Our day off yesterday was a quiet affair. I hooked up with a windsurfing friend and drummer, Tim Ortlieb from Hood River and Ezzy Sails. He was keeping an eagle eye on the wind situation and early morning it was looking good as a 40mph gentle breeze was blowing. Unfortunately the situation became ‘frontal’ which in these parts kills the wind and it becomes fickle. It wasn’t going to happen. A real drag as I so rarely get a chance to sail the Gorge. Maybe next time. However, it was great to hang with Tim and his lovely wife Layne, have dinner chatting about windsurfing sails and nuclear wind! Geeky enough? We went to a Southern food restaurant called The Screen Door, it’s famous for its fried Chicken. It was heavenly and together with a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir did me no favours in the waistline department. More gym work required.
Show day was going to be a long one. Our first ‘3 cities in a day’ day. The hour and 45 minute flight down into Utah made me realise the distance the crew buses travelled yesterday whilst we were luxuriating on a day off. The weather was not looking good. Rain and possible thunderstorms were in the forecast and this evening’s show is outdoors. We were collected from the steps of the plane – this is always exciting to me, another airport terminal building successfully avoided – by a team of local drivers, the lead car being the infamous Lincoln Town Car. I don’t know what car designers were thinking back then. And by back then I mean the ’80’s. The sedan was well established back then as the epitome of what Americans expected from a luxury car. These days of course when it is compared to an S class Mercedes it falls by the wayside in dramatic fashion. On the road it displays all the handling qualities of huge water-filled balloon, it’s a miracle it can actually negotiate corners at all. As a back-seat passenger, one feels genuinely fearful. Still our driver, who was pleasant enough – genuinely – managed to get us to the venue in one piece by means of erratic steering movements and wah-wah throttle application.