10 Jun

Last month, Joseph and I went to see Taylor Swift perform at the Toyota Center.  I know you may be thinking, “Seriously?  Taylor Swift?”

Yes, Taylor Swift.  Funny story:

Last December I was listening to the radio (93Q) and they were having a give-away for TSwift tickets where caller 10 would win the tickets.  I was stuck in traffic so I thought, “What the heck…this will pass the time.”  I began calling and getting the always familiar “busy” signal.  I called 10 times and thought, “Someone surely has won already because I alone have already called 10 times.”  But nothing had been announced on the radio so I continued calling.  On the 12th time, the phone actually rang.  The DJ picked up saying, “93Q.”  And I was like, “Umm hi.  I was calling about the tickets.”  Because I really expected him to say something along the lines of “Congrats you are caller 10” or “93Q sorry you are caller whatever and we already gave the tickets away” or something other than just “93Q.”  Then he said, “What’s your name?”  I said, “Blair.”  He says, “Larry??”  And I laughed and said, “No! Blair!”  And he said, “I thought Larry was a strange name for a woman but you never know!  So what was it that you were calling about, Larry?”  I said, “The tickets.”  So he responded with, “The what?”  And I said, “The tickets.”  He said, “Which tickets?”  And of course you all know my lengthy amount of patience and how irritated I can get so I said, “The tickets.  For Taylor Swift.  You literally just had a call-in contest for listeners to win them. ” all with my frustrated laugh.  He said, “Oh okay, let me check for you Larry.”  So I am left there on hold thinking, “I should just hang up.  Clearly they are gone if he doesn’t even know what I am talking about…”  He gets back on the line and says, “Which tickets were they again?”  And I was like, “Taylor Swift!”  And he says, “Oh right.  Sorry it has been one of those weeks.  Do you ever have those weeks, Larry?”  to which I respond, “All the time, in fact I am having one now.”  Then he says, “Well it’s been a long week, you’ve been patient, it’s 12 days til Christmas and Larry, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE TAYLOR SWIFT!”  And I was like, “Wait. What? Seriously?”  He confirmed and we laughed as he took down my information.  Mom and Dad were on the way to Dad’s Christmas party so I called them and told them to listen in a few minutes to see if I was on the radio.  They ended up hearing it all and one of Mom’s friends texted her and said, “I think I just heard Blair on the radio.  Tell Larry congrats!” haha

I decided to keep it a secret since I didn’t get any texts or phone calls from anyone saying they heard it.  I ended up giving them to Joseph for Christmas as kind of a ‘haha isn’t this funny’ kind of thing.  (I still got him all the other things because I do my shopping early and that would be mean of me to just give him TSwift tickets that I won on the radio.)

You may be asking, “Why didn’t you just sell them and make money off of stupid spoiled teeny-boppers?!?”  The reason we didn’t, is A) I like TSwift and Joseph doesn’t mind her and B) I couldn’t pick up the actual tickets until 3 days before the concert which I guess is to prevent people from selling them.  So the whole time, I had no idea where our seats would be.

On the night of, on our way to our seats, I asked Joseph if he wanted to get drinks before we sat down.  He said he would wait so we went and found our seats, which turned out to be pretty awesome, especially for being free.

View from our seats without any zoom

View from our seats without any zoom

During the first two minutes of sitting, we heard loud squealing, saw little girls dancing and crying from excitement,

Dancing little girls in front of us

Dancing little girls in front of us

and realized the average age of the Toyota Center was about 15 years old.  We quickly changed our minds on those drinks…

thought about beer but got something a little stronger...

thought about beer but got something a little stronger…

The couple next to us had the same idea…and really I mean the guy.  They were a couple of years younger than us and the girl was a die-hard fan.  The guy was there enjoying his drinks and being a good boyfriend.  haha

When TSwift finally came on stage, she had lots of energy and gave a good vibe that the concert was going to be fun and action-packed.

TSwift Opener

And it was…when she was actually performing.

Why would I word it like that?  “Actually performing…”  That’s because a lot of the concert time was spent with her doing this…


That’s what she did.  She would finish a song and just stand there gazing out into the crowd for an awkward amount of time, multiple times.  I mean, I would imagine it would be crazy standing on stage with thousands of people cheering for you but gee whiz…you are on tour, get used to it and actually perform for these people!  It was slightly annoying because her smug look made it seem like she was like, “Yes cheer for me, I am the queen of the world” or something stupid like that.  Other times, she would finish a song and go off talking about some random crap.  Like hating on exes and talking your ear off about her life.  Joseph and I on several occasions wanted to yell, “Shut up and sing!”  One time she finished a song and started talking so I went to the restroom, then to the bar, and made it back to my seat right after she started the next song.  Talk about ridiculous.

TSwift All Red

As you can probably tell, there is a certain color that appears all over this concert…that’s because this was her Red Tour because her last album title was Red.

TSwift Therapy Ben Stiller

When she was sitting on that trunk, I think she had her longest “therapy session.”  Annoying.  Also, I know the right picture her face is blocked by that piece of equipment but I was trying to show y’all the band guy next to her.  Doesn’t he resemble Ben Stiller?  Joseph and I thought so…

"Feeling Swim Suit!"

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling Swim Suit!”

Funny thing about that caption.  The song, “22”, says “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22” but Joseph swears he hears, “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling swim suit!”  Which makes NO sense but if you listen to the song, I can see where he hears that.  haha cracks me up every time.  Oh, and that middle left picture is TSwift being carried from the front stage to the back stage on someone’s shoulders while she high-fived all the fans she ran through.

TSwift Therapy Ed Sheeran

TSwift had another therapy session on that stool then Ed Sheeran (who opened for her) came out and joined her on the back stage which lifted up and spun around.  That was pretty neat.

TSwift Lifted

After a few songs on the back stage, TSwift hopped up on this little stand and was strapped in and hoisted high above the crowd as she moved from the back of the arena to the front stage.  It looked like fun to me!

TSwift Piano

She played a few songs on the piano and performed in several outfits that didn’t have red – other than her lipstick and microphone.

TSwift Finale

Her finale theme was circus-like with people on stilts and in crazy costumes while she looked like a Ringmaster.

She did not come back and do an encore as many performers have done that I’ve seen…in fact, I think she is the ONLY one that I have seen that HASN’T done an encore, minus those at the Houston Rodeo because they are not allowed to.

Oh but don’t worry…she soaked in the applause for a solid five minutes at the end of her performance before she disappeared from the stage.

TSwift Soaking It In

Overall I loved her performances…when she actually performed.  But her therapy sessions ruined it for me.  I was happy that we went but selling the tickets would have been nice if I would’ve had the chance.  If I would’ve paid for the tickets I would not have been a happy camper.  But we didn’t spend money other than the drinks so I can’t say it was a wasted night.  Joseph and I had fun joking about all of the little girls with their “cool moms” around us.  They were the moms that acted like the mom from Mean Girls (watch video clip here if you don’t know what I’m talking about).  So we entertained ourselves.  It is good to know that we can have fun with each other no matter where we are…

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