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April 23, 2005
11:22 AM

Itís raining in upstate New York. Traveling on 90 towards Buffalo, the plan is to go to Niagra Falls and be a tourist. Iím gonna play someones basement tonight, so Iím looking forward to that. Itís exactly 130 minutes to our destination, which makes for an easy drive today. We just fueled up. It only cost $70.37. At $2.29/gallon. A bargain compared to the $2.69 in California.

Well, yesterday we arrived in Syracuse around 5 PM. It still looked like FALL as the trees were were brown and the weather was overcast. But itís SPRING. Where are the flowers and the green? Johnny and I went for a walk as the SYRACUSE campus was walking distance from the venue. We walked by frat row and a bunch of frat boys were getting their frat on. Blasting 50 Cent and Green Day, pulling kegs out for the inebriated weekend ahead of them.

We finally got to Campus and went into the engineering building to find a bathroom. The stereotypes of engineering students held true as we walked through the halls looking for the mens room. Ahhhh..... Found it. After some more walking, we came upon an internet cafe/gaming establishment. It cost $2 to use their wireless internet, which seemed like a fair deal since we still had about 2 hours to kill.

Rain started to fall whilst indoors. This was unfortunate, but fortunately we didnít get too wet. Back at the venue, we started loading in. The first band was already playing as the room was filling up. What was mostly high school kids whom I had a feeling had no idea who I was. After doing some math, I figured I was probably old enough to be the father of most of these kids. To be honest, I got a little nervous. How was I going to keep their attention playing acoustic.

But the show was fine. Everyone seemed to enjoy themseves. I sold 8 cdís and met a bunch of nice kids. I forgot to ask if we could stay at somebodys house that night. Fortunately the promoter got us a place at this girls house. Her name was Justine and she lived with her parents. So I thought great!! We get to stay at a real house, not a college apartment. We showed up at the house and it was huge!! Then we entered the basement which was huge. It was used as a workshop. It looked like a saw mill. Anyways, as we entered the main part of the house reality hit. This place was not a treasured palace. The smell of cat urine filled the air. Justines parents were divorced and we were at Dads. Who was a really nice guy, but the bachelor lifestyle in a house that would house a familiy of 8 was not in the plans for the most clean situation.

I slept in the attic. With fiberglass insulation sticking out from everywhere I stayed in a bed that probably hadnít been slept in for a decade. I first tried to go under the covers and use their bedding, but it felt yucky, so I just slept in my clothes on top of the bed. There was no electricity in the attic. Justines father ran an extension chord up from the main part of the house so that I could have light. Then I started thinking about the movie Amytiville Horror and I started to get scared.

This house was old and at any moment I was expecting grandpa to be sitting at the foot of my bed. Luckily I fell asleep and here I am back in the van listening to Dan Potthast solo wondering why is it raining??? Oh well.
Peace, mike

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Jessica Burnham-$15
Ken Lee-$33
Kevin Koegel-$30
Brian Abolins-$25
Mark Veon-$15
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Dan Richter-$50
Dan Shannon-$5
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