Today is the last day of my 46th year, and what a great year it was! The best part of my year was the amazing Jerry Schilling Weekend in Memphis last January. I also made two other trips to Memphis – the first in May, for my annual trip that included a great NKOTB concert, and the other in August for Elvis Week. Besides those three great trips, I went to two Memphis Grizzlies games, attended two record store days, saw Grease at Toby’s Dinner Theater, celebrated the 35th anniversary of The Karate Kid in the movie theater, celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and read 68 books.
I really wanted to read more books this year, as 68 books is the same amount I read last year. This year I promise myself I will read MORE BOOKS! Besides the NKOTB concert and the concerts during Elvis Week, I did not attend any other concerts this year, which is quite strange for me. But I am quite happy staying home reading my books and listening to my records (and watching tv apparently). That is probably why for the first time in many years, I did not attend a Denver Broncos game.
I already have great plans for my 47th year! The most exciting thing I have planned is my trip to Memphis in January for Elvis’ 85th Birthday Celebration. I leave on January 6th and return on January 13th since I’ll be driving – the actual celebration is January 8-11. What makes this week SO special are the JERRY SCHILLING events including a Jerry guided tour of Memphis, Conversations on Elvis with Jerry and Priscilla, a reception with Jerry and Priscilla, the Elvis Live in Concert with Jerry and Priscilla, and of course the annual Birthday Proclamation and Evening Graceland Tour. Also while in Memphis, I’ll attend the Grizzlies game on the 7th. Tickets are bought and the Guest House is booked. I also plan on taking another road trip to Memphis at the end of May for my annual pilgrimage. The only other trip I plan on taking during my 47th year is to Indiana at the end of September for the James Dean Festival in honor of the 65th anniversary of his death. I have always wanted to attend this and see all the James Dean sights. I haven’t bought any tickets or made hotel reservations yet, but I will.
Besides my three big trips, I also have three big events planned. First I am going up to Jersey October 30th for the opening night of the Elvis in Concert Seen Unseen with meet and greet with Jerry and Priscilla. On November 23rd, I am going to the MGM National Harbor (DC area) for Jennie & Tori Live with meet and greet with Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling! I’m a HUGE Beverly Hills 90210 fan, so this is VERY exciting! Then I am going to DC February 9th to see my Memphis Grizzlies play the Wizards. Other than that, I plan on staying home with my dogs reading and listening to records.
My 47th year already looks like it’s going to be a great one that starts with my mom’s famous, amazing lasagna for dinner on my birthday tomorrow October 4th!