Sheila and I did it. We drove all the way to Vancouver, danced for 2.5 hours at the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert and then drove all the way back home. While in Vancouver we managed to see Stanley Park, walk the seawall, see the Olympic Flame cauldron, walk the length of Robson street, have happy hour at a pre-concert party and then, of course, the concert itself.
I can’t adequately describe the concert because I don’t think I know the right words for it. Or, maybe the right words don’t exist. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments. We were on the floor, center field at BC place. Over 40,000 people in attendance. Biggest stage I’ve ever seen. Two and a half hours of partying with arguably the two biggest superstars in the world. The roof of BC Place was partially open for the show (the first time that’s ever been done). While JT was singing Mirrors (the song I was most looking forward to seeing), a light rain started to sprinkle on us. I looked up, saw a plane fly overhead, felt the rain on my face, saw the lights twinkling around the roof and looked over at Sheila – we were there and it was exactly what I’d hoped it would be.
How lucky am I to have a sister who loves this just as much as I do? Someone who would drive 12 hours one way just to see this concert? Sheila is amazing and fun and game for anything and I love her. This was our fourth time seeing JT live. Twice with NSYNC and now twice solo.
Travelling with Sheila was so much fun. We lost our voices on the drive down, chatting and singing along with our driving tunes. We snuggled up in our tent during the night (yes, we camped just outside of Vancity). We hung out in coffee shops playing crib while we waited for the show, and she calmed me down moments before the big event when I was beginning to feel those feelings of excitement that can sometimes put me over the edge (I have a history of excitement-induced migraines…). She made sure I was eating enough, drinking enough water and taking enough deep breaths. She’s the best and I’m so glad we experienced this together.
5 more months until we do it all again. Does this mean that my hobby is going to Justin Timberlake concerts? If so, I’m OK with that.
Here’s a video from our concert. I didn’t take it, but during this we were on the floor (FLOOR SEATS) dancing our fannies off. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I mean, COME ON. I was in this same room as this guy. My love for JT will never die, and I am not ashamed of that fact.
And, just for good measure, here’s the video for Mirrors which makes me teary every time I watch it.
JT and Jay Z – you guys are truly the legends of the summer.