Sat, Sep 13, '03
TALES FROM THE NAVIGATOR
it's my official new sirens name,..i like it! I'm in Oskosh, WI, sitting here in the business suite of a hotel we've been generously put up in for the night. BIG BIG thank you to the new moon cafe' here in Oshkosh,..we had a great time tonight,..i would have to say the best experience so far (and that's saying alot since each night had it's moment(s)! I've had a great time and had some great coffee in the last 4 days!
it's 2:30 AM, and as always, for those who know me, i'm a vampire,..
This is my first time in the midwest! so far it's not quite what i expected, it's actually better,..
Since i'm not doing any actual driving, i'm athena's navigator, or maybe overbearing backseat
driver, guess it depends on the vantage point,.lol
i also get to check out the scenery,..
we've had a few adventures,.the golden goddess of the leaden foot, aka Emily Zuzik, is generally where we need to be about a 1/2 hour before us,..so during the drive Athena and I just chat and giggle, so much so that the first day of the tour on our way to pittsburg, we missed an exit to find ourselves in maryland! OOPS!
luckily i was watching the signs periodically between giggles and noticed the "welcome to maryland sign",..fortunately we were only about 45 minutes out of our way and we were able to get back on track fairly easily,.I call it "taking the scenic route",..we've taken a few scenic routes,.today on our way to oskhkosh while trying to find some tea for athena we
wound up at a dead end street (after missing the exit to the expressway) and found a place called the dead end saloon,..we thought we were lucky finding a place where maybe we could get some tea,..they only had beer but it was a fun place for the 3 minutes we hung out there watching the rain pour heavily on the road,..i dont' like big trucks,..just thought i'd mention that,.they're scary and some honk at us for no
reason,..why do they do that? eh?
I have definately met some great people so far only 4 days in!I finally met an online acquaintance, Sandy Andina, who has lovingly invited us into her home
for our stay in chicago and has given us the star treatment! that's always fun! And I was really
impressed with her style! she's a folky with some really cool tunes,..she did a warren zevon
tune during her set at uncommon ground last night,..it was very cool! i totally wasn't expecting
Ellen rosner was also great,.I've heard her name in different circles, like indiegrrl and gogirls
but i'm so happy that we've finally met! she is an amazing talent and a great person to boot,..
believe me folks, those qualities together are hard to find,..luckily on this tour I'm with 2 grrls
who fit that description,.so it's been a great time so far despite some unpleasantness here and
there due to lack of sleep or strange enviroments,..
this is the first tour I've done without Rich. I wasn't quite sure what to expect and just decided
before hand to not dwell on what COULD BE but live in the moment,..so far no complaints from me, it's cool really,.I've gotten to know athena pretty well and we've had some down and deep conversations on all sorts of topics,..I'm also constantly enamored by her writing,..each night she pulls out a song from the crypt that i haven't heard before, as does emily,..i'ts definately inspiring! i have my favorite tunes and they keep running through my head,..i also met a great guy in cleveland named taliq,..we had a really great conversation after we did the gig there and he blew me away with his rhymes! (for those of you who aren't sure what that means, he's a spoken word artist/rapper) real inspiring message,.i really enjoyed
that!it's amazing to me how many people you meet on the road,..how many people inspire me from a
short meeting and the memories which linger, ...how many people there are from totally different backgrounds but yet somehow we all find a common ground,..it gets me all thoughtful really,..we're all really just one collective soul in a way,..each person you meet, good or bad, changes your way of thinking, inspires you to look into/beyond yourself,... ponder,..it makes me wonder why it is people can't get along,..maybe i'll save this philosophical question for the next log in,..as always, i go on and on,..
so,..thanks to all the people I've met aloing the way who have been kind and supportive,.thanks for the notes on napkins or the smile during a song, free latte's and conversation,..thanks to nathan in chicago for saving me from myself and surprising me with a jaegermeister! (what a nice guy he was!) Thanks to the folks at the quiet storm in pittsburg, the barking spider in cleveland, uncommon ground in chicago and the new moon cafe' here in oshkosh!
I'm looking forward to meeting new people and hearing more great music!
more to come!