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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 10:39 AM
It's funny sometimes how random things can help us set our course, and yesterday reading the Hoopee Jam thread in the AG did that for me. Some thoughts have been bouncing around in my head, but reading that thread yesterday got me to thinking in a way that all these random thoughts kind of came together and began to formulate themselves into a plan. Then some new thoughts came in, and by this morning, I'm a man with a plan, and I wanted to talk about it here first.

As I mentioned, work has been extremely slow here for carpenters. I've had enough to keep me going, but this is an expensive place to live, and it is a struggle. But through it all, little "miracles" keep occurring, and in the meantime, I continue to downsize and reduce what it actually takes me to live on. I'm not at all complaining about things, as I know I'm in a much better position to weather this storm than many others are. Bass playing has been going good, and I've no doubt I've been in the right place doing what I'm supposed to be doing right now. The universe has no doubt been smiling on me.

My ultimate goal is to buy a piece of property in the Santa Cruz Mountains and build a house on it. If times were still booming here, I could feasibly do that in a few years. But things aren't booming here, and the stark reality is, that isn't going to happen for awhile, and I honestly think I'm talking years. It will be years before there is plenty of work for all the carpenters in California to stay busy all the time. So basically I'm just passing time here, waiting for things to get better. And knowing that isn't going to happen for awhile, this seems like a good time to take to the road.

So here's my plan, as it is shaping up in my head right now. I have some projects shaping up that should finance all this, and I'm sure I'll pick up some more along the way. I'm going to spend the next month or two going through all my stuff once again, getting rid of some bigger items, with the goal of getting everything I own, that I'm not taking with me, into the 5 X 10 storage building I keep my tools in now. I'll do some maintenance on my truck and get it set up so I can sleep in the back much of the time. I'll take my time and figure out just what I want to take with me, what I want to get rid of, and what I want to leave stored here.

When I get ready to leave, I'll load some carpentry tools, some camping supplies, a few "hobby" supplies, my bass guitar, clothes and other traveling items. I'll also have my laptop and cell phone to stay connected, and my iPod and headphones for tunes. I plan to purchase a decent digital camera so I can take photos along the way and post on my personal website, where I will also post commentary about what I see and experience along the way.

So where am I going? Well, the only definite plans are that I will go to Georgia, to spend some time with all my family, and to go to the Hoopee Jam. Since Wanee is just a few weeks later, I might as well plan for that. That's all next spring, though, and I plan to be on the road way before that. There will be some ABB shows in NYC in March, so that is a possibility. For several years I've wanted to go to Mt Ida, Arkansas and look for crystals, so there's a week. I've never been to Yellowstone, so that will be on the list. Other places, too.

I get most of my work by advertising on craigslist, and I can do that anywhere I go. In fact, I'll probably write up a little ad that I can post anywhere, telling what I'm doing, with a link to my page, where I'll have some referrals posted, and maybe photos of other work I've done while on the road. I'll be more than open to doing some carpentry work in exchange for a bed for the night, and a hot shower, but I also plan to pay my own way on this trip, so I'll also be looking for jobs that pay something, too.

I really don't plan to have an itinerary except what develops along the way. I will stop and spend the night in a town if I see a blues jam advertised somewhere that night. And if I meet someone who has some work, or wants to take me fly fishing, I might stay a little longer. I don't even know where I'll go first at this point, but all that will work itself out. I just need to start getting everything ready to roll, and let it take care of itself. I'll be doing research on areas I want to visit, and maybe making some contacts with some folks. I plan to leave Rusty and Mojo with my friend here, but Buddy will be making the trip with me. He rode shotgun on a three-kitty road trip crew from California to Georgia, down to New Orleans for 18 months, and back to California, so he's a veteran of the road, and a very cool traveling companion.

One reason I'm posting this here is to let everyone know, in hopes I can meet some of you along the way. Let's get together for a beer somewhere, or to play some music, or for whatever springs up. Let's hunt some arrowheads, hike some trails, look for bigfoot, catch some fish, hit some live shows, go camp at a music festival...I'll be pretty much open for anything. I will definitely be watching the schedules of my favorite bands so I can catch some shows, and I'm looking forward to hearing some new music, and playing with some people as well.

This isn't a road trip looking for work. This trip acknowledges that the Universe has always provided for me, and always will, even if I take to the road with no apparent plan. This trip will be a celebration of being alive, and free, and healthy, at an exciting time in my life and in the life of our society. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends in Georgia and along the way, and making some new friends in places I've never been.

My website is santacruzbluz.com. That's where I'll post photos and keep a guestbook for folks to leave me messages. I'm not leaving for at least a month, and I'll still be posting here, but once I get on the road that website will be my main online vehicle. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any suggestions, comments, campsite, couch...


[Edited on 11/12/2009 by SantaCruzBluz]

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 11:00 AM
Sounds like fun!! I am jealous. Yellowstone is a can’t miss IMO. I love that place. If you are up that way, and heading east, try to check out the Black Hills and the Badlands too. I love driving across this country, have done it a few times and it never gets old. Some of my other favorite places are in Utah, like Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. If you drive through Moab, most of the parks are in the area as I recall. Sort of all over the place here, but I also love Glacier National Park up in Montana. Have a friend who owns a pizza joint in Whitefish too if you are stopping through. He is an interesting character too. That was my other favorite part about driving across the country, the people. I recall stopping on the western edge of Kansas in some tiny roadhouse diner, and I saw BBQ sandwich on the menu, so I asked, “what kind of bbq sandwich would that be, chicken, pork?” The burly woman behind the counter looked at me like I had ten heads and said to me, “Son, you’re in beef country now!”
 

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Really does sound like fun Allen and I wish I was able to do something like that. I've backpacked Yellowstone and Glacier for a week each. Try to plan to do a few days in the backcountry of either. You may need to make trail reservations though (I know Glacier was like that and can't recall on Yellowstone). Hope to meet you when you hit GA.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 11:13 AM
Allen, if you pass though KC, you're always welcome to look me up!

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 11:39 AM
Thanks, guys!

Whitefish, Montana....pizza...I'll need the name of the joint, jim. I'll post a picture of me and your buddy.

Kansas City...beer, Bar-B-Que, meeting of liberal minds.

Brock, I plan to see everybody when I get to Georgia. You're on the list. We went to the same school

I've been across Utah, but not so much Wyoming, Montana, or those northern states. This is winter, so I'll also have to watch the weather. But my thought is to head west from here, rather than south, and maybe see some friends in Reno first.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 11:52 AM
^Allen, if you head west from there, I predict a short and soggy trip!
 

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My friends name is Dave. Great guy. He used to own bars/restaurants around NYC. He has a knack for coming up with real complicated names. In NYC, he owned John Street Bar and Grille (on John Street) and also a place called East 4th Street Bar and Grille (on East 4th street). He also owned a place in Brooklyn called Hanks, but that was not on Hank Street, and a place by Port Authority called Tobacco Road…also not on Tobacco Road!! Sold all of them and moved out west to get away from the city life. Now he has Second Street Pizza….on Second Street in Whitefish. He is loving Whitefish. You will get a kick out him, biker type, hilarious sense of humor, definitely walks to the beat of some drummer, just not sure which one!! Here is the link to his place.

http://www.secondstreetpizza.com/index.html

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:09 PM
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It's funny sometimes how random things can help us set our course, and yesterday reading the Hoopee Jam thread in the AG did that for me. Some thoughts have been bouncing around in my head, but reading that thread yesterday got me to thinking in a way that all these random thoughts kind of came together and began to formulate themselves into a plan. Then some new thoughts came in, and by this morning, I'm a man with a plan, and I wanted to talk about it here first.

As I mentioned, work has been extremely slow here for carpenters. I've had enough to keep me going, but this is an expensive place to live, and it is a struggle. But through it all, little "miracles" keep occurring, and in the meantime, I continue to downsize and reduce what it actually takes me to live on. I'm not at all complaining about things, as I know I'm in a much better position to weather this storm than many others are. Bass playing has been going good, and I've no doubt I've been in the right place doing what I'm supposed to be doing right now. The universe has no doubt been smiling on me.

My ultimate goal is to buy a piece of property in the Santa Cruz Mountains and build a house on it. If times were still booming here, I could feasibly do that in a few years. But things aren't booming here, and the stark reality is, that isn't going to happen for awhile, and I honestly think I'm talking years. It will be years before there is plenty of work for all the carpenters in California to stay busy all the time. So basically I'm just passing time here, waiting for things to get better. And knowing that isn't going to happen for awhile, this seems like a good time to take to the road.

So here's my plan, as it is shaping up in my head right now. I have some projects shaping up that should finance all this, and I'm sure I'll pick up some more along the way. I'm going to spend the next month or two going through all my stuff once again, getting rid of some bigger items, with the goal of getting everything I own, that I'm not taking with me, into the 5 X 10 storage building I keep my tools in now. I'll do some maintenance on my truck and get it set up so I can sleep in the back much of the time. I'll take my time and figure out just what I want to take with me, what I want to get rid of, and what I want to leave stored here.

When I get ready to leave, I'll load some carpentry tools, some camping supplies, a few "hobby" supplies, my bass guitar, clothes and other traveling items. I'll also have my laptop and cell phone to stay connected, and my iPod and headphones for tunes. I plan to purchase a decent digital camera so I can take photos along the way and post on my personal website, where I will also post commentary about what I see and experience along the way.

So where am I going? Well, the only definite plans are that I will go to Georgia, to spend some time with all my family, and to go to the Hoopee Jam. Since Wanee is just a few weeks later, I might as well plan for that. That's all next spring, though, and I plan to be on the road way before that. There will be some ABB shows in NYC in March, so that is a possibility. For several years I've wanted to go to Mt Ida, Arkansas and look for crystals, so there's a week. I've never been to Yellowstone, so that will be on the list. Other places, too.

I get most of my work by advertising on craigslist, and I can do that anywhere I go. In fact, I'll probably write up a little ad that I can post anywhere, telling what I'm doing, with a link to my page, where I'll have some referrals posted, and maybe photos of other work I've done while on the road. I'll be more than open to doing some carpentry work in exchange for a bed for the night, and a hot shower, but I also plan to pay my own way on this trip, so I'll also be looking for jobs that pay something, too.

I really don't plan to have an itinerary except what develops along the way. I will stop and spend the night in a town if I see a blues jam advertised somewhere that night. And if I meet someone who has some work, or wants to take me fly fishing, I might stay a little longer. I don't even know where I'll go first at this point, but all that will work itself out. I just need to start getting everything ready to roll, and let it take care of itself. I'll be doing research on areas I want to visit, and maybe making some contacts with some folks. I plan to leave Rusty and Mojo with my friend here, but Buddy will be making the trip with me. He rode shotgun on a three-kitty road trip crew from California to Georgia, down to New Orleans for 18 months, and back to California, so he's a veteran of the road, and a very cool traveling companion.

One reason I'm posting this here is to let everyone know, in hopes I can meet some of you along the way. Let's get together for a beer somewhere, or to play some music, or for whatever springs up. Let's hunt some arrowheads, hike some trails, look for bigfoot, catch some fish, hit some live shows, go camp at a music festival...I'll be pretty much open for anything. I will definitely be watching the schedules of my favorite bands so I can catch some shows, and I'm looking forward to hearing some new music, and playing with some people as well.

This isn't a road trip looking for work. This trip acknowledges that the Universe has always provided for me, and always will, even if I take to the road with no apparent plan. This trip will be a celebration of being alive, and free, and healthy, at an exciting time in my life and in the life of our society. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends in Georgia and along the way, and making some new friends in places I've never been.

My website is www.santacruzbluz.com. There's nothing there now, but that's where I'll post photos and keep a guestbook for folks to leave me messages. I'm not leaving for at least a month, and I'll still be posting here, but once I get on the road that website will be my main online vehicle. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any suggestions, comments, campsite, couch...


[Edited on 11/12/2009 by SantaCruzBluz]


Santa,

You are now officially my hero. I wish to someday do exactly what you're proposing. Maybe leave a slot in your itinerary for this years Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. The Catskills are always nice to visit and they're very close to the Adirondacks. I'm very happy for you and envious at the same time.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:16 PM
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^Allen, if you head west from there, I predict a short and soggy trip!


I'm off to a good start, aren't I? Of course, I meant east.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:17 PM
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My friends name is Dave. Great guy. He used to own bars/restaurants around NYC. He has a knack for coming up with real complicated names. In NYC, he owned John Street Bar and Grille (on John Street) and also a place called East 4th Street Bar and Grille (on East 4th street). He also owned a place in Brooklyn called Hanks, but that was not on Hank Street, and a place by Port Authority called Tobacco Road…also not on Tobacco Road!! Sold all of them and moved out west to get away from the city life. Now he has Second Street Pizza….on Second Street in Whitefish. He is loving Whitefish. You will get a kick out him, biker type, hilarious sense of humor, definitely walks to the beat of some drummer, just not sure which one!! Here is the link to his place.

http://www.secondstreetpizza.com/index.html


I'll check out his site, and make sure this is on the route. He sounds like someone it would be fun to meet.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:20 PM
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It's funny sometimes how random things can help us set our course, and yesterday reading the Hoopee Jam thread in the AG did that for me. Some thoughts have been bouncing around in my head, but reading that thread yesterday got me to thinking in a way that all these random thoughts kind of came together and began to formulate themselves into a plan. Then some new thoughts came in, and by this morning, I'm a man with a plan, and I wanted to talk about it here first.

As I mentioned, work has been extremely slow here for carpenters. I've had enough to keep me going, but this is an expensive place to live, and it is a struggle. But through it all, little "miracles" keep occurring, and in the meantime, I continue to downsize and reduce what it actually takes me to live on. I'm not at all complaining about things, as I know I'm in a much better position to weather this storm than many others are. Bass playing has been going good, and I've no doubt I've been in the right place doing what I'm supposed to be doing right now. The universe has no doubt been smiling on me.

My ultimate goal is to buy a piece of property in the Santa Cruz Mountains and build a house on it. If times were still booming here, I could feasibly do that in a few years. But things aren't booming here, and the stark reality is, that isn't going to happen for awhile, and I honestly think I'm talking years. It will be years before there is plenty of work for all the carpenters in California to stay busy all the time. So basically I'm just passing time here, waiting for things to get better. And knowing that isn't going to happen for awhile, this seems like a good time to take to the road.

So here's my plan, as it is shaping up in my head right now. I have some projects shaping up that should finance all this, and I'm sure I'll pick up some more along the way. I'm going to spend the next month or two going through all my stuff once again, getting rid of some bigger items, with the goal of getting everything I own, that I'm not taking with me, into the 5 X 10 storage building I keep my tools in now. I'll do some maintenance on my truck and get it set up so I can sleep in the back much of the time. I'll take my time and figure out just what I want to take with me, what I want to get rid of, and what I want to leave stored here.

When I get ready to leave, I'll load some carpentry tools, some camping supplies, a few "hobby" supplies, my bass guitar, clothes and other traveling items. I'll also have my laptop and cell phone to stay connected, and my iPod and headphones for tunes. I plan to purchase a decent digital camera so I can take photos along the way and post on my personal website, where I will also post commentary about what I see and experience along the way.

So where am I going? Well, the only definite plans are that I will go to Georgia, to spend some time with all my family, and to go to the Hoopee Jam. Since Wanee is just a few weeks later, I might as well plan for that. That's all next spring, though, and I plan to be on the road way before that. There will be some ABB shows in NYC in March, so that is a possibility. For several years I've wanted to go to Mt Ida, Arkansas and look for crystals, so there's a week. I've never been to Yellowstone, so that will be on the list. Other places, too.

I get most of my work by advertising on craigslist, and I can do that anywhere I go. In fact, I'll probably write up a little ad that I can post anywhere, telling what I'm doing, with a link to my page, where I'll have some referrals posted, and maybe photos of other work I've done while on the road. I'll be more than open to doing some carpentry work in exchange for a bed for the night, and a hot shower, but I also plan to pay my own way on this trip, so I'll also be looking for jobs that pay something, too.

I really don't plan to have an itinerary except what develops along the way. I will stop and spend the night in a town if I see a blues jam advertised somewhere that night. And if I meet someone who has some work, or wants to take me fly fishing, I might stay a little longer. I don't even know where I'll go first at this point, but all that will work itself out. I just need to start getting everything ready to roll, and let it take care of itself. I'll be doing research on areas I want to visit, and maybe making some contacts with some folks. I plan to leave Rusty and Mojo with my friend here, but Buddy will be making the trip with me. He rode shotgun on a three-kitty road trip crew from California to Georgia, down to New Orleans for 18 months, and back to California, so he's a veteran of the road, and a very cool traveling companion.

One reason I'm posting this here is to let everyone know, in hopes I can meet some of you along the way. Let's get together for a beer somewhere, or to play some music, or for whatever springs up. Let's hunt some arrowheads, hike some trails, look for bigfoot, catch some fish, hit some live shows, go camp at a music festival...I'll be pretty much open for anything. I will definitely be watching the schedules of my favorite bands so I can catch some shows, and I'm looking forward to hearing some new music, and playing with some people as well.

This isn't a road trip looking for work. This trip acknowledges that the Universe has always provided for me, and always will, even if I take to the road with no apparent plan. This trip will be a celebration of being alive, and free, and healthy, at an exciting time in my life and in the life of our society. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends in Georgia and along the way, and making some new friends in places I've never been.

My website is www.santacruzbluz.com. There's nothing there now, but that's where I'll post photos and keep a guestbook for folks to leave me messages. I'm not leaving for at least a month, and I'll still be posting here, but once I get on the road that website will be my main online vehicle. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any suggestions, comments, campsite, couch...


[Edited on 11/12/2009 by SantaCruzBluz]


Santa,

You are now officially my hero. I wish to someday do exactly what you're proposing. Maybe leave a slot in your itinerary for this years Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. The Catskills are always nice to visit and they're very close to the Adirondacks. I'm very happy for you and envious at the same time.


Mountain Jam in Hunter, N.Y....I'll check the dates. I bet I can work it in. My son was stationed up in your neck of the woods when he was in the Army.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:21 PM
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Allen, if you pass though KC, you're always welcome to look me up!


...and I'm just down the road.

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:23 PM
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Allen, if you pass though KC, you're always welcome to look me up!


...and I'm just down the road.


I've got you on my list, too, Jon.

I definitely want to spend some time in Texas...maybe try to find some old friends in Austin....

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:24 PM
let me know when you hit the Philly, PA area

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 01:32 PM
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Mountain Jam in Hunter, N.Y....I'll check the dates. I bet I can work it in.


I have attended this a few times, including this year. Great event. The Mule did probably the best live performance I have witnessed of AM Dew. The Goin Out West>Bang A Gong wasn't too bad either!!

 

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It's funny sometimes how random things can help us set our course, and yesterday reading the Hoopee Jam thread in the AG did that for me. Some thoughts have been bouncing around in my head, but reading that thread yesterday got me to thinking in a way that all these random thoughts kind of came together and began to formulate themselves into a plan. Then some new thoughts came in, and by this morning, I'm a man with a plan, and I wanted to talk about it here first.

As I mentioned, work has been extremely slow here for carpenters. I've had enough to keep me going, but this is an expensive place to live, and it is a struggle. But through it all, little "miracles" keep occurring, and in the meantime, I continue to downsize and reduce what it actually takes me to live on. I'm not at all complaining about things, as I know I'm in a much better position to weather this storm than many others are. Bass playing has been going good, and I've no doubt I've been in the right place doing what I'm supposed to be doing right now. The universe has no doubt been smiling on me.

My ultimate goal is to buy a piece of property in the Santa Cruz Mountains and build a house on it. If times were still booming here, I could feasibly do that in a few years. But things aren't booming here, and the stark reality is, that isn't going to happen for awhile, and I honestly think I'm talking years. It will be years before there is plenty of work for all the carpenters in California to stay busy all the time. So basically I'm just passing time here, waiting for things to get better. And knowing that isn't going to happen for awhile, this seems like a good time to take to the road.

So here's my plan, as it is shaping up in my head right now. I have some projects shaping up that should finance all this, and I'm sure I'll pick up some more along the way. I'm going to spend the next month or two going through all my stuff once again, getting rid of some bigger items, with the goal of getting everything I own, that I'm not taking with me, into the 5 X 10 storage building I keep my tools in now. I'll do some maintenance on my truck and get it set up so I can sleep in the back much of the time. I'll take my time and figure out just what I want to take with me, what I want to get rid of, and what I want to leave stored here.

When I get ready to leave, I'll load some carpentry tools, some camping supplies, a few "hobby" supplies, my bass guitar, clothes and other traveling items. I'll also have my laptop and cell phone to stay connected, and my iPod and headphones for tunes. I plan to purchase a decent digital camera so I can take photos along the way and post on my personal website, where I will also post commentary about what I see and experience along the way.

So where am I going? Well, the only definite plans are that I will go to Georgia, to spend some time with all my family, and to go to the Hoopee Jam. Since Wanee is just a few weeks later, I might as well plan for that. That's all next spring, though, and I plan to be on the road way before that. There will be some ABB shows in NYC in March, so that is a possibility. For several years I've wanted to go to Mt Ida, Arkansas and look for crystals, so there's a week. I've never been to Yellowstone, so that will be on the list. Other places, too.

I get most of my work by advertising on craigslist, and I can do that anywhere I go. In fact, I'll probably write up a little ad that I can post anywhere, telling what I'm doing, with a link to my page, where I'll have some referrals posted, and maybe photos of other work I've done while on the road. I'll be more than open to doing some carpentry work in exchange for a bed for the night, and a hot shower, but I also plan to pay my own way on this trip, so I'll also be looking for jobs that pay something, too.

I really don't plan to have an itinerary except what develops along the way. I will stop and spend the night in a town if I see a blues jam advertised somewhere that night. And if I meet someone who has some work, or wants to take me fly fishing, I might stay a little longer. I don't even know where I'll go first at this point, but all that will work itself out. I just need to start getting everything ready to roll, and let it take care of itself. I'll be doing research on areas I want to visit, and maybe making some contacts with some folks. I plan to leave Rusty and Mojo with my friend here, but Buddy will be making the trip with me. He rode shotgun on a three-kitty road trip crew from California to Georgia, down to New Orleans for 18 months, and back to California, so he's a veteran of the road, and a very cool traveling companion.

One reason I'm posting this here is to let everyone know, in hopes I can meet some of you along the way. Let's get together for a beer somewhere, or to play some music, or for whatever springs up. Let's hunt some arrowheads, hike some trails, look for bigfoot, catch some fish, hit some live shows, go camp at a music festival...I'll be pretty much open for anything. I will definitely be watching the schedules of my favorite bands so I can catch some shows, and I'm looking forward to hearing some new music, and playing with some people as well.

This isn't a road trip looking for work. This trip acknowledges that the Universe has always provided for me, and always will, even if I take to the road with no apparent plan. This trip will be a celebration of being alive, and free, and healthy, at an exciting time in my life and in the life of our society. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends in Georgia and along the way, and making some new friends in places I've never been.

My website is www.santacruzbluz.com. There's nothing there now, but that's where I'll post photos and keep a guestbook for folks to leave me messages. I'm not leaving for at least a month, and I'll still be posting here, but once I get on the road that website will be my main online vehicle. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any suggestions, comments, campsite, couch...


[Edited on 11/12/2009 by SantaCruzBluz]


Santa,

You are now officially my hero. I wish to someday do exactly what you're proposing. Maybe leave a slot in your itinerary for this years Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. The Catskills are always nice to visit and they're very close to the Adirondacks. I'm very happy for you and envious at the same time.


Mountain Jam in Hunter, N.Y....I'll check the dates. I bet I can work it in. My son was stationed up in your neck of the woods when he was in the Army.



Santa,

It's usually the last weekend in May after Memorial day. Where was you son stationed? I'm near Fort Drum, Watertown, NY area.

 

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and also a place called East 4th Street Bar and Grille (on East 4th street).


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Is he an Angel? That's their territory.

Allan, that sounds like a great plan. You're a lucky man. Make sure you let us know when you're in the NYC area.

 

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It's funny sometimes how random things can help us set our course, and yesterday reading the Hoopee Jam thread in the AG did that for me. Some thoughts have been bouncing around in my head, but reading that thread yesterday got me to thinking in a way that all these random thoughts kind of came together and began to formulate themselves into a plan. Then some new thoughts came in, and by this morning, I'm a man with a plan, and I wanted to talk about it here first.

As I mentioned, work has been extremely slow here for carpenters. I've had enough to keep me going, but this is an expensive place to live, and it is a struggle. But through it all, little "miracles" keep occurring, and in the meantime, I continue to downsize and reduce what it actually takes me to live on. I'm not at all complaining about things, as I know I'm in a much better position to weather this storm than many others are. Bass playing has been going good, and I've no doubt I've been in the right place doing what I'm supposed to be doing right now. The universe has no doubt been smiling on me.

My ultimate goal is to buy a piece of property in the Santa Cruz Mountains and build a house on it. If times were still booming here, I could feasibly do that in a few years. But things aren't booming here, and the stark reality is, that isn't going to happen for awhile, and I honestly think I'm talking years. It will be years before there is plenty of work for all the carpenters in California to stay busy all the time. So basically I'm just passing time here, waiting for things to get better. And knowing that isn't going to happen for awhile, this seems like a good time to take to the road.

So here's my plan, as it is shaping up in my head right now. I have some projects shaping up that should finance all this, and I'm sure I'll pick up some more along the way. I'm going to spend the next month or two going through all my stuff once again, getting rid of some bigger items, with the goal of getting everything I own, that I'm not taking with me, into the 5 X 10 storage building I keep my tools in now. I'll do some maintenance on my truck and get it set up so I can sleep in the back much of the time. I'll take my time and figure out just what I want to take with me, what I want to get rid of, and what I want to leave stored here.

When I get ready to leave, I'll load some carpentry tools, some camping supplies, a few "hobby" supplies, my bass guitar, clothes and other traveling items. I'll also have my laptop and cell phone to stay connected, and my iPod and headphones for tunes. I plan to purchase a decent digital camera so I can take photos along the way and post on my personal website, where I will also post commentary about what I see and experience along the way.

So where am I going? Well, the only definite plans are that I will go to Georgia, to spend some time with all my family, and to go to the Hoopee Jam. Since Wanee is just a few weeks later, I might as well plan for that. That's all next spring, though, and I plan to be on the road way before that. There will be some ABB shows in NYC in March, so that is a possibility. For several years I've wanted to go to Mt Ida, Arkansas and look for crystals, so there's a week. I've never been to Yellowstone, so that will be on the list. Other places, too.

I get most of my work by advertising on craigslist, and I can do that anywhere I go. In fact, I'll probably write up a little ad that I can post anywhere, telling what I'm doing, with a link to my page, where I'll have some referrals posted, and maybe photos of other work I've done while on the road. I'll be more than open to doing some carpentry work in exchange for a bed for the night, and a hot shower, but I also plan to pay my own way on this trip, so I'll also be looking for jobs that pay something, too.

I really don't plan to have an itinerary except what develops along the way. I will stop and spend the night in a town if I see a blues jam advertised somewhere that night. And if I meet someone who has some work, or wants to take me fly fishing, I might stay a little longer. I don't even know where I'll go first at this point, but all that will work itself out. I just need to start getting everything ready to roll, and let it take care of itself. I'll be doing research on areas I want to visit, and maybe making some contacts with some folks. I plan to leave Rusty and Mojo with my friend here, but Buddy will be making the trip with me. He rode shotgun on a three-kitty road trip crew from California to Georgia, down to New Orleans for 18 months, and back to California, so he's a veteran of the road, and a very cool traveling companion.

One reason I'm posting this here is to let everyone know, in hopes I can meet some of you along the way. Let's get together for a beer somewhere, or to play some music, or for whatever springs up. Let's hunt some arrowheads, hike some trails, look for bigfoot, catch some fish, hit some live shows, go camp at a music festival...I'll be pretty much open for anything. I will definitely be watching the schedules of my favorite bands so I can catch some shows, and I'm looking forward to hearing some new music, and playing with some people as well.

This isn't a road trip looking for work. This trip acknowledges that the Universe has always provided for me, and always will, even if I take to the road with no apparent plan. This trip will be a celebration of being alive, and free, and healthy, at an exciting time in my life and in the life of our society. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and friends in Georgia and along the way, and making some new friends in places I've never been.

My website is www.santacruzbluz.com. There's nothing there now, but that's where I'll post photos and keep a guestbook for folks to leave me messages. I'm not leaving for at least a month, and I'll still be posting here, but once I get on the road that website will be my main online vehicle. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any suggestions, comments, campsite, couch...


[Edited on 11/12/2009 by SantaCruzBluz]


Santa,

You are now officially my hero. I wish to someday do exactly what you're proposing. Maybe leave a slot in your itinerary for this years Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. The Catskills are always nice to visit and they're very close to the Adirondacks. I'm very happy for you and envious at the same time.


Mountain Jam in Hunter, N.Y....I'll check the dates. I bet I can work it in. My son was stationed up in your neck of the woods when he was in the Army.



Santa,

It's usually the last weekend in May after Memorial day. Where was you son stationed? I'm near Fort Drum, Watertown, NY area.


He was at Ft. Drum. I think we talked about it before a few years ago.

 

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and also a place called East 4th Street Bar and Grille (on East 4th street).


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Is he an Angel? That's their territory.

Allan, that sounds like a great plan. You're a lucky man. Make sure you let us know when you're in the NYC area.


I will, Brendan. I'm going to try to make it up there for the ABB shows in March.

 

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Allen, you're gonna have to make a tour stop t-shirt after you are done...

 

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Allen, you're gonna have to make a tour stop t-shirt after you are done...
You should come to NYC when Allen is in town for the Beacon, too! Wouldn't that be fun?

 

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  posted on 11/12/2009 at 02:46 PM
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Is he an Angel? That's their territory.


No, but he was friendly with some of them. He was part of the Warlocks, who you may have seen a few times at the Beacon. They always had a group that stood over by the exit on the floor on Oteil’s side. I don’t think they are the same Warlocks out of Philly though that had a beef with the HAs. He is not involved with them anymore, although still has the look. Actually, I used to work for him as a bartender when he opened Tobacco Road on 41st. We put together this band, which was really a parody type thing, think Spinal Tap. We had a few guys who actually played and then the rest of us would sing and pretend like we were playing. So we played a song at the Christmas Party he would throw for his staff and regulars. We get up to perform a song and I look down and see about 3 or 4 HAs standing below me, including the guy who I believe is the chapter president over on 3rd street. All I could think of was, “Man I hope they realize this is a joke. I don’t want to be stomped for being in a **** ty band!!” They got the joke...thank God.

 

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Allen, you're gonna have to make a tour stop t-shirt after you are done...
You should come to NYC when Allen is in town for the Beacon, too! Wouldn't that be fun?


I've never been to NYC, except to fly in and out of La Guardia. Have you been there, Bhawk?

 

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Allen, you're gonna have to make a tour stop t-shirt after you are done...


i should, and send one to everyone I meet along the way.

That's a good idea. I'm thinking I'll burn a bunch of shows to pass out along the way, maybe. I also make little pipes out of pipestone, hence the "hobby supplies," and I plan to do that along the way, when I have time to kill. They make a nice, usable gift.

 

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Allen, you're gonna have to make a tour stop t-shirt after you are done...
You should come to NYC when Allen is in town for the Beacon, too! Wouldn't that be fun?


I've never been to NYC, except to fly in and out of La Guardia. Have you been there, Bhawk?


Once as a kid, an uncle worked for JCPenney and his office was in Manhattan somewhere. Also a few connecting flights through Newark, connected to Europe out of JFK.

So, yeah. The airports, as an adult. That needs to change!

My wife has a ton of family in Rhode Island. Next time we are back east NYC is on the list.

 

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