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Monday, Feb 20, 2012 -
Leaving today for Zurich with the group Scarletta. They are performing Wed
and Thursday at Albisguetli. Met everyone at the airport and check in was
painless. Their are 6 people in the group, with Nathan, Aubrey and Benji
fronting it. Very nice group of people. We were a little delayed leaving
Nashville but it was such a short flight to Atlanta that we made up the time
and still had about an hour and a half to make the connection. Flying is
usually when I get to catch up on my movies, but the selection wasn't that
great. Tried watching The Rum Diaries bc Johnny Depp is in it, but only made
it about 30 mins before switching to something else. I think I ended up
watching "How does she do it?" and then slept the rest of the way. Landed on
time and Albi and Ernie were at the airport to meet us. The band rode with
Ernie to the hotel and I rode with Albi so we could catch up. Weather is
still very cold here :(
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012
All the rooms were ready and got everyone checked in and had some coffee
with Albi, man I love the coffee here! About 10:45 AM I started to head
downstairs and I could hear 2 of my guys outside their room talking, one of
the guys, Gehri, was in his room when the light fixture feel right down on
top of him. Hit is shoulder and he cut his foot on the glass when it
shattered! He is ok, thank goodness! Met the rest of the guys and we took
the tram into town. We did a little shopping and then they went on to
sightsee while I went and did more shopping.. bought The Z's some clothes,
spent my life savings at Yendi and then what little I had left I bought some
chocolate at Sprungli... not sure what I am going to do for money for the
next 3 days! This is one expensive city!
Came back to the hotel around 5 and the band was already back here.. took a
few of them down to the grocery store ... Coop to get some drinks (i.e. beer
and water) then I headed over to Flash Take Away. This is the place that
made such a wonderful calzone last time I was here.. and yes, I am having it
again. LOL. Trying to keep myself awake for a few more hours so I can get on
a sleep schedule here. Tomorrow we leave at 3:30 to go over to the venue for
soundcheck, dinner and showtime!
Oh.. and mom is watching the kiddos until Thursday when Christy takes over.
Had an email from her this morning saying everyone was good. Miss them
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 - Day 3 Switzerland
Woke up at 8 and headed down for breakfast, ran into a few of the band
members, one who had been up since 4 AM! Have I mentioned that I love
European coffee? After breakfast I went back down to the grocery store
to stock up on some snacks (paprika chips and marzipan bars) then headed
back downtown to look around. Had to be back at the hotel to leave for
soundcheck at 3.
Soundcheck went well and we were done by 5, then the guys did a short
interview with a local Swiss country radio station. Still had about 45
mins to kill before we could go to dinner. We had a set menu to order
from, most got the veal, but Aubrey and I ordered the Perch. We also got
the beef bullion soup with sliced up pancakes in it... it was really
good. Dessert was Tiramisu with Jack Daniels in it. There was a "sucken"
hole in the middle of the Tiramisu which we found out is where the
inject the JD. The Jack got stronger the closer you ate to the center to
where finally, eating the center piece was just like taking a shot!
Had another 2 hours to kill before showtime, guys are starting to wear
down, esp after being stuffed from dinner. Showtime was 9:30 - 10:15
then a 20 minute break and 10:40 to 11:30 PM. I had not had a chance to
catch one of Scarletta's shows so I wasn't sure what to expect. They
were great, the audience loved them. Very high energy and great vocals
and harmonies. The band signed some autographs afterwards and chatted
with the locals. I think everyone was happy with the show. Albi's wife
Winny, came by for a little bit so I was able to see her.
Now 1 AM and I am going to sleep, lobby call isn't until 6:30 tomorrow
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 - Day 4
Got about 4 hours of sleep, then up to get some breakfast. We aren't leaving
for the show tonight until 6:30 PM so had most of the day to go out into the
city. Went back downtown to get some last minute purchases (more truffles
and clothes) and just walked around. Such a beautiful, clean and expensive
Came back to the hotel around 2 to catch up on some things and get ready to
go. Dinner again at the venue, same set menu as last night. We have about 4
things we get to chose from. Tonight was the soup and pancake again, but
opted to try the pasta and caramel pudding for dessert. All very good. The
other side of the restaurant makes these huge hamburgers and the guys all
really wanted to try one but it wasn't an option for us.
Scarletta's first set was started at 9:45 PM. Another 20 minute break and
then the second set at 10:30 until about 11:30 with encore. They have a
really good, high energetic show.
Back at the hotel around 12:45 AM. The Flash Take Away is open till 1, so a
few of us walked over there and grabbed a bite. Now packing and going to
grab a few hours of sleep. Have to get up at 5 to leave for the airport by
6:30. Can't wait to get home and be with my kids. Got to talk to them for a
few minutes last night, mom said that Zac woke up in the middle of the night
and took his blanket and toys to my room, but once he realized I wasn't in
there he just dropped them in the hallway. Broke my heart :(
It has been a really good trip. Always nice to see Albi and everyone at the
venue. The guys and gals with Scarletta have been such a pleasure to work
with and hope we can do more with them.
Friday, Feb 24, 2012 - Day 5
Went to bed around 2 and had be up at 5:30 to leave for the aiport,
unfortunately I didn't even get 3 hours of sleep. I was up all night
long with feet cramps. :(
Went downstairs to the lobby at 6 to check out and grab some breakfast.
Aubrey and Jason were in the lobby.. they never went to sleep! The rest
of the guys came down and we all had a quick breakfast before leaving at
Got everyone checked in and had about an hour before the plane would
board. Went and bought Zac and Zoe a last minute toy. It was a princess
comic book with a mirror attached and Zac a Shawn the Sheep comic book
with a small whoopie cushion attached!
You have to take the airport tram to the international terminal and
while you are riding through the tunnel you have the sounds of cows
mooing, cow bells and yodeling. Pleasant little ride :)
Before we took off, the captain came into business class and talked to
us about the flight, said we were going to hit some turbulence over
France and then go down the east coast and probably have some "hot air"
over DC. Ate dinner and watched another movie then fell asleep, about an
hour into sleep we hit the turbulence and it was bad. I guess he had to
go around and it added another hour to our flight. I already had a short
connection in Atlanta but now I didn't think I would make it. The band
is on a later flight to Nashville (which I will probably end up on) made
it through customs, and ran.. didn't even get to say goodbye to
everyone. Got to my gate and my flight to Nashville has been delayed 30
mins so I was able to make it. Called Nathan and they had made it
through customs and were headed to their gate. Nathan had a voicemail
saying American Idol needed him for the show on Wed so everyone watch
for him on Wed night show. He is the awesome and talented fiddle player!
Boarded the flight to Nashville and then sat for about 45 min before
finally taking off. I think the flight that the others were on actually
landed before mine! Landed, grabbed a taxi home, dropped off my stuff,
picked up my car and headed to Christy's to get the kids. I don't know
who was more excited me or them! Zac loves his whoopie cushion.. he and
Zoe were having a blast sitting on it. Zac calls it his "bouncy thing"
Headed back in a week with LoCash!