|message from marta: greetings from ghostown
||[Jun. 7th, 2004|07:53 am]
We're in Saskatoon, sitting in some dive where they're charging us an arm and a leg and my first born for internet... :) (just kidding.. they're actually really sweet. The owner just bought a cd :)
There's noone in here, though... all the streets are dead.. all you can hear is an occasional cuss or cheer from hockey fans glued to their tv's...
So let's see..
Packed our rented Ford freestar minivan (well, actually, I had nothing to do with the packing... I just bossed them around).. somehow it all fit. Even the rhodes. And all 5 of us. And I'm not going to say it was comfortable, but surprisingly enough, it wasn't so bad, actually.. And we saw 3 bears, a deer and a carriboo.
Stopped in Golden where we got some sleep.
Get to Calgary around 2pm to find the venue still under renovations. And I mean renovations. The place was packed with crew that were painting, doing something that created a hell of a lot of dust.. But they claimed that it was all going to be ready for us that night. We figured there was no point in arguing until they started spraying laquer. IT WAS TOXIC INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you could smell the fumes from 2 blocks away. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Flames fans were EVERYWHERE!! I thought the Leafs fans were bad... (just kidding)
So I started freaking out a bit. But they gave us some beer, took us to the roof and we calmed down.
By the back time we came back down, the place was done. no joke. Everything was ready.
I was blown away. Everyone was so nice... Except for the heckler. This one guy in the audience (consisting of alltogether about 20 people) started bloody heckling me. he was nuts! Yelling out "go back to Surrey!!!" !!! Cheeky bastard. He even flipped me the bird, at which point I lost it. I started changing the lyrics of our new song to anti-flames rants of all kinds. It was actually really funny, but apparently not very appropriate.. No one else really got it... oops :) At the end I almost came to blows with the jerk. It was awful. And so embarassing. 'cause I just couldn't stop freaking out at him..
so Calgary doesn't really like us much.
The onlly good thing that came out of that day (other than the free beer) was us meeting up with Mike Clark. Which means that we're a whole lot more comfortable in the van.
Saw a rabbit downtown Calgary. He sure looked like he wanted to get the hell out of there :)
The sweetest woman under the sun by the name of Mrs. Petty in Red Deer fed us the most nutritious brunch ever. She even sent us on our way with a bag of cherries..
Thank you Mrs. Petty! We love you.
The only animal sightings we saw was Mrs. Petty's obese cat.
That night Edmonton was AMAZING!!
We sold out of our cute little brown t-shirts, sold A LOT of cd's and had one of the best shows to date. We even had some fans in the audience. it was crazy..
The venue even put us up in 3 seperate hotel rooms. I love having my own bed...
that's today. We saw a couple on the bridge doing the nasty. Well, I missed it, but Jer got it on tape. Cause that's the kind of perv he is.
And that's about it...
And these are my road lessons:
Free booze is never free. You always end up paying for it in the end one way or another.
Hecklers are people too. People with problems. Unrelated to you. Just let it go.
Angels are among us. Proof: Mrs. Petty
Do not underestimate the power of good lookin' merch. everyone likes cheap t-shirts.
don't leave anything in my hands. I have the organizational skills of a 4 year old.
So now we're still waiting for our new shipment of cd's to catch up with us somewhere between here and Toronto (we've only got 60 left) and I was on the phone ordering more t's today so hopefully our manager will be able to bring those over to the showcase in Toronto.
So as you can see, things are going great :)
Canada is beautiful.
I love you all
the guys are too busy watching the game but they love you too.
I hope I didn't jinx the Flames with my belligerent display of lack of anger management... ha! and in a Calgary paper it said I'm "an eastern european song bird with sweet song".. I guess in between all the swearin' and the finger flippin' it was very pretty.. :)
hope you're all well.
I'm going to take a nap.
marta and the boys.