I don’t mean to Rush you

Today Marvin is making me go see Rush. The band, not the guy. Either one would be bad. But at least with Rush the guy I could get good and mad, so that would be interesting.

You cannot say I am not doing my best to keep this marriage going. Rush. For heaven's sake.

And every time I tell this to a guy, he says, "Cool!" Every time I tell a girl, she feels bad for me.

I have an old boyfriend who loves loves LOVES Rush, and isn't that the way it always goes with stupid Rush? No one is kind of neutral on them, like, say, REO Speedwagon. I mean, everyone's kind of okay with REO Speedwagon. "Oh, I remember them. Yeah. Heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another you been messin' around. heh-heh."

But no. With Rush, people get obsessed. And I remember my old boyfriend dragging me up to his room, thinking perhaps he was going to get the luck of the Irish up there (sorry, Gra), and once I saw all the Rush tapes, there was just no way.

At any rate, I emailed said ex-boyfriend to ask if he wanted me to get him a t-shirt at today's venture to Hades.

"You're going to see Rush?" he exclaimed. "Cool!"

He went on to tell me it'd be the best concert I ever saw (mm-hmm), even better than the band we saw where I broke up with him.

Okay, had forgotten we were out seeing a band when we broke up. Nice. Perhaps he had worn his Rush t-shirt to see the band. I can't recall.

There are so many things I'd rather do than go see stupid Rush. I would rather clean this house from top to bottom, as we have a house guest next week. I would rather lie around and pet Tallulah's swoop. I would rather weed the garden and paint our gate, which looks like it has survived the Civil War. But no. We have to go see stupid Rush.

Oh, did I mention it's in Virginia? We have to TRAVEL TO VIRGINIA to see stupid Rush? And I had to turn down an invite to a party AND an invitation to meet Chatting at the Sky's puppy this weekend, SO I COULD SEE STUPID RUSH?

Last night Marvin could not sleep, he was so excited. Several times I woke up to see the lights on. "Go to bed!" I would yell.

"Can't. Too excited."

About Rush. He is excited about stupid Rush. In Virginia. And by the way, there's zero percent chance of rain. Because it's outside. I have to sit outside in Virginia to see Rush. And there is NO chance, none, that it will rain.

So, really looking forward to it. I will be sure to RUSH back (get it?) and tell you how much fun I had. If the news covers this important concert, look for the person on her husband's shoulders, with no shirt on, hanging her goat high.

It will not be me.

55 thoughts on “I don’t mean to Rush you

  1. Bahaha – ‘luck of the Irish’, that’s a new one – love it!

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  2. I just happened to be in Virginia this weekend. This morning on the way home we stopped at a Rest Area just north of Richmond. A fairly young boy, who looked like he was with his Dad, was wearing a Rush shirt. I kind of did a double take and thought – That would make June laugh ( that was really 2nd. 1st was – they must be Canadian). Thanks for explaining it to me! I’m sure your very glad that from now on whenever any of us Juneites see anything to do with Rush we will think of you.

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  3. I RUSHED right in here this morning to see how the Rush concert went for June and Marvin. Since there wasn’t a new post, I checked the comments to see what was added after I last read them. OMG! FREE PUPPIES?!?!?!?!?!? It is karma. And I hope the reason June hasn’t posted today is because they are busy introducing the new family member (or members) to the others and are also out buying puppy toys and beds and food.
    Maybe she named one Rush.

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  4. Oh, my damn. I grew up in Virginia and half of my high school class was at that dang concert, twittering about it. REO, Rush and Queen were my brother’s thing. I was more of a Clash, Ramones’ girl. I feel for you, Juney.
    I was not at the concerto. I was peddling my carp at the Cooper- Young Festival in ninetyfrickin’five degree heat. I was a puddle by the time I got home. Ugh.

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  5. I know I am late to the part (at a writer’s conference all weekend) but I had to stop by and say… I can’t WAIT for the post about the concert!
    I can only imagine the people… the smell of pot… the black concert t-shirts. Good times.

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  6. Oh, there is no such thing as a FREE puppy!!! Perhaps a puppy with no initial cost, or no upfront charges, but oh, they cost and cost and cost. Totally worth it, of course, but so not free.
    Carry on!

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  7. I’ve just recently heard of a new designer breed dog. It’s a cross between a bulldog and beagle, they call it a beabull. They’re all the rage and boy are they cute! I love my bulldog, and if I were going to mix her bloodline, I’d have to go with a boxer over a beagle. I hope June gets a puppy!! That is totally karma.
    P.S. Lisa Pie is SO right, if you don’t have to travel at least 10 hours just to get out of your state, you haven’t gone anywhere, my friend.

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  8. Awww Joann, don’t feel bad, really. I was kinda expecting some chastising. I know how things works here. I almost typed LOL…

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  9. Oh, I did attend a Carole King concert with my hubby (I only knew her b/c of the Gilmore Girls theme song) and he sat through a truly awful modern ballet performance with me. We are even. :0)

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  10. At least the weather is nice here in VA and June might get a puppy out of it!! I’ll have to google Rush b/c I have no idea who they are.

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  11. Marvin, get that girl a puppy! It’s free. It’s her favorite mix. It’s definitely what Mother said, Karma slapping you in the face.
    I have to go to a party now, but I’m hoping you’ll do the right thing and we’ll see a new baby on this blog tomorrow. Come on, Daddy! I’ll bet you she’ll name it Rush or whatever name you desire!
    Still feeling bad for erroneously chastising you, Gllopdelulu.

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  12. Awww June’s Mom,
    That is a riot! Because now the connundrum (sp??) would be what to do with Sweet and Sassy. They can’t go to the concert, it would be way too loud for their puppy ears. June and Marvin are committed to said concert. It’s like Sophie’s Choice all over again, isn’t it?
    Will be standing by with my foot tapping waiting for the next update.

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  13. Dear Commenters, June just called me outside the Rush concert. It turns out some guy came up to them in the street and offered two cute puppies for free! I don’t think she is making this up. If it were April 1st I would wonder, but it is not. The puppies are boxer and bulldog mix! You know those are two of her favorites. They are described as sweet and sassy although those are not their names. So far Marvnin is saying no. She asks for your support. Also, she thinks it is sort of Karmic that this offer would be made outside the Rush concert.

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  14. Now, Joann, of course we can be friends. I check your blog every day rigth after reading June and I love it when there’s a new post up…
    Don’t feel too bad for me, he does return the favor!
    No apologies needed here.

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  15. Well said Gloopdelulu! Forgive me. I get all wired up good when our queen is presumably being chastised.
    Thank you for clearing that up. I felt like you were saying that she should just put on her brightest smile and pretend she was loving it. I also inferred that going to Rush was not a part of working on the marriage which it totally is. It’s Rush for awful sake!
    And now I feel bad for YOU having to go technology shopping! Perhaps I don’t love my husband enough. He goes to the Apple Store. I go to Sephora which is conveniently right next door.
    So, please forgive me for inferring the wrong thing.
    Hope we can be friends!

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  16. Compromise here…go to the concert only if you can get that puppy you want if you will name it Rush.
    I think it’s kinda cute Marvin was so excited he couldn’t sleep! You don’t need kids, you have Marvin!
    I can’t get that REO Speedwagon song outta my head now…

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  17. Joann, hi! Thank you for answering, I feel honored that original joann is talking to me!
    I just want to explain myself a little better. I did not wanted to say that June shoudn’t blog about this, it’s her blog, of course and she has all the rights. And the post IS very funny and entertaining to US.
    I did not wanted to say that going to the concert is not sacrificial, it is, I get it because my husband asks me to go technology shopping with him and I just want to die on the spot, but I go with him, because it’s important to him. I agree completely.
    I didn’t want to say that she has to be disingenuous about it. My husband is an outdoors person and I am not but I said your exact same words to him: “I really don’t have any interest in this, but because it’s important to you, I am going”.
    I wanted to say that COMPLAINING about it TO HIM all the time it’s not the best thing to do. I don’t know if she ever does actually says this things to Marvin, but saying it here in her blog is an indirect way of doing that. That’s the part that is going to work against them at some point.
    Please know that I wasn’t attacking you June, I know and believe you two want to make this work, it’s just that sometimes we have to take our sacrifices to the next level.

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  18. Hey June – life is a play by play of blog moments – good and bad – so this is just another one. A bad one maybe but hey, it’s something to talk about. Although I don’t think you have trouble finding things to talk about. Am I right? Anyhow, it is a nice thing you’re doing going with Marvin and I am sure he will go somewhere with you sometime that he doesn’t want to go to either – right Marvin??
    Have fun!

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  19. Hulk (Who went to see Genesis alone when HIS wife wouldn't go because she only liked Phil Collins, not Genesis...yeah.) says:

    Ironic, because I was just reading on Marvin’s blog this long diatribe about how he HATED going to the bog garden…
    Oh, wait. NO I DIDN’T!

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  20. Gloopdelulu,
    Please know I mean no disrespect when I say this.
    For the most part, June’s posts are very tongue in cheek. I think just the fact alone, that she’s accompanying him to Rush shows she is trying to strengthen her marriage. I think her bitching is for our entertainment value alone and besides, I would rather hear from my spouse, “I really don’t have any interest in this, but because it’s important to you, I am going” than have someone by my side who might be disingenuous. And I think it does show she is working on her marriage. The fact alone that they are making an effort with each other, (Marv–couch shopping; June–Rush concert) shows that they are both willing to try and give this thing 100%. So I’m really not sure what criteria you’re using to say, this is isn’t working on your marriage. Going to a Rush concert is sacrificial giving, at its most.
    Blog on about it Juney, with your bad self. I, for one, say complain on. You have the right. Last time I checked, it was your blog.

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  21. Yep, you’re going to the same concert as my aunt and uncle.
    YOU’LL BE FINE!
    Also, you just need to find a cute puppy again that you’re mom is willing to pay for and if your husband says no, all you have to say is “Rush.”

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  22. Ok, tough love here, please stop complaining about having to go with Marvin there. It’s a good blog post, yes, but it does not show him that you love him, so it does not count as working on your marriage. Just to be clear, I do the same thing sometimes (many times), I’m no saint or anything, but think how would you feel if he did that to you?
    Don’t hate me please, I’m not Carin!! I love June and I know this can’t be good for a marriage.
    Ok, back to lurking…

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  23. I am SO with you on stupid Rush. My husband went to the concert last month with our 2 eldest children. To gear up, we had stupid Rush morning, noon, and night so everyone would know all the lyrics, they said. They avidly watched the movie that came out in July, they set their ringtones to stupid Rush songs, they asked each other stupid Rush trivia at the dinner table. I had hoped that after the concert we would be done, but no. They walked in the door with all the stupid Rush paraphenalia they HAD to buy and now not only do we watch concert footage on tv, I am faced with stupid Rush in the laundry room. Every day.
    But anyway, have fun, June!

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  24. Alright June, I am going to quibble just a bit here. You say “travel to Virginia” like it’s on a wagon train for months with no water and the threat of wild buffalo stampeding you along the way. I have Miss Dawn in Austin here to back me up on this, so I feel safe in saying that if a Texan ever said they had to travel to another state to see a concert, you would know they were putting in some *hours*.
    I am going to see my Grandma next week and it will take me more than 10 hours to just get out of Texas! Now, how far is this concert venue from your house?
    And just so you know, I am totally on your side about having to sit through a Rush concert. You are a better woman than I am, just for that alone! After one song, don’t they all sound the same? I am still firmly planted in the corner of Team JuneandMarvin. Just think of all the things Marvin will owe you after this!

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  25. But you get to complain about it. With my husband, it’s drag races, and if I so much as mention that it MIGHT be a lot of work to pack up everything we need to keep the kids busy during an afternoon sitting in the hot sun, and that it MIGHT be a little loud, and that I just MIGHT not enjoy it as much as him, he gets very offended and POOF! Marital Discord!

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  26. So sorry June. My ex had Rush albums. Enough said.
    I called one of my horses Gettysburg, (his show name), because he had a long face that reminded me of Lincoln’s stove pipe hat. His barn name was Getty. Of course the two stable hands thought his name was Geddy and I was the coolest chic with three kids in the place.

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  27. June, could you take your knitting? You know, so you would have something to do. Oh, and be sure to take your ear plugs – to protect your ears from the excessive decibels ya know.

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  28. June, could you take your knitting? You know, so you would have something to do. Oh, and be sure to take your ear plugs – to protect your ears from the excessive decibels ya know.

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  29. June, could you take your knitting? You know, so you would have something to do. Oh, and be sure to take your ear plugs – to protect your ears from the excessive decibels ya know.

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  30. Man. I hate me some Rush. In highschool I was in a band, I played bass guitar. We lost the talent show to some cretins in another band that LOVED Rush and that’s all they played was Rush covers. HATE!

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  31. I’d never (knowingly) heard Rush before. Your post made me laugh, so I read it to my fiance, who then proceeded to YouTube and Yahoo! Rush songs and reminisce about how awesome they are.
    And now I want to die.
    So, even though I don’t know you, I’ll say that if you want to come to MY house and hang out, rather than go see stupid Rush, we can send my fiance with your husband.

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  32. I woke up this morning to a grisly scene. One of the pups, they’re not saying who, had explosive diarrhea all over the wood floors of the bedroom and on part of the wall. I think I’d rather clean that mess up again than go to a Rush concert. At least the stink only lasted a few minutes there.
    And I would so go to an REO Speedwagon Concert in a heartbeat.
    “So, if you’re tired of the same old story, oh, turn some pages.
    I will be here when you are ready to roll with the changes.”

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  33. I used to have the same problem when I would get a girl up to my dorm room and she would turn the lights on (the bars were always dark). I did not have a Rush collection, but there was my Dungeons and Dragons game set. And the handcuffs.
    Hey Beth, where did you go?

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  34. I have been on Team June-and-Marvin until now. A forced Rush concert in another state might be over the line.

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