Some of my friends and people on social media have been asking me if I am going to the Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett stadium tour so I decided to make a list of 4 reasons why I will NOT be spending my money on this tour.
1 – Although I am very much a fan of Motley Crue, Vince Neil lost his voice decades ago. I’ve spent my money to see them over the years and have left extremely disappointed. The band is great and they put on an awesome show, it’s just Vince. It’s a shame. And if you are reading this and saying “you’re wrong, he sounded great at the concert that I went to”, stop lying and let’s be honest, they should have gotten John Corabi to sing on this tour instead but what do I know?
2 – As much as I am a fan of Def Leppard and Poison, I have already seen them and although I have enjoyed their concerts in the past, I kind of wish that they went on tour without Motley in a smaller venue. I would drop good money just to see them play and attend meet and greets. Jumping on this stadium tour with Motley I think may do them a disservice because I know that there are people out there that feel the exact same way as me. As for Joan Jett, I’ve never seen her perform before but hope to see her at another time.
3 – I am unsure who did the planning for this tour but I think that it’s ridiculous that they are coming to Florida in the dead of summer when it is 100+ degrees and not to mention the fact that it storms every day in the summer. Very poor planning if you ask me. For example, NASCAR has been running, or shall I say ruining, their July races in Daytona for years and every year it’s hot as hell and every year it is delayed because of rain/thunderstorms. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that they should change the schedule around a little, but since they haven’t I guess they don’t care about their fans as much as lining their pockets. Same rings true for this stadium tour.
4 – Last but not least, didn’t the Crue have their final tour back in 2014-2015? Oh, and by the way, I didn’t go to that one because I knew better! I know that many other bands do this all the time and announce that it is their last tour only to come back years later to announce ANOTHER last tour and so on and so on and you know what, shame on them too! Not to mention that they suckered their fans to come to this last tour to only come back and want more of your money to listen to Vince unable to sing, AGAIN!
As I wrap this up, I didn’t post this to discourage you to NOT go to the concert but I wanted to share my feelings as to why I won’t be going to this concert. If you’ve never seen Motley live and decide to go please do not expect Vince to live up to any expectations that you may have of him. On another note, Nikki, Tommy and Mick are still amazing to see live so if you can get passed the horrendous singing, you may enjoy this one! I hate to be a Negative Nelly but when it comes to music, I call it like I see it!
I’ve never been camping in a tent and my husband has been wanting to do it with me for as long as I’ve know him (17 years). He’s camped in a tent and always told me about how much fun and relaxing it is. As for me, sleeping in a tent seemed extreme. I mean, could we get an RV, please?
He planned this whole trip and made it as “Stacy Friendly” as he could. “Stacy Friendly” meaning a place where I could go to the bathroom, a blow up mattress and many other odds and ends that I use, eat or drink on a normal basis at home. He knew that would be the only way that I would say yes.
We arrived at Anastasia State Park in St Augustine on Wednesday, the night of the concert, at about 2pm. We began unloading the truck and setting up camp just as it decided to start raining. Luckily it didn’t last long and we were able to finish setting up. I called it our homeless camp. Ha!
We got cleaned up at the restrooms/showers that were really close to our campsite and had a few beers while we walked to the venue. YES, we were able to walk to the concert! There were trolleys that were available for free to take you there too. It was perfect. No driving and no traffic!
We arrived at our seats and they were pretty good although I usually try to get closer to the stage (budgeting with a concert addiction can be nerve racking sometimes! Ha!) I wasn’t disappointed though since we had a nice view of the lighthouse and a beautiful breeze being up so high.
Cheap Trick was the opening act and this was my first time seeing them. I enjoyed their setlist and appreciated that they played The Flame which is my favorite song by them.
ZZ Top was great as usual. We saw them a few years ago in Tampa and I think they were even better this time. It could be because we saw them in a smaller venue, but I’m not sure. They played all the classics and I was dancing most of the time.
After the concert, we stumbled…uhhh…walked back to our campsite and got ready for my first night sleeping in a tent. When we went to bed it was about 78 degrees so we only had shorts and shirts on. At about 4am we were woken up by the sound of our teeth chattering because it had gone from 78 degrees to 60 degrees within a few hours. PLUS, we had a fan blowing on us and only had sheets. Luckily, we brought a comforter with us since the forecast said that it would get cool so I sent hubby (you didn’t think I was getting out of that tent did you?) to the truck to get it, along with my sweatshirt. Normally I enjoy cold air, in fact I LOVE it, but when you’re not dressed for it, it sucks! When we had the comforter and our sweats on, life was much better and we fell back to sleep.
A few hours later I woke up to the smell of coffee and realized that I had made it through a night in a tent! I was so proud of myself and fell in love with camping the moment I opened up the tent and saw this view.
So quiet, so peaceful, so freeing.
And then breakfast was served in a cast iron skillet on a butane burner. Bacon, bagels and coffee. I can get used to this!
After breakfast we trekked down to the beach and did some metal detecting, fishing and relaxing. We didn’t find any treasures and hubby didn’t catch anything but it was a beautiful day nonetheless.
After our beautiful day on the beach, we went back to the campsite and got ready for dinner at one of our favorite places to go for fish tacos, Sunset Grille.
After dinner we went back to the campsite, started a fire, drank beer and enjoyed the pleasant weather and moon.
Again we were woken up in the middle of the night but this time it wasn’t because of the drop in temperature but two raccoons! If anyone knows me, you know that I hate raccoons, well, I heard some rustling outside and the sound of beer cans. I woke up hubby and he went outside where he saw two raccoons trying to get into our garbage full of beer cans! He shooed them away and put the garbage in the bed of his truck. Sorry guys, you chose the wrong site, those cans are empty!
Camping in a tent is not as bad as I thought it would be especially when you have a blow up mattress, warm clothing and a comforter when the temperature drops 18 degree within hours and a bathroom/shower building within walking distance to your site.
Going to a concert where you can walk there and back is the best!
Bringing the luxuries of home to your campsite like a coffee maker, butane burner and a fan made my first camping experience wonderful (aka Glamping but with a tent).
Enjoying the company of your hubby while relaxing by a fire and drinking beer in complete silence is PRICELESS!
Until next time, I’ll see you soon!
Side note: This was my bathroom/dressing room and our shower. The shower may not look too nice but much needed when nature called in the middle of the night. As for the shower, we didn’t use it to actually take a shower but we did clean our feet with it. AND it does get warm when sitting out in the sun for a while which is better than ice cold water on your feet or body.
Ron and I just got back from a long weekend in Tampa for the Bob Segerconcert and St. Patrick’s Day festivities at theTampa Riverwalk We’ve never stayed in theRiverwalkarea and have never seen the River O’ Green which was an awesome experience! If you have never been to theRiverwalkduring St. Patrick’s Day, it is worth the trip for sure. I’ve posted the map below.
We left our house around 10:30am to trek out to Tampa. The drive there from our house is about 2 ½ – 3 hours depending on traffic on the Interstate 4FROM HELL! Normally when we visit the Tampa area there is bumper to bumpertrafficaround the Disney World area, then it clears upfor a while until you hit the Tampa area aroundInterstate75.
We stopped at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa because I have an obsession with slot machines. Even though I am on a mission to live a frugal life, save money and pay our debt off, I have a weakness for slots and some sports betting on occasion. Some people have shopping weaknesses, I have a slot machine weakness (I think I may be one of the small group of women who honestly HATE shopping!)
SLOT MACHINE SIDENOTE: My advice to people who are on a budget and like to gamble every once and a while, DO NOT go into the casino with a credit or debit card and only play penny slots! I’ve won over $200 a few times on penny slots so it’s not impossible to risk small and hit big once and a while. Now that doesn’t mean that I ONLY play penny slots but if you are on a budget, penny slots allow you to play longer with less money.
Now back to the trip….
The casino gave me $15 of free play which I lostsuper fastand then we lost what we had budgeted for the day too! It was frustrating but at least we were able to see all the new renovations that they’ve made with the money that they have taken from us for the last decade! Ha! It is very easy to get lost in this place now. It went from a small, cozycasino to approximately 4 more casino areas with one being a non-smoking casino. They are also adding more hotel space in addition to the hotel space that was already there and a much needed parking area (maybe they’ll send me a free room one of thesedays..Iwon’t hold my breath). There were also more restaurants and bars too. It was nice to get my gambling fix for a while…well, until Sunday!
We left the casino and were on our way to the Westin hotel to check in. Since I work for local government, we get a discount on hotels as a perk. We were able to score the hotel for HALF OFF! Thank God for that because everything else was so damn expensive! I can’t remember the last time I stayed at a hotel and the breakfast wasn’t free but more on that later. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and it was a requirement to valet park (which was $28 a day). See where I’m going with this? Every where I turned I was either swiping or dishing out cash. I know, we’re on vacation but I was getting tired of having mini strokes every time people asked me for money! I blame this on not preparing ahead of time to find cheaper prices. I’ll never do that again!
We had tickets for Bob Seger and were really excited to see him since both of us have never seen him live. We purchased floor seats (which was my first time on the floor) and had seats on the end of the row which Ron and I prefer. Everything was going great. He sounded amazing! We had comfortable seats and were enjoying some great rock and roll until I started to feel really sick. I hadn’t been feeling too well for the last week or so to begin with but the combination of a few beers, two really tall and bulky guys in front of me and the body heat making it feel like I couldn’t breathe really got to me. I felt like I was going to have a panic attack and all of a sudden my stomach started to churn. I had to get out of there and fast! Ron followed me out to the hallway and I told him I wasn’t sure if I can go back in there. Fortunately I didn’t puke, unfortunately we had to leave early. We were able to see a little over an hour of the show which was good though. I told Ron to stay but he wanted to make sure I got home okay. I’ve got a good egg!
When I woke up in the morning I was feeling sooooo much better and craving a nice, big cup of coffee! Ron and I went downstairs to the breakfast buffet, piled our plates with food and just as we were digesting, along comes a bill to our table. We both looked at each other and thought…hmmm..this is odd, we don’t pay for breakfast when we stay at a hotel, this has to be a mistake. As I looked at the bill, I thought I was going to have a stroke! $43 for a mediocre breakfast buffet?!?!? WTF! As I was catching my breath, I thought, if I would have done my homework on the Westin I would have known that breakfast is not in fact FREE and checked out where we could get a cheap breakfast elsewhere. What a bummer and it could have been totally avoided if I would have been proactive. Take note peeps!
We usually stay at the Hampton Inn and they provide a free and much more appetizing breakfast in their room rate. The closest Hampton Inn to where we were was about 15-20 minutes away and we really wanted to be within walking distance to everything at the Riverwalk and did not want to get into a car to go anywhere so we chose the Westin. Granted, I’m not badmouthing the Westin because their rooms were super clean, we had a nice view and the staff were very helpful and sweet, but, charging people for breakfast and mandatory valet parking is not my style. IM ON A BUDGET!
We met up with Gina and my niece Ava for the day (You may have seen them in some of my previous posts). We walked, talked and had a delicious lunch together. It was great to see them and catch up! After they left we made our way back to the hotel to take a snooze, shower, and decide what we were going to do for the night.
I was browsing on my phone and saw that the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing so we decided to go to the Amalie Arena and see if maybe we could get tickets to see the game. When we got there we found fans sitting in their chairs outside the arena watching the Lightning on a huge screen! We didn’t have to go any further. We grabbed a drink from the outside bar, found a bench to sit on and watched the Lightning win. Go Bolts!
On our way back to the hotel we found a Starbucks that was actually right next to our hotel that we decided would be our breakfast destination in the morning before we checked out.
The Westin provides free coffee (probably the only thing that is free in this hotel) so we grabbed our coffee and walked to Starbucks. Ron had an everything bagel with butter and I had a plain bagel with cream cheese. Total spent: $4.50! Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!
We went back up to the hotel after breakfast and grabbed our things and waited for our car to be valeted to us. Honestly, the whole valet thing was a big downer for me. I don’t like other people driving my car, RON doesn’t even drive my car! And to require me to not only turn my key over to some stranger, pay for it, not be able to get to it if I forgot something, sucked. On the brighter side, we didn’t use our car the whole time we were there so it was safe and sound in an underground parking lot.
Before we left the Tampa area we took a chance at Seminole Hard Rock Casino again. Total spent: ENOUGH!
I have to say that Tampa did it absolutely right with this Riverwalk creation. I believe it is close to 2 miles worth of parks, restaurants, museums and beautiful breezes off the river. We will definitely go back !
And that’s all folks! I’ve posted a video from the River O’ Green below for you to enjoy!
Till next time, I’ll see ya soon!
Armature Works – Cool warehouse kind of vibe with food, bars and shopping.
The other day I received a free coupon for Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in the mail. If you read my post Free Sample and Money Update I sent away for free samples to test & review different products (which I haven’t done yet, UGH! We have been so busy with DIY projects and decluttering our life these days. I promise my review will be coming soon!). I know, excuses, excuses but I really hate when life gets in the way of what I really want to do which is write more on this blog and finish my first book and get it published!
I am pretty excited for the year to come as it will be bringing many new projects that I would like to dabble in along with a few concerts and trips.
I had been working on another blog of mine that was going to be strictly used for my freebies, debt free journey, saving money and all things frugal but I have come to realize that maintaining ONE blog for me has been a challenge already and to take on another one seems like it would be impossible. Not to mention, I have a group of followers on this blog and would hate to confuse you all with my constant changes. Another thing is that maybe I don’t need to spread all of my interests in different places like a crazy ass squirrel! Maybe I need to walk straight instead of turning my head at every little distraction that may peak my interest. I’ve tried to find a niche for my blog for a long time now and the truth is I have too many interests, thoughts and ideas that I want to share with all of you. I don’t want to keep it just about saving money or trips or concerts. I want to post what I want and when I want without having to second guess if it is on “topic” for my blog or not. Some may call this a personal or lifestyle blog and maybe it is and maybe that’s what it’s going to be from now on.
I hope you tag along with a blog that may be all over the place but hopefully entertaining!
“I feel like 2017 was a learning process and this year (2018) will be where I put plans into actions”
One of the biggest plans I put into motion in 2018 was getting a new job. I won’t go into the details on why I left my old job but it was time for something else. I’ve been at my new job for 4 months now and it was the best decision I ever made!
Another plan I put into motion was carrying a notebook in my purse to write down ideas that came to my head. That notebook has really helped me through the year. Ideas that I thought were bad at the time didn’t seem so bad when I would read it back at a later date and vice versa.
I also dabbled in filming some YouTube videos to see if I like being on camera and the jury is still out on that one. If I do anymore videos in the future they will be different than I’ve done before and better quality.
I have a list of goals I had for 2018 below and here is how I did.
More writing – PASS – My Graves’ Disease book is still a work in progress but I wrote more this year for it and other ideas for books.
Less TV – FAIL – In fact I may have watched MORE TV in 2018 than 2017. Insert my Friends marathons. I know, I have problems!
More reading – FAIL – I planned to read more books but it didn’t really materialize.
Less game playing – PASS – I deleted Candy Crush and a few other games off of my phone and iPad.
More meditation – PASS – I’ve been waking up most mornings and doing deep breathing exercises and at night before bed also.
More exercise – PASS – I lost a few pounds from walking on my breaks at work but my weight fluctuates because of my stupid thyroid so I can lose it and gain it back pretty fast if I do not stick to it.
More taking care of myself – PASS – I am who I am!
Less worrying about things that I cannot control – PASS – I’m always going to worry about things I can’t control BUT I think I did better this year than previous years so I gave myself a PASS.
As for 2019, I’ve compiled a list below of goals for this year.
1. Pay off our cars
2. Cut the cable
3. Save approximately 5% or more of our income for savings
1. Muscle stretches before bed and when I wake up
2. Walk 1/2 mile to a mile a day
3. GET BACK TO DOING YOGA
1. Write more – This is a given
2. Read more – I subscribed to Entrepreneur and Rachael Ray magazine again (I used to subscribe many moons ago) and I got a discount from my job. I subscribed to Entrepreneur for $2.00 for the year and Rachael Ray free for the year! Reading books and magazines on my phone or iPad has just kept me staring at a screen that I want to get away from. I’m definitely going old school with my magazines this year and maybe my books!
3. Less time scrolling through social media – I waste way too much time on this and have been for a while now.
1. Make my own skin care products – Save money and less chemicals
2. Bake our own bread – Same reason
3. Continue to grow fresh vegetables and herbs – Right now my herbs are ready to be cut and dried out and the cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day are growing nicely!
Well, there you have it! New goals for a new year approaching us and a look back to last year.