FlashBus 2011 – 1st half update
Meet the crew – This is my traveling family for 6 weeks
What a whirlwind tour we’ve been on…Left home on 03/08 and now it’s 03/26 and we have completed 13 of 29 cities. Don’t know how to exactly describe the experience, exciting, exhausting, invigorating, fun? Yep, all of the above. Started off in Seattle, then to Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Albuequerque, Dallas, Austin and Houston. Definitely had issues sleeping for the 1st few days, now, when I climb into my bunk & close the curtain (it’s sorta like sleeping in a MRI tube) I’m asleep in minutes, and have been waking feeling quite rested. My first vision every morning, when I pull the curtain is McNally who is across from me. I hear, “Good morning sunshine”. We do begin the day laughing… Usually we pull into the venue’s parking lot or the loading dock, and that’s where we wake up, what a view.. Joe, David & I make it to a hotel nearby for showers, then get back to help unload & get set up for the day. We’ve done 4 & 5 cities in a row, so it’s become habit.
One of the drawbacks of bussing it at night is that we rarely see any of the country that we’re crossing. Did have a day off on Coronado Island-San Diego (SD is a 12 out of 10-LOVE IT THERE) and Denver, where we feasted at Hapa Sushi (Run, don’t walk to Hapa if you’re in Denver). In LA we were treated to a home cooked meal at Eric & Jeff’s home, which was gorgeous, and dinner was phenomenal, and then in Dallas, customer/friend Dr. John Tebbett’s treated us to the steak dinners of steak dinners at Al Biernat's
I cannot end this post without mentioning Phil. Phil is our driver who is amazing, and funny, and oh so cool. Phil drives at night, sleeps all day, and puts up with us. Didn’t think I was getting off on the right foot with him in Seattle at out 1st stop, when I asked him if we could swing by Whole Foods. Phil’s response was, “This isn’t your fucking taxi, we’ll wait here, get a fucking cab” So, off I went… By the way, Phil’s gig before the FlashBus tour was driving on the Lady Gaga tour,, so yes, we are a vacation for him by comparison.
More to follow with pics