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Letting Go and Happy Trails

Today should be big for me.

It's my last day of work before starting a new career...and tomorrow I jaunt off for warmth and the Motley Cruise.

I have a long list of chores that need done before vacation and there just are not enough hours in the day. I started packing Sunday, and I'm very strict with this. I like one big bag, one carry-on and my laptop bag for both me and my husband. He takes way more stuff than me - and his clothes are naturally bigger - so they consume more space. I weighed my big bag last night and I'm over the alloted airline limit, so now I have to add another bag to the checked luggage which I despise. Half the time you get to your vacation destination and you don't need most of what you packed anyway. I digress.

So, I was looking around on YouTube for some video of the last Motley Cruise. Sadly, I didn't find anything worth posting seems more people took video of the "Girls, Girls, Girls Bikini Contest" and not of Vince actually performing. Oh well.

This is my first time Motley Cruising and if all goes well, it will become an annual event for me, just like Rocklahoma.

In case you didn't know, the performers on this cruise are Vince Neil, Slaughter, Skid Row, RATT, Lynam and Endeverafter. Yes, these will be our people on the ship!

I'm excited to see every band, so I have high hopes for this trip. Of course, I'll post my show reviews and pictures here every day.

The boat doesn't actually leave until Thursday, but my husband and I are going to Miami tomorrow to soak up some early sun and probably visit Vince Neil's new bar Dr. Feelgoods. I'd by lying if I said I didn't REALLY want to go there...although I'm sure it is a lot like any other bar in an up and coming area: overpriced. Dr. Feelgoods is located in West Plam Beach...that's a little drive from Miami.

Of course, there is always stuff to do in South Beach so maybe we'll stay put near the hotel.

It's a very odd feeling...leaving one career, going on vacation and never returning to that familiar place of work. In some ways the Motley Cruise isn't just a vacation but an actual bridge to a new life.

My major life change has me thinking about our favorite glam bands and the changes they've experienced in the music industry over the past 25 years. I'm part of the MTV generation...but people like George Lynch, Don Dokken and Nikki Sixx grew up in a time when radio was still huge. Their imaginations helped fuel their desire to become famous musicians in over-the-top bands. By all accounts, a lot of the bands I write about here did achieve a great deal of success...and many are still rockin' today. Just look at Poison: they were often mocked by their Sunset Strip counterparts in the mid-1980s...achieved a massive amount of fame as the decade of decadence wore on and still produced music into the 90s. Now, more than two decades later, Poison is one of the few historic glam bands that can actually tour every summer to at least a shed audience. What's even is better is the boys in Poison actually look like they are having a good time.

So, change can be a good thing. Yes, time marched on and our favorites like Guns n' Roses and Motley Crue fell out of favor with the hipsters...but that is coming back. True passion can keep anything alive: a music genre, a hobby, a wild dream. If things don't change, then nothing evolves...and we wouldn't have glam - or new careers - to talk about in the first place.

Reader Comments (7)

Hi Allyson!!!..Have a great time on the Motley Cruise..Can't wait to see the pics and reviews..Take care!!
January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
So, you're leaving the news biz, huh? Well, good luck in whatever you're getting into. BTW, I got that "Geraldo" episode for you. I just have to get it burned to DVD (it's on 3/4" tape!). I'll let you know when it's done and I'll send it to you.
January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddieLongHair
I'm sure you'll have a great time on the Motley Cruise. My mothers going & unfortunately I have to stay behind this time with my father. Ughhh!

Have a great time!
I'm looking foreward for some pics & reviews! :)
January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel

Let's just say I'm not leaving the communications biz. I'm just leaving my current job.

Thank you so much for tracking down the Geraldo clip!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Have fun Allyson and make sure you get some pics to post. We there be any interviews/work on the cruise???
January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Your articles just get better all the time, Allyson. Have fun on the Cruise and good luck in the new move!
January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
Have fun! Now's probably a good time to be in a warmer climate. Right now in Minnesota, we're well below zero! I can only imagine laying out in the sun.
January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

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