First off, Roberta Flack performs live tonight at Embarcadero Marina Park South. That's in downtown San Diego. Where Bob Filner is running for mayor. He is in the House of Representatives and I had no idea he was running for mayor until I drove into San Diego and saw his signs (and others -- but I attend the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing and know Filner works his butt off so I have no problem tossing out a plug to his campaign website).
Driving into San Diego. I don't know that I-5 would have been easier but the whole way in, I was thinking, "Why didn't I listen to Sumner and Toni?" When they get here later, I'll ask them how long it took them. It probably took me 7 and a half hours. (I'm estimating because I had to stop and get something to eat along the way.)
They're coming with Maggie for tonight's show. It's a two night performance and Dak-Ho and I wanted to see both nights so we came in yesterday. All I knew, all I needed to know, was Roberta live. So it was a pleasant surprise to find out she was performing with the San Diego Symphony.
If you're a Roberta fan, you need to be at tonight's show. Last night, she was on fire. It was the concert of the year, in my opinion. This is the ideal setting for Roberta.
How much are tickets? The face value on our tickets are $76 but I bought them from a scalper. I know there are some seats as low as $18 -- or were yesterday -- because Dak Ho checked. But we wanted to be way up front. And so we paid for good tickets for both shows.
But I doubt there's going to be a bad spot. The symphony and Roberta's voice are so clear, every seat should be a great seat.
If you're in the area or can get there, this is the show to see. And that's it. I've got to stop because we're supposed to meet Sumner, Toni and Maggie in the middle of San Diego for lunch at two and it's getting closer to that. (Also I don't know downtown San Diego so we may need to look around a bit to find where we're meeting up at.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"