GOOD MORNING PART OF MY NUTRITIONAL BREAKFAST,
I’m going to start today’s blog off a comment about yesterdays’s post and my reply...
COMMENT: What an excellent post, Andy. You really zinged it, bro. Playing for drunks is playing for drunks, whether at your gig the other night or at the Paxon Lounge. It sucks the life right out of you, and the environment is downright malignant. I played my last gig on New Years Eve 2011 and walked away from it for good. I've never felt more free, creative, and productive since I cut that cord. Let the other folks chase their pipedreams on the hamster wheel. It'll spit them out eventually like it does everybody. Keep on Keepin on Ang, you've inspired a bunch of us this year as you share your experiences. I've read every single post.
MY REPLY: Thank You Sir, - I would like to add that I’m sure (hope...pray...) I will play many more shows, even if they are in a bar - there is a difference between a venue that features music and happens to serve alcohol and one that features alcohol and happens to serve music...
I also want to add that everyone that worked at that club Sat night was very professional and accommodating - as was everyone on stage. And it was especially wonderful to have all our friends show up - those that could get in. Even the crowd was a joy - I just feel I need to leave the bar band broo haa haa behind and work towards something different. Sat night was just a reunion to me - a good one - but a reunion. Thank You again. Andy King
And now today’s winner...
Yesterday we started our Virtual Vicarious Vacation - were we all get to satisfy our wanderlust by traveling vicariously through the miracle of the internet. Lookin’s almost as good as getting’ - sometimes even better.
I decided on France as my pretend destination. First because my wife and I love it and second because the state department has declared it the safest foreign country for US citizens to travel. But, we ran into a snag budget wise - our limit being $5000 (and not one penny more) for a 14 day holiday.
The first arrangement I came up with was 13 days in Aix-en-Provance at a spa type resort in the center of town, just what we were looking for. After only eyeballing expenses I came up with a total of around $6000 - I was ready to give up on France - but before we do lets see if we can find something just as nice for less.
This time I’ll do the flight and hotel separate. The flight is about the same but I will have a much better selection of places to stay
JACKSONVILLE - MARSEILLE - ground to Aix-En-Provance
2 R/T Tickets
plus hotel to airport transportation
I’m rounding up slightly and considering that here are a lot off hidden charges and many ways for people to separate you from your money. Remember I’m simplifying because of time - make sure you find the (out the door) price, and even expect that to fluctuate.
OK, time to look for A hotel or guest house - be right back.
HOTEL 13 DAYS
I found a not so fancy place - downtown Aix-En-Provance - $1100
$1100 + $2400 + $200 per diem (14days) = $6000 again. No better.
SEE AMERICA FIRST
Maybe my heart’s not into a trip to Europe right now - I’m sure I could find a better deal - maybe next year.
We’ll do the next location choice based on purely personal factors - I have never been to San Fransisco and would love to go to there. Katheleen want's to go too - we both would especially like to spend time in a redwood forest.
It’s a beautiful (from what I hear) city with lots of interesting opportunities to encounter new experiences. Plus we have good friends whose son lives there and the possibility of us staying at his place instead of a hotel might be an option.
Let’s go back to Travelocity and their Flight and Hotel together feature.
JAX to San Fransisco with 14 nights in a nice but nothing fancy boutique hotel downtown $2200 when using the same $200 per diem it comes to $5000 Right on the money - and if it works out that we could stay with our friend’s son - we could afford nicer restaurants and more activities.
Of course traveling when you have pdcan be physically and emotionally taxing - it’s all that even if you dan’t have pd - most of the time the first couple of days in a new local are spent sitting in a beach chair doing nothing. That’s where the two weeks in the same spot idea pays off. That’s the place - look the have a vegetarian restaurant on premises - cool - Like I said nothing fancy - but clean - free wi-fi - and right in the thick of things
Of course that was just a quick run through of my Travel Window Shopping - in some small way though i feel like I’ve taken a little trip - I’ve learned a little more about my world, and by doing so increased my desire to see more of the wonders it has to offer. My wanderlust has been temporary sated but not completely quenched.
As long as my body, mind and bank account will let me I plan on traveling as much as I can - as often as I can - Donovan and I are taking a little trip down south to take care of some family business this weekend - you would think that after just spending a week together we wouldn’t be excited about going out again - but we are!
KEEP ON TRAVELIN’
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\