My old (in both senses of the word) friend Tom Kimmel spends a fair amount of every year wandering around the world, singing his songs wherever two or more are gathered. In a recent e-newsletter he shares some of the invaluable lessons he has learned from those many days on the road:
10. Winter is a good time to play in Florida.
9. The Kansas City airport is a hundred miles from Kansas City, and the Denver airport is actually in Nebraska.
8. Fly Southwest: book ahead, pay for early check-in, carry on your guitar, and bring your own sandwich.
7. Avoid the rooms by the indoor pool, the ice machine and the elevator.
6. “Urinal farthest from the door… has the least pee on the floor.”
5. Unless you’re a masochist, avoid your GPS’s “dominatrix” voice setting.
4. The Highway Patrol officer is not interested in your story.
3. Check in, put a towel over the television and go to sleep.
2. Truck stops have the best gizmos, but never take a shower at one.
1. There are good people everywhere, and they’ll help you out if you give them a chance.