The last two weeks seem to go by quickly. John Oates from "Hall & Oates" was out with us for a week. John is a very nice guy as well as a seasoned musician. We played shows in Chicago, Pontiac, Cleveland and Nashville. John has a new album coming out next spring so we played some of his new songs as well as a cool version of "I can't go for that." He has not been on a tour bus in 20 years. I don't think he knew what was he was about to experience. He was a great sport to endure smell socks and scary bathroom. After a week with no hotels and only a few showers, his camping trip was over and off he was to his Aspen paradise. It was great hearing his stories and past experiences. Oh what it was to be a star in eighties.
We went to a few new spots on this tour. I made it a point to get out and check out what some of these cities had to offer. We took a posse to the Arch in St. Louis. It was quite an experience. I would not recommend this adventure for anyone who experiences claustrophobia. You travel to the top in these small pods with 5 people. The inside is the size of a Yugo. It's a beautiful view from the top. The view spans for miles. It's worth the 10 bucks. When we returned to our hotel, we were cruising by a wedding reception taking place in the ballroom. We stopped to hear the band when the bartender approached us and told us it was the Temptations. So random. One of the member's daughter was getting hitched. Now that is a wedding band!
It was nice to see a good number of friends as we passed through the Midwest. Definitely one of the advantages of traveling the same routes once every year or so. I have met a lot of nice people over the past 5 years and established some lifelong friendships. Plus they all have washers and clean bathrooms. It's always nice to get away from the rolling germ factory.
We are off to the big city now. Woo hoo! Three days off in NYC. My beautiful wife is flying out for some much needed R&R. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and until next time.
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