4th of July Parade
When I was a little girl,
I went to see a parade in Herrich, South Dakota where my mother grew up.
It's a small town (pop 100+). The floats were trucks. The length of the
parade was the single main street. My grandpa was in one of the trucks.
He threw candy.
I thought of that when I
went to see the Alameda 4th of July Parade. Okay, so Alameda is a "much"
larger town. But it had that same feel.
No real floats, just trucks
and cars and people who live in our town.
The parade route was a block
from our house. We went. Brought our chairs, some soda, Brie and watched
America walk and march and drive by. People threw candy. A bank was giving
away little American flags. I got one.
And really, that's what a
4th of July parade should be like. Local people getting together and celebrating.
Sade at Concord Pavillion
Anyone that knows me will
know that Sade isn't really my cup of tea music wise. You're much more
likely to see me at a Metallica concert. However, my mother had an extra
ticket and it seemed like a good opportunity to do some mother/daughter
Mom and I met out front of
the Concord pavilion and staked out a spot on the lawn, about half way
The opening act was good
and mellow. The crowd's mood was very Summer time relaxed.
After the intermission, Sade
came on. She was wearing a bright yellow mandarin style dress and no shoes.
It was very easy to get into the mood of the event as she sang jazzy tunes,
the sun set, and people danced.
The best bit was when she
sang Smooth Operator, which has the benefit of being a song that I recognized.
It was full dark and there was a giant disco ball over the crowd. The stage
lights reflected off the ball and spun a sea of disco light stars over
the audience as she sang.
This was about 10 minutes
from the end of the performance and mom and I made our escape before the
crowds hit the parking lot. Good call since I had trouble figuring out
just how to find the exit and well, I did have to go to work in the morning.
I had an excellent time and
I got some quality chatting in with mom.