Today sucks. Last Sunday was a lot better. I flooded my Instagram with videos and a few photos of the Punk In Drublic Festival that I went to, with my friend and former student, Scott. We had a blast!!! Took the train into Philly, walked to Festival Pier, just in time for Bad Religion and NOFX. That was my first time seeing them. I was enthralled. Then I got a fuckin’ stomach bug on Thursday which knocked me out completely (was in bed Thurs night at midnight all the way to Friday night at midnight). Slow day yesterday, too (Saturday) but started feeling better last night.

Today, my all-time favorite band Ida is playing a benefit show in Brooklyn at Union Hall (with Beekeeper and Babe The Blue Ox, whom I also love). Scott offered to take us both there since he had no one to go to Punk In Drublic with… so I was like “oh man, I’d LOVE to go with you to THAT if you go with ME to Ida in NYC!” He was totally down. Checked in with him last night. All was still a go.

Sadly today, he was unable to take us because he was swamped with summer school college homework he had to get submitted online, by tonight, basically. I understand, but it sucks. Last-minute… I needed to see if anyone was down to travel 95 miles to Brooklyn. No takers. Of course.. makes sense…. literally, the show started at 1:30pm and when I got the news it was basically 11am.

I could have driven myself, but… my tires are in bad shape, plus I’m a nervous driver and also my license has been expired for a few weeks. Even though I renewed it, I’m kind of screwed if I got pulled over because I didn’t get the new photo for it. So, I accepted that wanting to see Ida for 15 solid years (since they never play live) won’t happen.

It’s ok. You’ve got to take the good with the bad. I’m thrilled to have seen Bad Religion and NOFX… but… I guess you can’t win ’em all. Maybe before 2028, Ida will play again. In the meantime, I’ve got the CDs, some YouTube live performances… all that stuff I can still enjoy.

Sometimes you just have to nod your head and take the punches. Good ol’ David Lee Roth said it best– “you’ve got to roll with the punches to get to what’s real.” I’ve been rolling for a long-ass time. I’d love to get some punches in, myself.

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