First One's Usually the Hardest

Just after midnight at a hotel on the grounds of the Cleveland airport, I watched an airplane glide down onto the runway. In my mind, I was David Attenborough narrating a piece on tropical birds: "The Southwest variant can be identified by its distinctive blue plumage, as opposed to other common species of 737, like the Delta or the American, whose feathers are predominantly white with just a bit of coloration along the wings and tail...”

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[S] Accelerate.

Day whatever. We are somewhere. We did something last night, and we're doing stuff today, tonight, and tomorrow. It is tour. It is a continuum. Days become nights become days. Life is twilight, experience is brackish water. Time is a slope, not a staircase.

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...And We Are The Revivalists

Wheels up in an hour. Seattle to Denver, then Denver to New Orleans. There's no way in heck I'm not getting buzzed on this flight. We book a lot of flights on Southwest because they don't charge for checked bags, and in return for the steady business they keep us rolling in drink coupons. Drinking on an airplane is probably the closest I'll ever get to knowing what it's like to be Don Draper.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

Made it. Mission accomplished. Nineteen entries in nineteen days. Perfect game. Well, not perfect. Admittedly, some of them were kind of shaky. But still. Got the job done. This has been a fun challenge and a rewarding exercise. Unfortunately, I can't promise to recreate it on future tours.

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Status Report

It finally happened. After sound check at Mississippi Studios/Bar Bar for our surprise (to me at least) performance for 94.7 KNRK here in Portland (Mississippi Studios being named for the street it's on, not the state it's in), I went back behind the stage to warm up. It was a narrow space, especially with all of our empty cases stacked floor-to-ceiling along both walls. On the left, there was a door to a small bathroom. On the far wall, there was a full-length mirror-

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