I'm sitting on the bus, having showered and changed into my PJ's. These 3-show days really knock me on my butt. First show - totally fine, get through it. Second show, you sit down at places for Act I and realize...you aren't half way there yet. Intermission? Only just half-way, feeling the burn. Top of Show 3? Good lord, get me out of here. Intermission - end's in sight, just try to keep focused. Good luck with that.
The worst part is that after show #3...it's only 6:30. It leaves you to drink on the bus...or just sit in your room, watch TV, and stew. The hardest part about the tour lifestyle is the downtime, the alone time. I found myself getting really down last night, watching Harry Potter. I just felt totally alone. Wallingford, CT might as well have been Timbuktu or Shanghai. Very far away from the people I know.
Perhaps that will settle down in time - as I get to know the crew better, as I adjust into the lifestyle...still, I look forward to getting back to NYC in April. Definitely a few people I miss a lot.
Not really much to say about Wallingford. Never got a chance to explore, really, whatever town there might be here. We went out for a lovely company-paid-for steak dinner at a local steakhouse on Wednesday night to thank us for the whole Toledo-WilkesBarre-Wallingford day. I don't think the company expected to spend quite as much as they did....oh well :)
The snow we missed in Wilkes-Barre DID fall - 26" of it - so our early departure and canceled shows were indeed the correct decision. I'm glad I got the day to walk around Wilkes-Barre with my camera (though I still haven't put up any photos from that walkabout. There should be some good ones though.) Wallingford, after load-in, has been boring. 2 3-show days in a row mean I've been mixing, sleeping, or watching TV. And that's about it.
Tomorrow brings our first area load-in. Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Arena. I've never loaded in an arena before...but I guess tomorrow's the first. Oh goody. Until then, goodnight.
Listening: Ani Difranco's "Dilate"