Tuesday, October 04, 2011
An election, an e-mail
That race will probably be decided an hour after this goes up. So check the news to see how it went. I'll write about it tomorrow night.
An e-mail asked if I was tired of living out of a suitcase?
With Wally, Ava and C.I., I go around the country speaking out against the wars. I've been doing it since 2006. Ava started shortly after I did, probably three or six months. Wally started in 2008. (Wally and others came along for brief spells at other times but I'm speaking of every week unless you're with your family or taking a break.) C.I.'s been doing it since February 2003.
It could be very old but we have bases now. C.I. bought a house in the DC area and we work the surrounding areas from that and/or attend Congressional hearings. I have my own room (we all do) and C.I. is always having it stocked with new vinyl or news CDs or this or that. I've got a stack of vintage Creem magazines in it this week (one of the new things). And I've got a whole wardrobe here that I just leave in the closet. So we're not living out of the suitcase when we're in the DC area. (Which covers if we're speaking in Maryland, West Virginia, etc.) C.I. has other homes on the mainland (she also has a home in Hawaii) and we work from those when we can as well. In addition, there are family properties (her family) and numerous friends in the entertainment business that we stay with so it's not hotel, hotel all the time. (Though I do love hotel living. You don't have to clean anything, it's wonderful.) In addition, Ava has relatives in many places. She, I hope it's okay to type this, bought a house on C.I.'s street in the Bay Area so they're neighbors. That was some time ago. (Previously, Ava was among the many living out of C.I.'s house. Now she and Jess live in her home.) She'd like to buy a home in Florida but hasn't due to the fact that Wally's mother lives there so we tend to operate out of there if we're in that half of Florida. (The state's too big to operate out of just one area. We'd be driving forever.)
The best thing about staying at Wally's?
His grandfather will have you laughing until your about to pee on yourself. Sometimes, Wally's grandfather joins us for a few weeks. Probably three times a year and he's always a blast.
And there's also the benefit that Wally's mother is a big cook (like Trina) and you never go hungry, not for a moment. You walk in and she's telling you something she fixed that's about to come out of the oven or that's cooling right now. I wish I could cook like her (or Trina). Not strong enough to actually try to learn but, you know me, I'm not real big on the follow through.
This week we'll be in DC the whole week. We'll speak in surrounding areas, but we'll be at C.I.'s home here. So it's a blast.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"