Charleston

Trip Start May 31, 2006
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Monday, June 26, 2006

Since my last entry I've probably sweat more and drank more water than I ever have before in my life. Dan, Arron, Eric (Dan's friend who is helping for a while), and I drove down to Jacksonville after the Nashville show. Since then everything has pretty much been a blur. Our show in Jacksonville was at a beautiful venue right on the (St. James?) River. All of the trucks came in late so set up was delayed by about 3 hours. By the way, at the fourth show of the tour in Minneapolis, our brand new ONE had a section broken by a swinging truck door. Crappy, but something that can be fixed.

Jacksonville went well, then we headed to Tampa and Miami where both venues were right on the water which was beautiful. When we got our stuff in Miami, we found that our second tent (a cheap Craftsman from Sears which we had for nine days at this point) had a whole side just smashed. We rigged it up with some duct tape and the voter registration continued. That night in Miami a tropical storm moved in and we were all soaked and the rest of Warped rained out around 6:00. Smelling like wet dog, we headed out to Orlando. Even though Miami ended (and actually began) like crap, we actually had our best day of the tour with over $300 and 1500 signatures.

Yesterday in Orlando we opened the tent to find that it was degrading quickly, having to duct tape roughly three sides of the tent to keep it up. It also started to rain mid-afternoon and we spent the rest of the night pushing water up off of the tent roof. During the day Dan gave us a surprise and told us that we'd have the next day (today) off because the Charleston venue is a poor market and a crappy venue to work. So we're heading to the beach possibly and I've caught up on a little bit of sleep. I'm also one episode away from finishing the first season of 24.

The people on Warped have been a lot of fun and we've started to make friends in the non profit section where we set up every day. There's Jen from Boarding for Breast Cancer who is really cool. She had some fake breasts on her table a couple of shows ago and it was so hot out that they actually melted. She didn't realize that when she tried to pick them up and her hands were stuck in them, looking like she was "violently fondling" the fake breasts as she put it.

Yesterday a guy from Fuse was interviewing people at catering and then he jumped in line in front of Arron and I. We also met Marcos and Jason from Fearus at dinner and they were really nice guys.

Over all I've adjusted to the Warped schedule, but this is still the hardest tour to do. Now I'm into it though and it's not nearly as hard as it seemed at first. I've also become comfortable with just being a sweaty mess the whole day. Soon we'll get Oxfam Fair Trade stuff, Witness, and Green Peace literature to table at our Lokahi booth and everything will be sweet.
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