December 17, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 17

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Los Angeles. Going into the day I was the only one with sympathy for the famed city. Maybe it’s because I have always loved film and television, but there is a sort of magical quality about L.A. to me. The rest of the guys mocked my optimistic view of the city as they’ve never had a good experience themselves. It probably helps that I’ve only visited the city for 2-3 days at a time. Small doses of any city can leave a good impression. I also don’t think it’s fair as a Michigander to judge places/cities on the quality of their roads. Traffic? Yes. Roads? No. However, with our current traveling accommodations that one-two punch was rough to deal with. (more…)

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December 15, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 16

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The drive from Albuquerque to Mesa was looking to be about 7 hours with a few stops in between. I opted to sit co-pilot with Jake (yet again) for the first leg of the drive and see where my tiredness level was at. Meanwhile the other boys wrapped themselves up incredibly well in the back. We didn’t expect Albuquerque to dip down below 30 degrees at night. It was a borderline ice box back there. Tim claimed his shampoo bottle was frozen when trying to use it the next morning. Jake drove for over 3 hours before giving in and settled into finding a comfortable sleeping position in the passenger seat. I turned up the tunes and drove through over 100 miles of Arizona’s national forests. Sadly my view for the first half of the drive was darkness with little light from the stars. (more…)

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December 13, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 15

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dread. A horrible feeling that lurks around you day to day. Dread is something that heightens your senses and can be described in a number of ways: goosebumps, sudden silence or a pit in your stomach. I awoke moments before Tim started to pull the van over in the dead of night. The van was shaking heavily and my eyes were struggling to adjust through my glasses on just over 2 hours of sleep. Jake stepped outside into a pool of oil right under the passenger door. His words, “We’ve exploded” aren’t exactly what you want to hear when you’re still collecting consciousness at 4:30am. We all knew the van was completely done for. There was no band-aid patch to get us to the next few shows. A strategy had to be planned and implemented. (more…)

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December 12, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 14

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Monday, December 11, 2017

It’s becoming a common occurrence waking up to Joey talking to a mechanic on the phone. Our last trip to a mechanic gave us grim results, but we thought a second opinion couldn’t hurt. Joey and Rob chained the trailer to a dumpster and were on their way. The rest of us stayed back to work and play old school video games with our host Chris.

Chris had an impressive amount of media and electronic collections ranging from vinyl and CDs to video games and consoles. We snacked, showered and napped throughout the day. Pretty much the average day of a cat. I wrapped myself up in my sleeping bag and joyfully watched the newest episode of The Grand Tour to help pass the time. Jake continued to catch up on work and Tim and Rob happily played video games. Joey was able to catch up on merch orders and get a little work done himself. (more…)

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December 11, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 13

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

I’m going to start this blog with a shout-out to L-shaped furniture. It’s the ideal sleeping arrangement for two. I can’t help but think it’s an unspoken bond between Jake and I, but we always wind up sleeping next to each other. Arriving in Houston in the early morning, the drummer from Vox Vocis, Zach, was courtesy enough to let us crash for a few hours before the show. Joey opted to sleep in the van and Tim slept on the floor since he would be waking up in 3 hours to go see his son. It was touching watching Tim get more and more excited each day he got closer to seeing his boy.

I woke up earlier than I wanted to despite it being 11:30am. (more…)

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December 10, 2017

On Tour With Icarus The Owl: Day 12

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

I was fortunate to get a decent amount of sleep in the bottom bunk of the van after our terribly unlucky night. I cocooned myself into a sleeping bag and drifted away instantly with the aid of little light and Jake’s faint snores. Joey startled me at 8am when he turned on the van to head to a nearby mechanic. My eyes wanted so badly to stay shut and the mechanic did not seemed amused when I popped up from the back and said good morning.

We opted to walk back to the hotel just 15 minutes away. The route took us by a nearly mile long cemetery complete with more Confederate flag than I could count. With a few hours to kill before we got the van back, Jake and I opted to sleep on the hotel floor for a bit. I was tired, cranky and still felt dirty even after a shower. (more…)

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