Lou's Reports From the Road
Update---We couldn't make the sheriff's office,but he cooked supper for
have as much time as originally planned,owing to getting the door lock
van fixed.....the food was great---he even sent
venison sausage with us,
later.....Mickey is planning stroganoff........mmmMMMMmmmm,stroganoff..........
Marci got to sit in on a morning radio show today....the DJ drew her into
spoke with her about writing,etc....and played 'Heart Full of Love'...
people said they came out as a result---sold several CD's.
gettin' the word out,a few people at a time.........
Reporting from Superior,WI......
another week in Mandan,and sold several more CD's...
loading up Sunday night,while driving to the motel,Marci
the van's water temp was way high--stopped to check it out,
found the radiator very low.Went to Wal-Mart, got anti-freeze &
it in,but couldn't find any leakage.....hmmmmm.
else to do but go on,and hope for the best.
Bob cooked a turkey for us on our final day in town,a Monday---
have been easy,I mean,the guy's got a life,and a high-profile
in the bargain.BTW,the venison stroganoff was quite good.......
Fred noted that we would pass a radio station in Jamestown on our way
casino in Mahnomen,MN,and dug up the info we needed to find them.
in,(after calling ahead the previous day) and they were friendly,
Marci signed a pic,and handed over a CD,which they promised
a good listen. Next stop.....
Mahnomen,The Shooting Star Casino
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this gig was the stage itself.....
We had family and friends along for this one,all wanting to soak up the
Money vibe...Greg arrived 1st,driving Chris's car,
turned out to be a boon---ya see,the van was still losing water,
still no visible sign of it.Marci took it to a local guy,who fixed a small
in the fanbelt assembly,but suspected larger problems were causing
mysterious disappearing water phenomenon......he was right.
dealership in Detroit Lakes charged just over $400 to replace
couldn't say how much damage might have been caused by
leaking into the oil.Again,nothing to do but go on,and hope for the best.
is invaluable while on The Road.....
bad it's no help at the gaming table!!
However,The Road is never all good or bad,even if it seems that way at
van repair is scary & expensive---had we not gone to Mahnomen,
have seen Sammy Kershaw's show there. The
day of the show,
went down to their soundcheck,and networked the crew---
in comp tickets for everyone!
As you can see,Sammy didn't mind our taking photos----not so,the
was snapping away the 1st night,and was informed in no uncertain terms
allowed.Huh...? Dave,the sound guy,had a chat with Security,and
was able to shoot a few more.
Later in the week,T wanted to shoot the band,and so I went to a security
myself,and was sent up the food chain to his boss,then HIS boss,
somebody finally said OK,but only 10 minutes.....and they posted a GUARD,
not joking)to oversee the process.
It struck me as a tad paranoid........ strike that,a lot paranoid.Whatever
The weekend was made complete by a large group of Canucks,a club made up
guys.....their t-shirts said 'Survivors',and had names written in....
loudly demanded that we play 'The Gambler'. Saturday,we did so,and
sang with gusto!! Considering the amount of beer consumed,they were
The van wasn't ready until Monday,but the drive over to Superior was
While at a gas stop,Greg bought Minnesota lotto tix for Marci & himself.....
she won 20 bucks!!!! Oh, the irony.....