When we last left our hero....yea, hero. I had wanted to get to the blog sooner and with more photos and information but as you may have known by my status on Facebook that the hotel/casino where we're staying charges $12 a day for Wi-Fi, and after staying at 100 or so hotels that give that to you for free I wasn't about to start paying for it now. So, I'm sitting outside the "Great Basin Brewing Company", just down the street from "John Asquaga's Nugget Hotel and Casino", using their free Wi-Fi to do my bloggin' for you nice folks. And "No, I didn't have a drink!" I have a show tonight and that would be against the rules. Heh! Seriously, I never do anything before a show, never have. Now....after the show...that's a different story.
I can understand the casino charging for Wi-Fi and other room goodies, they don't want people wasting time elsewhere. They want them down on the floor, gambling or eating at their restaurants or drinking or any combination of things. I must admit, this is my first time in a casino, never been to Las Vegas or ( in my neck of the woods ) Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, the big casinos in Conn. And I have to say that my first inclination about casinos and the whole culture that surrounds them has proven to be true, and I'll be very diplomatic in saying that it's not my cup of tea. I can understand it's allure but it just doesn't work for me. Having been here for almost two weeks I could give you some particulars about people and things but, well...you know....there but for the grace of God go I.
So, I'll admit to trying the slots now and again but apart from that, I've remained a curious, if somewhat distant observer.
We've done a number of shows in the "Celebrity Showroom" and while it's taken some getting used to doing a Footloose "lite" version of the show and deal with audiences with waitresses bringing drinks to tables pushed right up to the stage it's turned out to be alright, not great mind you, just alright. I don't think any of us like the fact that we had to cut the show up in order to make it fit the "Vegas style" mold of 90 minutes with no intermission but we've pulled it off knowing, probably for the most part, that Friday the 29th will be our last performance and we'll all be going home. More than a few have said they are so looking forward to the end and can't wait to be home, me included. But one of the perks of doing a two hour a day job is just that, we're done at 9:30 and have the rest of the night and through the next day to ourselves and THAT... is the cool part.
It seems like so long ago that we left that rolling asylum that we called home for five months....wow, five months, can you believe it? We traveled almost 40,000 miles over those five months and saw a lot of the country, played a lot of theaters, big and small. We had some wonderful audiences and had some great times along the way. But now we have arrived at the end of it. Friday night will be the last show and after more than a few tearful goodbyes I suspect, people will begin to scatter across the country. Me? I'll be hopping a flight in Reno and flying into Boston on Saturday and finally be home for the first time since New Year's Day. It's gonna feel good.
Be back soon