Monday, April 27, 2009

the 04-10-09 trip

so the trip i took over spring break was crazy fun, crazy silly, crazy exhausting, crazy beautiful, crazy lovely, crazy wonderful, crazy frustrating, crazy great, crazy connected! i flew into norfolk, virginia the prior wednesday before we left on saturday the 11th. the whole trip focused on a chuck berry song, "the promised land" - which talks about him leaving his hometown norfolk (our previous hometown too) & heading out for the promised land. listen here to the song. lots of folks have covered the song over the years, elvis does a great version, as does our neighbor, who sang & recorded a slower version for us which is awesome.

the gist of the "04-10-09 tour" was to go through all the cities he talks about in the song, which we did. also, some of our artist friends who went on the convoy reinterpreted the phone number he sings about in the song as a date, thus 04-10-09, the date we had to leave! the car which we drove, a green vw thing, was one of the artist's (anne who came along with us) father. he had it in his garage since forever ago and bequeathed it to the mister if he could fix it up, well of course he could fix that vw thing up! so, we drove that rattle trap, safari-esque jeep looking, metal extravaganza all across the united states! & it made it! & we froze, we laughed, we heated up, we saw beautiful things, we ate awesome food, we reconnected with absolutely fantastic people all along the way.

friends put us up in raleigh, atlanta, austin & paso robles. we camped the other times & we stayed in a hotel once. we outran a tornado & were gifted a double rainbow for it :) the photos are amazing - please look, see & read over at the 04-10-09 log that we kept along the way -- promised land tour there are videos, writings, and tons of photos as there were 4 official photographers in the group and several unofficial ones too. go have a gander if you feel so inclined!!

this week consists of my HUGE student art show i put on each year & that is a major endeavor. after the show thursday night, i motor down to l.a. for the 2 day unique l.a. show come see me - i'm sharing a booth with my friend christine haynes.

super duper busy, i'll post again after the week's craziness!!

1 comment:

Katrina said...

hooray! i love a cross-country road trip. and i *love* that you themed the trip after the song. oh, swoon. good luck this week and next with your shows!