Calaveras' Official Blog

We went to see Julie and Julia last year, and as I sat there loving Meryl Streep's Julia Child and being bored by Amy Adam's character, I realized that any old shmoe with a little energy and a lot of ambition (and let's face it, that's the way she came off) can get their slice of the tarte de fame by showing up relentlessly and being as interesting as they can manage while writing daily.

In general, I don't have an interesting life (at least to me). It's taken up largely with a day job as a typical corporate attorney and a night job as a typical suburban husband and dad--gently cajolling my two kids into getting homework done ("Just do it because I said so!") and trying to remember that a marriage is not a business and wives don't respond well to the kind of project management skills that serve me so well at work ("looks like you're having some issues with getting the dishwasher fixed--let's call the repair service together in the morning and get this moving along, shall we?").

 But nearly miraculously, Vickie and I have been able to keep a band together for over 15 years now, and with the kids getting into their teens, we're once again venturing out of our home town and our comfort zone, seeking out that increasingly ephemeral dream of earning a living doing what we love. In the past couple of years, we've made a few forays into other states, and this year we undertook the most ambitious plan so far--a two week tour of the Southwest, combined with a family vacation.

Several friends have suggested that this is the perfect time to keep a blog--probably our last chance to travel together as a cohesive family, and maybe our only chance to play music in these far-away places--Telluride, Boulder, Santa Fe, Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces. So I am sitting at my home office computer for the last time for two weeks, and with great trepidation here's my pledge--if my laptop finds WiFi, and I find the time in between driving, doing shows, and seeking out the splendors of the American southwest, I'll be chronicling the journey day by day.  I hope for everyone's sake this will be a great trip.


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