This is not a follow-up to my last post about homework. It's not school related at all. But it does have to do with Rea.
On the way to school every morning the kids and I listen to The Bobby Bones Show on Wave 92.7. We've been listening daily for about 3 years. As a parent, the morning drive to school used to be a nightmare. Radio morning shows are pretty raunchy. I don't want to listen to hungover morons ranting about their latest sex-capades or those of the Kardashian losers and the like. And I certainly do NOT want my little kids to be exposed to that crap. So it was "Wheels on the Bus" all the way to school - ugh. There is not enough coffee in the world to make that ok.
Then one day, I couldn't stand it any longer... and turned the radio on figuring I would just channel surf for music. We stopped on Wave. And it didn't take too long to figure out that this was a good show. The kids love listening to Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie and the rest. They laugh all the time at whatever Lunchbox has to say. I think their favorite show was when Lunchbox was (very energetically) describing Sharknado. Both kids were cracking up the whole ride. Buddy's favorite part of the show is "Amy tells a joke" and "Amy yells a joke".
It doesn't matter what time of day it is, when the monsters get in the car, they request the Bobby Bones Show. And many times over the last three years the kids have asked to go to Nashville to "find them and meet them".
I am not sure how long it was before we really figured out about the Raging Idiots. For those who don't know, the Raging Idiots is a country parody duo consisting of Bobby Bones and Eddie. I think the first song we heard on the radio was Tortilla... or Food Crush. Not sure. The kids were DYING laughing when the morning show did a "World Premier".
The Raging Idiots tour around the country and play shows.
After years of being fans of the morning show, and months of watching YouTube videos of the Raging Idiots songs, it was announced that they would be playing a show in Ft Pierce. The kids screamed. Literally screamed. They wanted me to buy tickets immediately.
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I dropped the kids off at school. Stu and I decided to take Rea to the show. It didn't start until 8pm, and we weren't sure if Buddy would be able to handle being up that late.
We waited a while to tell Rea that she'd be going. Actually she didn't find out until the tickets came in the mail. I asked her to open that envelope. There was a lot of jumping up and down. And a lot of screaming.
Rea and I were getting more excited as the concert date was getting closer. It was going to be Rea's first concert. And we both really love the morning show. But I think Stu was kind of indifferent. I don't know that he cared either way. On the hour drive to Ft Pierce, Rea and I chatted to him about Bobby Bones and the others on the show. Rea listed some of the songs that she was hoping to hear.
Then we arrived. And the show started. Bobby came out first, told some stories, sang a song or two, brought a few people up on the stage. Then Lindsay Ell (wow! What a super talented girl! She's going to be huge one day!) came on and played a set. When Rea and I were in the restroom, I asked if she was enjoying her first concert experience. She said, "Oh yeah, it's awesome. But I really want to get on the stage and get a picture with Bobby. I want to meet him." I smiled and thought how am I going to pull that off? But I didn't want to kill the dream, so I promised to buy Meet and Greet tickets the next time the Raging Idiots come back in town.
The Raging Idiots came out and rocked it! I mean it. They were so awesome. I had a perma-smile. It got even better when I looked over and saw the hubs and my daughter laughing, singing, clapping, cheering and dancing along.
Sometime during the Raging Idiots set, Stu asked Rea if she wanted to walk down to the front and try to get a selfie with Bobby and Eddie. She jumped at the chance. So off they went.
With the help of some very wonderful people by the stage, Rea was able to get Eddie's attention. And he was waving and posing for pics with her. Then Bobby made fun of him, the married guy, for flirting with girls during the set... Eddie said [something to the effect of] no, no, no, you don't understand. Then, next thing I know, my little girl is on the stage!
Our whole section was cheering. Screaming and jumping up and down as though she were their child. It was nice not to cheer alone for her. Rea was incredible! (video below)
How cute is that?!?!
There is no way we are going to be able to top that experience. Stu is the best Dad ever!
I mentioned earlier that Stu was pretty indifferent to the whole Raging Idiots and morning show... he doesn't listen to them on the regular. But he feels very different now.
I'd like to thank Bobby Bones and the whole crew for a few things: