Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fortunately the weather was with us for the monumental 2 day haul-our-asses-over-the-mountains-and-get-back-to-the-flatlands travel days....but we paid the helluvest price with our compressed, mutilated, de-formed and tortured spinal cords. Long ride! #1 Trans Canada ... sho' is hard....on a man.
 Happily, we made it to Brooks, Alberta in record time. Passing the huge, state-of-the-art packing house XL Foods on the outskirts of town reminded us we were in beef country...and we were mighty hongry. We decide to forgo the many chain restaurants and picked Gus Steak and Pizza House...what could be better than "Family Dining"?

 I decided on the Hamburger Steak, and Doc chose the Hot Hamburger. When presented, I could easily see that the steak was very well done...and upon tasting it, was convinced that it had been cooked the day before, to insure that it was indeed well done and "safe" , for some reason the chef must have deemed necessary. Doc was presented with not a Hot Hamburger, but a Roast Beef sandwich, which he devoured anyway - as you recall, we were ravenous -  he plowed through the gristle with determination.

 Now for a relaxing evening at the Telstar Motel...dig the neon !

Monday, November 12, 2012

Island to High Land- Kamloops House Concert

Here we are waiting for the ferry to get off the Island. We're hoping for an easy ride through the mountains to tonight's show in Kamloops...

It's a pretty ride, the miles go by easily, and before we know it we have arrived in Kamloops for our house concert. We are met by our hosts Sabrina Weeks and her partner, Mike. Nice to hang out with another left handed guitar player- especially one with a collection of fine instruments!

The concert is great fun- well attended. Again, we really appreciate the hospitality- and it's so rewarding to see some of the key people from the local blues scene sitting in the front rows!

Host and jacket winner! Congrats, Mike- and thanks to you and Sabrina for a fabulous night. We love these house concerts! Sabrina is off to be a blues diva at Massey Hall in Toronto in just a couple of weeks time. Wow. Congrats. We wish you all the best! Take lots of pictures!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Victoria Folk Society- Blues at Norway House

Mile Zero of the road we ride so often across this great country. Terry Fox behind- to inspire us.
Victoria is still green, and it ought to be, given the rain we've seen.

 The gate to our wonderful digs here in Victoria, BC. A city of hedges!

The show at Norway House, presented by the Victoria Folk Society, ends up being filled to capacity. It is big fun. The crowd is with us from the beginning, and our encores run us into overtime. Ian, Jordy, Rockland- great Victoria musicians- can be seen standing in the back. Thanks very much for coming out everybody- much appreciated! Nice to see so many out for the Blues in Victoria!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Headliners, Nanaimo, BC

A quiet Saturday night is had at Headliners, Nanaimo, BC. We've had great shows here in the past. Maybe it was the rain? Anyway, we did have a great time with the folks who attended- they all read about the show in the newspapers. A shame there were not more bums in seats considering the amount of work Headliners does to present roots and blues shows in this town... Yes, we were pumped to play Nanaimo, so we are disappointed. But- on the good side- we came away with a bunch of new friends I'm sure we'll see again! And we had fun playing tonight. So there.