This one isn’t going to be just about my iphone, ipromise… (get it? a bit of igeek humor there for ya!)
One thing that has struck me about touring is how I have to get used to constantly being off balance. I hadn’t really thought about this, but everything around me is constantly changing. Essentially I go to work, and do the same show, but we’re constantly on the move to different cities, and you can’t get what that really means until you go through it…
Like packing your stuff on the bus, because we’re on the way to the next city after the second show tonight- K, cool. Then 10 minutes into the bus ride…. clunk! Oh shit! that doesn’t sound good… “Ok everybody, the bus is broken down, we’re going back to the hotel, and going to stay one more night, while they send our old bus back, or fix this new one.” So back to the same hotel, but now you’re in a different room, that looks the same, and feels the same, and you have to remind yourself that it looks the same, but it’s kind of twilight-zone-one-molecule-off different . So when you open your door in the morning, the view isn’t what you expected- and you’re not looking at the part of the hallway that you thought you should be seeing. …that kind of weird.
Plus, just being dropped into cities that you’re unfamiliar with, you don’t know where to get groceries- or even if there’s a place near enough to walk to. If you go with some guys for a Walmart run, and you forget one thing, it might be a week before you have a chance to go again. Even if a place looks like it’s an easy walking distance on the GPS, you never know if there are going to be sidewalks or not (Lafayette, LA is a car town all the way!).
I had come to expect that WiFi is a pretty standard thing, and you can just get connected, and download things, and stream videos, etc, but this is very much not the case. Just because a hotel says it has complimentary WiFi, doesn’t mean that it’s going to be very good- you may get little spurts of 1’s and 0’s here and there, but you can’t trust that’s it’s going to be like logging on in your home, or favorite WiFi hotspot. And in a lot of cities, even the hotspots aren’t so hot. So, you learn to live without that, and don’t show up anywhere with any type of expectations.
——side note- I just noticed that I’m talking about “you” a lot in this blog, when I’m actually talking about “me.” Which is kind of funny, but I like the way it flows.
Little stuff like figuring out what you’re going to have with you -on the bus for an overnight ride (I’ve got a mini toiletry bag in my backpack with contact lens case, tooth brush, etc) – what clothes do you wear the day that we check out, because we usually check out of the hotel, load the busses, then go to the venue to do our last shows (usually a double- maybe a 1pm and a 6:30pm), then I like to shower before getting on the bus. So I actually have other toiletries that travel in my little costume drawer with the Blue Man wardrobe department.
I’ve had some little GPS adventures, like one rare day when I actually had a rental car, and was just exploring New Philadelphia, PA. I had plenty of time to just explore, so I wasn’t paying that much attention to where I was going. I’ve got GPS, no problem. After taking some pics around the river that runs along side town, I noticed it was about time for me to get back to the hotel so I could get my bags on the bus in time to go to our last show there, and on to the next city. Well, I had apparently driven to a place where the GPS was no longer functioning. In fact, no internet or maps access at all. I drove a little ways to where I could get a squeak of signal from time to time, and did a search for our hotel. iPhone maps tells me, “no results found.” Shit. Now I’m kind of pushing it. Luckily I remembered that we were on the same street as a Walmart, so I searched for that. Eureka! Ironically, the Walmart’s location was wrong, and it actually showed me the way directly back to my hotel. Note to self: when looking for the Best Western in New Philadelphia, search for Walmart. Got it.
that’s it for now-
I’m sure there’s much more to come….
thanks for reading