fearless friend. "You would go to - "
"Not a chance. Really, are you out of your mind?"
"No, it's Sauget, not East Saint Louis. I've taught classes at the chemical plant in Sauget."
"Well, if Monsanto was holding a concert at the chemical plant, that would be different. But it's at the ballpark."
"But this ballpark looks really safe. I looked at the satellite photo. There are just empty fields around the ballpark."
"So, they didn't happen to be making heroin deals in the fields at the moment the satellite passed overhead."
I looked closely; no heroin deals:
But I asked one more person, and even my boss said she wouldn't feel comfortable in Sauget. I know all our husbands had their bachelor parties there, but perhaps they wanted to die.
So. Tickets are on Craigslist. I don't suppose you'd want them?
By the way, I did scan the East Saint Louis satellite map looking for heroin deals, and this sketchy assemblage of houses, cars, trailers, and burned-out foundations was all I found: