Well, I'm still sick. But getting better I think. Oh yeah, yesterday I had an odd dream. I don't remember all of it, but here's what I remember...
I was in a huge stone and wood castle serving the princess, who was preparing for a performance. Someone was after her, so I was helping her hide, and preparing to defend her. Eventually I found a hiding place and left her there, going down to the main part of the castle. I could hear the enemy's forces coming toward the castle -- there was such a great horde that I felt the vibrations and heard a roaring noise (I was in a roofed chamber the size of a football stadium). I prayed, because I knew I needed more strength than I had to defend effectively, and for some reason a female spirit answered. I saw all of the wood, most importantly the gates, turn to a purple metal. As they drew closer, I felt that I had power over the purple metal and I commanded the gates to seal impermeably. They did. This was awe-inspiring, because these gates were hundreds of stories tall. I knew that the castle was impregnable, and I woke up.
And the BENJAMIN GATE's last show. I'm so glad I got to go. Nimajn and Ben and Kristen agreed with me. (we had so much fun with the double names) Well, Nimajn drove us to Birmingham, where we crashed at otherBen's friend's house, and we got up at about 3:00 to head for Denison TX. We switched off driving and got there before the first band even played. (due in great part to Kristen's driving, the 100mph maniac) We killed time until the BenGate came on, and oh, it was so worth it. Kristen brought a vidcam and had my Nimajn film the show. We discovered a powerful talent in Nimajn! He did a phenomenal job. The only reason it will need editing is my arm kept getting in the way, and he didn't warn me.
Oh, the show was awesome. Adrienne was crying most of the time, but kept perfect control over her voice, and the band really rocked out. When they played "Need," I broke down and cried, which I didn't expect to do. ("Need" is my theme song, it encompasses all my struggles and desires from birth to now) But they picked it up again afterwards, and ended with jumpy songs. I'd have to say it was the most perfect set ever.
Afterwards, I was getting the band to sign stuff for Kristen Brownlow, my evil twin who didn't go with us, and Nick (the drummer) told me that he had a feeling they might see me there. I was flattered that he thought of me, since I never even talked to him before. I talked to Mac and Chris and of course Adrienne, but not Nick. So yeah. Afterward Kristen and I waited for the flood of "sign this" people around Adrienne to die down, and talked to her a little. She said she was surprised to see us and hugged us. I asked if she'd gotten my letters and she said she hadn't been home since the first 2 (which I sent together). So I told her she had 4 waiting. Kristen gave her her band's CD (She's in the band "Ruckus"). She told us she was gonna get food and if we wanted we could hang around and talk to her later. So we hung around, and eventually I talked to her (Kristen felt too awkward). I just congratulated her on her wedding and told her about mine, and she congratulated me on mine... I told her I was going to miss seeing them play and she said they were sad about it too... and I told her that when I asked God for verses for her He kept giving me "I'm going to restore you to your homeland" verses... and she asked me some question that I can't remember. There was more but I don't remember. Then I said something about leaving, which surprised her for some reason, and she hugged me bye.
As soon as I turned my back and started walking away, I started crying. Fortunately it was the silent kind. But it was intense, so intense it startled me. I wept, for loss of the band and also because I felt like I had given my heart to Adrienne and lost it. I had no idea just how much I loved her until right then. See, the God's curse/blessing that rules my life is my love. I am very careful in whom I give it to because I can't give it halfway and I can't take it back. Once I decided to love someone, I love them forever no matter what, with my whole heart. It is a powerful gift, but it can cause me so much pain when it isn't returned, or is returned in such a smaller measure. I love Adrienne like I love Del, Accaber, and ya-ya, which is crazy, since I scarcely know her soul at all. But I do know her spirit, and that's how I love her. I remember being sad like this when I felt like Rebecca only loved me a little, and I'm still sad that way over Paula, my spiritual mommy. I really want to be friends with Adrienne. Well. I'm not giving up on her and unless she tells me to quit writing her, I'm gonna keep doing it. I wish I knew what she thought of me. I do my best to not be a cloying fan... I pray I succeed.
OtherBen drove ALL the way back to B-ham after we left. We offered to drive occasionally but he just said that he was going to keep going until he couldn't, and then we could drive, and he ended up going the whole way. After we hit 24 hours of awakeness, Kristen and I started finding EVERYTHING funny. We named Ben's new Camry "Bensten Hooters" because our names were BEN and kriSTEN and we were parked in a gas station in front of a Hooters. Then we decided we were a band and our band name was Bensten Hooters, and Kristen started "making music" using the roar of air past the window as an instrument, and adding random words. Oh my freakin' g'nns, it was hilarious. And she decided that our hometown was "Canadia" and so we pronounced words like "aboot." For some reason, that in particular sent me off. I got hysterical with laughter every time she said "aboot." And she made a "song" called "Aboot God." (basically she occasionally said the word 'aboot' and the word 'God.') Even Nimajn picked up some of our giddiness, and THAT was worth seein', let me tell you.
Eventually we showed up at OtherBen's house, and Nimajn decided that he was up for driving home... so we did. Ridiculous but true. We were awake for... 36 hours before we got home.