Last Saturday while awaiting the birth of Johnny, we were reminiscing about how we spent the same weekend in 2016.
January 16, 2016 was the date we checked off the first of our 16 in 16 adventures. We drove to Gainesville where we went to dinner and then on to the Phillips Center for a night of music performed by Jackson Browne.
During his two hours on stage, Jackson Browne sang and played music spanning his career of more than forty years to an enthusiastic, if not young, crowd. We happened to be surrounded by people we knew…parent’s of former students, former colleagues, friends from church, even though we went to the concert as a couple; and we all joked that we weren’t as old as those other concert goers. A great way to start off 2016.
Next week, as part of our 17 in 17, we’ll be attending a performance at the Phillips Center; but this year we’ll be at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando. Instead of a concert, we’ll enjoy a performance of Wicked. Looks like 2017 is also off to a good start.
On Sunday, January 17th, we completed the first item on our 16 in 16 list by attending the Jackson Browne concert in Gainesville at the Curtis M. Phillips Center. Before the concert began, John took this picture of the stage set up with twenty guitars and a grand piano. There was no doubt that we were in for a special night.
Once on stage, Jackson Browne explained that he didn’t have a set play list for the evening, but instead would be using the instruments on stage as a sort of juke box for the evening selecting an instrument and then playing something it inspired.
During his two hours on stage, Jackson Browne sang and played music spanning his career of more than forty years to an enthusiastic, if not young, crowd. We happened to be surrounded by people we knew…parent’s of former students, former colleagues, friends from church, even though we went to the concert as a couple; and we all joked that we weren’t as old as those other concert goers.
As you can tell, we weren’t in front row seats, but having attended several events in this venue, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house (so long as photographing the event is not a priority).
One of the final songs of the evening was Take It Easy, made famous by The Eagles, but written by Browne; and in fact, he said most people associate Glenn Frey playing and singing this song and sometimes wonder why he is playing it. That resulted in a discussion on the way home of the Eagles concert we attended in 2013. How strange to wake up the next morning to hear the news that Glenn Frey had died. A good reminder that there’s no time like the present to buy tickets and attend concerts.
You can watch Jackson Browne’s performing Take It Easy two nights later from his Clearwater concert by clicking here (the picture gets better after about 30 seconds).
For the fourth year, John and I sat down on New Year’s Day to develop our list of sixteen things we want to accomplish in 2016. However, this year’s list is significantly different from those developed in previous years. Different because it’s not written in stone.
In both 2013 and 2014 we made our list a priority, and it served us well. It guaranteed we got and did something at least once a month. The list was responsible for regular biking and fishing and established watching the sunrise over the Atlantic and set over the Gulf in a single day as an annual event.
But retirement has meant many more opportunities to camp, bike, hike, fish and travel; and without the constraints of a daily work schedule, spontenaity interrupted the fifteen items included on our New Year’s list last year. Therefore, we’ve created a list of more than three dozen things we’re looking forward to doing in the coming years…not just 2016.
We’ll still check off each event as it’s accomplished with the goal of completing at least sixteen adventures in 2016. Some of the things we’re looking forward to:
our annual family weekend
a bike trip in The Netherlands
spending time in several National Parks celebrating their 100th anniversary
a McCollum triathlon
another sunrise sunset day
fishing, boating and time at the beach
A first day hike, two bike rides and an art trail, we’re off to a good start in 2016 and looking forward to completing the first official adventure of the year.