Archive for the ‘Tour Journal 2005’ Category

STILL DRIVING TO FAYETTEVILLE, AR

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

We made it to East Knoxville on Friday, about 5 hours down the road.  It was a good start considering we didn’t get out of Lynchburg until 1pm.

This morning, we left Knoxville and drove about 10 hours to Conway, AR.  We even managed to get some “cleaning” done in the truck.  Ethan straightened up the living areas, we filled up the propane tank, cleaned out the fridge, and even had some time to get the truck washed.

Tomorrow should be an easy day – only 2.5 hours to go!

PLUCKERBRUSH, NV – REALLY!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

PLUCKERBRUSH, NV – POPULATION 28.  We stopped here today for diesel fuel.  The scenery was beautiful but there aren’t many towns on I-80 East from Reno to Well, NV.

We’ve spent the last two days driving from San Ramon, CA through most of Nevada.  We are heading to Boise, ID where we have a full schedule starting on Wednesday.  I’ll be appearing on the noon news on the NBC affiliate, doing some radio interviews, and making an appearance on the FOX morning show.  I’m also going to be doing some outreach activities with the Hocus Focus project arranged by Jan Zarr (one of the greatest guys in the world).  And then the show is Friday night at the Morrison Center in Boise.  This is Idaho’s most prestigious performing arts complex and what a privilege it is to be there.  If you are in the area, check out the show at 7:30pm!  You can buy tickets online HERE!

From Boise, we’ll head to the Cheyenne Civic Center for a show there on Monday, April 20 at 7pm.  Karen Cotton from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle wrote a great article for us.

The drive from Sacramento to Reno was breathtaking!!  As always, Cindy captured some of the beauty of the trip – simply spectacular.  I would write about it but words won’t do it justice.  Here are some images.

We stopped at a Rest Area at the top of the Summit, elevation 7,227 feet.  I don’t mind the climb, it’s going down the mountain that always scares me!

And how could I pass up an opportunity to get a picture in the snow in April!

Tomorrow, we finish the drive to Boise!

ST. LOUIS – STORM WARNING!

Monday, January 26th, 2009

We performed yesterday in Farmington, MO – just south of St. Louis.  It was a matinee (2pm) so we arrived very early.  Doors opened at 1:30pm and we were ready to go.  The audience was a lot of fun and the show went off very well.

I was scheduled to do a workshop tonight for a group of Physical Therapists but it was canceled because of a HUGE winter storm that is moving across the area.  We decided to get out of Farmington as quickly as possible to try and get ahead of that storm.  They were expected a lot of ice south of St. Louis and I definitely did not want to be driving in that!

We made it as far as St. Louis when something strange happened with our rig.  While driving north on Interstate 55 (and with no warning), the truck engine just stopped, shut down, quit running.  And then the warning buzzer went off.  That’s when I realized something was wrong and, as I tried to pull off the interstate, I also had no power steering.  Sixty-five feet of truck, 35,000 pounds, and I’m trying to steer it off the highway – fun!

I talked with our mechanic at home to try and figure out what might be the problem.  We also called the local International Dealer in St. Louis who called a tow truck to come and pick us up.  While waiting, I was able to do a little amateur mechanic work and found a burnt wire behind the ignition switch.  Tow truck arrived, hooked us up, and we were off.  We FINALLY made it to the repair shop (that’s a whole other story) and the great guys at International got it pulled right into the shop.

Meanwhile, just as the weather channel predicted, sleet starting moving in at 6pm!  It’s going to be an interesting night!  Cindy and Keith found us a hotel for the night.  Ethan moved the luggage into the truck. We called a taxi and they left for the hotel.  I stayed to settle up with the tow truck company and make sure everyone had contact numbers to reach me when they find out something about the rig.

We are expecting bad weather overnight…and we’ll be driving in it tomorrow.  It’s going to be a fun drive to New Jersey!

HONG KONG ARRIVAL

Monday, December 18th, 2006

We made it safely into Hong Kong after a very long 15 hour flight from Chicago.  It’s amazing that you can get to the other side of the world in 15 hours BUT that’s a long time to sit on an airplane!  The day started a bit scary in Roanoke, VA.  They “urged” us to be there 2 hours early for this international flight only to leave us standing in line for almost 1 hour.  And then our flight was delayed by almost 30 minutes.  I was wondering if we were going to make our Chicago connection but we did with time to spare.

Once we landed, we started toward immigration.  There was a clerical error in our “immigration” paper work providing us with our work visa for upcoming performances.  That meant that all six of us were taken to the official “Immigration Office” for additional screening.   The officers were all very friendly and courteous while they tried to sort through the problem.  Once discovered, it was an easy fix.  They had our passports stamped and we were on our way to baggage claim to pick up our luggage.  We arrived just in time as the airport dude started to gather it up for storage!

We left baggage claim and went into the main arrival area where our hostess, Yvonne, greeted us with a big smile, waving hands and a giant poster so we could identify her.  Once loaded into the bus, we make the 45 minute journey to our hotel…and then went to find food!  We ate at a Japanese place (yes, I know we’re in Chinese country) and the headed to 7-11 to get some snacks and water.

It’s 10:21am at home but 11:21pm here in Hong Kong.  Time to go to bed.

YEAR IN REVIEW

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

It’s hard to believe that 2005 is over! This has been an amazing year for us, filled with incredible experiences, new friends and fond memories. And in 2005, we literally went coast to coast and around the world – Virginia to California, Idaho to Florida, Hong Kong and Taiwan. What an amazing year!

We brought in 2006 by bringing a little “magic” to the 4th annual WINTERFEST (http://www.libertywinterfest.com/wfperformers.php). After doing a couple of smaller effects earlier in the evening, the finale was “magically” making the contemporary Christian band, Audio Adreneline (www.AudioA.com) appear before an enthusiastic throng of about 8,000 people! The band took to their instruments and helped bring in 2006 on a very high note.

We’ve been working on this production since the summer and it’s hard to believe it was over in 2 minutes! Many thanks to our team and everyone involved with making it happen. I’ll post pictures in the coming days – very cool experience for all of us! The band said it was, without a doubt, the most exciting “entrance” they’ve ever made at a concert!

Happy New Year!

AFTER EFFECTS…

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

The ice storm really wrecked havoc with our days. We lost power on Thursday afternoon around 3pm and didn’t get it back for about 12 hours. But our cable television didn’t get restored until just a few hours ago. Our high speed internet connection still isn’t functioning. I’m updating the “old fashioned way” – phone line connection at a whopping 56k!

I mention all of this to say that, sometimes, I allow myself to get too busy – piles of projects, paperwork and proposals. And all of them have a deadline that I’ve determined. Incidents like this force me to sit back, take a look at everything and just be thankful. As we head toward 2006, I’ve been doing just that – reviewing our accomplishments and being very, very grateful.

As a child, I can remember learning in church to “give God thanks for everything.” Life isn’t always easy and things don’t go the way I think they should. But when I really give God thanks in everything, I am acknowledging that He is sovereign and that I trust Him. And I find that it changes me and my attitude about things. Few of us really want to get comfortable with the fact that most often God changes us in the process of our ordinary day-to-day dependence on Him (if we make that decision). I know that I change most NOT in the great dramas of my life, but in the small acts of obedience and submission that no one sees but Him.

ICE STORM!

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

I know it’s winter but I’m never ready for the arrival of cold weather! When I woke up this morning, it was clear. I looked out my office window around 7:30am and noticed large, floating snow flakes falling fast. Within minutes, they had turned into those dangerous little icy flakes and it sounded like sand falling through the trees – ice storm! That’s what they’ve been predicting for us today and the weatherman was right on this one.

Normally a little snow and/or ice wouldn’t bother me. I grew up in northwestern Indiana where winter really is winter. But when you live at the top of a small mountain? Ice and snow take on a new meaning…trying to get off the “hill” can be treacherous!

I guess we will throw on a pot of coffee and see how far along we can get on the remaining projects.

GEARING UP AND GEARING DOWN

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

The holidays are coming at us like a freight train. We’re trying to gear up for the festivities and gear down in the office. New Year’s Eve and our “surprise event” for WINTERFEST will be here before you know it. On top of everything else, we’re working diligently to put that together.

David and I have finished the new Healing of Magic DVD and are just minutes from completing the marketing DVD for Australia and the U.S. We’ve actually knocked out quite a few projects in the last few days.

I know the one thing that I have not done yet is post the 2006 Spring Tour! I promise – in spite of my past promises – that I’m working on getting that done. My own team would like to know where we’ll be touring this spring! I just haven’t taken the time to do it. I will – soon.

EDITING – A NEVER ENDING THING

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

I have a tendency to under estimate just how long it takes to actually COMPLETE an editing project! That’s especially true when life goes on and events happen around you while you’re in the process. That’s not a complaint; just an acknowledgement.

David and I are crazy busy putting together the new Healing of Magic DVD. We’re also working on the Australian Project that has to be in the mail by December 20 AND our new Performing Arts DVD that must be completed by the end of the year. And somehow I thought we could get these done in just a matter of days! What was I thinking?

WINTER HAS ARRIVED

Monday, December 5th, 2005

It is December and I guess it’s time for winter to finally make it’s way to Virginia. Our normal temps this time of year should be around 45 – 50 degrees F. But, today, we have a winter storm warning posted from 6am until midnight with an expectation of some heavy snow – as much as 6-10 inches! And yesterday it was 60 degrees!

I love to watch the snow fall when it’s those big fluffy flakes. The window in my office looks out into the yard with a great view of the woods. Problem with fluffy flakes is there’s not much you can do with them. The moisture is really heavy in the air so I would imagine it’s going to be one of those wet snows (great for snowball fights though).

We hope to have several projects completed this week. David and I haven’t even begun to edit the US 2005 Tour. We are working on the new Healing of Magic dvd release and an Australian project that has to be done asap. THEN we’ll start the US 2005 Tour edit…