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June 28, 2007 @ 4:03pm

Last night was crazy! It rained and hailed all afternoon here in Westchester, about an hour north of Jones Beach, which is on the southern side of Long Island. Usually storms hit there first and come here afterwards. You'd think the clouds would be empty for our concert, right? Nope. They were just getting started.

We've been to Jones Beach on rainy nights and usually the sky opens up and we get spared. I saw Roger Waters with Christoph last year and it rained lightly and seemed to only add to a fantastic concert experience. We saw the Goo Goo Dolls there in a downpour years ago and, well, they complained the whole time so we left thinking they were whiny pricks — even though we liked them before we saw them live.

Anyway, we drove to Long Island last night thinking we'd get to see the show. As soon as we crossed over into Long Island it started pouring again. Not just pouring — it was a lightning storm. Every minute you saw lightning. So we got to within a couple of exits of the Jones Beach exit and called our local nightlife guide and search engine expert, Craig. He directed us to a great Italian restaurant in Rockville Centre where Niki and I waited out the storm and after a two-and-a-half hour dinner, we moved to a bar to wait out the storm. The storm never let up — not even the lightning. Driving home we crossed the bridge from Long Island to Westchester and like magic the rain stopped and we didn't see another drop the whole way home.

Our story's cloud does have a silver lining: The Fray's set got interrupted and the concert was cancelled, so they're playing again on Tuesday night. The bad news is that Ok Go did their set last night — somehow — so they aren't scheduled to be the opening act again, but there is a chance. We'll see what happens. I was more excited about Ok Go than The Fray. Couldn't you tell?

I've been listening to Ok Go a lot the last few days on my Yahoo Music Engine. Here are some apropos lyrics from their big treadmill video song Here It Goes Again:

I guess there's got to be a break in the monotony,
but Jesus, when it rains how it pours.

Throw on your clothes, the second side of Surfer Rosa,
and you leave me, yeah, you leave me.

Oh, here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.

I should have known, should have known,
should have known again, but here it goes again.
Oh, here it goes again.

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