We had it all figured out. Dave and I took the bus to Sioux City, Iowa and played a gig there. Mom and Dad were going to fly with Lisel to St. Louis today, rent a car, an meet us in Carbondale, Illinois where we're staying tonight (We're playing at the Festa Italiana in Herrin, IL. Mangia!) We'd all pile in the minivan and make our way to Kent, OH via Cincinnati and Cleveland. In Cincinnatti (or more accurately Covington, Kentucky, which is across the river from downtown Cincinatti) we'd stay at a Marriot that houses the world's largest indoor Gazebo! Then we'd show my parents the wonders of the the Hyatt 1890 Arcade in Cleveland, and this time, we'd hit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After we played Kent, my folks would head back to Austin with Lisel, and Dave and I would continue to New York City on Friday, where we'd play our gig at the South Street Seaport, and fly home the next day.
They were to be good times.
And then, two days ago, my Dad's back went out.
They were still planning on coming.
Until he couldn't get out of bed this morning.
So at 5:50am this morning the plan had to change.
Because when a man can't get out of bed, he can't fly with a baby, rent a car, drive 2 hours, drive for two more days and then fly home with a baby.
It's just not going to happen.
So we've changed our plans. At 6am this morning, I booked some last minute flights. Tommorrow I head back to Austin and Thursday I fly into Cleveland. (There's just no way I'm staying out here. I need to see my baby!) Then we'll do two more gigs and fly home (as planned) on Saturday.
Flexibilty man. It's highly necessary for the trip that we're on.
I'm most bummed about not seeing the worlds largest indoor Gazebo. I mean, how big is this thing? Does it dwarf normal sized human beings? And why, why, why build a world record holding Gazebo? I was so looking forward to blogging about it.
And now, mostly for my benefit, I'm posting a pic of the world's most adorable and lovable child.
Because we all agree, she's totally worth it.