Saturday, May 30, 2009

Show Day in Pittsburgh

As much as I enjoyed having three days off in the same location, I was quite happy to go back to work this morning.

I wish I could say the same about my legs. I seriously torched them yesterday and I'm paying for it today. I spent the entire day walking around like I was crippled.

One of the few things I'm not digging about getting older is my diminished capacity for running. It's taking me (seemingly) forever to increase my distance. Shit, I used to roll out of bed and do a 6.7 mile run 3 days a week and a no-limit fun run on Saturday that could easily stretch into 10 or more miles.

Now I'm all excited about knocking out 3 miles and it cripples me the next day. But I'm not giving up – all it takes is time.

One thing I have always enjoyed doing on tour is going to a coin laundromat on the occasional day off to do my own laundry. I find that little routine to be strangely relaxing and comforting. But going into this tour with an attitude toward staying healthier, I am choosing to send my laundry out to the fluff n' fold every so often (as most crew people do), thereby removing one of my oft-used excuses for not exercising on days off.

The result – I have run in all 6 cities that we've had a day off in since the tour began, and I have no intention of stopping. I am completely happy about that!

Got an interesting phone call during the show tonight. I have a 16-day break coming up in a few weeks and one of my regular artists is planning a 5-show trip to South Africa, which would fit perfectly into my schedule. But, it would leave me with only one night off at home on either side of the trip, thereby negating my break.

So…go to South Africa (and Nigeria) for the first time ever, or stay home and relax? Guess I'll need to sleep on this one for a day or two. I really, really love my time at home, but I just had six months off, so I don't have much of an excuse for not going…


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Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? A chance to go to where it's dead winter (SA) and to one of the most densely-populated 3rd world country on the Planet, and pick up some extra coin in the process? I say go for it. This place is deader than a doornail on 4th of July weekend. Everybody's at the beach--including us.