Monday, July 18, 2005

Live from Nebraska

I am sitting in a Holiday Inn somewhere in the middle of Nebraska. I truly have no idea where exactly I am at other than it is off of Highway 80 (we are on our way to Chicago to retrieve Mr. Kevin whom will help us for the next week or so with our outreach efforts on the Warped Tour while I bounce between Warped and DMB) and it smells distinctly of cow. I say distinctly in that it is not the faint ‘oh, there must be a few cows nearby eating grass’ smell, but rather, a ‘oh, how sad, there must be a slaughter house nearby” enough to make you gag smell.

I am sitting in a room at 4am in a town that reeks of cow because we have just finished two days of the Warped Tour. Our time in Salt Lake City was, well, hot, unbelievably hot, actually, but nonetheless we got some 750 young people to join the ONE Campaign, and no one seemed to suffer from any signs of heat stroke, though we did have partial carbon monoxide poisoning due to the generator in our neighbor’s booth. All in a days work. And today (yesterday, technically speaking I suppose, but I have crossed from the east cost to the west coast to the east coast back west again some four times in the last two weeks so time at this point is highly subjective…hence sitting up at 4am doing this…) in Denver was great. I love Denver – it’s a great city, and the shows there are always great, lots of support for the campaign. And the weather was perfect. We had awesome volunteers the last two days, which always make things go even better. We got over 1,000 people to sign the One Declaration today, and got lots of people to sign the Big Noise petition as well. All in all, a very productive – albeit tiring – weekend. Watch for my backlog of updates to come soon, and look for guest spots from Mary and Dan as they will update us from some of the Dave Matthew’s Band shows they are covering.

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