Quick Tour Recap

Wow, it’s been over a month since I’ve been gone. It seems like yesterday that we were getting ready for the first show down in San Diego and I was meeting everyone for the first time.
 
Much has changed like:

-The rain storm that hit Southern California though I’ve been in freezing temperatures and snow for most of the tour
-The fire in Downtown Los Angeles
-The many changes to the Dodgers’s lineup
-LA Galaxy winning their fifth MLS Cup and third in four years
-Gas prices dropping over a dollar since I last filled my tank
  
I made a huge mistake leaving my boots at home and only bringing along my Nike running shoes even though my feet only got soaked in water once during the whole trip. I also only brought along a thin Arsenal jacket and my Patagonia rain jacket, which I immediately knew was not enough to keep me warm as soon as we left Southern California. I tried to tough it out for a few days but eventually bought a North Face jacket in Seattle, which saved my life. 
 
Canada was whatever because it is a whatever country. 
 
We played 12 cities in Canada, which is a record for me. It snowed for most of days we were up there and also gave me a huge scare after coming back into the States from Winnipeg. 

We made the drive directly after the show and got to the border a little after midnight. After we crossed, I went to sleep on the first bench. I’m not sure how long afterwards but I awoke to some yelling in the front and as I sat up, I noticed we were drifting off the road into the ditch in the middle. I started to panic, as I knew there weren’t anything we could do to stop the sliding. 
 
People always say “your life flashes before your eyes” when you are in near death situations but all I could remember was hoping the van wouldn’t flip over and roll because we would all be screwed. None of us four in the back were wearing seat belts so we would have been seriously injured and maybe killed. We kept sliding into the ditch until we stopped in the middle facing the wrong direction. None of us were injured but we were definitely shaken up. 
 
I often look back and think what could have happened if the van did roll. 
 
Would I still be here? 
 
Would I have broken an arm? 
 
Luckily, I don’t have to answer those questions even the “Why are my pants wet/smell?” one. 
 
The rest of the tour was a doozy. Nothing too exciting to talk about. Did some things like showed Chris around New York City and seeing the White House in person for the first time. 
 
We even got to be in places that were in the news recently like New York after the death of Eric Garner and staying right next to Ferguson in Saint Louis. This was a little surreal to me because we would try to keep up with the news while were on the road but it was difficult to keep track of everything that was going on. 

Though it was fun to go on tour again, I am not going to lie - this tour was a little stressful for me but it was a growing experience. I was a little rusty since I haven’t toured in about a year but it wasn’t really anything I couldn’t handle other than the cold. 

Would I go out again? 

Maybe. 

Probably.

Why not?

Who wouldn’t when I do nothing all day but stare at a screen and “write”.

Photo by Mike Tappero

Photo by Sebastien Parsons


Thoughts on the iPhone 6

It has been a month since the iPhone 6 came out and I'm still in awe of the thing.

I've had every iteration of the iPhone as well as a few Android phones and the Sidekick two and three. The iPhone 6 is by far the best phone I've ever used and it is just perfect.

Since there are an abundance of reviews out there already that more in depth than mine, I've decided to lists a few quick thoughts on this magical device. 

  • The sleep/wake button on the side took a few days getting used to but it wasn't a big deal. Now, I sometimes push the volume button on the side of my iPad thinking it's the sleep button.
  • The phone is nice and thin but I would have liked Apple to increase the battery life. The iPhone 6 lasts a bit longer than the 5s but not by that much.
  • And since it's so thin, I've dropped it once already and have had a few more close calls. The thing is like a bar of soap and its best if you put it in a case. I refused to do so though because I don't want to cover up its beauty (don't worry, I bought AppleCare+ just in case).
  • The screen is way more vibrant. Colors are deeper and brighter. 
  • Speakers are a bit louder than its predecessor. 
  • The cellular antenna is better. I'm getting 1-2 more bars than I previously did in some dead areas.
  • This is not a particular iPhone 6 feature but a T-Mobile one. The carrier now offers free SMS and data roaming to most countries worldwide and phone calls are $0.20/minute. Normally,  if I had to go out of the country, I would have gotten a pay as you go SIM card but on my last trip, I didn't have to do anything at all. They've said that they cap data speeds after a certain limit but I didn't notice much of a difference after a few days use. 

All in all, the 4.7 inch screen is exactly what I need since the 4" screen of the iPhone 5s is too small and the 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus is just way to big.

I think Apple got it right with this size and I believe this will be the norm from now on for them. 

Mini Vacation

Three weeks ago, I went to London for a few days with nothing but a backpack (and some underwear). It was a last minute trip that was conceived and concocted purely by impulse.

Why?

I just wanted to get away, even if it were only for a few days.

This was my fifth time visiting London but the first time where I was able to roam around the city for a few days on my own. Previous visits, I would arrive the day of the show, wake up, walk around for a little bit around the venue, load in, play the show, load out, and maybe get a drink somewhere close by if I weren’t tired by the end of the night. 

I never really had the chance to explore and take in the city other than last year where I spent about an hour in central London but that was the extent of my exploration. 

I was pretty happy traveling alone because I could do what I wanted and when I wanted. I didn’t have to schedule things around other people’s plans and vice versa.

I stayed about a quarter mile away from Emirates Stadium in Islington and during my time there, I woke up early in the morning and had a nice run around the stadium. After that, I went to Costa to have a cup of coffee and did some reading. Then, I would hop on the train and went wherever I felt like going. One day, it was Camden Town, the other it was central London because I wanted to visit Waterloo and watch a movie afterwards. 

I spent more money than I thought I would on the trip but it was worth every penny. The only bad thing was that I couldn’t spend more time there but I think five days was enough because I started to get antsy and wanted to go somewhere else. 

I didn’t carry very much with me other than the basic essentials. I thought I had under packed but I didn’t. I was pretty happy I was able to do that because it showed me I didn’t need a lot of things to survive away from home.

Since I’ve been home, I have been thinking about what I wanted to do next. I started writing freelance full time for a few months now and I have even branched off into tech writing, which I have wanted to do for a long time.

Even with these new opportunities, I still want to challenge myself so there are a few things I want to do in the next six months or so. It ranges from sub-letting an apartment in New York City for a month to renting a car and driving across the country. 

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin