Jeff is not known for his musical tastes. His favorite performer is Rick Springfield. You may remember him from his days on the soap opera General Hospital. As a musician, Rick Springfield is a great actor. Sadly, I can remember the name of his GH character – Dr. Noah Drake. Springfield’s most well-known song is “Jessie’s Girl” an annoying tune that, as I write, is ear worming me into quite a state.
None of my other friends had asked to be my “plus one” for the Springsteen tribute band, but I can see a day where they will have to vie for the privilege, so I asked Jeff to submit an essay, entitled “Why Julie Should Take Me to the State Theatre” in 300 words or less. Honestly, because he had no competition and because my essay rules were pretty loosey goosey, he could have simply written “Take me,” and been a shoe-in, but I was very curious to see what he would come up with. This rule stands with anyone wanting to attend, including my friend Mary, a fellow Slicer, who wants to see Les Zeppelin – the all female Led Zeppelin tribute band. (I expect great things from your essay, Mary.)
I was impressed by Jeff’s essay, sent to me via text message:
Why I Want to Go to State Theatre with Julie
I think the big thing is how I’m such a good friend to her. One other note. If I go with her I will make her look good. People will see the handsome, charming guy with this older woman. They’ll think, “We should check this babe out.” Also, it goes against the stereotype of older men with younger women. So you see we will be doing our part to change society for the better. And when you help change the world by bringing me there really is no other choice. So now you’re kind of obligated by socially-binding contracts to do the right thing. It’s on your conscience now.
In the end, my husband also wanted to go, so our awkward threesome attended the show. The members of the band definitely resembled Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and that other guy with the doo rag whose name I never knew . A lot of audience members behaved as though this was the real deal on stage. In my opinion, if you took off your glasses and got really drunk, you might definitely think you were at a Bruce Springsteen tribute band performance.