Well, I made it back alive! Both from the tour and my flight home. Got back home on Saturday and after a weekend of relaxing...sort of...it's jump right into house cleaning to get ready for a boatload of relatives coming down next Sunday! It feels good to be here again though there's been some adjustments in getting used to being home. But some habits I'm finding hard to let go like, I've yet to stop living out of my suitcase. Sheesh! Put your clothes away for goodness sake! And though the first two mornings I happily overslept, I now find myself opening one eye at 5 o'clock in the morning wondering when bus call is! While it helped a bit to be in one place for the last 10 days it's still difficult to let go of the routines of the last five months.
Our last performance had all the energy and more of an opening night. I think we were all just happy to have made it to the end. It was fun seeing everyone so upbeat....oh, there may have been the occasional chin quiver here or there, but overall just a feeling of relief. Of course, I didn't see everyone all the time so there may have been some tears somewhere I'm sure. But afterwards, as you might imagine, there was much drunken reverie and carrying on that went well into the wee hours of the morning. But since I had to catch the 4:30am shuttle to the airport and didn't want to be a total wreck on the airplane, I opted to get to bed relatively early. But imagine my surprise, as I rolled my suitcases out of the elevator and into the lobby, meeting a half dozen of my castmates going in the other direction after having been up all night celebrating! So much fun! In retrospect, I should have joined them.
I won't bore you with the details of my horrendous flight home, it's getting to be a bit redundant in saying "bad flight." I just think of Laura, while standing at the Baggage Claim inquiring about my lost luggage, saying "Could it get any worse?"....well, yeah, it actually could've been worse.
But I made it!! This tour has been an experience, an education and an opportunity of a lifetime. I don't know what the future holds, I might be going on many more tours or this could be the only one, you never know. But since it was the first one I wanted there to be some sort of record of it. As I recently told a friend, had someone told me two years ago I would quit my day job and go on a national tour, I've said they were crazy. But I'm happy that I could share this with you, to give you at least some idea of what it's like to "live the dream"! In some ways it really was dream, almost like I was living someone else's life. But of course, there was always a healthy dose of harsh reality, you never get too far away from that. But I can say with all honesty, I would trade all the "good days" of working at jobs I hated for one "bad day" of being on tour, doing something I love. There's no substitute.
So, thanks again for tuning in, I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride. Maybe we'll meet again soon...you never know.
So long kids!