Archive for October, 2008

h1

NEW GADGET!

October 30, 2008

Happiness is a new gadget.  Recently got a very cool portable scanner as a gift (someone knows me well).   Its intended for scanning business cards or reciepts but right now I am scanning any loose piece of scrap paper I can find.

At $199 Its pricey but you can scan the reciept and submit it.   Win/WIn

Advertisements
h1

“Livin the Dream”

October 30, 2008

When things get especially bad out here, people don’t seem to complain.

If someone gear blows up, or they are stuck at the venue for consecutive days without sleep or a shower and you ask them, “How are you doing?  – without fail they will say smile convincingly and respond, “Livin the dream man, best fuckin day of my life”.

It’s hilarious, and a reminder that no matter how bad or long my days might be I am not not the only one “Livin the Dream”

h1

Sweet perks

October 29, 2008

Ya, all work, no play, not home on Holiday’s and missing everything, that’s all true.  But there are also some sweet perks on the road.  The pay is good, accommodations are solid and often times meals are provided.  But my favorite perk thus far is FLUFF & FOLD. 

I toss my dirty clothes into a laundry bag, drop the bag at the Production office, with an envelope containing my name and $20 and at the end of the day I get the cleanest, most professionally folded and organized pile of clothes back (as well as usually $12 in change).  The socks are even paired! 

This service is available to regular people as well but it must be a fairly well guarded secret, I mean why else would anyone get married?

Ladies take note, this is how it'd done
Ladies take note, this is how it

h1

No joke, I got a haircut in Kentucky

October 29, 2008

I knew some sketchy stuff might happen out here on the road, but I never would have dreamt that this would happen.

Did you know that “nasty Nati” is on the Ohio / Kentucky border, separated by the Ohio River.  On Tuesday there were some meetings held in the production office which I was not involved with (or maybe it was just “need a break from Dan time” either way I found myself unceremoniously dumped in the hallway.

Going off site is frowned upon,  but until they start cutting hair between 1-6AM (when I am not working) I had to adapt.  I asked a runner if she knew anywhere local I could get a quick haircut.  She assured me there was a place “right around the corner …real quick, and nice too”. This is how I ended up in Kentucky.

Shame on me for forgetting that I am not in the Northeast, where the meaning of “real quick”,  “right around the corner” and “nice” are a bit more literal.  We were in her car for at least ten minutes, traveling through a couple of towns until finally arriving at that there fancy place SUPERCUTS.

How do you like my Kentucky Fried Haircut?

Kentucky Friend Haircut

Kentucky Friend Haircut

h1

Never Alone

October 27, 2008

...but always lonely

h1

Do’s and Dont’s when visiting Cincinnati

October 27, 2008

Cincinnati appears to be a very clean, polite and pleasent place.

DO stay at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.  See the pictures below.  It is an amazing historical timepiece.  It feels like living in an old black and white movie.

DO NOT have a half-day off on a Sunday.  The city (at least downtown) closes down, total ghost town.  I think everyone was home watching the Weather Channel or something, ahh Sunday in the midwest!

h1

…well that didn’t take long

October 26, 2008

It certainly did not take long for the tour bus novelty to wear off.  For the time being I will reserve judgement and attribute last nights debauckle to a faulty aging bus and an out-of-touch driver.

If you know me at all you know that I sweat, its what I do.  This bus was cold ..easily 50 degrees with an ice cold AC induced breeze being pumped out of every crevice.  This bus is also OLD.  Apparently its over 6 years old with over 500K miles.

While it seemed comfortable at first, it quickly turned ugly when a group of us were having drinks in the back lounge, the window was opened for the smokers.  We hit the highway and the late October wind was too much for even the smokers to endure but the window had somehow fallen off its track in a manner which stumped all of us.  The situation was made worse when we realized that we also become locked into the back lounge (the door does not lock).  Normally I would have laughed off a situation like this, comfortable that if we made an effort we could close the window and open the door, but normally I am not in a room with people who are all technical geniuses and professional problem solvers/  To see them get nervous was a trip.

Stuff to do, will be continued….