Thursday, May 15, 2014

What Happened in Vegas? I Met a Great Girl From Seattle~ A Grunge Story by Christopher Blake

My name is Chris and this is my Grunge Story-

I was 23 and I had gone to Las Vegas at the time because it's a family tradition and I needed it because I was going through a hard time in my life. I was trying to turn over a new leaf in my life and I was letting go of people that were dragging me down with them.

 I was out clubbing at Studio 54 at the MGM Grand and I was empty on my drink and not dancing with anyone and just sulking at the table that my cousins and their friends had rented for the night. I decided to refill my drink. So I got up and went to the bar for a refill. I was waiting for them to prepare my drink when I looked next to me and saw this beautiful red-headed woman who very brightly said Hi. After some remarks about the club and bar, I asked her if she wanted to dance. She said yes. She asked me what my name was and I asked hers, her name was Rebecca and she was from Seattle. She was a college professor who taught forensic science at University of Washington.

While the dancing was VERY fun and enlightening (especially during a song like Poker Face), I did want a chance to talk with her because of my love for Seattle and its musical history. So we left the club and looked around for a bar or lounge that was open. Ironically most of them were closed. So we just found a lounge-like area that had great seats where we could talk. We started with what she did and what she taught: forensic science. She loved learning, teaching, and science, which is why she decided to become a college professor. She described the university as a somewhat magical place to attend school and teach, since most of the students embraced good Seattle music. It sounded like a great teaching environment.

Personally, we had a lot in common with each other which we both enjoyed talking about, especially the more we got to talking about music. Surprisingly, she had seen Nirvana before they got big. She told me that in the late '80s and early '90s, she and her girlfriend had gone to clubs to see bands and one of them was Nirvana. She also told me while at an AIC concert Jerry and Layne brought her and her girlfriend up on stage during the song "Rooster." We also talked about the movie About A Son and the impact it had on each of us. 

After some time (and a lot of laughing), we got up and walked around the casino and then we got into what music means to us. 
For her it was a way to have fun forget all the troubles that she had for a while. For me it was because of the euphoric effect and the emotional crutch I could use it for. I told her about my favorite band (U2), My first concert (U2) and some of the bands that helped me in a BIG way (Slipknot, Korn and AIC). She had heard and seen some of Slipknot and asked me what could have happened in my life that would have made me run to "something incredibly dark in order to pull myself together?" For the sake of keeping the mood alive, I decided to not go into it. But she did go into some of the hardships that she faced in her life.

Surprisingly, we finally found a lounge that was open and that we could sit down in (This was around 2 AM). We ordered drinks and continued to talk. The rest of the hour, we spent looking at each other, laughing and talking. I was in the best mood that I had been in that year in a long time because of a lot of other stuff that had happened and people that I had to say goodbye to. We both told each other that we had found each other VERY appealing. Then it was time to say goodnight.

I walked her back to where she said she would meet her friend. Her hand was around my arm. She told her friend that she would be along in a minute. Then she hugged me and we kissed (Cheeks). And then that was it.

A lot of people had assured me when I going through my problems back home that life IS in fact good. But actions and EVENTS speak louder than words. Luckily this was one of those events. I don't know what she's doing right now but I can only hope she's doing great. Because she made me feel great; this girl from Seattle.