Three years in the making....
She was in top voice and I was in the front row.
Yes, I took a few pictures. That's what I do.
At the end, I stood and stepped forward, holding my upturned hand. She handed me her guitar pick. Cool.
Then the place was shut down for 3 years of renovations.
Hanging on the wall there was a huge mural depicting what the NEW Gaillard Center (Centre?) would look like.
I had a buddy snap a few shots of me in front of the artist's rendering, with the idea of inserting myself into the image.
I had cloned a seat back so it now appeared that I was seated in one of the boxes in, I guess, the Dress Circle?
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I went to see the CJO (Charleston Jazz Orchestra) starring jazz diva Diane Shuur.
Diane and the local Jazz group were the openers for the Arturo Sandoval show. The percussion-filled performance by his 5-piece backing group featured the master "horn player" displaying his amazing talents.
OK, during the intermission, as I walked around admiring the new look, I took out a copy of my 3-year old fantasy creation.
A helpful usher suggested I needed to go up the stairs to find the area where I had visually created a seat for myself.
I had a ticket for a floor seat so really didn't "belong" up here.
Several occupants saw the image I had printed and was trying to match and even suggested I sit down in a vacant seat.
Not wanting to intrude too much, I just stood and had a picture quickly snapped.
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Thanks to the nice people in the box - and the usher - who helped me zero in on where I had "seated" myself three years ago.
The renovation was marvelous to see.
I plan to attend many events there.
And former Mayor Joe Riley.