Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ain't Too Proud To Blog

JUNE 17TH | M-Room w/ Seymore Saves The World, The Weather Underground, Padre Pio | Philadelphia, PA

We arrived in Philadelphia after an overnight drive from Boston, looking for somewhere to get some breakfast and take an early morning nap, but when we parked the van, we noticed something that kinda made us lose our appetites…

[NOTE: I’ll try to explain this as best I can without really knowing that much about it…] The bearings in the wheel hub had apparently stopped spinning, fused, and melted until the collar that they normally sit inside had fallen out altogether. At that point the wheel was just spinning loose on the axle, grinding away at all the working parts.

We decided to jack the trailer up to take the weight off of the wheel so we could determine how bad it was. Once it was elevated, we could literally pull the wheel right off the axle. Somehow by the grace of God it hadn’t fallen off on the highway, which would have been awful.

Mike, Stephen, and Ryan walked down the street to the Gulf service station, where the nice guys there helped us find the closest place to have the trailer serviced.

We found a place 30 miles away in Jersey that could repair the trailer in 24 hrs., but we needed to get it there, and there was no way we could risk pulling it in the condition it was in. So, we had to resort to our second tow of the tour…

With our trailer in someone else’s hands, and load-in still hours away, we had the day to kill. Priority: Cheesesteaks. Red Face Robot tagged along.

Afterwards we went second-hand shopping…

And then got some gelato…

It was a nice day to sit outside and enjoy the weather...

Finally it came time to head to the M-Room for load-in.

I especially liked the way they painted the hand dryers in the bathroom the same color as the walls. Nice.

Somehow Stephen still had plenty of energy. I was delirious. Oh, to be young again…

Over the last few shows I’ve found myself getting more and more into taking photos of the other bands. I’ve always been into photography, but of the mind that the world needs another photographer like it needs another world war, so I keep it strictly hobbyish. Anyway, I’ve been having fun with Kiley’s little point-and-click, and on this night in particular, I kind of got carried away…

Padre Pio

The Weather Underground

Seymore Saves The World (with Shawn, the bassist! Back from the Carson taping with Cloud Cult!)

Since we didn’t really know anyone in Philly, we hopped over the river to a Howard Johnson to stay the night, since it was closer to the trailer repair place. Stephen was finally tired, but still dedicated to his text conversations.

The Plaid O’ The Day®:

Seven Things That Represent The Members Of Our Band:

Steve | GAH

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