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    July 23, 2009

    Found – in the grass at a Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan concert

    I went to see a John Mellencamp concert last summer and I found a dime in the grass at that show. This year, he was doing shows with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. A friend and I decided to get tickets and see him again since we enjoyed last year’s show so much.

    It was a beautiful sunny Saturday so we planned on leaving early, bringing some food with us, tailgating for a little while in the parking lot before heading inside for the show. Last year, we were in the front row. This year, we had 5th row. Somehow, I was getting really lucky when purchasing tickets.

    Unfortunately, my friend hit some traffic on the way to my house and we ended up leaving about a half hour later than we wanted to, which wasn’t really a big deal. It got worse when we got closer to the venue. We were about 7 or 8 miles away when we hit bumper to bumper, stand still, the road is a parking lot, kind of traffic. It took us almost an hour and a half to travel those 7 miles.

    By the time we got to the parking lot, we had eaten half of our tailgating food while sitting in traffic and we had missed the entire opening act. We parked, finished our food, and then embarked on the 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the performance center. After stopping at the bathrooms, by the time we got to our seats Willie Nelson’s set was more than half over.

    We wanted to buy some drinks in the intermission time between his set and Mellencamp’s but the lines at all of the concessions were ridiculously long and looked like they were not moving at all. We didn’t want to miss any of John’s show so we just stayed near our seats.  He came on and gave a great performance with lots of energy and excitement. We were up and dancing for most of it.

    After his set, we decided to get some drinks. This time we didn’t care if we missed the beginning of Dylan’s set, we aren’t really big Dylan fans anyway. So I got on line, standing on the grass, for one of the drink concessions. I was about 6th on line and it took a good 15+ minutes to get served. I called my friend to find out where she was when I was 2nd or 3rd on line and told her where to meet me. She showed up just as I was getting served. I bought the drinks and then moved over to get out of the way of the rest of the customers on line behind me. It was then when I just happened to look down and found this dime in the grass below my feet.

    What are the chances that I’m going to find a dime in the grass at Mellencamp concerts two years in a row? At completely different places!

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