Did you say George...as in George Strait!?!?

Tuesday, February 25, 2003
It's 4:00 yesterday and I get a call from Michael. "Do you wanna go see George tonight?" "What??? Really??? Yeah, let's go! I thought they were sold out!"

It was sold out, but as luck would have it, after finding out his softball game was called due to weather, Michael was offered a couple of tickets to last night's performance! I haven't seen him in concert since 1997 in Austin so I was thrilled to see him last night at the rodeo. We left Michael's house around 6 o'clock to catch the rodeo shuttle...the rain and traffic were pretty good deterrents to driving to Reliant Stadium. After getting on the road, though, I realized that I had left my camera in my jeep so I don't have any pictures from last night - which makes me pretty sad b/c it was our first concert together and it was a rather special one b/c it was the opening night for the Houston Rodeo and was opened by the very man who closed out the last rodeo at the Astrodome. That still wasn't enough to keep us from having a wonderful time!!! We made it in time to watch an hour and a half of the rodeo before the concert festivities began. The bronc riding was going on when we arrived, then we saw the steer wrestling, a bit of barrel racing (it was halted due to poor ground conditions), and finally the bull-riding. The Calf Scramble was one of the most entertaining along with the Chuck Wagon Races - Michael did a better job of choosing the winning wagons than I did!!

There were also a couple of surprise guests at the rodeo. Riding in the parade were Bum Phillips and George and Barbara and then the concert was opened by Lee Greenwood, who sang Proud to be an American. Then it was time for George himself!!!! The concert was awesome...lots of great songs! It ended just after 11 o'clock with George riding a horse around the stadium shaking hands with the fans and even thrilling one fan by throwing his hat out into the audience!