300//\\365//\\300 (#32)

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A Half-Day In The Life

WAMU’s fabulous program Bluegrass Country, based in Washington DC, recently posted a video of a song that I performed for them live on the air during a visit to their studios back in February. For no particular reason whatsoever, I decided I’d share with you all of the things that I did before I walked into their building and went on the air:

I woke up in New York City at 5:30 in the morning. The show in DC was at noon, and I was driving a super sweet rental car down there (I flew up to Boston a few days before for shows in MA and VT before making my way to NYC– I had reserved an economy-class car but they were out so they stuck me in an Infinity– only AFTER trying to sweet talk me into upgrading for an extra fee– NICE TRY– so yeah, sweet rental car). I played a show the night before at The Waterfront Alehouse in Manhattan, and then caught a late dinner consisting of a burger, fries, and a Guinness at Wollensky’s Grill. I had Wollensky’s all to myself, but only after the 6 other patrons– two separate parties of 3– all got into fights with themselves, and then each other, before being handily booted from the establishment. Dermott, the bartender, picked up my check after a wine glass nearly hit me in the head, so that was nice. Dermott also told me that this was par for the course at 2 AM at Wollensky’s. Pretty excellent entertainment, really.

So anyway, I got up early and made my way out of Manhattan.

Which is a terrible experience, by the way. Driving against the flow of a morning New York City commute is better than the opposite, but it’s still not great. In fact, it was kind of like that fight I witnessed the night before in a surprisingly analogous way. There were no checks to be picked up after I made it out of the city, alas.

Motored down the New Jersey turnpike. Listened a few episodes of Marc Marron’s podcast. Talked to my Dad on the phone. Made it into Delaware, where the sun came out. Eventually got into DC at 11:40 AM. Hustled up the stairs, was ushered into the studio, tuned the guitar, and we went live. I think this was the first song we did.

A half-day in the life. Here’s the video:

time: 3:07
date: Tuesday, June 10th
place: home, New Braunfels, TX
words: 384 (sorry Hooper)

300//\\365//\\300 is a writing exercise– 300 entries over 365 days, each no longer than 300 words (I’m not so hot at sticking to the last part).

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