I Went To A Britney Spears Concert With My Dad In Las Vegas

I Went To A Britney Spears Concert With My Dad In Las Vegas

The trip truly reached its peak when we decided on a whim to see the Britney Spears Vegas show.

I thought that by this time of the year I could walk to class without wearing a parka, enjoy the smell of fresh rain and see newly budding flowers peeking through the dirt. Alas, I live in Wisconsin, and I walked to class in the freezing hail this week.

Looking out my window at the snow-covered rooftops, I escaped the never-ending winter by recalling the time I visited sunny Las Vegas for spring break with my dad last year.

Last year, my dad and I decided to take a trip to Sin City to get away from the late winter blues. The whole trip was so fun, but it was so funny at the same time.

Imagine me, a high schooler at the time, and my wholesome dad wearing khakis and a button up shirt, rolling up to The Strip. It’s filled with women wearing fairy wings and only glitter to cover their boobs, and drunk people happily stumbling from casino to casino.

We stroll past the hilarious absurdity to admire the gorgeous Bellagio fountain and the fake Eiffel Tower. My dad and I were having a great week visiting all of the classic sights, such as the Venetian and even eating dinner at one of the only seven Hofbrauhauses, a famous German biergarten, in the United States (my German dad is trying to hit all seven of them).

The trip truly reached its peak when we decided on a whim to see the Britney Spears Vegas show after seeing it advertised on a billboard. My dad and I are both big Britney fans (although he won’t openly admit it).

To get to the venue, we walk through the Planet Hollywood casino, passing women in bikinis and high heels doing their thing on stripper poles. We didn’t care, as we only had one mission — see our girl Britney on stage.

We almost couldn't even see her because my dad had the tickets online on his phone, but his phone died right as we arrived at the gates. The worst possible thing that could happen at a concert. We had to hunt down an administrator and have her retrieve our tickets for us.

During the performance, my dad stood cross-armed and straight-faced while drunk people screamed and danced around us. I was having a great time, despite the awkwardness when Britney pulled a man from the crowd, put a dog collar around him and walked him like a dog around stage while singing “I’m A Slave 4 U.”

My dad kept asking throughout the concert if she was going to sing “Circus,” because he “really liked that one” (Sorry for exposing you, Dad).

Although he looked like he wasn’t having fun, he told me after the show was over that he thought Britney’s show was very entertaining. Overall, both my dad and I had a really fun time bonding in Vegas, and the trip made for some funny memories.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Poetry On Odyssey: I was I am

A poem for those struggling with who they were.


it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now

how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you

a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you

i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight

it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about

the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life

i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing

that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.

It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.

It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.

You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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