All good things must come to an end

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

so what can i add about this trip that would be of any interest to to my reading public?  the two days of music at alpine was pretty awesome since the energy is just off the charts with the 40,000 people packed in on an extremely steep hill and are ready to dance the night away.  the second night fell upon fathers day and as the band came out to start the show the stage crew brought a metal tub and placed it at the front of the stage.  The guitarist then led his 4-5 year old daughter out on stage and placed her in the tub and then picked up the guitar and the band began the show as the little girl peered over the rim of this tub at the tidal wave of 40,000 people hovering over her.  as the song progressed another child would come from the side stage and climb into the tub until all of the bands children were packed into the tub.  it was a pretty cool little tribute to fathers day and the crowd cheered the kids on whole heartedly.  i am putting a link on here for a 2 minute youtube video that can give you some sort of idea of a show and  the fun. this was not one of the shows i went to but has good quality sound and video so i picked this one...anyway its only 2 minutes so give it a look

on a cool side note, the town where our camp site was located was an old circus town....meaning what exactly?  well apparently 25 different circus's  would spend the winter or the "off season" in this town and unwind.  the idea for Ringling bros 3 ring circus was born here as was the idea of putting a circus on a train to travel cross country.  talk about a weird and cool little history!  the downtown area had a bunch of very large statues dedicated to their circus past and makes it an interesting place to walk around.

all good things must come to an end unfortunately and the last of my 4 show run finally wound down and I was faced with returning to real life which is sometimes a depressing prospect.  I was able to squeeze in some more family time the next day since my plane didn't leave until 5pm so all in all i got almost a full 24 hours to hang out with the parents and my grandmother which is just an added bonus.  I soon had to bid farewell to the family homestead and was on the road to the airport and my flights back to Alaska. 

entering the airport i was struck by how many tie dye shirts and hippified people i saw walking about and going through security.  so many phish kids heading back to wherever they may call home now that tour was over.  i sauntered over to the digital check in booth where the computer screen told me that my flight had been over booked and was i willing to take a later flight in exchange for "compensation".  since i was not in any sort of hurry i figured "why not?" and volunteered.  the gnarly part of this story is that my compensation was a direct flight instead of a bunch of connecting flights (arriving 3 hours earlier) and a $400 voucher for my next flight.  talk about a sweet ass deal!  man i got a free flight pretty much for just leaving 45 minutes later and arriving 3 hours can sign me up for that every time.

so here i am back in Alaska and just trying to trudge through the summer.  the 4th of July weekend was crazier then shit with all the tourists but this was the only weekend so far where the business was on par with last year.....other then that the year is down by about 20% for most businesses.  this whole world economy thing is really bringing down a lot of people which kind of has affected me a little bit because my hours have been cut back a bit so I'm not making quite as much as i was hoping but its not anything too drastic so I'm not too worried.  we'll see how it goes for next year though because i don't think many businesses can handle two years of this shit and keep their heads above water.

the weather here has been phenomenal with nothing but sun.  we have had 2 days of extremely heavy fog this summer but other then that the weather has been ideal and the sun has been warming us in a spectacular fashion...complete polar opposite of last year when the summer just skipped by us on the way to parts unknown and handed all responsibilities to the fall season who promptly fucked us.

on the wildlife front, the sea otters have suddenly appeared and have been hanging out right off the beach at the back of my work.  cute little fuckers for sure...i kinda want to keep one for a pet and feed him fresh crab as we hang out in the pool together.  is this feasible? probably not...but a man can dream and this is my dream. now make it happen people!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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starlagurl on

I got a free flight to St. Martin like that! Always always volunteer to be bumped back, the compensation vouchers are AWESOME.


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