The last three days of mostly outstanding weather has come to a crashing halt, with the crashing being provided by some lightning and thunder amongst a pouring rain. I mean, it's coming down cats and dogs out there. Which doesn't bode well for the NCAA regional softball game(s) in Ann Arbor getting played as scheduled. A tweet @umichsoftball sent out a few minutes ago confirmed as much, as they haven't opened the gates yet, due to lightning in the area. NCAA regulations stipulate a half hour delay from every lightning strike seen/detected in a ten mile radius from the game site, a rule that ended up costing me a chance to see the championship game for the 2016 baseball College World Series in Omaha a few years ago. In this case, if the game is delayed until tomorrow, the opposite may be true - I might get to watch a game because of the lightning, as I wasn't going to make it to the park today anyway.
But that would stink for the players, as well as the fans of the opposing team, who may or may not be able to stick around an extra day. So if it gets played, I'm ok with watching on TV. And if it doesn't, I'll be there with Maize and Blue bells on. Ok, maybe not with bells. But Maize and Blue for sure.
I did end up going to watch a concert Saturday night, a Polish progressive rock band named Riverside. I'd seen them once before, in 2015, just a few months prior to the death of their former guitarist, Piotr Grudzinski, and that was a great show. Last night might have been even better. The lead singer said their shows had evolved, from where they used to just play their music on stage, to now, where they invited the crowd to sing along, join in more on the festivities. And though our numbers weren't that great in Detroit, the crowd was good and loud, giving back the energy Riverside radiated from the stage. Just a great, emotional experience with a fantastic band.
The link below is a live rendition of their latest album's title track, "Wasteland". It's taken from a theater performance, so there's less interaction with the crowd than there was in the club setting yesterday, but it's still a good representation of what they bring.