My dad turns 69 on Saturday and for his birthday this year I took him to see Riders In The Sky (the guys who sang the theme song to Woody’s Round-up in Toy Story). I called him weeks before the concert to tell him I had purchased tickets so he wouldn’t be off on a dealership drive that day and miss it. He was so excited about going. He was driving a car with XM radio on day and he called me because they were playing a Riders In The Sky song. In keeping with our cowboy theme, I took dad to dinner at Cattleman’s Steakhouse before the concert. Dad was so cute. He showed up in his cowboy hat and had even dug up his dress cowboy boots. He loved Cattleman’s (it’s the perfect old man place). Then we headed to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum for the concert, where I was one of the youngest people there. I’m not kidding. There were maybe four people there my age. The rest of the people there were senior citizens dressed to the hilt in their cowboy finery. After the concert Dad bought a CD and then had the inside signed by all the members in the group. He was so thrilled and I told him it was very rock star. I don’t think he got it.
Dad told me this was the best birthday present he’s ever had and even got a little choked up over the whole thing. I for one was relieved. I have finally given my dad a present he truly liked and appreciated. He is the hardest person to buy a gift for and he always ends up with useless things or shirts. Of course, I screwed myself over with this one, because I have no idea how I’ll ever top this present or even equal it.