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April 18, 2005
8:50 AM

Where do I even start?? The past 24 hours have been dizzying and I feel as if I've experienced more and can tell more than one would desire to hear.

There is both good and bad to be shared. Somehow I am still in Vegas, desperately wanting to be back home, but at the same time I've enjoyed my stay. Meeting new friends, staying at three different homes, and eating more unhealthy than I could ever imagine. But I've got to get ready to go to the airport, so please come back as I'd love to tell you more about my trip. Hopefully I can write on the plane. Be well.
Peace,
Mike Park

11:08 AM
I'm on the plane again via Southwest airlines. It's an interesting airline, but it's the cheapest as to answer why I use it so much. Let me rewind to Saturday morning. We stayed at this guy named Jothams house. He has three roomates and one which was definitely psycho. She freaked out thinking we used her loofah when we showered. Why?? Why would we use your loofah?? In fact, I've never used a loofah in my life.

Anyways, that's how Saturday started. This day I had two house shows and the first was the residence of two guys named Dan and Gabe. Upon arrival, there were about 6 people there and no PA, which shouldn't have been a suprise, but I realized for the first time that I always use a microphone. What would it be like performing without one?? Hmmmm.... But it was fine. I had a good time, sold a bunch of cd's and all the shirts that I brought, so things were fine and dandy. Gabe was a big comic book fan, so it was neat to see all his posters and talk about comics. It was typical home of a two bachelors. Playstation, a couple couches, but not much else in terms of furniture.
Las Vegas seems to have an abundance of cookie cutter houses. Does that make sense? If you look from above, all you see is house after house of exact models. No differences, just an assembly line of homes. But yeah, this house was one of those. We went to a place called Robertos to eat. The kids at this house swear by this place. Saying it is the best for your buck. Well, they were right. For $1.80 you get this huge bean and cheese burrito. Or for $5 bucks you can get any combination plate. They have a full salsa bar complete with peeled cucumbers(a first for me at a taqueria) and carrots/jalapenos. YUMM YUMMM

At about 6:30 PM, we headed off to house #2. Residence of Cheryl and Josh. It was an interesting feeling heading over there, because there is a bit of mystery to what is in store for you. Would the house be nice? Clean? Dirty? Would there be food? Do they have pets? Who is going to be there when I play? House #1 said we could stay with them if we needed a place to crash, so we had a backup in case house #2 was dirty. But to our delight it was very nice and clean. Big couches to sleep on and a BBQ was in full swing. There was so much food and I was kicking myself as I ate so much at ROBERTOS that I couldn't partake in the glutunous fun.

The event was a block party for their neighbors. So the environment was as follows: Big back yard with tiki torches, BBQ in the air, kids running around playing tag, 3 dogs running about, Moms and dads, grampas and grandmas, coolers of drinks, and me to play music eventually that night.

This environment was definitely odd, but I knew this going into the whole experience that every show would be completely different and I needed to be ready to perform in any setting. Well, the night kept getting later and later. There was another band to play, but a PA that was supposed to be there at 5:30 was still not there. Finally at 9 PM, I just said "I'm gonna play". I didn't want to play in the backyard, so I set up in the garage. There, the neighbors came in with their kids as they settled in to see me play. The show was fun, but at the same time I just kept laughing inside wishing I had this all on video. The plan to do a documentary on this living room tour is more exciting after this weekend.
Can't wait to see what we come up with. The residents were big sci-fi/horror fans. With a huge collection of DVD's, Monica and I curled up on the couch and watched the SAW and then the GRUDGE til' past 3 AM. Saw was pretty creepy, but the grudge was BLAH...

We woke up at around 11 AM the next day. After some cleaning up, Josh took us bowling. He worked at a place called Jillians and hooked us up with free games. My high game was 116. My low was 59.
We got free soda and I drank my share of sugar. I danced to the 80's music due to my sugar intake and the little kids looked at me in fright. At around 3 PM, Jotham picked us up and we went back to Dan and Gabe's house for a bbq. A girl there made 7 layer dip and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! As soon as she took it out of the fridge, we converged on it like vultures.

Dan said that Gabe worked at a movie theater and we could go there later for free movies. So at 9 PM , we headed over to a place called TEXAS STATION to watch AMYTIVILLE HORROR. It's an 18 screen theater with state of the art sound, seating, etc.. But we did not sit in the theater, we sat in these VIP BOXES. What???? I was confused, but gabe took us in an elevator down to a secret place where the hotel hooks up their VIP GUESTS. In each theater they have a VIP BOX, that has these amazing seats, free drinks, volume control stereo, temperature control, and I was freaking out. I took off my shoes and my pants. Just like i was at home. Nobody in the theater can see you, but you can see them. It's a two way mirror. The movie was fine, but I just couldn't get over these VIP boxes. I'd never heard of such a thing for movies.

Man, I've written a lot. Are you still with me?? We then headed to the peppermill to eat. They kept telling me about their nachos being insane, SURE SURE, but looking at the price of $10 I was wondering why they took us to such an expensive place. But when the nachos came I saw something so frighteningly large that I could only shed tears of joy. We didn't have our camera, so no pictures. ARGHH!! I shared it with Monica, but we could barely make a dent. After twenty minutes it looked like nobody had touched it. But I was determined to get to the middle as they told me that in the middle there is a bowl full of nacho cheese and beans. They wanted it to be a suprise, but when they realized I wasn't going to make it they spilled the beans.(No pun intended)

We made it back to DAN and GABES at a bit past 1 and finally crashed out around 3. More stuff happened, but you've got to be sick of reading all this, so I'll leave you alone. Be well. I've got lots of work waiting at Asian Man. WOOHOO!!
Peace,
Mike Park


BIKE TOUR DONATIONS to DATE:
Anonymous-$50
Vien To-$12
Misa and Kaoru-$15
Brian Quirk-$15
Ellen-$5
Kris Racer-$23.45
Christina Giordano-$3
Dustin Dumas-$40
Scott Butterworth-$14
Jessica Burnham-$15
Ken Lee-$33
Kevin Koegel-$30
Brian Abolins-$25
Mark Veon-$15
Michael Cavaleri-$10
Rey Hernandez-$20
Dan Richter-$50
Dan Shannon-$5
Gary Yee-$10
-Thanks for the support!