Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The complicated logic puzzel that has become our life

We're days away from the third long tour with the baby. The last two runs were relatively straight forward. Drive to a region of the United States. Play gigs in that region. Drive home.

This tours coming up, not so much.

This next tour started out looking pretty sweet. It was a short, week and a half jaunt to the East Coast. sure the last date was in Maine, but we had plenty of time to get home. We figure on a leisurely drive back. Maybe we'd visit some relatives! Maybe we'd camp!

And then a date in Miami got added two days after the Maine gig.

We thought and thought about how we would work this. And we came up with a solution that worked. Quite frankly, I don't remember what hat was because...

Then a date in Dallas got added two days after that.

So we thought and thought about how we would work this and we came up with a solution that worked, which again, I don't remember because...

A date in Philly got added two days before the first date of the tour.

Which made us go back to the proverbial drawing board.

I keep on telling people that figuring out how we're going to work the tour is like that logic puzzle that they give you when you're a kid. "A fox, a cat and a goose are on one side of the river and need to get to the other side. there is only one boat and it will only hold two animals at a time. But the fox and the goose can't ride alone, because the fox wants to eat the goose. and oh yeah, there's another date added at the last minute in Cheyenne Wyoming, and our little animal friends are in Stowe Vermont."

I think we've figured it out. I won't bore you with the details of the routing, but sufficeth to say that one this tour there will be:

1. No baby bus. We just can't get it home without killing ourselves, or hiring someone to drive it home at great expense to all involved.

2. Which means here will be plane rides and rented cars involved.

3. My folks will be there sometimes, and sometimes we'll have sitters at the gig.

4.Four adults and a baby on an adventure

Speaking of the little bean, she just woke up from her nap. I had just enough time to pound this out. But before I go, let me just say that this tour is child's play compared to our June tour.


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