Foxwoods, 11.1.02.....

I would just like to say that I'm a dumbass and it was completely my own fault that I missed half the show. I thought Lisa Loeb would be opening, so I thought I could get there a little late. I spent a little extra time making a sticker for Robby, but I'm glad I did. I also thought it would be an hour to get there, and it was an hour and a half. And then it took forever to park and actually find the theatre in the huge maze of the casino. Casinos have a really horrible vibe, man. Yuck! Anyway, I got there just in time to hear Robby talking about the leaves, and how his wife isn't from that area but thought she could live there. As soon as he started playing, I went nuts, jumping around and singing. It was a tough room, though. Very few people were dancing, and there were some sitting down! Even the people down front didn't seem *that* into it.... At any rate, for a good portion of the rest of the show, and whenever the lights were shining into the audience, I held up my ROBBY ROCKS! sign for him to see (I was on the aisle so I didn't block anyone's view)....

So anyway, in the middle of Lucky Star, I realized something -- HE WAS WEARING THE SOCKS!!!!!! I got so excited and started jumping up and down (more) and told everyone around me. They weren't too impressed. After Lucky Star was Name, which John preceeded with the joke about it being on the mellow hits of the 90s collection someday. Then came All Eyes On Me, Broadway, and Sympathy. Robby was on the shaker again, and this time when he sat in the middle of the stage, he stretched out his legs and wiggled his stripey toes! Then came Iris, and I was kind of annoyed that I only got to catch the softies. I have to say, though, the glitterball effect on the stage was really, really beautiful from faraway. It was like a snowstorm of light.

They finished with What a Scene, and at the end of that, Robby sat on the edge of the stage and went nuts on his bass, rolled onto his back and stuck his feet up in the air. I think he was really enjoying those socks, man! Made me so happy!

When they came out for the encore, Robby went up to the mic and said he wanted to be serious for a minute. He started talking about how Bush wants to have a war, and we have to do something to keep that from happening. This just opened up a can of worms, since there were some ignorant patriotic types down front who booed him for it. So Robby and John spent the next fifteen minutes explaining why they don't want war, how they don't want american boys dying over there, how it's all about oil and money and politics.... And democracy is great because we can all be in a room together and talk about it. Robby said we should all write letters, or do something. I was so proud of him! It took a lot of courage to say something like that in a room full of gamblers in Connecticut, one of the most conservative states. If he keeps this up, keeps speaking out against the war, then we can change things....

After the political talk was over, Robby explained where January Friend came from. He was on vacation in Hawaii for a month, and he met this girl who was really crazy, and she liked to watch porn movies, but she would not touch him. There's that mystery cleared up! So he played January Friend, and then American Girl, which John dedicated to that drunk guy who was booing.

After the show, I was going to try to find the bus, but Foxwoods is like a huge maze so I didn't even bother. I wrote a note to Robby (well, a PS on the note I already had with the sticker) telling him how great it was to speak out against the war, and how he should keep it up. I grudgingly gave the note to a Foxwoods security guy. Then when I walked out into the lobby, I saw Mike, the head of Goo security, and he had the note. What a relief! I went over and talked with him for a minute, thanked him for giving Robby the card, and mentioned that Robby was wearing the socks I gave him, to which Mike said, "yeah, he really loves those socks." Hooray!

So I bought my Gutterflower tour program and went home. Even though I missed half the show, it was definitely worth it!

The next night was a show in Annapolis, to which my friend Ashley had passes..... So she got to spend half an hour with Robby! He was wearing the bumblebee socks again, and in the course of conversation, Ashley said, "you're wearing Myshele's socks" -- to which he replied, "yeah, I saw her at two shows in a row." So, he did see my sign at Foxwoods! Thanks for the news, Ashley!!