Alright, updating the blog in the car right now as we scream through the south...Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and now we are in Louisiana (pissed I can't stop off in New Orleans!--more on that later), and on our way to The Woodlands, TX for our next Identity Fest show. The festival has been amazing so far. We've been to Atlanta and Tampa--Miami was cancelled due to hurricane Irene--and now we are heading for the Texas show. The weather has been beyond hot. My car temp gauge registered 135 degrees in Florida and then finally just said 'HIGH'. Guess it ran out of numbers. We stopped off for some Florida oranges to battle the heat and thirst after leaving Tampa yesterday and covered quite a bit of Florida before a flat tire on our trailer--yes, the same tire that blew out at the beginning of the trip. Thankfully we had just crossed into Central Time so when we found some good ol' boys' tire shop on the side of the road, which looked like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it was 5pm and not 6pm so he was still open. He informed us that all of our tires were shit and the other one could blow at any time, so we decided to stay in the town for the night while they ordered up 2 new tires for us. We spent the night in the Super 8 which, after several hours, had an a/c that cooled the room down to a bearable temp. I had some ice cold beers to help, and the girls and I ordered some veggie lovers pizza for dinner. Add some Cartoon Network and it's a party! Gwen also realized that she now has enhanced jumping skills, showing us how she can clear the distance between the beds. I passed out soon after from exhaustion and ended up waking 10 hours later at 8:20am in time for the continental breakfast. I was able to score a late check out since we had 4 hours to kill between check out and when our tires were going to be done.
Oh, and we stayed in a town called Chipley, FL to give you reference. According to the date and silhouette of a train on the water tower, it was established in 1882 and they are known for trains. We stopped off at a Pizza/Grill place for lunch which was on old converted train station, and then headed over to Walmart for some shopping. Can't get away from those satanic warehouses no matter where you hide. Got me a bubble gun and some mouthwash. Also found out that my trailer tires with the rims are sold there, so next time we have a blow out we are good to go! After that we headed to Steele City Tires to pick up our tent trailer. Ended up only being a hundred bucks for 2 tires, and 3 spares. I threw in a few extra bucks to buy the guys who changed our tires some beers. They were a real life saver. Back on the road, we are finally on track to get to The Woodlands, TX around 3 am. The South is an odd place though. Feels weird being back here since I left 12 years ago. Can't believe I used to live in this heat. I guess it fries your brain so much you don't pay attention.
OK SO IDENTITY FEST!!!