February 26, 2010

So What Did YOU Do Tonight?

I waited in my husband's car for three hours while he took my second son to wait in line to get a book signed by Ozzy Osbourne.

It was a lot nicer than it sounds...

We heard yesterday Ozzy was coming into town. I'm not a big fan. I prefer the folks I want to meet to be... more drug free. Well, with the exception of Michael Phelps. He can do any drugs he wants and I would still be cool meeting him.


For some reason Mr. T evidently wanted to go to this book signing. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in my bedroom, on the phone with a girlfriend trying to get the seating organized for this fashion show I do every year, and my husband has come in with T and they're going through all my husband's old vinyl.

Out came an album that said Black Sabbath. There stood my husband with a big grin on his face.

Out came ANOTHER worn album that said Black Sabbath. There stood my husband grinning at me even... bigger.

And then he had about four or five albums. I'm lost. I just smiled back, gave him a big two thumbs up and he and T took off.

I got off the phone and my husband had the record player out, showing T how to use it and was about to play his albums when I said, "Wait. Did Ozzy Osborne SING for Black Sabbath?"

Said my husband: *blank stare* *Long pause* yes.

There you are.

I didn't listen to that type of music, but as my husband put it, magnifying our five year age difference, when he was in high school Ozzy sang with Black Sabbath. When *I* was in high school, he was solo. According to my husband, that was 1981 and I'm not looking it up because when it comes to Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd (in particular Pink Floyd), and The Who... my husband knows it all.

Evidently we did not hang out with the same kind of kids either, in high school, but we won't go there in this post.

And then I hear them talking and I hear "blah blah blah, booksigning, blah blah blah, dinner, blah blah blah, waiting in line..." and I gathered my plans for the evening were being made.

I'm all about the life experience, preferably very positive, and because of odd circumstances we only at Mr. T with us for the evening, and I said, "Sure, what the hell, why not? I think y'all are nuts; there are going to be scads of people, but if it makes you happy, I'll go."

So we grabbed dinner, and I dropped them off as there was NO PARKING to be found within a half mile of B&N, and then I found a spot, parked the car and read, and sat, and spoke on the phone and worked puzzles in my puzzle book and... relaxed. Nobody wanted anything from me, needed anything from me, there were no shouts of "Mom! Mom! Mom!", nobody pulling on me, poking me, whining at me... it was just me. In my husband's car. Warm. And... quiet.

I had no intention of waiting in line in the cold or in a crowded store and was perfectly content to let this be a father/son expedition.

It was nearly three hours. I can run a half marathon in less time. In my past life...

Anyway, so they had a great time the two of them. Some guy standing with the looked at T and said, 'One day, you're going to look back and remember the time that you stood in line all night with your Dad... and you got Ozzy Osbourne's autograph.'

Mr. T kind of thinks that's cool. I'm laughing as there was my 2nd son, Mr. "Have to get an A in very class or he's dang near despondent" clean cut, with his "Property of Alcatraz Swim Team" hoody, that was my 'sweat shirt' in college, amongst all the emo crowd waiting for Ozzy's book to be signed, a book my husband said he can't read until he's 18. Right.

And here's a picture... for proof. He doesn't look near as dirtbaggy as I expected. Actually... he doesn't look dirtbaggy at all. He cleans up good.


Posted by Boudicca at February 26, 2010 11:03 PM

I always thought your hub was a very lucky man, but now, he is a very lucky man and very "cool" dad. BTW, did Ozzie mumble anything intelligible ?

Posted by: Mike D. at February 27, 2010 12:01 AM

Ozzy rules!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: P'cola Titan at February 27, 2010 12:07 AM

Blizzard of Ozz was a favorite of mine in high school.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 27, 2010 12:12 AM

It's sad to say that even though I am a bit older than your husband, I don't know much about the music of my era. *sigh* I just never paid attention. I am not an audiophile and never will be.

Yes, I've heard of Ozzie, I probably even know some of his music (although I'm going to bet not very much). But I couldn't tell you who he played with or even that he went solo... I'm so bad. LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at February 27, 2010 12:28 AM

If it was Ozzy's crowd, it DEFINITELY wasn't an emo crowd. Ozzy's crowd would EAT all the emo kids and spit them out in tiny chunks!


And yes I did know that Ozzy sang with Black Sabbath before the whole solo thing.

Posted by: Walrilla at February 27, 2010 02:11 AM

I am a couple years younger then you and even *I* knew Ozzy was lead for Black Sabbath


I hate that kind of music, never listened to it (that includes the Stones, Who, Pink Floyd, etc)

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 27, 2010 09:12 AM

ACK! I'm jealous!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at February 27, 2010 11:28 AM

I don't mind my crazy schedule so much when it means waiting on the kids...like you, I've found that's 'my' time...reading, surfing the net if it's near wi-fi...and you have Ozzy to thank for it!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at February 27, 2010 12:05 PM

Ozzy does clean up well. He sometimes shops at the grocery store I shop at. He seems much smaller, and way more put together in person. I have the feeling that some of his TV persona is an act.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at February 27, 2010 03:53 PM

T looks older than I expected.


Posted by: Curtis at February 27, 2010 08:02 PM

Mike D- From what my husband said, Ozzy said nothing, but when he looked up and saw T there, that HE was there to have the book signed, Ozzy had a smile 3 miles big. He went from just seeming good to be there, to genuinely warm and happy. It made my husband smile inside. My husband is a good guy.

PT- Was it Black Sabbath we listened to on the school bus? What in the world was that?

TN- You evidently didn't listen to it with me around. I don't remember it.

Teresa- I was into different things. I remember the music of my era, but I didn't own scads of albums and sit and listen to them all day like other kids I knew. Music was there... but my life didn't revolve around it.

Walrilla- He used the word Emo, but I think what he meant was Goth. It was the whole dressed in black, black nail polish, dark look. To him it's Emo.

QW- While I don't hate it, I don't love it. It most definitely doesn't move my soul. It was stoner music to me... and although I had friends that were in that crowd in HS, they weren't who I predominantly hung with. We had different interests after school...

WB- He is so proud of that signature! And my husband has told everyone he knows that they got it!

Mrs. Who- Oh absolutely. Anyone with the crazy work and kid schedule completely gets my down time love. I was telling someone today, hell, waiting in that car for 3 hours was akin to being at a spa!

DDP- You know... I would not be surprised, although I have heard that when he speaks, the brain is rather fried.

Curtis- Oh that would be... 50 years?! :)

Posted by: Bou at February 28, 2010 12:19 AM

Did you see in the paper that some nitwit got arrested for smoking pot INside the bookstore? That kinda stupidity gives dopers a bad name....

Posted by: George at February 28, 2010 10:20 AM

Oh you should TOTALLY have T read that book before he's 16 ... it shows drug taking in a WAY bad light... Ozzy being thrown out of Sabbath for being too out of it all the time... being arrested with Motley Crue for stuff he doesn't remember doing... it's almost a handbook of 'don't follow this path because...'. Plus you only have to see him on TV to see the brain damage long term drug taking causes... and to a smart guy like T that would be perceived to be the biggest waste of all.

Great post.

Posted by: Shaz at February 28, 2010 09:37 PM

Black Sabbath was 1971. By 1981 Ozzie was solo.

Posted by: Denny at March 2, 2010 11:08 PM