I woke up from the tour bus bunk at 11 AM, got up to meditate right away. We were in St. Augustine, Florida! I had wanted to schedule a run this morning and luckily the hotel rooms were ready for us to enter as soon as I got up. I looked outside the window and there was a huge pond with massive green area surrounding it. I looked up the other window and we were at a humble but extremely comfortable courtyard Marriott (relative to our recent three nights sleeping on the bus bunks). I made a few trips up to my room to put stuff away and went to the fitness center to warm up my muscles a little bit. Wayne was there doing this Spartan insanity workout I think. He was going really hard, but we didn't talk at all I just got straight to my cardio warm-up. At this point I wanted to go to a Mexican food place that was not a mile down the highway, but it would’ve taken 30 minutes to walk there… so I opted to make got my run. I got about halfway done with the run and realized “hey, that was dumb”, and it was way too hot to continue. I tend to do that pretty often (oops). So I stopped at this Starbucks instead, stretched to the bathroom, ordered myself soy milk, a spinach egg wrap that I would actually eat later that day, and a green juice smoothie,. At this point I reluctantly walked back to the hotel because it would've been another 25 minutes to Mexican food place that I wanted to go to. Alas, my prayers were answered when 4 guys of the crew were waiting outside the hotel for an Uber at the exact moment I got back. They asked if I wanted to join them and I agreed! I can’t remember any of their names- two of them are roadies, another one works for the pyrotechnic company that does the fireworks and explosions at the end of John’s show. I’m always surprised that Uber exists in all these smaller towns (c’mon Merced, where y’all Ubers at!!), but our driver today was a certified racist (I’ll leave it at that). He DID show us where you can zip line over an alligator field in the oldest city in the United States (St. Augustine was founded in the 1590s whoaaaa). Got to a Mexican Street Food place called Cantina Louie, got a massive and delicious veggie burrito. The guys were talking about their various gigs as crew members, how they’re considering going independent (and how you need the connections in their respective industries to be able to call up someone whenever you need guaranteed work). Interesting to listen to. None of them wanted their salad greens either (added a good deal of greens to my meal hehe). I took my own $13 uber back (but it’s ok, I didn’t pay for the Uber there). This guy was real nice, we talked about music in schools- he made excellent conversation. He’s Puerto Rican, his partner is a music teacher at a local arts high school. When we got back to the hotel we saw Nathan and Steven being picked up by another Uber… I said this to my driver and he made quite the awkward display- honking at them and getting in the car’s way so they couldn’t back out. Naturally, this took some explaining on my end- especially after he yelled to Nathan “Hey, I’m here with your friend!”. By THAT point, I spent the next five hours doing stuff for myself! Watched the WWDC keynote from today (Apple talked about iOS 12 and the new MacOS- after all these years i still geek out over that stuff. I love productivity enhancements to my life). Did a great warmup, got an awesome workout in- things moved kinda slowly in all for me today but I’m highly relaxed.
Weather report (not the band)… sunny and hot all morning, and THEN random violent thunderstorm for an hour.. now sunny and hot again.
Also, another side note: protein powder in water is not tasty at all. I practiced some more when I got back, and, as I later learned, some of the crew guys thought it was Nathan. We didn’t find out until after I went to get Subway that Nathan and I were put right next door to each other. Ate my sandwich with the other two guys as they had burgers in the lobby- they went to see Solo today!! I learned that there’s a club in LA called ‘Scum and Villainy’ that’s basically the Cantina from Mos Eisley.. and Steve got high with his dad there (they’re a serious Star Wars family… that was a truly great story). After I ironed my John Fogerty signature flannel (sigh) I went to play cards and watch The Office next-door with the rest of the Bayous Brothers (that’s our official name I’m patenting it). I feel more tired now than I have at the end of most nights of work, surprisingly! Must have been all the running around, and the lack of a real adrenaline boosting two hour show to top it all off and make me hungry at 11 PM. Tomorrow we’ll check out at 9 AM and head over to the venue- this one is indoors and should be better. I’m super excited for Memphis on Thursday- we get a day off there!
Let me know if yall, my readers, have any questions or would like me to check anything out while I’m out here. I’ll be posting my schedule for the next few weeks in the next blog post right after this one. Goodnight for now!