Black Sheep Tour: Our Van Quit But We Can’t

Well, this will have been my 2nd time writing this as the battery won’t stay in the laptop we’re using.  Our “work” laptop was dropped and the hard drive damaged so the computer won’t work.  We’re using our daughter’s for now, and she had, as we now know a battery issue.  With all that being said, this 2nd draft is being written just moments before we go to pick up our rental car to complete this epic 11 week tour we started on my birthday in Sacramento, CA.  Wendy the Windstar, our loveable 1996 Ford Windstar minivan won’t be able to make the trip. 2014-08-26 16.58.49 The transmission is starting to slip and it’s finally time to call it quits with her.  What makes this hard for us is that not only is Wendy or main source of transportation, she’s also home.  Most of you that read this know, we live in our van.  A conscious decision we made in December when we bought her.  Since we know we’d be staying in a van as a residence we wanted something unassuming.  More family van that rock n’ roll tour machine.  Wendy was just that.  She SCREAMED “Soccer Mom”, and that was alright with us.

 

She took us all the way to Miami earlier this year.  Through the worst winter the south had ever seen, through the midwest during a ridiculously FREEZING winterIMG_4646, and back to sunny California where we stayed, hidden away in an unassuming parking lot in El Cerrito, CA.  I wanted to cancel the tour.  Car rental is an extra 600-$800 a month expense not including the other bills we have.  It’s also, probably, the shittiest way for me to travel.  It’s not economical for us to rent even a minivan, so we get the standard car.  Fitting in those for me with ALL OF OUR STUFF is always a nightmare.  I don’t miss trying to sleep sitting upright and having people see in a random Walmart parking lot in middle America.  I feel like this is a HUGE step backwards.  The van was larger and comfortable. I could actually stretch my legs.  I wasn’t waking up with crazy back pain.  Oh well, I guess I’ll stretch a little more after the show..?  I hate the feeling of having to return a vehicle.  I always feel like I can’t really get comfortable knowing in a matter of time this thing has to be returned, AND we have to return it to Oregon.  Portland, Oregon.  10 hours from where we live…

 

Can’t think too much about the future.  Can’t dwell too much on the past.  We’re trying to sell Wendy as we speak.  We’ve been offered a measly $250 from a few places and people are even trying to haggle with us on $500 bucks.  Not the type of thing you want to deal with hours before you play a show.Photo Apr 04, 6 45 28 PM  We’re trying not to argue with each other but it’s not working out too well. Photo Mar 22, 4 45 11 PM I’m just going to take another deep breath, try to focus on playing at the Ash St. Saloon in Portland tonight, and hope this car situation gets handled quickly.  Tomorrow is a big show in Seattle, WA and I need to not worry about selling my car, my home to someone.  But Chicky will handle it.  She wasn’t expecting the car to make it in the first place so she knew this was possibility.  I guess I was driving around in denial.  I don’t look back on the car rental times with fondness.  Again, can’t dwell too much in the past, and can’t think too much about the future.  So I’m gonna deal with the present.  We’ll see how that works out…

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Jason.