the way,yes,the term Constant Reader is plagiarized from Stephen King,
who freely admits he stole it from another writer,Emily Dickinson,I think---
perhaps Laura Ingalls Wilder?.....at any rate,it's in perfect context here----
anyone who knows the origin of the phrase,pleaselet me know!)
We left our intrepid band on it's way to Somewhere from Albuquerque---
Somewhere is a pretty big place,and that aside,which direction is it??
We'd had a booking fall through in Craig,CO,which was scheduled to be a week long......
and weren't due in Casper until after that week---so,the choices became
1)stay in Albuquerque,cool our heels,& pay for rooms out of pocket,or
2)go to Casper,cool our heels,& pay for rooms out of pocket,or
3)drive many hours home,stay for 3 days,and drive many more hours back to Casper,
arriving exhausted physically & monetarily,or
4)take our agent's advice,& just drive north,trusting him to find us a place to land....
this required a leap of faith,but a choice had to be made.
In this case it was north,generally toward Denver.
Anyone who's driven in the Rockies will remember it,as I did...
and will likely be re-amazed by their sheer scope,as I was!
Westward on I-70 is some of the best scenery on the planet,
complete with sweeping curves,criss-crossing lanes of traffic,and tunnels.
By the time we got to Denver,the agent had chased down our destination:
Baggs,WY. A teensy little hamlet on the CO. border,its industry consists of
oil,sheep,and The Drifter's Inn. We were to play there Wed.-Fri.,in exchange for beds,meals,and gas money....literally singing for our supper! I remember thinking
'This could be a very bad time...'...but I needn't have worried--
Our Girl won them over,in spades.
That Saturday,we went a few more miles north,to Rawlins,WY.--
the place was called Big City. As we pulled into town,I saw an unmistakable
landmark--a huge honkin' rock outcropping---and realized.....
I've played here before!! I was thrown into a time-warp,thinking about the
band I was in at the time...
We did the gig,bid'ness as usual,stayed overnight at the quaint La Bella Motel,
and took off the next day for Casper.