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Nov 3, 07 10:34 PM

The Road to Austin.

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Gig on South Padre Island last night was weird. We played at this near-empty mega-bar (you could just see it packed with drunken Spring breakers), with some quiet, older vacationers sitting around in plastic lawn chairs. We played on a barge docked in the bay just off the bar, that swayed slightly when one rocked. The stage was fifteen feet high--we towered over our sparse crowd.

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We stayed at a hotel on the beach. Our room opened up to a patio overlooking the grassy dunes. There was a midwives' conference at the hotel. Two of them, merry and half-drunk, regaled and questioned us from the balcony above. They invited us to the midwives' karaoke party.

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Later, the merry midwives knocked on the door to tell us that the front desk staff were beside themselves, because they saw my name on the reservation and thought I was Chris Daughtry.

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We found a Starbucks off I-37 and stopped. One can snob on Starbucks, but I have to say, there's nothing wrong with a place that plays Charles Mingus, across the road from a farm equipment lot in Kingsville, Texas.

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Posted by Mike at November 3, 2007 10:34 PM