Friday June 15 2018


Waking up at 10:45 a.m.

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.

Last night mom started filling out an application to apply for social security retirement. She gets frustrated with the complications she’s running into while doing it online. But overall, it’s just a racket bringing up all this information from the past. Also, the benefits amount is not as much as she thought. People work hard all their lives to only make a little bit after they retire. I don’t like it when she gets stressed out like this. I give her a hug and tell her, “Don’t stress out. You’re taken care of.”

Meanwhile, Josiah and Jonnie are trying to get the tour van up and running. The battery died suddenly and so the AAA guy is out there replacing it.

Eventually, everyone is picked up and loaded up in the van. Onward to Charlottesville! It feels nostalgic being back in this van with the futon all spread out on the floor for comfort vibes and naps. We got a few weekend stints coming up in August that we’re all looking forward to.

Stop at a Subway along the way for subs.

The rhythmic and adventurous sounds of Paul Simon welcome us to town. The sun peeks through the clouds behind old churches and quaint houses. We arrive at The Southern and start loading in.

Ana drove up separately and links up with us. There’s a moment of stress when looking for parking.

Ladada goes on first dark and early. Not a soul in sight until after the second song or so. But we put on a “magical” show according to Ana. In between the other band performances, Ana and I take a stroll around historic downtown C’ville. The nightlife is poppin’. It almost feels like Bourbon Street in New Orleans but family friendly. We visit Tea Bazaar, a homely and enchanting hookah bar/venue that serves Indian food. I end up eating a fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwich from the other venue.

Towards the end of New Boss’s set Ana and I hit the road. She packed coffee in a mason jar. I grab two plastic cups full of ice and we turn it into Iced Coffee. It hypes us up the whole way home. We’re both talkative and keep each other entertained.

Sleep 4 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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