August 01, 2005

11:24 AM-Chicago
9:24 AM-San Jose
I guess I'm somewhere west of Chicago. But I'm sure it's still central time. Why is it that I can't sleep for more than 30 minutes on an airplane. It seems to be the norm that I crash out hard when we take off, but 30 minutes into the flight I'm wide awake. Ahhhhh... perhaps I should take a sedative to knock me out for the duration of the flight. Hmmmmmm....

Well, I'm heading back home after a short tour. Only 3 shows in Boulder, Lawrence, and St. Louis. These past few days have been so much fun. If there was only a way I could tour with the Alkaline Trio year round, I'd be the most happy and lucky boy in the world. There's no stress on my end and I get to play music in front of
thousands of people. It's insane how much people love this band. Tatoos galore! Gifts! and the sing a longs are deafening. I've been selling around 30 cd's a show, which for me is quite a blessing. So, if any of you trio guys read this...Thank you for everything. Not to mention the rock n' roll bus. This particular model had a pop out side. The bus would widen out 5 ft, which would make it feel like a family room. It's friggin huge I tell ya. HUGE!! Mountains of food, drinks upon drinks, my own bed, good friends, satelite tv, bathroom, video games, movies, FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN I'm feeling like a little kid on Christmas day.

I can't remember where I left off at last.....?? Kansas?? Well, Lawrence, KS was on Saturday. A sold out theater called the Granada. I'll add Lawrence to the cities that I could definitely see myself living in. A huge college town with low rent, good restaurants, and for the most part, smiling faces. I like smiling faces. I walked at least 4-5 miles up and down the downtown streets. Friends from Santa Fe drove 12 hours to see the show, so we walked and talked. I like Santa Fe.... Sigh....
The club didn't even list me on any flyers, so nobody knew I was even performing. It made for a nervousness in my heart as I played right before the Alkaline Trio. Death By Stereo was listed as the main support band, so after they were done, everyone expected the trio, but here pops up this asian man. DOH!! Yes, I was nervous, but the crowd rocked and were very appreciative. So, thank you Lawrence.

We arrived in St. Louis yesterday morning at 10 AM. Actually, we were in Sauget, IL., which was a few miles from St. Louis. The club was called POPS and there was nothing around this place. Power plants all around, a gas station, and two strip bars. How strange. Nowhere to get food except for the strip bar. So we all headed over there to eat. I ordered a plate of nachos while naked girls danced a few feet away from me. So picture that, myself, the trio, and a crew of 6 others eating food, while naked girls were grinding up on a pole. Insane!! And the most insane of the insane, is that the food was pretty good????

1,800 tickets were sold for this show. A line stretched a mile down which went right by the rock n' roll bus. This made for the most beautiful people watching. You can't see into the bus, so we got to admire, laugh, gawk, wonder, and take pictures of the interesting collection of bodies that filled up the rock club. When you get as big as the trio, the kind of people that come to the show are so varied. From your mohawked punk rocker, to your Brittany Spears look a like, to the skanky rock whore with the shortest of shorts, and everything in between. The strangest outfits, the craziest hair cuts, large people, small people, handicapped people, but I only counted 2 asian people. Oh well.

This show was a bit more difficult for me. I could tell they really wanted to see the trio, so I made things short and sweet and got out of there unscathed. And that was it. The tour was over. The rock bus left at 3 AM for Chicago and I passed out til' 8:38 AM to the shouting of Nolan the Alkaline Trio road manager saying "We're here!!" "Get up!! We're here!!"
Peace always,
Mike Park

Vien To-$12
Misa and Kaoru-$15
Brian Quirk-$15
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
John Anderson-$20
Seth Odell-$10
Sung Kim-$40
Britt Osbourn-$10
Black Sunday-$10
Andrew Paciocco-$10
Kyle Trittipo and Anuja Vichare $25
Matthew Chantler-30 BRITISH POUNDS
Dan Droller-$100
Diana Mendoza-$200
Evan O'Neil-$7
Steve Hahnlein-$17
Adam Bubash-$30
David Loyd-$25
Julien Lestoclet-$15
Brett Bussard-$50
Mitsuhiro Sabu-$100
Eugene Ahn-$100
Drew Bienemann-$100
Andrew Wong-$25
Matt Skiba-$100
Karim Jetha-$5
Kanallakan Priscilla-$5