When I Grow Up I Want to be a … Rock Star

Actually years ago, I would have ended that sentence with Superhero but these days I tend to be more humble. Last weekend I (along with 100,000 of my closest Atlantic Canadian friends) attended what was the most amazing experience of my life. Shane and I saw the Rolling Stones in what apparently was their largest show for the Bigger Bang tour. It was phenomenal. The show was unlike anything I had ever seen before. In fact, as far as I am concerned now, that was the first and only real concert I have ever attended.

Kudos to the Stones for a great show. Kudos to Mick Jagger for taking the time to acknowledge all the Newfoundlanders, Nova Scotians and Prince Edward Islanders that made the journey to Moncton to see the concert. It would have been easy to strictly pull a “Hello…Moncton” moment but they really proved their professionalism and experience by making the entire audience feel welcome.

Also kudos to the local RCMP for really doing an amazing job at keeping everything in order and controlling the massive crowds while keeping us all safe. Every officer I came in contact was extremely helpful and pleasant which is impressive given the huge crowd and potential madness that could have taken place. Great job guys!

The evening ended with a 5km walk to our car where we were stuck waiting for about 3 hours till we got out of the parking lot and headed back to our hotel. That experience really could have been annoying but the day had been so flawless that I really couldn’t feel like complaining.

As I was sitting there I couldn’t help but think of our brothers and sisters affected by the horrible hurricane. Here I was experiencing the greatest night of my life while many of them were left hungry and waiting for word on just how great their losses from the hurricane were. People have lost family members, friends, jobs, houses and lives. I find it hard not to be affected by this. I feel extremely helpless and struggle with how I can even begin to make a difference or reach out to help. Shane posted about how we can get started. Right now the first step is to reach into our hearts and pockets to give what we can to make a start. It’s easy to sit back and wait to see what the millionaires of the world will offer but there are A LOT of us “average wage” folks out that can offer something as well. A simple donation made by the millions of us that lack the funds to make the major headlines can make a tremendous difference. In the meantime, I offer my thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrible disaster.

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