I am a grammar snob. I hate misspelled words. I hate when words are used incorrectly. I hate when poorly written books are popular (and that means you Fifty Shades). Growing up, when friends would give me birthday cards, I would thank them and then point out all the words that were spelled wrong. I have since stopped doing this since I now realize it’s not really that nice.
I have been home for 3 days and Craig is on the road with Sam. He went in full speed, determined to make the most of it. He has been hanging at the bar after the shows and knows the names of the whole cast by heart. (Where he used to refer to Wednesday as her character name, he now calls her Jen). He uses terms like “soundboard” “sound check” “call time” and “the pit” as if they were part of his regular, daily vernacular. He has even tried to give up his nap, which is pretty good for a 42 year old.
He also received my weekly per diem, which he now realizes I have been paid each week in cash. I’m assuming he will not be buying earrings with the money.
I was lucky enough to come home Easter Sunday, a super fun day if you are a Jew. By 3:00 pm, the novelty that I was home had worn off and everyone was whining that they were bored and nothing was open. Lucky for us, I discovered that both Toys R Us and McDonalds were, in fact, open. And so we now own two new Legos, 3 new Bay Blades, and really cool Croods Happy Meal toys.
I spent today with my lifelong friend Lisa who I call Lenny because that’s what I have always called her and I can’t remember why. She is in town from Detroit and we hiked a mountain. She was victim of many a corrected birthday card and I will probably always correct her grammar, because I can. That’s what you can do with friends who used to bang on your window at 3 am and pick you up on their moped to go check out who is hanging out at the 7-11.
I am not ashamed to admit that I still watch General Hospital. If you haven’t watched in 20 years, you can still turn it on and know exactly what’s going on. This week, especially, you can catch up. It is the 50th anniversary of the show. Literally every single character, living and “dead”, are on this week. Today I cried my eyes out watching these characters again: Luke and Laura, Frisco and Felicia; who were as much a part of my youth as the kids in my neighborhood. Even Richard Simmons was on to “represent” the 80s.
One of the characters said today, in honor of the 50th anniversary show: “What is life but one persons story crossing with another’s?”
Craig decided to write his own blog today as a guest blogger: Dad on Tour. And even though I’d love to correct it and change it and make it as witty as I think mine are, I will leave it be.
Because this is his story as much as mine.
No matter how many typos are included.
Somewhere in Ohio
20 years ago I went to the university of Illinois. It was a great 4 years. Fraternity (ZBT), school (initially engineering then quickly to premed/biology and friends and fun at KAMS (local bar)
Fast forward to last winter before the tour and as we were looking at the schedule, it had a night stopover in April in Champaign. Wow! I could spend the week with Sam, who I have missed a lot these last few months and go to Illinois. First time sinabout 20 years. Feed 2 birds with one seed. Perfect! Or …not!? So, as I as now find out, I chose a week with something like 7 days of bus and plane travel and only 2 nights in the same hotel. Not a great plan. Not really even a good plan but at least I would accomplish my 2 tasks: spend time with Sam and see Champaign.
My first bus day was between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Peoria, Illinois. Bus call was at 5:30 am and usually that means we will be on the road 30 minutes later. Show call is the same. When the show starts at 7:30 pm, call is 30 minutes before and cast members have to be there and depending on their makeup and costumes, they usually are ready by the 30 min call or in Sam’s case, just getting started with makeup.
There was no show that night but the next morning bus call was at 5:00am, (so, luggage on the bus at 5:00 and on the road by 5:30). Granted, it’s just my second day on the road but I already do not know what day of the week it is and when we pull into a lunch stop, don’t really even know where we are. I haven’t found the best (or really any way to sleep on a bus yet), so needless to say I got a lot of reading done yesterday.
We arrived at our hotel about 3ish. Not only do I still not know the actual day of the week (on only my second day of travel) but as my watch is still on Arizona time, I really don’t even know what time it is. The great cast of the Addams family seems to travel quite easily. They have been doing this since January and seem to be pros. They make it seem easy.
So as I write this… I am somewhere in Ohio. (I think) and looking forward to our short 85 miles drive today. I look forward to the next 6 days with Sam and the cast and crew. As Ally is at home..I sign off today as Dad on Tour (but just for this week….).