- 4/5 Concert flashback #219: Heather Nova at Jammin’ Java in 2016.
- 4/6 Concert flashback #220: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Paul Horn, Angelo Badalamenti, Betty LaVette, Jim James & Jerry Seinfeld for Change Begins Within at Radio City Music Hall in 2009.
- 4/7 Concert flashback #221: Dave Matthews Band at MCI Center in 2002. Jill’s first DMB show.
- 4/8 Concert flashback #222: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at MCI Center in 2000.
- 4/9 Concert flashback #223: A double shot of short sets by the Pat McGee Band – Tower Records [Vienna] in 2000 & the Z104 Lounge in 2004 (thanks to my friend Linda).
- 4/12 Concert flashback #224: Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur tribute, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Journey and Yes (plus guests including 2/3s of Rush) for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2017.
- 4/13 Concert flashback #225: The first time I saw Foo Fighters in Baltimore in 1996. 25 years ago! Amps & that dog. opened.
- 4/14 Concert flashback #226: David Gilmour in Toronto in 2006. Only the next night is online.
- 4/15 Concert flashback #227: Tanya Donelly at the Black Cat in 2002.
- 4/16 Concert flashback #228: The Dead at Verizon Center in 2009.
- 4/19 Concert flashback #229: Rush at Quicken Loans Arena in 2011 for my only appearance on an official Rush album.
- 4/20 Concert flashback #230: Great Big Sea at Warner Theatre in 2013. Their last tour, now 10 years ago.
- 4/21 Concert flashback #231: Rush, Heart, Albert King tribute, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer tribute (plus guests) for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2013.
- 4/22 Concert flashback #232: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Constitution Hall in 2019. After I saw Pink Floyd’s final tour in 1994, I saw Roger 6 times, David 3 times (once with Richard) and finally Nick again.
- 4/23 Concert flashback #233: The final one. Yes, it’s been a year since I started listening to a concert I’d been to a day from this week in the past, every weekday. I chose my favorites, and I’m going out with a good one: Melissa Etheridge, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Garth Brooks, k.d. lang, Michael Feinstein, Chaka Khan, Rufus Wainwright and Albita for Equality Rocks at RFK Stadium in 2000. First and last time seeing George Michael, and he did a duet with Garth Brooks.
Thursday the 1st we were still on spring break at Disney World. Another early morning as this day we headed to Animal Kingdom. We got some pictures and headed over to Pandora to ride the Na’vi River Journey, then off to DinoLand U.S.A. where Ava rode Expedition Everest, then joined me and Sue on Dinosaur while Nina rode TriceraTop Spin and she and Jill played carnival games. Next we had lunch at Restaurantosaurus before we walked to the Wildlife Express Train and took the train to Conservation Station, where Ava, Nina and I did The Animation Experience. After the train back, we waited in line (and got drinks), then rode Kilimanjaro Safaris.
The wait was down somewhat, so it was time to ride Avatar Flight of Passage, Ninaâ€™s favorite ride from our previous visit. Jill had stopped to get coffee, and barely made it back into line before we were in the part of line that went inside. Inexplicably, right before we were about to ride, Nina said she didnâ€™t want to do it â€“ first time that happened (she had misgivings at Tower of Terror, but still went on). But she was old enough to wait outside, so she did. We got some pictures and shopping done afterwards, then left.
We dropped Jill and Sue at Disney Springs to shop (at Goofy’s Cando Co and The Spice & Tea Exchange) while the rest of us went to the hotel. I picked them up later and we drove south with a quick stop at Wawa for my meal as we were meeting Aunt Kelley and her paramour at their house and they were getting Subway and Popeyeâ€™s for dinner. We stayed on their porch as we didnâ€™t realize they had 2 cats, but Nina did well.
Friday we returned to Hollywood Studios. Jill and I had gotten up early again and both got on a boarding group on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. We didnâ€™t want to take any chance, so we headed back to the park. We got guest services to make sure both parties were merged into the same group, then walked over and soon were in line. Once again Nina decided once we got to the ride itself she didnâ€™t want to go on, but this time we went through the first part after a cast member convinced her it was tame (it was). She didnâ€™t want to do the 2nd part, so Jill and her mom waited with her while Ava and I rode, then we waited outside with her while they rode. Itâ€™s a shame, because that was an outstanding ride and experience. Next we waited in line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Once again, Nina wanted out at ride time, and Jill went with her. We decided that was a wise decision as Jill was getting weary of the violent motion simulators.
We took some pictures next to the Falcon, Nina and I wandering around Star Wars Land (aka Black Spire Outpost) while the others rode the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. When Nina and I wanted a break, I got her popcorn mixed with candy, then we went over to BaseLine Tap House where I got a beer flight and Nina had a strawberry lemonade. We went back to Star Wars Land for a bit, then met with Sue and rode Toy Story Mania! while Jill took Ava back to the hotel so she could catch up schoolwork.
Jill brought us McDonaldâ€™s for lunch, then she, Nina and her mom went to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and watch Muppets 4-D while I got to explore Star Wars Land by myself in person and virtually (you can interact with characters through the Play Disney app). I bought a Porg which Nina immediately confiscated. Later we had reservations at Oga’s Cantina and we all got funky drinks: I got a Bespin Fizz and Nina got Oga’s Obsession, then Nina and I had an appointment at Droid Depot and built droids: she choose an R2 unit and I got a BB one. Meanwhile Sue rode Slinky Dog Dash.
Jill choose takeout from KobÃ© Japanese Steakhouse without realizing it was in Orlando, so we drove up to get it (it was delicious). The next morning was Saturday and we checked out and going. Not too quickly as weâ€™d already decided to take our time and split the trip back into 2 parts. We stopped at the new Buc-ees north of and stopped for lunch at a Sonic in Savannah. We ran into a lot of traffic, getting to our planned takeout at Pier 41 Seafood just minutes before they closed at 9PM, then it was still 30 minutes before we got to the Hampton Inn Fayetteville Fort Bragg. The drive was shorter on Sunday and we did run into some traffic (including seeing an accident in progress just before Fredericksburg), but were home by early afternoon. We had an Easter dinner and all the girls (Maddie had come over too) played games while I cleaned up.
Jill took the next 2 days off. The relatives left Tuesday morning, then we got back to our schedule, with one change that week: the second dose of my vaccine. This time it was at the Government Center, and with long lines that wound around and made me think I was back at Disney World. It was still fairly quick though.
Not too much went on the rest of the month. Nina had her regular routine of in person Tae Kwon Do Monday and Thursday, plus virtual voice lessons on Wednesday. We had takeout on Fridays (Maggianos, Flower Child, Sweet Frog & Pista House) and family night on Saturday. Nina had a belt graduation on Friday the 23rd and finished her Saturday morning virtual drama class on the 24th. Sunday the 25th we went to visit my dad to celebrate his birthday belatedly. Jill said “An almost normal busy weekend. N made it to Level 3 in TaeKwonDo and got a trophy in addition to her new belt for her achievement. We made a trip to MD to visit K’s dad and his SO since we (adults anyway) are all fully vaccinated. I’m so profoundly grateful that so far, we’ve made it through.”
Friday the 30th Iâ€™d signed Nina up for the virtual Lego Brick Fest Live. A package of Legos had arrived beforehand so she could build during the show. She liked it â€“ too bad Jill got home from work after it started so we had a late dinner.