Belle Epoque (Caceres, Spain)

My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

Caceres, Spain

photo by Edith FrostLooking for the hotel in Cáceres

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Valencia went great

Hi!!  I have about two minutes to blog now.  The show last night went great!!  We played in the auditorium of the university here.  The room used to be a chapel, and the sound was really really good.  I played a lot longer than I meant to, I think the show was like an hour and 20 minutes.  Whew!!  I was trying to speak Spanish wherever I could.  Mi espanol esta mejorando cada minuto.  Solamente tengo que platicar y tratar de pensar en espanol, y todas las palabras se regresan casi imediatamente.  Toda la gente aqui son muy muy agradables.  Despues del concierto fuimos a un bar/restaurant que se llamaba ‘Sal y Pimienta’.  We had TAPAS and it was YUMMY!!!!  Sorry, I can’t help but think in Spanish now.  :-) I’ll try and blog again tomorrow if I can find another internet cafe in C´ceres… we’re leaving now.  BYEEEEE!!!!

I’m so relieved

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

The show went great!!!!  I was feeling really really jumpy beforehand.  Ryan and I hadn’t played together in about six months, unless you count Ryan’s birthday party show we did in July, where I did mostly cover tunes anyway.  Tonight we played in one of the university’s auditoriums, or maybe it was the only one, I’m not sure.  It’s an old chapel that got converted into an auditorium about four years ago, they told me… not too big and not too little.  I guess there were around 150 or 200 people.  The acoustics were really really great.  I could hear everything perfectly and didn’t have to ask the soundman to adjust a thing.  All the seats were full and people were standing in back and on the sides.  The audience was so nice.  I was talking mostly in Spanish wherever I could, and I even did a song in Spanish for one of the encores, an old Lydia Mendoza cover called "No Es Culpa Mia".  I GOT TWO ENCORES!!!!  I’m totally stoked.  :-)

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Tapas en Valencia

photo by Edith FrostTapas at the bar/restaurant ‘Sal y Pimienta’ after the show. L-R: Jesus; Luis (director of the university); Marisa (who organizes shows there); Ryan Hembrey (my bassist); Andy Jarman (our driver/tour manager); a girl named Amparo; another girl whose name I have sadly forgotten.

Colegio Luis Vives (Valencia, Spain)

Played at the Colegio Luis Vives on the Universidad de Valencia campus.  Ryan Hembrey accompanied me on electric bass.

Another weird tour dream

I had a really weird dream when I took a second nap today.  Lemme see if I can remember now.  I was here in Valencia, in this same university building I’m at now.  I decided I wanted to go roller-skating, so I went outside and started skating down the street.  There was another woman who joined me skating, but pretty soon we ran into some really rough gravel and couldn’t go on.  Then I was getting on a city bus with Ryan and Charles Kim (!?).  We got in the back, and they sat down but I had to stand.  They tried to tell me where we were going but I couldn’t hear them.  So I got all pissed off and wanted to get off the bus before it went too far away from the university.  I made somebody pull the cord for me and I got out.

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Flipping off an ex

I went down and had a little breakfast (cereal and pastries), then went back to sleep.  I dreamed I was sleeping in some other dorm room type place… I saw my ex-husband in the bed next to mine, and he started mocking me.  So I gave him the finger and went to take a shower but there was a window in between, and he could still see me.  I kept giving him the finger (with both hands) and he was flipping me off right back.  I woke up at noon, and now I really do have to take a shower, but it’ll be weird after having that dream!!!!!

Made it to Valencia

Hi there!  Ryan and I got to Valencia just fine.  We spent the night in a couple of dorm rooms at the university where we’re playing tonight.  Found an internet cafe practically next door, but now I have to go because I wasted all my time reading my mail instead of blogging.  I had weird dreams last night, and my stomach feels all jumpy today.  I’m halfway across the world so it’s no wonder.

Hope I can blog again soon… wish me luck on the show tonight!

The tour begins

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Ryan and I both got here around 2:30 or so in the afternoon.  We were met at the airport by a nice young woman named Marisa.  No problems with the luggage; the guy at customs asked me if I was here for work purposes and I said yes, told him I was ‘una cantante’.  (Even though I’m not really sure that’s the right word for ‘singer’!) He had me open up my guitar and asked me if I was taking it home with me — I told him ‘por supuesto… esa guitarra es mi vida!’ He didn’t even need me to open my suitcase, which was the one with all the shirts that they might have charged me for.  Nice of them to let it slide, because every penny counts on this tour.

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WOW!!! Airport rocks

Guess what!  I’m in the Munich airport waiting for my connecting flight to Valencia.  I opened up my iBook just for kicks, found an Airport network, and got online!!!  I’m very very impressed.  Really glad I got that Airport card now.

The flight over here went fine.  They didn’t give me any trouble about my guitar case; I was a little worried about that.  I sat next to a guy from Munich named Stephane; we spent the whole flight making fun of all the other passengers.  Good times.  Now I have three hours to kill… uggghh.  I’m so tired.  It’s 2:14 in the morning for me but 8:30am or something here.  Really glad the first show isn’t until tomorrow.

I kinda doubt I’ll be able to get online this easily over the next few weeks, so if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know why!

I finally gave up

For your information, I just cut my bangs back to the way they used to be.  Don’t ask me why… I just didn’t want to go on tour with my forehead showing.

Well it’s about freakin’ time…

Spammer must pay $98,000

A prolific e-mailer was ordered yesterday to pay more than $98,000 for flooding Washington computers several years ago with dubious offers to make money through the Internet. (…)

This won’t discourage the spammers in Korea, China, Russia, etc. But it’s a start. Definitely better than nothing!

It’s all good

So, the tour dates are finally whipping themselves into shape, more or less… there will be a lot more tweaks, probably up until the very last show, but at least it appears to be an actual tour now.  Heheh.  What a relief!  I’m not too stressed anymore.  It’s always the planning and the waiting and wondering that really gets to me, not the actual DOING of things.

Went and picked up my tickets at Drag City today.  It’s always fun to go over there.  Makes me feel cool to be a part of all that — I really need to write more songs for those folks.  :-) I have some more tickets to pick up tomorrow as well, to give to Ryan Hembrey when I meet him in Valencia.

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Squeaky wheel

Chronos just sent me a copy of StickyBrain that includes the fix for the bug I mentioned before.  Works great.  It’s version 2.0.2 in case you’re in the same boat I was in.  Ask for it by name.

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