…for no good reason. But, that’s what everyone says, right? I really mean it this time. It had to have been around 2001 or 2002. A friend of mine invited me out to a concert with her and another friend. I was about 19 or 20, and the concert was going to be taking place in a dance club/bar. That would be my first time in a place like that.
The concert was to happen at a place called Cowboy’s 2000, in Springfield, MO. Around here Springfield is known as the City. With a population of about 160,000 it is a big city compared to our measly 8,900. We live about 45 minutes away, depending on who’s driving. Anyway, we went to watch Aaron Tippin. Does anybody know who this is? Didn’t think so. Let me refresh your memory. He had various hits in the 90’s including; You’ve Got to Stand for Something, There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio, I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way and That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You. He was pretty quiet for a couple of years until his comeback song came out, Kiss This. This song is the reason why we went to go see him. It was kind of catchy, but I understand why he was playing such a small venue at the time.
We arrived and settled into our seats at the back of the place. I’m not a dancer, so I made sure I was as far away from the dance floor as possible. I don’t really remember much of the show, but I guess it was alright. Throughout the entire show I never got up, never went anywhere, didn’t even look at anyone the wrong way. After the show was over we moved onto the dance floor (not sure how this happened) because the girls had seen some of their friends. I stood out there for about 15 or 20 minutes, and headed back to the table to have some of my soda. When I went to go back to the dance floor, to meet back up with my friends, I was stopped by this older lady. She asked me “Have you been drinking?” To which I immediately said “No!” She replied with “Yes you have. You need to leave!” What the heck is going on? What a good first impression of the local drinkeries. Turns out this lady was the owner’s mom, or something like that. I guess she was just too bored. And by the way, I hadn’t been drinking. At all. Cross my heart. I think you know I would admit to something like that. Anyway, I told my friends what had happened and headed towards the door. If anything the place did have over sized bouncers. Here is where you can see that everything happens for a reason. Or, that the Lord works in mysterious ways.
I walked out the door and took a few steps, so I could wait for my friends to come out. After they came out we headed towards the car. On the way we noticed a short line of people, waiting to see Aaron Tippin! Would you look at that! We got in line and received signatures, pictures and hand shakes. Did you know Aaron was about 3’6? Well, not really, but he was shorter than me, which is hard for a guy to do. He was totally nice and really down to earth. To this day I think this is the most famous person I’ve ever actually talked to.
I never was kicked out of a bar or club after that. I was cut off a couple of times, but I better save that story for later.
Have you guys ever been wrongly kicked out of an establishment?