I'm an American Idol fan. I am not embarrassed to admit it. I was hyped up when I saw that there was a contestant from Milwaukee that was getting a lot of attention from the auditions on. I told Jeff that if Danny Gokey made it to the top 3, I was headed to the parade that Milwaukee would give him.
So Danny made it into the top 3 and came to town on Friday for Gokey Day. Our local Fox news network freaked out and entire broadcasts were devoted to this event. You would think that the Packers were in town or something. Oh yeah, they were in town and only got an inch of coverage because they were there to support DANNY GOKEY!!!!! You can see a couple of the Pack in the background of this picture, actually.
One of the things Danny was going to do was sing at the Summerfest grounds (Milwaukee has the world's largest music festival every late June/early July) which I dubbed Gokeyfest (at these grounds, Milwaukee also has several ethinic festivals during our brief summer such as Germanfest, Irishfest, Polishfest, etc). I decided I was going to take Aidan down. Then I chickened out and became depressed. Too much traffic. Too big of a crown for Aidan. No one wanted to come with us - not my mom, my sisters, nephews, or Jeff.
So I called Jeff a little sad. 20 minutes later he called me and said he was heading home and we headed downtown. It was crowded and a little warm in the sun. It was a little long for a 5-year-old. But it was totally worth the fun and hype! The Packers were there (where were you Aaron Rodgers?). Rick Springfield was there (in town to give a concert). Marvin Hamlisch was there (new Milwaukee Pops conductor). Tons of screaming girls holding Go Go Gokey signs adorned with glasses were there. Danny Gokey was there and performed great. It was a blast!
Though he may not win (is Adam a shoe-in?), he is a classy, talented guy. He is even assured by the director of Summerfest to have a headlining show next year at Summerfest. All this so I could be one degree separation from Simon Cowell.