Des Moines is great! The only thing about the northern midwest is that it's cold and snows, and I just can't with that anymore.
I feel this 100%.
I have been in bands for over 10 years, and a lot of my DIY friends were pissed because when you make over $100K on tour, you shouldn't be operating at a loss. Pretty much everyone I know would kill to have sponsors, higher ticket prices, etc., and even without them, always make at least some money on tour. The itemized list of expenses showed that their business model was not solid, and they were trying to do an arena-level tour at mid-level venues and still not getting a lot of the perks of a mid-level tour. Anybody who has done this before knows that your booker should be getting you buy-outs or provided meals at every show, thus negating the (really high) per diem per person. Since they're not Man or Astroman or a band whose show relies on a specialized set and lighting, a separate lighting rig/operator also seems like an unnecessary extravagance. There have been a million articles on how they could have saved money, still paid everyone, and actually profited on tour, as plenty of other much less-well-known bands have been able to do. I get that his article was coming from a geniuine place of "Hey look, even with a hundred million Youtube views, we're still not rich," but it came across really poorly.
Getting a ticket from STL to SFO/OAK between Xmas and New Year's proved to be the costliest leg of my many holiday flights this year. I kept waiting for the cost of a (one way! 7am! tiny jet!) flight to dip below $500 but I guess it's not a super popular route and was in danger of selling out, so I bit the bullet and made it happen. It is about $150 more expensive because I chose a nonstop flight, but the connecting flights made no sense (flying 1.5 hours east and then flying west) and/or took 15 hours so it was worth the extra $150 to not have to deal with snowed out connections and lost bags.
I love that place. I have wanted to go for YEARS. Unfortunately, because I lost my perfect, cheap, brown bomber jacket in a cab and not on a plane, I will never see it again :(
@TheLifestyleCreep I will see you at EWR tomorrow at 6am. I will not be striking up conversation. Let's just nod at one another in solidarity.
I agree with peutetre - those all-in-one machines have never worked for me. I have a stacked washer/dryer now and I love it a million times better than any all-in-one unit that has ever existed. Re: the broken washer: Did you take off the shipping bolts? This is the #1 reason washers/dryers don't work upon arrival. Meanwhile, this is an amazing story. Good luck, and keep up the good fight.
My boyfriend has been trying to get an Amanda Wachob tattoo for years, but she will go to Virginia and tattoo like 2 people, and then says she wants to concentrate on her fine art, and I'm like, GIRL your tattoos ARE fine art!
This is so exciting; congratulations! My only cross-country move so far was when I was 21. All my furniture at the time was secondhand/free anyway, so I gave all of it away, or moved it back into my grandparents' house (which is where a lot of it came from), packed up the rest of the stuff I owned (not that much) and put it in my car and drove it from STL to Brooklyn all in one go. Now, almost 9 years later, I am endeavouring to move all the way to the other side of the country and wondering how to do that with all my stuff that I love (Midcentury desks, dishes, and dressers! Eight years worth of books that actually do have sentimental value!), with no car, and without killing myself or spending a fortune. I'm looking forward to reading about how your move goes!
What if my great-grandparents were born in Ireland, and also my roommate is from Ireland?