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Plays, concerts and sports ... Oh my!

Since my family moved to Hudson in 2001, I’ve always really enjoyed being so close to a major city (in this case two), as well as its suburbs, and all the luxuries it has afforded me and my family.

There isn’t a store you can’t get to within 20 to 30 minutes by car; a concert or tour that isn’t coming through town at some point during the year; and there is always a college or professional sports game to make it to at pretty much any given time during the year.

I love going to concerts and seeing the bands play live. I love seeing plays and musicals up close and personal rather than just seeing people play characters on the TV screen or in a movie.

And I would live at Target Field or the Xcel Energy Center if I could.

But as I’ve gotten older and my tastes have broadened — especially now that I’m married and my wife has exposed me to many more different types of entertainment — I am starting to run into a bit of a dilemma.

With so many different options from which to choose, it makes it hard to decide which concerts, games or tours to see every year.

Now that I am married and have a house payment to make, on top of my car payment, there isn’t enough money to go around for my wife and I to make it to all the events that we would like to. I’m sure that is true for a lot of people, but it still hit me pretty hard that I would have to start deciding if it was worth it to go out more or to continue to feed my movie and book addiction.

For the last several years I have attended the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert in the Twin Cities every Christmas. I love TSO and their music is always amazing when you hear it in person.

They do awesome things with their videos and the pyrotechnics are awe inspiring. I have gone with a wide variety of people, including my cousin (almost every year), my parents, my best friend and now my wife this last year. It is a great yearly tradition that I have enjoyed for quite a while.

It is also pretty much the only concert I go to every year, which means that things can get a little repetitive if the band doesn’t update their material more than once every other year.

But like I said earlier, money is more tight now than it has been for many years, so I am now left with the dilemma of deciding if I want to cut the TSO concert from my yearly concert cycle or now branch out to see more things that I would like. Again, I realize that it isn’t the end of the world or anything, but the TSO concert has been a mainstay in my life every year and I would hate to lose it.

However, in the last few week’s I have come to the conclusion that it might be time to change things up and make a new tradition of going to a new and different show each year so that I can experience something great that isn’t TSO.

This year I think my wife and I will try to get to a Chanhassen Dinner Theatre show and maybe another concert or two instead of going to TSO.

Though I think I might still go online and purchase the TSO tour T-shirt because I have a goal of making a T-shirt blanket out of those shirts for myself and my future children.

Plus they are really cool and I have to make sure that I rotate out some of the older shirts from my closet otherwise I will wear them out and not be able to use them for the blanket.

Jordan Willi has been a reporter at the New Richmond News since September 2013.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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