subject: god damn
Posted on May 12, 2004 at 9:29 PM
Right now, as I speak, CR is at the end of "Another One Down" on the SMG set in Hartford. Things have been good for the day, but the crowd got thin as the night got later...there was a prevailing sense that most are late for their bedtime....it's 10:15, and there were six bands tonight, so it was a long night, too.
Despite this, the guys are working just as hard as they would if they were playing at Shea Stadium. Unbelievable. I can't say enough about them right now. Fulfilling my role as simultaneous fan and employee is the easiet thing to do on a night like tonight-- it was an affirmation of everything that impressed me about the 'Gun from the beginning.
That goes for Charles Levi, Miguel, and Vince, but CR in particular. I don't know how he does it. He does all the paperwork for the tour, all the setting up, plays for a hard hour every night and still finds time to find his goddamn wifi. I sell friggin' t-shirts. To finish this off, he'll also drive after the show (the consummate sober guy). Yet the bastard still figures out how to outdo me. When I woke up the other day, he was like "ahhh....I showered, went down for some breakfast, did some running on the treadmill and did a little swimminng. Ready to roll?" And then I get up off the floor.
To summarize, don't listen to everything he says. I think he IS a robot. Er, machine. I've still got somwehere around 50 days with the guy- I'm going to read up on my Asimov and see if I can't get to the truth of the matter.
BMcD (the embedded newsgrouper)
subject: Strange culture
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 11:36 PM
An "oasis" is a rest area in tour lingo. For the longest time, I thought it was the name of a gas station chain that I've never seen before.
When people ask (simply from our appearance) "Are you a band?" they inevitably ask after that what the name of the band is. The response is "Driving and Crying." How true, how true. Ironic and amusing, but I've been afraid people would take this to mean I'm the merch guy for an emo band.
The hotels aren't bad. I sleep on the floor, because I like to. No, really. Hotel rooms are the same as the van-two rooms, smokers and non. Two rooms. This could be the one time that I'm really glad that I became a smoker. One thing I noticed- by the time I'm awake, CR has already showered, found the gym, swam in the pool, chilled in the hottub, and eaten in the breakfast room. The man IS a machine, I think. Oh, and don't tell Charles Levi to hurry up in the shower, he won't anyways. Hilarious.
subject: the van
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 11:27 PM
The van itself is Spartan but negotiable. Miguel and Levi sit in the back, with the rest of the smokers. The non-smokers sit in the front, and of course open the windows when the smokers are, well, smoking. This has created an interesting cycle system, where the back can offend the front by smoking and the front can offend the back by opening the windows and pretending to not hear when Miguel and Levi beg for the heat to come on. And let's not get into what happens when someone decides to eat chili----the dynamics in the van turn downright nasty.
subject: well there...
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 11:22 PM
The first few days were great. I had just been rushing to finish school, and the ten hour train ride left my neck incredibly rough when I arrived in Chicago. However, things were all good at the PosiKompound, and LR! spent the day learnin' me on all things Merch. The way things went, it all seemed so simple, because she had it so organized.
However, during the first show in La Crosse, I was still counting merch when the other guys were ready to leave. It was great--I was counting CA shirts, wondering how long it would be before they began rushing me. At that point, CR runs up the stairs and says to me, "Oh shit, you're still here?" Great way for things to begin. Special thanks to Nick for helping me on my first night. After that, we all went to a bar across the street to celebrate the first (successful!) day of the DT, ready for whatever happens.
subject: Heading Back...
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 11:08 PM
After a brief Buffalonian detour, I return to my duties as member of the domination crew. I just typed the "big blog" that I had promised, and then my sister's laptop, which has an interesting habit of periodically shutting itself off, did so, and all was lost. What I am going to do, then, is post segmented experiences and just give up when the damn thing does it again.
subject: Home in Buffalo...
Posted on May 8, 2004 at 9:50 PM
Because of my pending graduation ceremony, I'm staying here in Buffalo until the Tuesday show in Mass. For those who have asked why I haven't posted yet, It's not that easy finding the time, especially when you're not used to the Way of Life. Plus, would YOU want to tap an exhausted post-show CR on the shoulder and be all like "hey, dude, can I use your computer?" There's the rub- I 'aint got one of my own. Expect here tomorrow one Big Blog going over my experiences from the week. It's been one of the best weeks of my life, and the people I've met so far have made it an incredible group of memories. Already. My Freudian dream-cycle memory filter thingy is so fried that I'm dreaming about that Beckham dude instead of Victoria Adams. So stay tuned, comrades- right now, I need a three-hour bath and tetanus shot.
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