Garth @ The Sprint Center

Garth

My first time at the Sprint Center came with a lot of expectation. I have read a lot about the place and have been wanting to visit it since I first moved to KC and saw the structure being built. I am not the biggest country music fan, in fact I kind of dislike most of it, but last night I became a total cowboy wannabe. Garth Brooks is a great entertainer and he puts on a great show. So lets see how the Sprint Center did.

Parking

I heard a lot about parking for an event at the Sprint Center from the local media and I am sorry to say they are all wrong. If you park close to the event you are going to be stuck on traffic for a while, I knew that just from going to big events before. We decided to go for drinks at Vivaces first and meet the couple that was going with us to the concert. We then drove only one car a little closer to the arena and found parking right away. We went into a parking garage that was advertising 5 dollar parking only 5 blocks away. It was a beautiful night and 5 blocks is not a long walk. This also helped tons getting out because there was no opportunity for build up of traffic and since we were not going towards the highway like everyone else that simplified things. We were back home in less than 30 minutes.

The Arena

Even though I was impressed with the size from the outside of the arena, I was not too impressed when I was inside. It is more of a sports arena than for concerts, I really hope they get a team or it would really be a waste. We are lucky enough to have a private box at the center thanks to my boss, but if I had to buy tickets I think the best seat in the place for a concert is actually behind the stage. Those seats are at the best viewing angle for sure. The acoustics of the place seemed fine to me, I am not an expert on the subject but I heard every note.

The Crowd

Yes, I have to rub it in a little more. Going in as a VIP is the way to go. No line to get in for us, but general admission an hour before the show it wrapped around the block but it seemed to flow. Everyone seemed to have a great time and the noise level was amazing when Garth came out to play, compared to the cheers when his wife started the night. The people that worked inside all seemed to be very nice and attentive, the best thing to get food wise is in the Quick Trip inside the arena. The Founders private bar was not anything too special and I believe the prices of the food in there are the same as everywhere else.

The Show

Garth’s wife sang a couple of good songs that I actually recognized, one was a cover of “How do I live without you” and the other one was “American Girl.” She did a very short set and I think did an excellent job. I did not like that there was a big pause between her show and Garth’s I kind of felt like she should have warmed up the crowd and then led right into him singing.

Garth is an amazing entertainer. He works the crowd like nobody else I have seen live. He truly wants to make you a cowboy for the night and take you on a ride. I did wear the belt buckle that Travis gave me, so I had at least one piece of Country attire. His songs are pretty timeless and even for a non country fan I seemed to know a lot of them. Even though he did a long set it seemed to go by way too fast.

The Verdict

The Sprint Center is one of the best arenas I have been to. It seemed like it was very well organized and if you are willing to walk some blocks you can park pretty cheap. As long as the scalpers do not ruin the chance to get tickets I believe that this arena will become one of the best places in the country to go see a show. Go take a look at the pictures at my wife’s flickr.

Star Trek Cast

I have not been this excited about a Star Trek movie since the First Contact movie back in 1996. I am a huge fan of The Next Generation because of Jean Luc Picard, my favorite captain. Before you start telling me how much better the other captains are and get all trekkie on me, let me just say that I got to watch TNG every week as it came out and not via re-runs. I did watch the original but I was more of a bystander while someone else in my house watched it. My favorite character was Spock because well, vulcans are cool galactic elfs. What makes the new movie more interesting is its cast, they are not main stream actors but I am sure you have seen them on other stuff. So lets take a look at who will be boarding the USS Enterprise.
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TV Quick Thoughts

– I miss Isaiah Washington in Grey’s Anatomy. Nothing against gay people, but George is one of the most annoying characters on TV and I would have been happier if he was gone instead of Burke.

– Trent Green made a bonehead play and watching it was painful but what Johnson said afterwards was just uncalled for.

– Bionic woman is not as bad as I thought after the first show, it is also not as good as I had expected… glad to see Isaac Washington, hopefully there are no late lesbians on the show.

– Heroes is not picking up the pace. I get that Hiro wants the girl… I get that Peter is going to fall in love with the Irish chick… I get that human gecko is getting together with the boy that can fly… lets get Sylar out of the jungle and bring on the pain, I don`t want to get into another soap opera, I am already addicted to Gilmore Girl reruns.

– The Soup is the best darn show on TV.

– I am going to scream if I see another news about what Britney did or did not do.

– Cane is an awesome show. If you are not watching it already, start this Tuesday.

– Moonlight is not quite Blade, not quite Forever Knight, a little too Buffy for my taste.

– It is getting a lot easier to get anime on TV now a days, huge plus.

– How I Met Your Mother is still funny.

– The Unit is still delivering the most thrill, best show so far this season.

– Ugly Betty is still funny, but not sure it kept the momentum of last season.

– Damages truly keeps you wanting to see the next episode, watch it and get hooked.

– I still have not watched Ramsey’s Kitchen!!!

How to find a Wii

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It was very hard to find a Wii, but once the quest was over it was very much worth it. While it seems simple enough to get one, supply has been running low and demand has gone way up after a successful holiday season.

How did I get mine? I picked it up at GameStop. After several attempts at just going to the stores and not finding one even after I was told they were getting shipments, I decided to always call ahead. Funny thing is the that store that said they had one sold out on the 15 minutes it took me to drive there. Thankfully another store close by had one left and I made my purchase.

The wii is Amazon’s best selling video game console right now, and if I did not want the hassle that is where I would get it. If you do want to do some of the leg work you can use Yahoo find a wii site. Probably the best and cheapest way is to just call around your local retailers and wait for their next shipment.

When you pick up the console be sure to get some Wii points so you can enjoy some Virtual Console games. You only need those if you do not want to enter your CC information into the Wii. Must haves for everyone should be Super Mario Brothers 3 and Super Mario 64. Also pick up Wii Play which comes bundle with an extra controller. And do not forget the Nunchuk for both controllers, they are a must have for most games.

Do not, and I repeat, Do not get the classic controller. I bought two of them and have not used them once. Most virtual console games will accept GameCube controllers and if you do not have a GameCube you can always go back and experience the great catalog of games for that system on the Wii. Yes it is backwards compatible. The best choice for a controller is a wavebird for the GameCube, the first truly great wireless controller.

One that that I have not picked up but want to is the Nyko Wii Charge Station so you don’t have to recharge or buy batteries for your controllers. Batteries do last a long time. The cook thing about the Nyko system is that it replaces the OEM cover with one that is rubberized and makes it easier to grip the controller. Right now we are using rubber gloves for that purpose, those even come glow in the dark which is kind of cool.

The must have games for the Wii for me are the following.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Not a game for just fans of the series, as a launch title this game shows us how the Wii is capable not just of beautiful graphics but extraordinary innovative game play. It is not a short game and the story is full of exiting twists and turns.

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Rayman Raving Rabbids

The second title of this new series will be out soon, but I still think this is the best party game I have ever played. The music stages and the memory one alone make this game a must have.

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Mario Strikers Charged

Second game to have online play is sure to make some of the critics shut up about the wii online experience.

So stop waiting to pick one up and join the world on experiencing the greatest console ever.

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*** Thing that makes me happy ***

My Wii.

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The Simpsons Movie (****)

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Spider Pig, Spider Pig, made about 72 Mil. While I do not want to ruin this movie for anyone, I really want to… I want to talk about every single piece of hilarious comedy so that someone can tell me if I have missed anything.

The Simpsons are an institution now, they are even the subject of college courses. The same way some kids grew up with Harry Potter, I grew up with Bart. I do agree that the wizard is a lot cooler than the underachiever, but Bart is a lot funnier and his first full frontal is pure hilarity.

There was a lot of political statements and the humor was better than Family Guy but did not need to be over the top. It really captured the old feeling of watching The Simpsons when I was a lot younger. Bea reviewed the movie too, go see what she had to say. We went to the theater with some friends and then enjoyed some sushi and gellato :)

You need to go out and see this movie this week before people ruin it for you. Nobody dies on this one… or do they?

The Simpsons Movie.

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