man is it hot on the road
My goodness its been brutally hot on the road.
Orange Beach, Alabama was probably the worst of the dates for me.
The heat itself wasn't so bad, but the 85% humidity that day about
It rained early on that day. I was already drenched prior to the early downpour. It ended way before the show.
what an amazing crowd...i got to see a few familiar faces - Hobno comes
to mind. she gave me a little coleman hand held battery operated
fan, which seemed silly for a second, but was awesome in the end.
whhhoooo that bit of a breeze helped me tons. Thank you Hobno
I was so shocked when i got off the bus to find Mongers already in
line. I had only caught 4 hours of sleep and it was 8 AM, but
there they were. Connie, Tylew and Timmypoo had done a shift
change with Hobno and (i only remember your real names!). Gracie
and Chewie were there a bit later...bless Chewie for his dilligence in
making sure the other mongers had water etc.
the crowd in new orleans was the loudest i've ever heard. it was
INSANE! people got a little crazy. hardcore mongers
stomping on others feet to retain thier places in the front (frowned
upon by security). two fights broke out... (that makes me sad -
but really - a fight at a Heart show?!! holy crud!!)
it was amazing
which leads me to Nashville.
The band had a day off...i spent mine getting a pedicure and my roots
done by ann and nancy's beauty squad. wooo hooo. i had to
pay a pretty penny but darn it was worth it. My dinner plans were
taken up by Music City Merchandise...the wonderful peeps that have
been making our merch the past couple of years. so great to
finally put faces with email names.
then there was the elevator at the end of the night. The
Rams were staying in our hotel ...and boy those guys are huge.
Its hard not to get in the elevator and then calculate the weight limit
for the car..... i really shouldnt have eaten that little piece
of cheese last night.
The Nashville show was stellar. I got to see all of my fav
mongers... cause you were all there. I can't name names cause
there were way too many (okay, Boogie, Leanne, Connie, Rockin Mom and
brood, Hobno, Timmpy Pooh, J River, and so many more... I'm doing
you all a diservice... so sorry) ill get out my magic mirror and do
heartmonger roll call soon - i swear!
On to Raleigh
Beatiful. Hot. Great Crowd. Hot...enuff said
Ann & Nancy sent all of the "boys" on the tour flowers. the card said "we miss you, Love "the Girls"
in Raleigh they got flowers from the "boys" saying we missed you...love the boys.
West Virginia... Ross - from Journey hosted a BBQ in Virginia Beach..on
the beach. Unfortunaley it was not a dog friendly beach, so Ann,
Nancy and Robin (Zander) who all have thier dogs with them did not
We did however did have an awesome time.
Ric enduldged on the soft shelled crabs - i swear he ate 15 of em!
Besides the gulf, i have never put my toes in the Atlantic Ocean...so
it was sort of a big deal for me. I grew up in san diego (as did
Craig) and as many times as we've been to the atlantic..i've never had
a day off, or time to soak my body or feet in the opposite ocean.
wow. loved it
Ok - i must admit... i imbibed a bit. The wardrobe girl for
Journey makes a mean and wonderfully refreshing drink out of fresh
fruit and rum...and oh boy...
I was feeling it the morning after.
the band actually stayed in Norkfolk, VA ( where my little brother was born... dad being Navy)
when the bus pulled up in the morning i was glad i went right to bed the night before with a glass of water and some advil..
my day started when we arrived at the venue. good to see my fellow
merch guys - Paul for Journey and Chad for Cheap Trick. I've
heard horror stories about how mean merch guys can be with each other,
but we are on happy family. we work hard together, helping each
other out all the way. I couldn't be more blessed. I was
midly retarded from the prior evenings festivites...but after 2 hours
in the truck and 10 degrees hotter than outside...i felt much better.
the show was awesome
on to NYC and a day off..then jones beach tomorrow.
I spent my day off under a tree in Central Park reading a book.
i got lost in the pages, and felt so happy... but so alone...
i then went to strawberry fields and then the Dakota across the street.
Can you believe they even discussed Marc Chapmen being parolled?
this evening i've talked and texted to friends and family. I really do miss home...but new york feeds my soul.
until next time....
(please excuse the typos....too tired to spell check)