Sheila's entries appear in purple
Dan's entries appear in blue.
Sunday-Monday-Tuesday (October 8-10)
(Sheila) Free time. Jon Luini arrives. A big hooray!
Wednesday, (what the hell is the date today? the 11th?) - Les Borges Blanques
(Sheila) We're all feeling a little tired today as we drive like hell to get to our sound check reasonably late. We're an hour and a half out of Barcelona and Alberto is driving like a madman making Patrick nuttso behind us as he hydroplanes across the freeway with the van full of equipment. Formula uno, Patrick, now's your chance. Dan keeps saying that the we haven't quite lost the damn van behind us yet.....and Alberto laughs his Spanish chuckle and chortle. We have much to learn from our oh-so-relaxed manager. He thinks we're both funny and ridiculous. Los Americanos.
After much searching we finally pull up in front of a restaurant/cafe that's our stop for the night and Patrick steps out looking more stressed out than I've ever seen him, and I mean we're talking "Cool As A Cucumber-Patrick" is not the happiest man on the face of the earth. He's sucking on a cigarette, proclaiming success (life versus death) at having dodged traffic for 90 minutes just to keep up with Alberto. Alberto has no clue that it's hard to follow him, obviously.
Les Borges Blanques looks bleak at first but after a dinner of toast drenched in olive oil and spread with fresh tomato paste, romaine hearts with balsamic vinegar and a plate of meat and cheese, and last but not least, two large decanters of red wine, we enter the main room to find the place totally full. Wow. It turns out to be our best show, maybe even better than Igualada.
Patrick and Dan play their asses off and Dan is finally totally happy with his amp set-up and it shows! Wahoo, we're rocking out. Paula, who has by now totally given up on her Spanish, tells the crowd in English, "Happy Columbus Day" (tomorrow is a big national holiday.) Then she proclaims that we're awfully happy the Spanish "discovered" America 'cause we're having a great time. We all giggle but the crowd doesn't quite understand - probably a good thing.
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