I bought a ticket today to go see my favorite band when they do a show in the area in June. The last time I saw my favorite band I swore I wasn’t doing it again. It had nothing to do with the band. I still love them and they still put on a good show. It was me saying it was the last time I was going to a show alone. All but one of the Bowling For Soup shows I’ve been to have been a solo affair for me. My son went once before he started listening to different types of music. Otherwise, it’s been me alone. I went to one in Baltimore the night before a conference and then drove to Ocean City immediately after, arriving at around 4am. I drove 90 minutes alone to see them in Lancaster, PA. I’ve gone to Baltimore other times to see them. This time I will be going alone to a new venue to see them with Reel Big Fish and Nerf Herder.
I finally decided to go alone for the same reason I recently had dinner alone when I had a free entree for my birthday and the same reason I sometimes go to the movies alone. My kids are away. My wife works a lot and when she is not working she likes to stay at home. She thinks movies and concerts are too expensive and likes to eat at the same places and even then, very rarely. I don’t mind being at home. I enjoy being home with her watching our shows or the sports we enjoy. I do, however, still want to to the movies occasionally. I don’t want to miss my favorite band being in town. I want to try new restaurants. The easier option here is to go it alone. I’m off every other Friday. I can go to the movies then while she is at work. I went to the restaurant alone while she was working late. The concerts are a once a year or so event. I can do the things I enjoy without taking too much time away from tome together. I just need to learn to deal with being the loser sitting alone.