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Ahhhh, Poison. Soooooo awesome on Saturday night. But I'll get to that.

Hung out at the house on Friday, cleaning, setting stuff up. Let the kids play in the Thomas sprinkler, spray painted a T stand and put it back together. Guitar Hero. Always some Guitar Hero.

Saturday drove the kids first to see my parents for a short bit of time. I was impressed with the coolness of my parents in dealing with the situation, as weird as it is. I got to see and play with my poor little niece in her body cast. She still has at least 8 weeks to go in that thing.

Dropped the boys off at their dad's house. Grabbed some Taco Bell and went to the venue for the concert (PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ). The show was supposed to start at 7 and we got there at 6 so we got stuck parking in the far, far away lot where you have to hike up hill through the woods to get to the show. Stupid Juli brought her sneakers but forgot to put them on and instead did the long walk in my thin, crappy flip flops. So by the time we got to the hill, my feet were all kinds of hurty.

The first act was this crazy band called Vains of Jenna. They came out on the stage and said, "We're Vains of Jenna and we're from Sweden!" So there were running jokes about Ikea and meatballs. They were good, but seriously seemed like they were trapped in 1989 based on their clothes and hair.

Ratt was up next and Stephen Pearcy was GREAT. His voice in in really good shape, though a bit deeper than in the good old days. He says "fuck" a lot. I thought his stage banter could have used some work but I have to imagine it's a bit of an ego kill to have to be an opening act. Whatever. They played all the stuff I like (Way Cool Junior, Lay it Down...) and wrapped it up, of course, with Round and Round. I just realized they didn't play I Want a Woman, which is one of my faves of theirs.

I have to mention, it's cool that the Arts Center has relaxed their rules a little bit.  You're now allowed to bring your own beach chair, umbrella and cameras into the venue, but DAMN they are ridiculous with the vendors.  They were charging $4 for a bottle of water, $5 for a soda, $4 for a weak soft pretzel.  Not to mention that the concert tee shirts were $35!  Seriously.  I am getting soooo old. Anyway...

Poison's stage was awesome.  Lots of pyro and stuff.  A mini stage within a stage with stairs on both sides.  Typical Poison.  They did all of their singles and a couple tunes from their new CD of covers.  (Poison'd--->  pick it up, it's ALOT of fun!)  They played Tom Petty's I Need to Know, The Romantic's What I Like About You and the Marshall Tucker Band's Can't You See.  I danced, I sang along, I held up my open cell phone during Every Rose.  I also recorded Unskinny Bop and Every Rose with my camera.  I'll post those later, just for fun.  Bret was hyping his VH1 show a lot.  CC was great-- he had a lot of solo time and sang his ditty, I Hate Every Bone in your Body (But Mine).  Time flew, I had a phenomenal night.

Yesterday I slept in.  Went to a late lunch/early dinner at a rodizio place in Newark and gorged on meat.  It actually wasn't as good as I remembered.  Got lost trying to get to Ikea in Elizabeth, NJ and spent an hour driving around in circles.  Finally got there and the place was a zoo.  Drove home to the house in PA, stopping at Dairy Queen for a strawberry cheesecake blizzard along the way.  Made some of my famous ultra-yummy though calorie-laden Juli Popcorn and watched a pirated copy of Transformers.

Liked the movie a lot.  Thought Shia LeBouf was GREAT.  Funny and sympathetic.  I don't think the movie translates well to TV.  It was hard to see the details of the robots and during the battle scenes, when the robots were moving all over the place, it was easy to get confused. LOVED Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.  I want a Bumblebee of my own.  Sniffle, sniffle.  Overall, I think I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.

And that, my friends, was my weekend.