I went to a concert last night--Rhonda Vincent and the Rage,a bluegrass artist and her band(for those of you who havent heard of her,she is the #1 female vocalist in bluegrass for the past 5 years in a row,and recently won numerous awards for entertainer of the year and many others!)--any way,I've been a big fan of hers for many years--I often post on her message board,and she also does too,and she is very good to her fans about meeting her after shows for autographs,etc..A sweet lady,and VERY attractive too! .I had posted often about my many trials and tribulations trying to get to her concerts in my old heaps or my mothers old caravan..this time the caravan had a huge bubble and warped tread in the rear tire,and I had to drive it 130 miles to get my sister friday so she could go with me--barely got it home before it blew,5 more miles we would have been walking!!!(if not dead from losing control next to a lot of 18 wheelers! )--so I had to scramble to get new tires before the concert yesterday--luckily I found a local store with a mechanic on duty til 8:30 pm,and the had a sale ,buy 3 get the 4th one 1/2 price!(thankgod for VISA! )as I had little cash on me..Since I had planned to use her van due to better gas mileage,and had already filled the tank up--using my truck wasn't an option..I had to get hers "re--tired"... I had posted on her message board I had to get tires,and said too look for me at the show!--little did I know she was reading the posts before her show! It was just before intermission when she announced my name!!--She said "are you here??--did you make it"??--I was SHOCKED!!--she asked me to come up on the stage !!--I was about ready to faint!--she asked me to remove my coat and hat,and asked me to put on a t-shirt she handed me--I thought "oh,wow,I got a free t-shirt with her name and logo on it"--but when I looked down,it was nothing like the ones for sale in the lobby!--I was very confused!! She had me turn around and show the audience the shirt--It was a shirt advertising a local car dealer!--she read the name of the place--and handed me the keys to a 1995 Ford Contour!! --I could not believe It!!--I was so suprised!!--I must have looked like a boob up there babbling to find the right words to say! (and I was also waiting to hear SMILE--Your On Candid Camera!--but it was for real!!)- -I was flabbergasted--she gave ME a CAR!!! (I admitted I was a chevy man,but I wasnt biased against fords,I simply had never owned one before!!--she said I could trade it in if I wanted to for a different vehicle,but I'd never do that--I still am in shock over the whole incident!! It was like I was dreaming as we walked out to the parking lot and checked it out after the show--its 10 years old,but looks like new,and is in very good shape--and it has BRAND NEW TIRES!! It still hasnt sunk in fully yet!!--I shake just thinking about it!! I had wanted to go to her show today in CT--but I screwed up--it was a 2:15 pm,I thought it was tonite --and I had no tickets,and no answer when I called the venue--so I'm bumming I missed her other show--should have logged on last night as soon as I got home and checked into it sooner... I would have had tickets for both shows if I had the money a week ago when I got the ones for last nites show...I'll have to wait till june for her next show near me.. I'll never forget this as long as I live!--I never expected anything like this to happen to me--I have only BAD luck!! This means my trucks will probably be getting the boot--my 79 C10 will probably have to go--I love the truck but I cant afford to drive it AND have the 82 K20 too--the 74 K20 is gonna get scrapped,I hate too,but its done--and the time is right,scrap is 85 bucks a ton now--I might try to sell parts before junking it--but my back has been acting up,so I might just scrap it whole and take the loss..My van has not been on the road in over a year ,so its gonna need lots of work if I go to use it again--I might keep it for storage,or junk it too--it'll be hard to part with,I've had it 15 years,and lots if memories,with all the places I went in it...But life is all about changes,and I have to make quite a few... Thanks to Rhonda,my faith in GOD has been restored!--I prayed out loud a while back when things here hit bottom,with a snowstorm every few days,and an aching back,my moms failing health,uncertain future--I asked him to take me out,or send me an angel to help me --in my wildest dreams I never expected it to be Rhonda Vincent that answered my prayer!!... I apologize for this lengthy off-topic post!!--I'm just so excited I had to tell everyone I "know" online!!-(if the moderators would rather move this to the lounge and not delete it I'd be very grateful!)-and if any of you like bluegrass,check out Rhonda!! She is the Queen of Bluegrass!(www.rhondavincent.com) I have to go get the car in the next few days--looks like this long time "chevy man" is going to have to get used to driving a ford!!!---after 30 years of GM loyalty,it might be a shock!--but I am ever so thankful for the generosity of this wonderful singer--I love you Rhonda!!