Friday, June 17, 2011

road journal part 5: end of southwest and midwest BY RON PLACONE

Ron Placone - My Travels
road journal part 5: end of southwest and midwest
June 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM
6/9/11 Did the gig tonight, had a fun time though the crowd was a bit rowdy. Hoping I can fall asleep so I can get a few hours in before heading back to the Albuquerque airport tomorrow. I'm ready to be in a more familiar environment, I'm more than ready to fly home. The west coast/south west has been a great run overall. I've learned a good deal, had some great shows (some not so great), met some cool people, and re-connected with many friends and comics, which has been absolutely incredible for me. When you get to see so many friends in so many cities, you never have much time to get homesick. I still only feel like I've been gone about two weeks even though it's nearly been a month. The rest of the June dates will be closer to home which will be wonderful. I'm tired of airports, tired of rental cars, tired of buses, I'm ready to rejoin Erlinda (my car) and be on home turf. Plus, for some dates Germs is going to come with me, so I'll have company. Germs is my girlfriend, I'm tired of typing "my girlfriend" all the time so from hereon in she will be referred to as Germs. That's not her real name, that's her nickname, her nickname that I don't even think she likes, but I came up with it, and it's my blog, so it goes. I'm looking to wrap this up because I've got a long day ahead tomorrow, but a few run highlights: Getting to do some weeks in the Northwest and return to Seattle, it was a thrill to return to the area and I hope it will continue to play a role in my career, San Francisco and Los Angeles, shows and networking out there, getting to catch Love in Vegas and spend some time with Germs and my family, getting to see my cousins in Arizona, going up to "American Jesus" by Bad Religion in Utah, Phoenix gigs, Austin people, getting to see the following states for the first time: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas. It's been real 102-degree heat, but I'll catch ya later!

6/15/11 I didn't bring my laptop with me the past few days so I didn't bother updating this. We brought Germs' laptop because it's in much better shape than mine, which is on its last legs. Bloomington shows went great, had some college buddies show up too which was awesome. My college crew makes me laugh like no other, they're all way funnier than me so I'm glad none of them ever considered stand-up. Of course, a few years have gone by, so most have careers, some are married, but it's nice when some familiar faces can make it down to Bloomington. Memphis was a good time, got to get some delicious food on Beale St, and we did the Graceland and Sun Studio tours. I had been to Memphis before but Germs hadn't so we made sure we went to all the sites. Nashville, like Bloomington, was a re-connection for me. I don't mean in terms of shows, it was my first time doing comedy in Nashville…Zanies is an absolutely beautiful club by the way. I did an internship in Nashville while I was in college and lived there for 3 months. It was an amazing time full of random encounters, massive nights and memorable friendships. Not to mention I crashed Billy Currington's album-going-gold party and had no idea who he was. Thanks for the free food, Sony. Anyway, I went down to the youth hostel I used to live at to see if the guy that ran the place was around but I guess he doesn't live on-site anymore. The kid in the office told me he had returned to his condo for the night. I was leaving the next morning so I just went back. The place had come a long way since it was my stomping ground back in '06. Was great to see you/thanks for letting me crash/great to meet you: Hiromi, Patrick and Melinda, Sunny, Ashley and Aaron, Germs' folks, Raanad and Josh, Deanne and Justin, Chad and all the Nashville comics. I'm back at my house now and will be in the area for a bit until heading to Buffalo and then Boston. Speaking of Boston, made it home in time to catch most of Game 7, though it wasn't much of one. So it goes, Lord Stanley.



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