After playing Parkersburg, WV on Tuesday we had a day off in Peoria, IL. I can't remember what we did...I went for a jog, I offered to help an older lady carry her groceries from her car, but I think I scared her and she said no. So I obliged and kept on running; when she saw that I didn't insist, I think she realized I actually would have helped her, and she yelled out, "Thank you!" I waved. I guess I shouldn't run in all black. We went to Red Lobster for dinner after walking around the mall all afternoon. Peoria. Home of John Daker.
We woke up in Omaha: cold and rainy but had some of the best catering ever. Brisket sandwiches & baked potato soup for lunch and Ribs and Chicken for dinner. Great ribs! From there we drove to Tulsa where I've played 4 times now, always a great time and a great crowd...a group of volunteers were going to IHOP afterward and invited us to go, which I SO wanted to do cause I love the Swedish Crepes. But we had to drive to Howard Payne University in Texas: and while I was talking to Josh and Ben Rector, this guy was standing next to us, I looked over and recognized him, "Daniel Tucek?!" Daniel was the bass player for One Bad Pig, one of my favorite bands in my teenage years. We'd never met, but I wrote the band a letter when I was a kid, and he wrote me back a personal note: totally impressive. I was pretty much star struck. We talked a lot and he had some great advice to give. I got a great chance to talk with some people after the show. People, I truly love meeting you all and sharing life with you!
Today, we closed out our Texas experience in San Antonio! Perfect weather: hot, sunny and dry. We ate BBQ from Old Town Grill and it was amazing. Texas can do Barbeque. The Show in San Antone may have been one of my favorite: the audience was ready to sing; ready to have fun: great crowd!
Back on the bus: we're headed to Jacksonville, FLORIDA. Remind me to tell you about Brandon, Eyebrows and Dr Pepper.