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.