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My 13-year old niece has persuaded me to accompany her to a Pink concert here in The Hague on September 1st. Her mother thinks she's too young to go on her own, her older brother wouldn't be seen dead at such an event, and so she hit upon me as the answer to her predicament. Who can resist the puppy dog eyes a 13-year old can make? Well, her mother and her brother obviously, no doubt through long experience, but not me. I've just bought the tickets and the child is over the moon.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. I've come down with a cold and despite the sunny afternoon outside, have been shivering indoors all day. Also, I feel guilty about not having done the exercises Rutger has asked me to do this week, but I just haven't found a way to work them into my routine. There are one or two I can do without equipment, and I have done those, but the rest require the type of machinery to be found in a gym, and when have I got time to go to a gym? I leave for work at 7am, and I'm never home before 8pm. Besides, I'm not prepared to fork out for gym membership again -- I did that twice before, and after the first few weekends, never went again...but had to continue paying their fee for the next year or so.

To top off my tale of woe, a strike has been announced on the busses this coming Monday. Jobsworth has told us we are all responsible for making other arrangements to get to work on time, which is fair enough I suppose, although short of taking a cab, I don't see what I can do.

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curiouswombat
Apr. 21st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I hope that you've got something in to take for the cold - if you are poorly on Monday no-one will ever believe you :~(

Pink? It could have been a lot worse!
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Could it? To be honest, I haven't a clue as to what genre of music Pink represents -- perhaps I'd better find out before September!

if you are poorly on Monday no-one will ever believe you :~(


That's my worry, too. Especially since Jobsworth has called an after-hours meeting, and has made it mandatory for everyone to attend.
curiouswombat
Apr. 21st, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=TtDDnWUfpcc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkRwHMa-5tc&NR=1

She actually writes some good lyrics - and is the person who did 'Stupid Girl' taking the piss out of the Paris Hiltons of the world.

Could certainly have been a lot worse.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You're right, it could have been a lot worse -- I shouldn't have doubted my niece's common sense, really. I'm sure I could stand an hour and a half's worth of poppy rocky tunes like this.
bogwitch
Apr. 21st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
This will make you feel better: you can always take earplugs.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! Something to consider, at least.
sanda56
Apr. 21st, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon! :)
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
enigmaticblues
Apr. 21st, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry you're not feeling well, and that you have to look forward to a bus strike next week. I hope it gets cleared up soon.

And Pink, huh? I really like some of her music, though I'm inclined to agree with the child's mother. Thirteen is probably too young to be going alone.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would agree that 13 would be too young to go to a concert unchaperoned. I was 15 at my first gig, accompanied by my sister who was 14, and in hindsight, I don't know what my parents were thinking letting us go.
caegey
Apr. 21st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
You're a good aunt. I was 14 when I went to my first gig with my sister and her (then) boyfriend - Hall & Oates! and I'll never forget who I went with.

Good luck getting to work Monday. It could be worse -- there is a nurse's strike on here!
gamiila
Apr. 22nd, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
The first gig I ever went to was Queen, in Rotterdam, May '77 -- I was 15 (or as near as makes no difference), and my sister 13, going on 14. Neither of us had any idea what we were letting ourselves in for, and although we had a fabulous time, I can understand why my sister isn't happy letting her own daughter go to a similar event unchaperoned. Things have changed so much in the past 30 years, and as parents, you just can't be naive about them anymore.
anonypooh
Apr. 22nd, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
I have some Pink on my iriver! It'll be fun!

gamiila
Apr. 22nd, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
Yes, I think it will, too! I'm quite looking forward to it now.
james_translate
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
I do like Pink, actually :)
I haven't gotten around seeing her in concert, but she's certainly not the worst of today's music production.

Do bring earplugs just in case, though. Not so much in case you don't like the music, but in rock gigs nowadays, they tend to push music too loud for my taste. I have sensitive ears and am more fond of the voice than of the loud instruments.
I found out that far from cutting you from music, in loud rock gigs earplugs only filter out the deafening thing, and makes it easier to actually perceive the tunes and singing.

Tried them at a Placebo concert, it worked like a charm.
gamiila
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Earplugs -- definitely seem like a good idea. Thanks!
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