The time is rolling and so are my wheels. Due to technical difficulties (could be read ‘potential operator error’) I have yet to learn how to post from that fancy phone. All in good time I am sure. Here I am at a two dollar per half hour internet kiosk at the Sacramento Hostel. My first decent nights rest is behind me since I started on this expedition.
Blasting out of home base and entering cell phone reception let me know that the phone activation was unsuccessful. Luckily the internet on the gizmo was active so I was able to e-mail sweet L and have her contact customer service for me to get it up and running. Once I had the instructions on correcting the phone trouble I had to wait due to a four hour lag before the internet would come back up. I had to have internet in order to get the wrong directions from MapQuest a couple times. I e-mailed friend L for directions to his home in Salt Lake City. Dinner with L in SLC at a crowded Friday night pub and no Occupy visit due to lack of Mobile Internet Information concerning said event. Oh well….. directions to The Coffee House in Riverton via GoogleMaps were a little homey as I ended up in a posh subdivision a couple miles from the venue. Michael the MCof the event was very gracious to answer the phone mid open mic and give me the true address. I showed up as my time slot was ending… once again, gracious Michael moved me to a later spot. I was unable to get the camcorder going and …… I sang “instrumental intro”, “Stand”, “Ask them to Leave” with hydro frac’ing description as an intro and closed with “We’ve WON!” and received good response from the audience. Met a young trio by the name of Grey Fiction who were kicking off their California tour at their home base of Riverton that night. Maybe we’ll see each other out there. Back in the car and up the 15 and over on the 80 (trying to say it like I’m in Cali) until rest stop thirty or so miles before the Nevada border. Bed at around 2 a.m.
Slept in!! (if you call it sleeping) 8:30 and I’m back at it. Even with the extra hour and a half of driving last night and the hour that I picked up by crossing the PST zone change there is no way that I’ll make it to the Occupy meeting. Once I realized this I stopped and made a cup of coffee for the road. It was beautiful desert weather for a drive, cool and clear, excepting the pervasive haze of the sky grid.
Pulled into Reno around 3:30, found the Walden’s Coffee House, and went to a chain parking lot to eat dinner and asses electronics. With everything in good order and my belly humming softly to itself it is time for the show. The hecklers invited me to their table and then told me the Occupy Camp had lost it’s permit on Wednesday and the one guy that stayed got arrested and that due to the popularity of the open mic it is a lottery to see if you get to perform. My number was drawn!! As the night progressed I mentioned to MC Todd that I was here for one night only from Colorado and he talked to his featured set performer and offered that I share the 9:30 slot with Bob the amazing classical guitar player from Vegas.
Jimmy Q, the friendly heckler ran the camera for my set while the audio recorder spun on the table. I opened with “We’ve WON!”, gave a better description of hydro frac’ing than last time before singing “Ask them to Leave” and closed with “Stand”. Intra, the other heckler, told me that it was a good idea to get other people performing as well to make my documentary more interesting. So I took clips from some of the other wonderful (and questionably drunk) performers. I look forward to getting pictures and music and video up on the site but it might have to wait until I am home again.
While on the drive I listened to (not this order):Tracy Chapman, John Butler Trio, Bret Dennen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, System of a Down, Sonny Rollins, Christina Mendoza, Spearhead, Regina Spector and Aaron Neville.
Now it is time to get earplugs, blank business cards, and see if I can find a card adapter to get some tunes up for ya!