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April 27th, 2008 · No Comments

This weekend I had the amazing fortune to see Bruce Springsteen in concert at Philips Arena. WOW! The man and his band played for nearly three hours. No, no opening band, no intermission, just song after song after song.

He did open with a video obviously pieced together over the course of decades in honor of their now deceased keyboardist, Danny Federici. It was a nice touch, classy and respectful.

Hubby was slightly disappointed that he did not hear Glory Days, Dancing in the Dark or Born in the USA, however I was excited to hear Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and Rosalita. The only major piece missing was my all time favorite, the best song EVER written, Jungleland. Yes folks, Jungleland is better than Hotel California and Stairway to Heaven! (and I LOVE both those bands too). 

After the show we stopped into a rooftop bar at the Glen Hotel just down the street from the venue. It was a beautiful night, perfect for adventuring! After that, we walked until we saw a driver with horse and carriage and asked if he would give us a lift back to our hotel.  How romantic is that?

From there  we actually walked to the Hard Rock bar but it was sooo crowded that we went down the street just a bit to the Metro Diner. A 24 hour diner, bar and (just our luck) Karaoke night! We sat in the corner window seat so we could people watch while listening to some very interesting(?) music. I must admit I have not heard Sweet Caroline sung in spoken word form by what sounded like Rocky Balboa. Yo Caroline!

We then headed back to the Ritz-Carlton. I will recommend this hotel to everyone! We checked in and out within minutes. There were at least three attendants helping me in and/or out of my car at all times. The room was beautiful and comfortable. Service was immaculate!

Next day, we went to the High Museum of Art.  Other than one disrespectful head set attendant person, we had a nice time. The place is huge and the works of art are amazing. Everything from the Hellenistic period to Southern folk art. We had tickets to see a special collection once owned by Josephine Bonaparte. Some of the pieces were dated as far back as 5000 years. Now that’s craftsmanship! Upon leaving the museum, we were on an elevator with a mother and her two daughters. They had been to the acting classes and free art studio that afternoon. They were proudly showing us their creations. How cool is that?

Later that day we had dinner with some friends and family and shared our adventures before heading back  home. We thought how cool it would be to live in a thriving city scene like this one. Where you can walk to museums, resturants, shops, offices, etc… We just don’t have that kind of city life in the Ham. Sure there are pockets of interest, but sorry Birminghamalamiams, it just does not compare to the what the A-T-Lians have at their doorstep.

Next trip, the Georgia Aquarium!

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