January 19, 2006

It's nearly 4 AM. 3:58 AM to be exact and of course I'm wide awake sitting in my bunk wondering what in the world is wrong with me? But it's not just me. I'm on a bus full of young men who are also wide awake, nursing various illnesses whilst wondering why we all can't sleep?? It's a phenomenon that is impossible to figure out. But why fight it. So I'm blogging my ass off. We are driving back to Germany. It's only a 4 hour drive, so we should be there by 8 AM. Perhaps I'll just stay awake until then.. Hmmmm..

The show in Switzerland was pretty good. I am nursing a cold. My throat is swollen and my lack of sleep has landed me a cold sore smack dab in the middle of my upper lip. In other words HERPES!! But it made for a difficult singing experience. I hope things get better, but if I can't sleep then I'm surely going to remain in this strange physical state. It has been about 5 years since my one and only appearance in Switzerland. My memory of Switzerland is rolling holls and picturesque mountains that reminded me of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. But waking up at 4 in the afternoon didn't give me much of a chance to walk around and see the city. Plus it was raining all through the day and evening. Though the temperature has risen, the thought of getting soaked X'd out any chance of tourist activity.

Suprise Suprise!! Greg Alesandro who plays guitar in the Chinkees(My band for those of you who don't know, though we haven't played in 4 years) showed up at the show. Before leaving he had told me he was working in Italy and maybe he'd try to make it out to a show and BAM!!....there he was. Quite a nice suprise. I saw lots of old faces including the Peacocks and my dear friend Benno. I wish I was able to hang out more, but I was feeling a bit ill. Mostly tired and unable to get the body moving properly. I stuck back stage throughout the show. Not wanting to inhale second hand smoke.

There was a shower room a block away from the club at a place called HOTEL EUROPE. Alex and I headed over there after the show. We couldn't find the entrance and went down an alley that was right out of a scene from SIN CITY. Next thing ya know, this guy is friggin mixing some drug concoction in the corner and another guy is speaking to us in FRENCH. What the?? We got out of there quick and made it to the hotel. It felt abandoned and gave me the creeps. But I just showered and got back to the bus.

We actually just left about 20 minutes ago. Oh, I think we're stopping at a truck stop. I'm going in. Ok, over and out people.
Mike Park

9:25 AM
HI, I'm still awake. HELLO!! I'M LOSING MY MIND!! We're back in GERMANY situated outside the club, but I can't friggin sleep. NEIL and I just went for an hour walk, but it didn't help. PLEASE. I need sleep. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ