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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bucket List - Bill Cosby!

Hooray for another dent in the bucket list!  I finally got to see Bill Cosby live!  Many thanks to my bestie Shafik and new friends Mel and Dayna who shared the experience with me. 

I've been trying to make this happen for the last year and a half.  Every Monday, I faithfully checked Bill's webiste for upcoming gigs.  One Monday, while I happened to be in Vegas with my bestie, I saw that Bill had a gig coming up in Detroit.  A four and a half hour drive was the closest he would be to me for the next year.  Shafik and I decided we would go!  Since we were going to pass through Windsor to get there we asked Windsorite Iain, my sister-in-law Vanessa's brother, and his fiancee Mel to join us.  Iain passed but Mel jumped at the chance as did her friend Dayna.  Mel even offered to bring the Jell-o Pudding Pops!

3 months later we all met up in Detroit for the show.  Mel took us to Greektown where we tried alligator bites and had a decadent meal at Fishbone's.  Two thumbs up for this yummy place!

After dinner, in the midst of a food coma, we braved the short walk over to the Astoria Pastry Shop which was filled with sugary treats.
Sweet pretzels!

Chocolate mice!

Shafik and I decided to try and eat Peanut Butter Mud Pies.  They were really scrumptious but after our amazing dinner we couldn't even finish one between the two of us. Next time we're in Detroit, we'll start at the bakery and then head to Fishbone's.

With bellies full, Mel steered us towards the MotorCity Casino.  She was determined to get us there despite the many one way streets in downtown Detroit and perhaps a few inconveniently placed medians which were no match for her.  We arrived at to the casino safe and sound and headed to the theatre to see Bill.

Mel, me, Dayna and Shafik! We're going to see Bill!

 Waiting for Bill...


And then the lights went out and there was Bill.  I'm pretty sure a cross between a squeal and a shreak came out of my mouth.  I was so happy!  There was no introduction needed as the audience rose to their feet for a standing ovation while Bill flashed his trademark mischevious smile.   Donned in a long sleeve t, jogging pants and Crocs, he was hilarious as ever even without one of his trademark colourful sweaters.  At 73, Bill shared his experiences as a husband, his views on marriage and relationships and the origins of the battle between men and women with his take on the story of Genesis.  For me, the best parts of the night were watching his various expressions. If you are a fan of Bill, Cosby you know what I mean.  I tried to capture as many of them as I could with a shaky hand from all the laughter.  

I love this expression indicating Bill has either just gotten away with something or is about to deliver the punch line.
Mischevious Bill! 
Bill's expressive fingers and hands are an important part of his story telling.  No one chronicles a story quite like him.  To make a point he always injects the right amount of back story, repetition and physical comedy. 

One of my favourite things about Bill Cosby is the way he is genuinely appalled by simple human behaviours and interactions.
Bill aghast!

When Bill is right about something his gestures are huge!  He wants you to know that he knows you know he is RIGHT!  Here is one of his  most memorable poses!  He uses this same gesture to express solidarity.  On this particular evening, this gesture was meant for all the men in the audience whose wives seek to take offense when they nap on the couch.
Solidarity Bill!

Throughout his public career as an actor and comedian, Cosby has always been an activist.  At the moment, his heart's work is improving the education system in the US and encouraging young people to seek higher learning.  This comes as no surprise to me.  I've always seen Bill Cosby as someone who is so generous of heart and spirit.  Someone who truly wants people to be the best that they can be.  Someone who uses humour to gently remind us that we can do better.  My absolute most favourite expression of his is the one below.  I love the way his hands are open to receive love and laughter. 
Sharing joy, receiving love.

If I get the chance to see Bill again, I will definitely take it!  Next up on the bucket list...listening to Maya Angelou...stay tuned!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bucket List - Adele

Do you have a bucket list?

I've been slowly building one and last night I got to cross something off my list!  Naaz and I went to see Adele in concert.  It was unforgettable.

We started the evening with Kushan and had dinner and drinks at the Real Sports Bar and Grill.  This place is so fun!  The energy is amazing!  There are 200 tvs, one of which is two storeys tall! 

The Civil Wars opened up for Adele.  Micaela introduced me to them.  Through the magic of BBM, I was able to record "Poison and Wine" and send it to her.  It was so fun, like we were listening to them together.   I only wished I had recorded their cover of "Billie Jean."  I giggle just thinking about it.

The first time I ever heard Adele, Katee and Joshua were running across the stage to the song "Hometown Glory" on So You Think You Can Dance.  I was so struck , that I couldn't watch.  I turned away from the tv but Adele's voice was still there.  Thank goodness for my PVR!  I ended up watching them dance over and over again and thinking that Adele's had one of the most honest voices I heard in such a long time. She opened her show with this song and I didn't look away for a moment.  In the picture above, she is singing "Don't You Remember."  The waterproof mascara was such a saviour for this one!

She ended the night with" Someone Like You."  Naaz held me through that one and I let every bit of love in my heart pour out through my tears.  Then we heard "Rolling in the Deep" and after a big exhale we walked home in the rain and wind. It was a perfect night.  Perfect.

So there's a check off the bucket list.  Tomorrow night, I will tackle it again when I head to Detroit with my bestie to see Bill Cosby!  Mel and Dayna (who I am so excited to meet) are meeting us there.  Back when we booked the tickets, Mel said, "I wonder what sweater he'll wear?"  Stay tuned...I'll let you know.