Labor Day Weekend 2011
Following my first travel experience I was hooked. The band, the fans, and the escape had gotten to me. I had also learned that I could actually leave home and the world would not crumble. I booked myself to go to Las Vegas to see Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers play their annual Labor Day show at The House of Blues.
I had done Mexico alone, surely Las Vegas would be a breeze.
But I hadn’t prepared myself for all the walking even though I must have known I would have to walk a lot. After three heel cord lengthening surgeries growing up, my toes have taken on a hammer-toe position and callous constantly. If I didn’t file down the callouses they eventually crack open and split.
My toes split in my first half hour after leaving my hotel room. It was excruciating and painful on both feet to walk. This type of pain always snowballs for me. It starts with simply an irritated toe but before long something else hurts because I’ve been favoring my toes. It’s usually my knees next, followed by my back. Then my muscles stiffen and walking is difficult, period.
But I was there for a few days so kept pushing myself. I didn’t do a lot, some shopping at an outdoor mall, The Titanic Exhibit and then I went to Paris to go up the Eiffel Tower.
That day did me in. The concert was the next night and all I wanted to do the day before was lay by a pool, take a load off and just relax. It was a great afternoon and I was ready for the show that night. I was meeting a group of fans that I had met in Mexico for dinner before the show. Having a group of friends among the crowd was such an added bonus compared to my first days in Mexico.
The show was stellar. I met more awesome people and sang every song with them word for word.
A couple of the better clips of the show:
The next day was my last day. I felt I hadn’t done anything extraordinary or brag-worthy, so I decided to go skydiving !