Ghost Story Time
So we had to leave town at like 3 to get to Lincoln at 430 for dinner to make it to the venue by 530. Mike wasn’t very excited, he generally doesn’t like going to shows, especially since it was like 982° outside. We got to the restaurant and Mike was *dramatically* STARVING and couldn’t wait to eat. So he ate so fast and ended up feeling like garbage, and had to take a whore’s bath bc there was all sorts of food in his beard 🙄
Once we were done eating we had like 15 minutes to get to the venue like 5 blocks away. We ran into @fanthem and @papasdeathblossom Which is hilarious bc no matter what city we see Ghost, I always manage to see them randomly. Only this time Kim shouted my name instead of my url, so it wasn’t as funny, but less awkward for the person I was with 🤣
We chatted for a minute and they had to pee, and we had to get to the ticketbooth to check in. I was freaking out, and it was just so hot I felt gross. Obviously I was wearing h2t black, which is super smart. The ticketbooth lady was a gigantic cunt and said they didn’t have any Ghost stuff yet and I’d have to wait. So about 15 minutes later the guy came out and checked us in and such. We brought our stuff back to the car, like 8 blocks away and it was just so hot out. I’m gonna say that a lot, so get uses to it now 👌
We still had tons of time to kill before we had to be back at the venue so we went to this soda shop thing across the street. It was weird, Mike googled hobby stores hoping for a nerd shop near by and it showed up. There were like cardboard cutouts and some pop culture nerdy things in the window, but it was a ruse. It was all soda and like weird candy. Mike got this cherry soda that resembled cloraseptic spray and I almost puked when I tasted it. He loved it though, so he’s gross. I really just wanted water bc it was fucking gross outside, but this soda shop literally own sold pop, no water in sight
We had so much time to kill, still, so we went to the Pinnacle and just kind of people watched for 30 minutes. We saw this old dude flip out (in a good way) bc he saw some little kid, prob like 7, wearing one of his dad’s old Maiden shirts. Like this dude was almost in tears because he was so stoked that this little kid was wearing a vintage shirt. The kid was so happy and the dad was happy, and I was like almost crying bc feelings and such. It was nice, and one of my favorite parts of the whole night
I’m gonna backtrack, so after we got our vip merch I wanted to stop by the merch stand to get the Popera shirt to bring back to the car with the other stuff. While in that line we encountered *that guy. You know, the guy at every event ever that has no concept of personal boundries, loves the sound of his own voice more than breathing, and just hates when people are content without talking. So TG (that guy), grabbed my arm and was looking at my tattoo, which isn’t anything new…people think it’s okay to do that for some reason. But he asked if I had any other Ghost tattoos, so I showed him my Ghoul elbow and he lost his mind. Then he was asking if I’ve heard of any of their other bands, so I said yeah, bc I do? Idk why I was even engaging in the convo bc I def shouldn’t have. I opened up a goddamn can of worms 😒🔫
So he’s talking about all the previous ghouls and I was barely stringing along any sort of response. He started talking about Mauro, but kept saying Mario. I didn’t want to be a cunt, so I didn’t correct him. In hindsight I wish I would have bc he was just lingering around for the entirety of the m&g and the annoyingness continued to escalate.
So we went back to the car, did the soda shop thing, people watched for a bit, and then it was about 5 minutes after we were suppose to meet where we were already standing. TG shows up and I was just like god.fucking.damn.it. 😬 so he was like saying who was competition and who wasn’t, like that’s a normal thing to do
They took us to where we were doing the m&g, and I ended up stuck in line behind TG, which was a fucking bummer. Luckily it was cold down there bc I was so swampy and gross from being outside, wearing all black 🖤 so I’m quietly talking to my husband, and everybody is doing the same with whoever they came with or met in line. *sidenote: there was a guy with skeleton paint on that was just mowing down on pizza and beer prior to us being taken to the m&g area and I was somehow fascinated with it…as if he was an actual skeleton eating pizza and drinking beer*
Sooo..TG decides it’s just way to quiet for him to be left alone with his thoughts and in a whole room of people just NOT hearing his voice. So he starts asking those annoying Ghost questions and literally mentions everything that makes me roll my eyes. He mentions Dave Grohl, Blue Öyster Cult, where is Ghost going, how Meliora is a masterpiece, and all sorts of other shit…and to top it off, he kept saying Opius instead of Opus, and I wanted to die. I mean he pulled his pants down and took a shit on my favorite Ghost album 😠 His friend could see how annoying he was being and how irritated the entire room was so he kind reeled in the crazy. Then TG made a sad, quiet statement that the room was just too quiet. Idk man, he was awful and I couldn’t get away bc it was a line and just ugh. Once Papa came out and went in the little tent thing, TG started taking more. He turned around and spotted my rosary and asked where I got it. So I told him I made it and he did one if those hand gestures where his head explodes and just kept saying wow??? It was fucking weird, and Mike looked like he was about to just Mortal Kombat *finish him* bc he hates people like TG, which we all do so it’s whatever. Oh my god, then it was FINALLY MY TURN! I pulled a baggie out of my back pocket with the guitar picks I made for the ghouls, and my heart was beating out of my chest. I asked George if he could give them to the other guys. Realizing that it was a rolled up baggie, and it was quite sketchy, I told him that it was guitar picks for each of the Ghouls, and asked if I could give Papa his in the tent. He said, very unimpressed with the rolled up baggie, “sure I guess so” and I felt like an idiot. But here’s the thing, everybody is like just find Billy Vanilla, he’s like the Rafiki of Ghost. So he’s clearly not a real person bc I’ve been to 4 different shows and I’ve never once seen him. It’s some sort of elaborate scheme that some of y'all are in on 😂 but whatever, keep the lie alive.
Anyway, it’s finally out turn to go in and I’m just trying not to throw up. It was much more intimidating with Papa in his papal robes and not that stupid suit. I shook his hand for what seemed like an uncomfortable about of time, but like his black leather gloves are just everything and I didn’t want to let go. Now y'all know I have a thing for those gloves and it was fucking unreal to touch them irl😵 Then I finally gave him the guitar pick. I told him I made it and 5 matching ones with corresponding symbols. So I looked around and realized how dark it was and said “ugh, it’s probably too fucking dark to see it in here though”…so he grabbed it and then sort of held it up and shook his head, then he leaned down to look at it in the purple spot light thing and said “rats” and that’s when I almost died because he’s fucking cute and so adorably dorky. So if it weren’t for Mike I would have just stood there for the photo. I was super frozen and had no idea what to do. Mike then said to Papa “we were wondering if you could bless our baby and he put his hand on my belly and Papa’s eyes lit up and his voice changed from his hokey accent to a more genuine tone and said “of course, congratulations”. It was so incredible, I mean he was so genuine and he said congratulations like 9 times. HE PUT HIS HAND ON MY BELLY and we took the photos. I almost lost my mind, I mean… Papa’s black, leather gloved hand was touching my belly and I just 😱😱😱
So the did the two photos and asked if we wanted two more since there were to two of us, and we said no these are fine. Papa shook our hands again and when he shook mine I did the thing where I out my other hand on top of his and he looked me in the eyes and said in his real voice congratulations again, and then he said “this is fantastic”. I started to tear up, but I kept my shit together 🙃
After that we watched the show and it was amazing. I was one of the only people in my section standing up for their set, and I was sort of bummed bc it wasn’t as fun as it usually is surrounded by people having as much fun as you are. Anyway, Fire and Air both pointed at me at a few different parts. It was pretty cool. My crush on Fire intensified the second the show started. He’s fucking wild y'all. He’s so fun to watch. Him and the other two of the trinity have such a connection and stage presence. They are so good! It was so amazing and ended far too soon. When the show was over they were bowing and waving bye, Fire kept pointing to this one guy in the audience and doing the smoking a joint gesture at the dude, and then the dude realized he was the guy, Fire did a big cheesey 👍👍 which was adorable, and then I said “have mercy” 100% out loud and I blame @infernalghuleh for that
Maiden was so good. I’ve been wanting to see them since I was like 12, which is longer than some of you have been alive, so it was quite the evening. Bruce is a fucking maniac, and he’s so fun to watch live. We left after Fear of the Dark, which was a mutual agreement before the show. That’s our fav song, and I just couldn’t stand anymore. My feet were swollen and I was so tired. Which is nuts bc prepregnancy me was never tired at a concert. I also had to work Monday morning and it was already 11, and we had over an hour long drive home.
Mike talked the entire 1 hour and 20 minutes it took to get home about how much fun he had. He asked how Olive was doing and I told him she was kicking and moving the entire time, especially when we met Papa and then again when Cirice was playing. He said it was our first concert as a family and squeezed my hand, and I cried bc I’m a hormonal maniac these days.
The next morning he texted me at work and said “Thank you so much for challenging my inhibitions and anxieties about going to stuff like that. I will never forget last night. I love you so much!” (Literally just copy & pasted that)😭😻💚
So, I wrote an essay…which is weird bc I’m usually not long winded at all 😎
If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking around for my Ghost story, and I hope it entertained you in one way or another 💜