Tour Diary update #1 !Posted on May 2nd, 2012
Yesterday I picked up the rental car I’ll be driving almost 6,000 miles between now and the 21st. Authorized charge for the rental car was over 1,000 dollars on my credit card. Ouch! 1-way rentals are hella expensive, fyi, hertz was the best price I could find. The ipod connector, gps, and the fact that I’ll be flying back home to Seattle when this is all done is going to make it all worth it, though I still haven’t figured out how I am going to get all my gear back to Seattle.
It started raining in Seattle just as I getting in the car to take off and rained for a good portion of the trip down here to Portland. It felt bittersweet leaving of course, 27 days is a long time to be gone, and I imagined that my brother Curran would be with me on the first day of travelling but alas he is meeting me in Portland and should be here very soon. My MOM is coming to the first night of tour, she has never been to Portland before in her life which is crazy.
Last night I met up with my old friend Gwen who I’ve known since Jr. High. We only see eachother about once a year it seems, she is a crazy world traveller, more than anyone I’ve ever known actually, it’s nice that she is plopped down in Portland for a while doing some college and let me stay at her pad.
Her place is AMAZING. It is an absolutely gorgeous old church, complete with a huge beautiful stained glass window in the front of it. Six people live in there. Its insane. The ceiling has huge rafters and is curved like a dome. There is a real bell tower! Her roommates are chill and I met her friend Ben who does video work and is currently working on a new music video for the band Other Lives which is a pretty big deal. He offered to video the show tonight, not sure if it’ll work out but could be cool.
I had to WORK my DAY JOB today. Like I had a conference call with my boss and my bosses boss at 9:30 AM. Good news for me is that as of now, I do not have to worry about my day job until I get to NYC on May 21st and work remotely starting at noon that day. That will kindof be a drag, but at least I’ll be in NYC.
Most important thing: The first SHOW is tonight at Mississippi Studios in Portland. I am super excited, this is actually my first show in Portland which is crazy considering how much I’ve played in Seattle and Spokane.
Wish me (us) luck.
Will be posting an update every day hopefully.
- Kevin Long