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Jul. 18th, 2013

12:42 am - Thoreau dug in

It was a beautiful morning to leave Seattle. The sun was shining, the alarm bird was chirping its eery parody of an alarm clock, and John was frantically looking for an envelope full of money. We were supposed to pick up the twins and hit the road by 7am. Before we could leave the house, though, we had to find the Tour Fund. All the money we'd made playing around the Seattle area before leaving town was going to get us through those first few tanks of gas. Day 1, shows 1 and 2Collapse )

tl;dr: When the last thing the booker communicated was "2 or 3", there is probably more specific information out there that you just haven't looked for hard enough yet. Seinfeld continues to be a font of wisdom and tour troubleshooting. Trisha, Jen, and Dan are the best housemates.

Current Location: Bozeman
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: John and the twins getting ready for bed

Nov. 19th, 2009

04:22 pm - I never could get the hang of Thursdays

Thursday, we live in the whitest, richest part of Los Angeles. Tuesday, we slept in a van outside of an auto repair store in the desert. Monday, we escaped a frigid paradise, blanketed by sparkling snow and stagnancy.

The last five weeks clash with each other, come together in brief dances of memory, separate into bubbles of time and life. Have we been on the road a year? A lifetime? We have no idea, after waking up each day in a new place, drinking the same instant coffee with the same instant companions, and trying to interact with the outside world in an orderly fashion while our own world is as far from order as anyone could imagine.

Adaptability is one of my favorite human traits. It's why I love traveling, adventuring, visiting, moving - anything that gives me the opportunity to create a new home for myself in the universe. If we go to enough new places, live enough new lives, we will exist in an infinite home, full of friends we chose and relatives we didn't (but whom we love anyway).

After twenty years of learning to play music, I'm getting a total kick out of being a minstrel. We show up with instruments and voices, play for people who give us food and floors, and everyone comes out knowing it was a fair trade. I've never enjoyed taking money for music, but it's been getting easier these days; particularly when it means a non-canned dinner! We've been so well-received in so many places that we can't help but gain a bit of confidence. Don't worry, though, we're still very humble and indie. We just haven't given up on music yet.

Jen and I do look forward to our return, overly much! Gene, housemates, friends, cats, kitchen, family, Seattle, Seattle, Seattle. One week. I will update on more specific aspects of tour eventually, but right now I need to battle this migraine in peace. Love to all of you.

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Strains of guitar from outside; mike writes a new song?

Mar. 24th, 2009

10:25 pm - I don't want to date you, I just love filling out forms.

A study of sentience and empathy in static postmodern work environments during an economic recessionCollapse )

Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: Was it all a Super Mario Dream?

Feb. 19th, 2009

03:00 pm - Worst episode ever.

Best vacation ever!Collapse )

Current Mood: contentcontent

Feb. 8th, 2009

02:28 am - This is the biggest whorehouse in San Jose.

This is a Spanish keyboard mapped to an English keyboard so this post was almost in all caps because my brain doesn"t have the capacity to map it back because we"re pretty pickled by now and you can tell because this lj cut text title is a long annoying run-on sentence (which is a band that Joel recommends as well, run-on sentence, check them out and tell me if they"re good)Collapse )

There once were two girls from Seattle
Who went on a trip to see cattle
One red as a beet
One brilliant and neat
And both should be given the paddle

Also, it was very late when I wrote this. I miss Seattle and I almost wish I hadn't taken a trip but damn, not quite.

Jan. 30th, 2009

08:08 pm - Homer, lighten up! You're making Happy Hour bitterly ironic.

Our friend Gabe in Pelican was already getting the shakes from detoxing when he was sober. Once, he threw up blood after a night of binge drinking, which freaked him out enough that he stayed sober for a week. He's about our age.

Remembering him makes me feel better when I wake up feeling weak, sensitive, and guilty for having been drinking the previous night. Then it makes me feel bad for using a friend's unfortunate state to make myself feel better.

It's been a stressful month for me, and the fact that I even call it "stressful" out loud is quite telling. I'm so excited to recharge and not be in limbo anymore.

Shamelessly SeattleCollapse )

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Corrida de jangada

12:17 pm - Excerpts from my Tour Journal, November 2008

San FranciscoCollapse )

Coming soon:The birth of my solo project, "Paisley Praise Van: It's better than HPV"

Current Mood: chippercontravelled
Current Music: Positive Contact - Deltron 3030

Jan. 29th, 2009

02:37 pm - So I'm supposed to go to a "sexy inauguration hot dog party".

And I need something to wear. We're supposed to be dressed as sexy political figures, so this is my version of a sexy Sheikh Hasina (the Prime Minister of Bangladesh).

Sheikh Naomi

Seeing as habituallydaft and I are leaving on Sunday for Costa Rica for a month, I'm trying not to spend too much money. Consider this a "floor costume"; not that anything is strange about the whole "floor outfit" genre for me...

Any suggestions?

Also, as long as I'm here...

0) Welcome to the first picture I've ever posted in this journal.
1) Despite my schedule of leaving the state for weeks to months at a time, I've found a lovely woman who still wants to give me money to work for her. It's pretty cool. I've been helping with her dissertation, so I can feed my academic fever without actually committing to going to any dumb class.
2) We are NONE OF US going to Alaska this summer. We are ALL OF US very excited to be in Seattle for an extended period of time.
3) The band finally has a drummer.
4) Boy Kitty and Girl Kitty are happy and healthy.
5) Bless you all - I foresee happy years for everyone. :)

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Pandora

Nov. 7th, 2008

11:44 am - Ninety nine bottles of beer on the wall

Today we're leaving on tour! Mike, Micah, Gene, and I will be playing from Olympia to LA. When we get back in two weeks, our homecoming show will be Saturday, November 22nd, at Trabant. Wheee!

Nov. 3rd, 2008

01:27 pm - A day in the life of a bum musician

Things I plan to accomplish today:

-Transcribe bass parts to Mike's music for Gene to practice tonight.
-Go to the bank, then pick up a cheap sleeping pad for the tour from a nice craigslister.
-Confirm shows.
-Send messages to people about our Portland show.
-Run around a bit.

Things I have accomplished already:

9:00 am - 10:30 am
-Finished a witchy vampire book recommended by ariata and grimlakh.
-Used all the restraint I could muster not to immediately start the next book in the series.
-Had leftover turkey chili for breakfast, with a side of water.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
-Scrolled through foto_decadent, as well as random other photography communities and facebook.
-Drank water, wished for applesauce.
-Decided to go to massage school after this next summer in Pelican.
-Felt very proud of myself for planning a plan! Rewarded myself with some time off for good behavior.
-Dinked around on the internet some more; felt proud of my family.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
-Walked three blocks, bought a latte (soy, three shots, twelve ounces), walked home.
-Tried to find an online reference to our Northgate neighborhood watch meeting, but instead found a 'Seattle neighborhoods' blog. Now I can add "Go to Wallingford today for Trophy Cupcakes" to my "Things I plan to accomplish today" list. Also, Olive You in Greenwood sounded fantastic.
-Drooled over descriptions and pictures of aforementioned cupcakes.
-Marveled at my suggestibility.
-Realized it was deathly silent and had been for hours, so found a dance station to stream.
-Considered starting transposing.
-Decided to post in LJ instead.
-Drank more of my latte.
-Greeted Jen! She was out applying for jobs and not being a drain on society. Gave myself some time off for her good behavior.

1:45 pm
-Realized that with the structure I've imposed on this post, I could just keep typing indefinitely. Decided my time would be better spent doing something else.
-Giggled at the idea of a "bum musician". Reminded myself of that time I was in my voice lesson and my voice teacher told me not to look at the keyboard, so I stared at a crack in the wall instead, and then couldn't keep a straight face while singing because I was "staring at a crack". He was only slightly less amused than me when I explained it to him.

Current Music: "A slutty blend of House, Electro, Breaks [...]"

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