Saturday, November 15th 2008
Beach Party at Playa Mia Cozumel, Mexico
This has to be the most controversial event on the itinerary. I have say first off that I had a great time. I know many were disappointed but my review is based on my experience and not of our group as a whole. And I do hope there are many changes for this event next year. Everyone should be able to see from any vantage point. So with that said.......
Those of us in Group A hurried from the Q&A to get our bracelets to board the buses. This part was a bit chaotic but it was a nice surprise when we got on buses with air conditioning. Off to Playa Mia. We arrived and found seats and had lunch. Then as Group B was arriving we moved to the beach, where we had some time for swimming and sun bathing. The band was setting up under the tent as we ate.
Rick arrived at some point and I happened to be down at the beach taking pictures of friends and was able to snap a few good pictures as he walked in the water before he was mobbed. Mark and Doug were also hanging out on the beach with some of the wives right in front of where we were sitting. At one point Doug and Mark were standing right in front our chairs so we took this opportunity to ask them for a picture and they were too happy to oblige. They were really happy to chat. Doug is really a sweetheart. Doug thought he was over dressed and it was hot. Mark was just having a blast.
Show time! And this was a bit of a disaster unless you were up front or behind the stage (not really a stage but the concrete floor). I ended up right behind the VIP seating and equipment. The view of Rick was obstructed for much of the show, however when Barbara found out we couldn't see (I was standing right behind her seat) she got word to Rick and he moved back and also turned around for those on the beach & pool to see. I really enjoyed watching the band and just listening to the music, not trying to take pictures of Rick for quite a while. They all really looked to be having a good time just playing music that they hadn't before. There were requests for Rick to take his shirt off and he obliged for a minute only to put it back on. lol Rick must have been itching to get into the crowd as he had not been able to do that at the other shows so he climbed up (not quite sure on what though) and did a song from the audience. He couldn't go too far back as there was nothing for him to climb on. Of course the show was over too soon and it was time to head back on the buses to the port.