Checked One Off The Bucket List, Saw The Hives Live and Caught a Guitar Pick

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Like many people the Hubs and I have started to cultivate a bucketlist of things that we would like to experience, places we would love to travel, and goals we some day would love to meet. Our list has become so random and even silly, but each time that we add something new to the list we get a jolt of excitement in anticipation of marking something off the list, only to replace it with something else. Here is one that is in the checked boxes list of our ever growing bucklist.

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The third week after moving to Beaverton, we were completely blessed by getting tickets and wristbands for the MusicNorthWest Festival in Portland, which is only 7-10 minutes away from our home. Thank goodness we got them before they sold out. On the second night of concert hopping we made our way to the awesome Wonder Ballroom in the north east area of Portland. After getting a bite at this awesome bbq place we got in line and waited to see The Hives.

Yes, The Hives. Let me tell you this right now, after experiencing many concerts thus far in my life, there is nothing like a Hives concert. the energy alone is incredibly infectious. If you get the chance you should definitely check them out live.

We were right in the front row, about a foot away from the stage when they took to it.

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(Here’s their set list)

Once they stepped on that stage the crowd behind us went crazy, pushing us forward with the pulsating thumps of the drums. I honestly don’t know how I got the pictures I got, simply because how much the crowd moved us.

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But I stood my ground, thanks to the extra support from the Hubs who was standing behind me taking most of the sheer force of the crowd. After five songs into their set the Hubs looks over at me, with the ‘can we move to the back’ look and I agreed. But not before the lead guitarist, Nicholaus Arson throws out his pick he was using. I instantly reached out for it with my foot after seeing that it had landed right in front of me with out no one really noticing. I put all my weight into keeping it under my foot despite all the movement, then once there was a break in the song I bent down picked it up and quickly got back up. In all this took about two to three seconds, but once I was to my feet I had the “awwh” moment with the fist in the air.

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Woohoo, the pick of destiny.

Here are a few more pictures from the Hives concert.

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So, this is one item on our growing buck list that we can definitely check off.

What is on your bucket list?

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