I Can Always Sleep Next Month

A couple Sundays ago, I woke up wondering how I could possibly complete my to-do list for the day. It was my last “free” day before heading to NY and I had 20 hours of tasks to complete with only about 10 hours to do it. As I was literally trying to prioritize my hand written list, I received a call from Shane O'Conner. Shane owns The Blackthorne, and besides hiring me to play out there every few weeks, he has turned into a good friend. But Shane has MANY friends, including Chandler Kinchla – guitarist for Blues Traveler. John Popper and the gang were playing that night in Loudoun County and Shane called to see if I wanted to hang out back stage. I looked down at my daunting to-do list, realized there was no way I could get it all done and still make the show - so I did the only thing I could… I went.

One of my all-time favorite bands, Carbon Leaf, happened to be opening for Blues Traveler. And getting to literally stand on stage about 10 feet to the right-side of Chandler during the show was most definitely in the “worth it” category. Oh, and did I mention that I was standing there with Carter and Barry from Carbon Leaf? It was such a great night! I apologize for not having a particular funny story or a moral antidote associated with this edition of IAHAS. But on a side note, right before Popper went on stage, his manager walked up to him and said “You ready?” Popper reaches down, confirmed his zipper was in its rightful northerly position and replied “I am now”. I guess I’m not the only one that has stood in front of a crowd with his fly down before.

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