I don't have an official Bucket List. Nothing written out, with things to check off. But, there are certain things that I have always wanted to do. One was to see a Cirque Du Soleil show. It seemed like every time they were in Pittsburgh, I was low on cash, and couldn't justify spending the money. But, something my buddy Julia said, made me realize I needed to just do it. I bought Jim and I tickets for his birthday, and on Friday night we went to see Alegria.
If you want the short version, I can sum it up in one word... AMAZING.
If you want the longer version here are my thoughts...
*For all you Pittsburgh people - Walking up that hill to The Peterson Event Center, in the pouring rain, after you just scarfed down fast food in about 15 minutes, (knowing you had to eat something before the show), with bronchitis is not a great idea. GAG, WHEEZE, COUGH, COUGH. Oh, and also, my husband is only 1 inch taller than me. Why does he walk so fast?! How does he walk so fast?!
* When we got to our seats at 7:25 (the show started at 7:30), the lady next to me had her coat on my seat. When I asked her to move it, she said, "Oh great. I always hope that the people next to me won't show up so I can stretch out, and have somewhere to put my coat. But, you just had to show up, didn't you?" I replied, "Too bad! We're here!" Then, she grumbled, "Well, maybe the people in front of us won't show, and I can put my coat on their seat". I couldn't resist saying, "I think you're out of luck because I'm pretty sure the show is sold out". Then, Miss Joy and Happiness tutted, "Well, you know, people are SUPPOSED to show up 20 minutes before these things start". I commented ever so nicely, "Well, you know, there's this thing called TRAFFIC". Sure enough, someone did sit right in front of her. The seat in front of me was vacant. For some reason, I didn't tell her she could put her coat there, though, even though I wasn't using it. Hey, I did refrain from coughing on her, just for fun, even though I thought of it. Which brings us to my thought... People who don't know how to have fun should stay home.
*I don't get clowns. Never did. Just don't find them funny.
*If you go to a Cirque Du Soleil show, you will feel like an overweight, out of shape slug. Those people do not have an ounce of fat on them, and their bodies are like Greek statues. At one point, these male acrobats came out. Jim and I both thought they had things painted on their chests. Nope, their chests were just that defined. Hubba Hubba.
*At one point, this guy brought out a huge ring, like a giant hula hoop, and I thought, "What could he possibly do with that?" Then... "OH!... WOW!.. OH MY GOSH!!... HOLY CRAP!!!... WHAT THE...WHOA!!" My mouth was hanging open in amazement for the majority of the show.
*Is it possible to watch contortionists without thinking about sex? And also, being able to bend your back over and touch your feet to your head? That's just not right. I was in pain just watching.
*During one part, the trapeze guys had to climb up a very long rope ladder. They scurried up the ladder like very energetic squirrels, making it look effortless. Later, Jim said, "If I did that, I would get half way up, then I would have to say, "That's it. Show's over!", because I couldn't go any further!"
*If you get the chance to go see a show, GO! It is well worth the money. Just don't spring for the most expensive seats, unless you want to take the chance of getting picked to go up on the stage.