Day 20 - Music Mania

Trip Start May 18, 2008
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Trip End Jul 17, 2008


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AJ and His Music Crew's College House

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Day 20

Sleeping is key when driving. So when I have days without long drives, it's nice to have days to accumate hours of sleep. I slept in (only getting up to do gongyo). AJ slept in and Tim and Mel slept in and went out. I was amazed they left me all alone in the house.

I got an e-mail back from my friend Waki in Kansas City, letting him know that I was in Wichita and he immediately gave me info on a young guy practicing in the area, also a student at Wichita State University. I gave this guy, Taichi, a call and he happened to be free today so I drove the short way to his place. We talked a good amount about what it was like for him to practice in this area. He told me that it was such a benefit for him to get involved in the music scene in the area because that was the way he made friends outside of the international students at WSU. He's from Japan and currently studying business. He told me he wasn't available tonight because he was playing a show with his band at this lounge. I told him, that's exciting because I'm staying with a bunch of musicians and they might be interested in coming. So I have plans for tonight now.

Shannon, the other roommate, came home earlier than expected. It's funny, I got in touch with her on couchsurfing.com and she referred me to AJ. I surprised her as she walked up to the house and I was the only one home. She just got home from a trip out working for her dad in Kansas two hours away. She was really neat and social and we ended up getting some coffee together around the corner.

The others were tired by the time I decided to head out to see Taichi and his band, Kanzashi, play at the Lizards Lounge. It was an interesting dive bar and I probably wasn't appropriately dressed as the younger ones were in torn jeans and tight t-shirts, and the older ones looked like bikers. The bouncer thought it might be good to welcome me after he saw my ID by saying, "You ain't from around heer, is you? What are you a yankee?" I immediately thought of the New York Yankees and was about to say, "Hell no, I hate the Yankees!" but then I slipped into the realization that that's probably not what he's talking about.

The show was pretty good. The band plays this sort of Japanese rock with more traditional vocals. Definitely interesting. Taichi played with a lot of energy, the kind that you didn't know a small Japanese guy of 26 had in him. Glad I went.

I came home to Shannon hanging out with Matt and Anna, two good friends. Being the music house that is, we slipped into a conversation about music and how Anna is a bassoonist and Matt is studying to compose music. He showed me some of the peices he's conducted on youtube with other students of WSU. So much talent. It's neat to be around it all.

Good day. Got a lot in that I never expected when I woke up. Tomorrow will be mostly driving as I leave Wichita and go back to the Mile High City.

Miles driven today: 35.7mi

Daniel
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