Alice Cooper posed for pictures. Jackson Browne hugged me. Graham Nash thanked me for being there.
It was quite a night.
Second row from the stage, on the end, my wheelchair and Concert Buddy and I grooved and rocked out and sniffled. I did a little sobbing and lots of hugging; Concert Buddy was amazed at the number of people who felt the need to touch me.
The woman who saved my life by staunching my leg wound found me and embraced me and shared the love over Little Cuter and SIR's engagement. Mavy introduced me to her grandson - her date for the evening since her husband died at the event which was the genesis for this concert. Ozomatli on the stage; dead friends in our hearts.
It was quite a night.
I had my own personal security guard - a moonlighting US Marshal who had seen me the day before at the Federal Courthouse. We agreed that this was much more fun. He transported me safely back and forth from the arena to the Hospitality Suite to the after party.
Yes, the after party. With our credentials lanyarded around our necks, Concert Buddy and I drank Perrier and ate mesquite cake with David Crosby and Joel Rafael and paparazzi and Dr. Ponytail.
Yes, Dr. Ponytail and Dr. Mrs. Ponytail were there, too. Turns out she was the anesthesiologist for my second surgery. We laughed about my irritated uvula and discussed pain control and it was almost like a regular evening with friends. Except that Graham Nash was telling a joke 10' away from us.
Alice Cooper is a very nice man. Polite, charming, well-spoken and kind. He didn't wear his makeup, nor did he dismember any living things. He came to the Hospitality Suite before the concert began and posed for pictures - lots and lots and lots of pictures - and he never looked stressed or annoyed or anything except glad to be there. I've never hung out with Alice Cooper before; I'd recommend it highly if you get the chance.
Ron Barber is Gabrielle Giffords' District Director and he conceived the idea for this concert while lying on a bed in the ICU. The man was shot in the groin and in the face and he spent his time thinking of how to make something good come out of the situation. It's no wonder that he has such a spectacular family
These are his granddaughter's feet, festooned with remembrance bracelets which were too big for her arms.
My little phs camera wasn't up to the task, but these are the best of the photos I took. As you look at them, keep this picture in your heart
|Ruben Morena of Luz de Luna|
That is me with the mariachi who sang to me at the UMC Memorial Garden on January 12th. Can't you feel the love?
|Jerry Riopelle (right)|
|Joel Rafael, Graham Nash, David Crosby|
|Jackson Browne & Dar Williams|
|Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave)|
|Lights on Jackson Browne|
|Jackson Browne and Luz de Luna Mariachis|
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