five days later, a little less exuberantly yours, i am writing from a plane out of el paso, TX (if you ever get the chance, i recommend you paso on el paso. it's kind of the pits. el pitso). i'm headed home from a tour that will go down under the "defeat" column :(
i was so excited to (pass through el paso and) head to new mexico and try out my new voice at the pinos altos opera house where i was booked. a true historic wild west outlaw opera house. greg brown's favorite venue. super cool. i began feeling a little sick during the 12 hour travel day out here. the next day my voice was rougher and by the time i completed the treck to pinos altos, NM (7000 ft above sea level) my voice was gone. just gone! nothing to do but cancel the gig 2 hours til show time and head home... 4 days, 6,000 miles, 30 cups of throat coat tea and 800 travel dollars later... if you, too, came to this end of the earth to see me play for naught, i feel terrible and i'm thinking about you as i'm flying home like an empty-netted fisherman....
upsides of it all....well, let's see:
1. i bought a cowboy hat
2. i saw mexico. from I-10 you can look right across the wall into Juarez (1/4 of a mile and yet such a world away)
3. the snow piles in Boston might be gone when i get home
4. i discovered radio resistance (right, uh...this is a weird one. so going through Logan airport security on wednesday i opted out of the TSA backscatter x-ray technology because i remembered that x-rays are bad for you. but then later i decided to research: an x-ray with backscatter technology is maybe 0.0001 mSv. a dental x-ray is 500 times that much. a CT scan is 20,000 times that much. and of course we're always exposed to natural background radiation. so a TSA backscatter scanning equals only about 42 minutes of background radiation in a person's life. in considering this, i came across the case of Guarapari, Brazil where the natural background radiation is 175 mSv annually. that's like getting 7 mammograms a day. YAIKS! ...but THEN! - just as i started feeling sorry for these Brazilians - google revealed that there have been zero ill effects discovered upon the health of Guarapari residents. it's believed that people and animals can build up a radio resistance over time. so, on the way home, i opted FOR the backscatter x-ray technology and when i get home i plan to stand in front of my microwave and sleep with my cell phone. you can never be too prepared! well, that's all for now.... cheers, antje
updated: 5 years ago