Sunday June 18 2023

 

Waking up super late for some reason.

 

Cereal. Tea.

 

At Music Makers for broadway rehearsal all afternoon – it goes somewhat later than usual.

PB&J. Coffee.

 

Running errands – at Whole Foods. Then talking with dad over the phone for quite a while. It’s Father’s Day.

 

Cooking dinner: Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bagel.

Watching John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023).

 

I skipped a lot of day in the life of videos and instead compiled some clips from the past month...

 

Saturday June 17 2023

Waking up around noon. Elvis lies with me for a long while.

 

Granola Cereal. Tea.

 

Broadway rehearsal all afternoon – we learn more and more choreo for songs – feeling a little behind schedule.

PB&J. Coffee.

 

Afterwards, Rebecca and I grab dinner at Bobo’s off Shore Drive.

 

Later on, I scoop up a wireless mic system we’re gonna borrow for Broadway and set it all up at Music Makers.

 

Back home.

Chores and such.

 

Sleep at some point.

Friday June 16 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

It’s a day off! Time to get stuff done.

 

Rebecca and I drive over to The Bunker to take some measurements and plan how we’re gonna set up for Broadway coming up soon.

 

Running errands alone. Stopping by the warehouse. Nigel is here with Phil getting all kinds of tasks done – mainly attempting to fire up the Right On truck with the plan that Phil drive it back to Idaho.

 

Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Coffee.

 

Later on, at the 104 space doing all kinds of work – installing this board I got cut to the bottom of this digital piano so the feet can be raised – putting in some show lights by the mirrors – installing a shelf above the closet.

 

Hearty Ramen for dinner with Garlic Bread.

Watching John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023).

Thursday June 15 2023

Waking up at noon.

 

Magic Spoon Cereal with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Errands.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Protein Shake.

 

Meeting with Rebecca and Reid to go over tracks for Broadway.

 

Setting up a few lights and organizing some things in the 104 space.

 

Pasta and Salad for dinner.

 

Ice Cream.

 

Staying up late.

Wednesday June 14 2023

Waking up at 11 a.m.

Protein Shake.

 

Rebecca drives me to Jamil’s shop to pick up my purple station wagon – it’s all the way out by Military Highway. He replaced my radiator and patched up a few things. Grateful to have him to work on my car after 17th Street Automotive told me I needed a new engine but that’s not what I needed.

 

Taking care of business.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Running errands – Lowe’s and Whole Foods.

 

Dinner: Hearty Ramen.

Watching Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (2022).

 

Chores.

 

Ice Cream.

Tuesday June 13 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Granola Cereal with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Catching up on business and chores.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Peaches.

 

Grabbing some things from Target.

 

Making dinner: Lentils with Broth, Rice, Baby Broccoli, and Garlic Bread.

Finishing Season 2 of Dark.

 

Chores.

 

I walk over to Rebecca’s to help her install some shelving – she’s prepping her apartment for her new kittens she’ll be picking up tomorrow – she is very excited.

Monday June 12 2023

 

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business at the computer.

 

Eggs. Chard. Bagel. Chips. Coffee.

 

At Music Makers teaching some lessons.

 

Afterwards, meeting with Will and Dante about the Broadway video they shot from last Christmas. Rebecca sits in. I skim through the video and discuss edits we need to make.

 

Back home. Making a nutritious Ramen for dinner.

Watching Dark (2017).

 

Doing lots of chores.

 

Late night errands.

 

Sunday June 11 2023

Waking up kind of early for a change. Gulping down a protein shake then driving to the Rec.

 

I play a bunch of full court basketball games for the 35+. It’s been a while since I’ve competed but it’s a whole different style of play where they run zones and everyone has to argue about every play. But it’s a good time and I get my cardio on.

 

Egg Sandwich. Kombucha.

 

At Music Makers for Broadway rehearsal. It’s a lot of choreo and blocking today.

 

Afterwards, running some errands – getting some things from Whole Foods and picking up some stuff from the storage unit.

 

Making my own Ramen for dinner.

Watching Dark.

 

Rebecca and I run through the duet at the 104 space later on – and continue discussing details for Broadway.

Saturday June 10 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

At Music Makers helping with Broadway rehearsal.

PB&J. Coffee.

Lately, these rehearsals have been stress free for some reason – the kids and cast have been respectful but their having fun.

 

Taking care of things at the front desk.

 

Rebecca and I grab some dinner at Bobo’s Fine Chicken. I’ve never been here before – always wanted to try. Pleasantly surprised! Fried Chicken with Kale Slaw, Potato Salad, and a Strawberry Milkshake.

 

Back home. Getting sleepy at the computer while watching vids.

 

Chores.

 

Playing with Elvis.

 

Friday June 9 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Cereal with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Running errands.

 

Teaching a one off lesson.

 

Figuring out a new carpet system in the 104 space.

 

Dinner: Vegan Hot Dog with Rice, Broth, Carrots, Chard, and Garlic Bread.

 

Later on, Rebecca and I go over a duet and discuss Broadway business at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Relaxing and catching up on whatever.

Thursday June 8 2023

 

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Transporting some gear to South Beach.

 

Running some errands.

 

Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Coffee. Chips.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Protein Shake.

 

Immediately after, I head to South Beach Grill for the Modern Day Warrior show. The kids are setting up their things on stage. Jake, the in-house sound guy is really helpful and does a good job. I’m really proud of this band as I watch them “pack the house”. It almost looks like a youth group event haha. But all of them shine as they play with frenetic energy to their peers. They impress all the regulars and locals too.

 

 

Back home. Sleepy as hell.

 

Wednesday June 7 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Running errands.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Chips. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Having one last band practice with Modern Day Warrior before their big gig tomorrow.

 

Packing up things.

 

Dinner: Salmon with Beans, Quinoa, Micro Greens, Tomatoes, Cabbage, and Garlic Bread.

 

Playing DOOM.

Tuesday June 6 2023

Waking up around 11 a.m.

 

Granola Cereal with Banana and Almond Milk.

 

At the Rec.

 

Running errands.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee. Chips.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Protein Shake.

 

Helping Modern Day Warrior practice – they’re prepping for a gig on Thursday.

 

Back home. Making a hearty Ramen dinner.

Watching Dark.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Playing DOOM.

Monday June 5 2023

Waking up at 11:40 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Eggs. Kale. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Toast. Coffee.

Finishing Barry.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Afterwards, Rebecca and I drive to Nigel’s house – Ed and Casey are here along with Turbo Phil. We’re supposed to have a meeting with Kevin and Nigel but Kevin never shows. So the three of us hole up in the computer room reflecting on tour and drawing plans to get things ready for next time. Meanwhile, the little kids march back and forth in the room doing a good job at interrupting.

 

Back home. Catching up on stuff.

 

Chores.

 

Playing DOOM.

Sunday June 4 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Granola Cereal with Banana. Tea.

 

Broadway rehearsal at Music Makers. I help get everyone’s lyric sheets printed and help Rebecca with the music. All of the cast are in 104 but it’s not sweaty hot in here like it usually is. And everyone is listening and behaving!

 

Sneaking in a PB&J and Coffee.

 

Afterwards, packing up things and cleaning up – discussing and reflecting on what we need to do to prepare for next weekend.

 

Rebecca and I hit up Aloha Snacks for a quick dinner – we thought we were gonna meet with Kevin and Nigel but again, it gets postponed.

 

I stay behind at Music Makers working on people’s accounts and some scheduling issues.

 

Back home. Catching up on everything.

 

Popcorn.

Saturday June 3 2023

 

Waking up around 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

At Music Makers kick starting our Broadway summer session. We pile all the kids into the 104 space – working on singing parts first – I spend a lot of time printing lyrics and sheets.

 

Then, I have to dip early to get to Galilee Church for our recital. Setting up things around the sanctuary and outside. Students start to trickle in – tinkering on the piano and warming up. This is Heathyr’s last time with us so she’s got a lot of her students here performing. Watching all of them including Addy’s and mine I always feel so proud of every one. There’s a few moments of amazement throughout the time.

 

Packing up and bringing everything back to Music Makers. Rebecca is here too – I help print more papers for Broadway.

 

Back home. Making a quick dinner: Tuna with Vegan Chili, Kale, Quinoa, and Garlic Bread.

Watching Barry.

 

Power napping at the computer.

 

Ice Cream and Green Tea.

 

Friday June 2 2023

Waking up kind of early at 10:30 a.m.

 

Granola Cereal. Tea.

 

Transporting the PA system and recital stuff to the Galilee Church. Bringing everything in and setting it all up in the sanctuary.

 

Running errands – Wal-Mart – thrift store.

 

Printing recital programs.

 

Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Coffee.

 

At the Rec exercising and playing pick-up basketball.

 

Rebecca and I go out to dinner at Tupelo Honey in Town Center. We were supposed to have a meeting with Nigel and Kevin later but that got postponed so we take our time hanging out and talking.

 

At the studio gathering and printing a few last minute things for the recital. Later on, at my house playing with Elvis on the stairs. Then, I head over to her place to see some of the rearrangements she’s made.

 

Thursday June 1 2023

Waking up around noon-ish.

 

Blueberries and a Banana. Tea.

 

Catching up on computer stuff.

 

Ran errands – groceries.

 

Grilled PB&J. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers – meeting with this guy, Brad, in between lessons to possibly rent out the 104 space for a band practice – he’s having some kind of 20 year band reunion with some buddies of his.

 

Modern Day Warrior band practice.

 

Packing up the PA system.

 

Dinner: Salmon with Black Beans, Kale, Carrots, Quinoa, and Garlic Bread.

Watching Dark (2017).

 

Late night errands – grabbing some stuff from the warehouse.

Wednesday May 31 2023

Waking up just before 1 p.m.

 

Breakfast Bar. Tea.

 

Turbo Phil is still in town helping Nigel do things – he drops by the house where the bus is parked to change the air filter and check a few things. He gives me a rundown of all the mechanical stuff he thinks I should know about.

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Then, we take the trailer to the Superior trailer shop to have them service it. The people there know Nigel well.

 

Grilled PB&J. Coffee.

 

Watching the front desk at Music Makers for a while then meeting with Addy to make sure our recital list is in order. Afterwards, Modern Day Warrior has a band practice that I help them with. They may have a gig next week.

 

Pasta and Salad for dinner.

Watching Dark (2017).

 

Doing chores and catching up on business.

Tuesday May 30 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on so much business.

 

Cleaning.

 

Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Chips. Coffee.

Watching Dark (2017).

 

Teaching a few lessons at Music Makers – then meeting with people at the front desk – discussing business – Heathyr is leaving us soon – Talking over Broadway things coming up with Rebecca.

 

Black Beans, Salmon, Quinoa, Salad, and Garlic Bread.

Watching things.

 

Stuff around the house.

 

Monday May 29 2023

Waking up around noon.

 

Granola Cereal with Blueberries, Banana, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Running errands. Meeting a tow guy that’s towing my car to Jamil’s shop. Stopping by Music Makers to catch up on things with Allyson – there’s a lot of prep to be done.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Chips. Coffee.

Watching Dark (2017).

 

Shooting some basketball around at the Linkhorn courts.

 

Driving the bus over to the warehouse – cleaning some things out and organizing.

 

Pasta for dinner.

 

Ice Cream.

 

Catching up on things.

 

Sunday May 28 2023

Waking up super late again. I keep having these dreams about Ana – this time we’re in the dining room sort of reconnecting – there’s crying and understanding.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

At the Rec exercising and working out.

Protein Shake.

 

Meeting Brittany Agrillo at Music Makers to discuss her potentially teaching here.

 

Running errands.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Rebecca comes over to meet about Broadway stuff coming up. There’s a lot to catch up on. We also divulge into other concerns – she has really shown a sense of dissatisfaction and unhappiness about everything she’s doing. I try to talk with her about it – stuff related to money and dreams and achieving goals.

 

Ramen Dinner. Ice Cream.

Watching Dark (2017).

Saturday May 27 2023

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I’m at a festival of some kind with a mix of friends and strangers. I’m actually supposed to perform second on the line up. But when I start setting up I find out they don’t have an HDMI connect on the stage so I can’t control my laptop unless I’m by the sound board. I’m furious cause I had planned to play this movie about The Cure for some reason and commentate on it from the stage. None of the house guys are being helpful in any way nor are they concerned. So I just throw my hands up and say, “Well then I’m not doing it!” and walk off in a huff. I wasn’t even sure what I was going to say on the mic anyway but the point was how I felt.

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Later on, I see Bianca, Erica, and a few of Ana’s friends try to lift Ana up from the ground. It’s understood that she was drunk and had been sleeping. They take her somewhere to relax and she keeps saying how tired she is.

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Later later on, I’ve made my way to a hotel room. For some reason Ana is lying on the couch as if she was supposed to be in here. She wakes up and I try to tell her all about what happened in this dream like old friends.

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Waking up real later after noon.

 

Granola with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Meeting with Jamil at the shop to get a second opinion on the Camry. The shop claimed they needed to replace the entire engine. But he’s gonna take a look at it in his shop.

 

Eggs. Spinach. Chips. Bagel. Coffee.

Watching Violent Night (2022).

 

Chores – vacuuming.

 

At Music Makers in the 104 space working out and exercising.

 

Vegan Chili with Trout, Rice, Baby Broccoli, Carrots, and Garlic Bread.

 

Catching up on stuff at the computer.

 

Friday May 26 2023

Waking up as late as I want.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.

 

Watching John Oliver and catching up on computer stuff.

 

None of my vehicles are here. I have to walk to the shop to retrieve the truck. Depositing some rolled coins and hundreds by the bank on the way.

 

Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Coffee.

 

At Music Makers talking with Addy about the recital and all the things coming up that we need to prepare for at Music Makers.

 

Running errands – Whole Foods – Target.

 

Making a Ramen dinner.

 

Catching up on more things and chores.

 

Thursday May 25 2023

Waking up at a Love’s truck stop somewhere between Florida and North Carolina.

 

Granola Bar. Tea.

 

Catching up on stuff at the computer. I’ve literally been on this bus for almost two days.

 

The bus still rolls along – everyone is eager to get home.

 

Stop somewhere for gas – I run across the street for an Egg Bagel from Dunkin.

 

We finally arrive at Nigel’s house in VB where all his little nieces are anxiously waiting. Some people get off. The rest of us trek on to the warehouse to unload the trailer and clean out our stuff.

 

I drive the bus home and clean it out thoroughly – vacuuming, organizing, and mopping. Nigel gave me some money to detail it before they take it on some Right On gigs this weekend.

 

It feels so great to be in my own house – Elvis is very glad to see me.

 

Making dinner: Black Beans, Salmon, Rice, Spinach, and Garlic Bread.

 

Doing chores – laundry – cleaning.

 

Grateful to be in my own unmoving bed.

 

Wednesday May 24 2023

 

Sleeping on and off in the bottom bunk waking up at the truck stops to help pay for gas.

 

Getting some stuff done at the computer.

 

Then, suddenly, the saga continues. Bob drives us over a mean bump and crack in the road that causes the hitch to literally crack clear off. So now we’re in the middle of Prichard, Alabama, about 5 minutes away from a Love’s. I joke that it’s strike three for Bob. First we didn’t clear that curb in Denver and shredded a trailer tire. Second, we get stuck in the mud in the middle of a storm in Texas. And now, broken hitch in Alabama.

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We unhitch the trailer and drive the bus to meet a welder in town. It’s a whole deal. Luckily, there’s a local coffee shop called Moka’s nearby. I grab a few smoothies and coffees.

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The welder guy has his friend drop by to give us a jack to use. Nigel convinces him to take me to pick up the guys and trailer we left on the crash site. His name is Garrett – super nice guy – Nigel of course gave him a hundred to get the job done.

 

 

While we wait on the welder sparking up the back of the bus in front of the Red Roof Inn, a few of us grab dinner from a Hibachi place across the street. Nigel pays the guy and we’re back on the road again!

 

I take a driving shift from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Playing some soft rock tunes with Bob in the passenger seat. We talk about his time in the war and other things with his family.

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Side note of concern is the animosity between Turbo Phil and Bob (the old guy drivers). I attempt to talk with them individually about smoothing things over with each other. I just can’t believe how bad it’s gotten though that they can’t even sit up front and work together anymore.

 

After a gas stop at a Pilot, I make some Green Tea and catch up on stuff at the computer.

 

Sleeping in the bottom bunk.

 

Tuesday May 23 2023

 

Waking up at a decent hour at the hotel in San Angelo, Texas.

 

Rebecca and I pack up our things earlier than everyone else so we can walk to this local coffee shop by the venue. It takes a little longer than we expected but totally worth it. I get an Egg and Cream Cheese Bagel with Cinnamon Roll and Coffee. Rebecca claims it’s the best Chai Tea Latte she’s ever had. Meanwhile, we play a game of checkers.

 

Then, walking over to the performing arts center a block over. Getting loaded in and setting up the stage.

 

I do some laundry in between sound check.

 

Baked Potatoes for dinner.

 

The crowd fills in. We go through the motions of our two 45 minute sets. It’s our last gig of this tour so everyone is overjoyed to be done.

 

 

Packing up and loading out. We drop by the hotel briefly to pick up Ron and Bob. A storm is in the distance – strong winds almost blow us away.

 

As we venture east, the rain falls in dramatic fashion – water leaks through a few windows. At some point Bob got a little lost on some back roads and attempts to turn us around off the side but unfortunately, we get stuck in the mud. Kevin and I attempt to use some boards we have lying around to wedge the wheels but no luck. A local cop truck happens to be driving by and helps call us a tow truck. We make bets on how long it’ll take. But it doesn’t take too long. Once the guy arrives on site he attaches his wench mechanism and pulls us out no problem. Nigel, of course, negotiates a cheaper cash deal with him and we finally get back on the road.

 

 

I fall asleep in the bottom bunk with fingers crossed nothing more goes wrong.

 

Monday May 22 2023

Waking up bright and late in the bunk on the tour bus. We’ve arrived in San Angelo, Texas! Bob drives up to what he thinks is the hotel but to our surprise is a retirement home lol. Next door is the hotel we find out.

 

Checking in. This place has an atrium with a lot of interesting features like an arcade, playground, pool tables, ping pong, swimming pool, etc.

 

I take a walk into downtown – buying some coffee and pastries from Longhorn Coffee. Linking up with Rebecca by the Concho River where there’s a river walk full of wildlife like squirrels, wrens, grackles, cranes, and fire ants. We take our time observing the animals, fountains, and all the weird various structures.

 

 

Later on, Nigel gives us all dinner money and we go out to The Angry Cactus, a great classy spot not far from the hotel. Shakes from nearby to top it all off.

 

Back at the hotel in the atrium we all hang out – playing ping pong with Micah and Michael.

 

I can’t sleep too early so I catch up on things at the computer with a cup of green tea – also trying to get rid of this coughing spell.

 

Sunday May 21 2023

Waking up around 10 a.m. We’ve got no rush to leave the hotel room even though check out is 11. I add on some thoughts to Rebecca about our talks last night that kind of help me understand what’s going on.

 

Snacking on some Strawberries, a Breakfast Bar, and some Tea before linking up with the rest of the crew at the pool – everybody’s been hanging here all morning.

 

Hitting the road with Bob at the wheel. It’s God awful hot today and this desert air is super dry so the heat hits different. Our little AC in the back barely helps with the temperature along with all our little box fans. Everybody sweats it out and anticipates the night fall.

 

Truck stop after truck stop. Eventually, we arrive in Gila Bend, Arizona for a dinner stop. We all enjoy a nice meal at a hole in the wall Italian joint called Little Italy. Nearby, is an abandoned motel with all the old signs still up and also a UFO themed diner that looks interesting enough to buy a mug and snap a pic with the alien mannequin.

 

 

Later on, after the night kicks in I suddenly get inspired to cuddle up with Rebecca. We haven’t really been affectionate or physical this whole tour cause of getting sick and the challenges of having enough time for leisurely things.

 

After a few stops it’s time to grab some zzz’s on the futon and the bunk.

 

Saturday May 20 2023

Waking up at 9:10 a.m. – I seemed to have gotten enough sleep.

 

Piling into the bus/trailer. Slurping up some eggs from the free hotel breakfast with strawberries and a banana.

 

Taking a nap in the back while Bob and Turbo Phil drive us to Pala, California. All the Californian mountains are still so beautiful.

 

 

Arriving at the Pala Casino. Loading in is a bit confusing – just general confusion on how to get gear up to the events center and how to check in. But we manage. It’s just that casinos are always maze-like and takes acclimating.

 

Getting the stage set up and doing sound check.

 

Grabbing some Shrimp and Bok Choy dinner in the casino.

 

The show room is packed out! We perform our two sets back to back without intermission. Lots of good energy. The band is vibin’ and Kevin is thrivin’.

 

 

Packing up and loading out.

 

Linking up with Rebecca, Casey, and Jimmy in one of the restaurants. There’s like half a waiter there and everything takes forever. We spend almost two hours there.

 

Afterwards, Rebecca and I help Casey out with some relational issues going on – also there was a scare where Edwin locked himself in the hotel bathroom and Casey thought something bad happened. Fortunately, he was just passed out drunk on the floor sleeping and snoring soundly.

 

Then, Rebecca and I chill out in the room. She brings up some uncomfortable topics about our relations and other things. I’m thrown off my game a little. We talk it through but now I’m feeling despondent. I was really looking forward to some actual leisure time with her non-work related and no stress. But now I just feel bummed out.