Friday, February 29, 2008

Wiped Out

I went to the bank the other day to withdrawl some money to take care of a little pre-tour business, and upon recieving my reciept noticed we only had 50 bucks in our account. Knowing this was kind of weird, I called Ward and asked him to call the bank and find out what is going on. Turns out a gas station attendant in Pennsylvania cleared us out, running Ward's bank card number for some 600 bucks after he had filled up last weekend. Nice one.


"I'm over it. Let's start keeping our money in our socks---left is checking and right is savings".

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tour is "booked"!

Here is the line up! Thanks to Jim Callahan (you might know him as Barf) for the awesome t-shirt design. As well, thanks to all of our sponsors listed below:

March 7th: Greensboro, NC:
Glenwood Public Library
1901 W. Flordia St.
5 pm

Greensboro HIVE
1214 Grove. St.
226-617-53283 pm
3 pm
March 8th: Pensacola, FL:
Sluggo's Vegetarian Parking Lot
2403 Crevantes St.
3 P.M.
March 9th: New Orleans, LA:
Jefferson Parish Recreation Department

March 10th: New Orleans, LA:
Rubarbikes (Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes)
on the corner of Tonti and Gallier in the Upper 9th Ward

March 11th: New Orleans, LA:
Israelite Baptist Church
2100 Martin Luther King Blvd.
2-6 pm

March 12th: New Orleans, LA:
Young Audiences
615 Baronne St.

March 13th: Austin, TX:
Starcleaner Parking Lot Party!
Typewriter Museum12 noon-10 pm

March 14th: Austin, TX

March 15th: Austin, TX

Books on Wheels Spring Tour '08 is proudly sponsored by:
Ipamena Cafe: Richmond, VA
Cafe Ole: Richmond, VA
Chop Suey Books: Richmond, VA
Candyland Music: Richmond, VA
Need Supply: Richmond, VA
The Yarn Lounge: Richmond, VA
821 Café: Richmond, VA
Jonny Z fund: Richmond, VA
Uptown Copy: Richmond, VA
New York Deli: Richmond, VA
The Book Bank: Richmond, VA
Richmond Re-Cycles: Richmond, VA
DVS Shoe Company: Torrance, CA
Suffolk Librarians Association: Suffolk, VA
Plan 9 Music: Richmond, VA
John the III: Columbia, MD
Crooks and Creatures Books: Richmond, VA
Pibby’s: Richmond, VA
K8: Richmond, VA
Found Magazine: Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Our first snow

Ward and I left Thursday night to head up to Rochester for a few days with the bus. I slept through most of the night, waking up occasionally to ask Ward if he was doing alright driving on his 10-hour first-time-in-the-snow-with-the-bus haul straight to NY. He would tell me he was fine, encourage that I not actually look outside the window to see really how bad the weather had gotten, and later refer to the entire thing as nothing more than an "experience" even after we almost rolled backwards down a steep hill in a dunkin donuts parking lot at 4 in the morning. What a trooper.

Upon arriving in Rochester, we immediately went to the George Eastman house to use the bathrooms and say hi to our friend Patti. We parked and approached the cafe where an older gentleman was already waiting for the doors to be opened. We stood in the cold together for just a moment before the man said to us, "Is that your bus?". We responded with alternating nods and yeses, as he gazed across the parking lot at Moby. He then continued, in a very Large Marge fashion by saying,

"I like your bus. It reminds me of a bus a good friend of mine had. Actually, it was a lot like your bus. She drove all around the country in that bus. Ran it off of grease or something, going around trying to help the environment. Yeah, it was a sad story though. She died in that bus. Driving around down in New Orleans, car just ran her right off the road. Well, see you later!" and exits quickly into the cafe.

"As we were driving up North, I was thinking, our bus would not do well in a high speed chase".

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Gearing up for the road...

Wow, blogging rules! Too bad blog is the dumbest word ever invented.

Evan and I had a cool morning driving the new bus around Richmond,picking up bicycles and visiting Audio Express to get the sound system figured out so we can listen to something other than the unbelievably loud roar of the engine while on tour. At one point while driving down Patterson Ave. in the far West End I realized that there was a new noise in bus that I hadn't heard yet. It sounded like a plastic bag had caught some wind but I couldnt see it, so I asked Evan to look around and find it and put an end to its freedom.When he couldnt find said plastic bag in the bus, I realized that it was outside of the bus, right in arms length of the drivers seat, blowing frantically around. It so happens that last week I had been spray painting and left a bag full of spray paint cans hanging; forgeting about this before beginning our drive this morning, the cans are now discarded all over the city, probably having left bright blue spots on the road. Oops.

"And you call yourself an environmental group?!?"