Photo Courtesy of Dann Stockton
While we were in Houston last week, I saw a lot of facebook updates about the record high heat in Colorado. I know it was hot, but I don't think it could possibly have compared to the swampy, sticky heat in Houston. At least in Colorado when the sun goes down it cools off. Not so in Houston.
My favorite thing about being with Dann and the band for the entire tour was the fact that I also got to be there for all the meals at new places and conversations with old friends. Aside from actually doing my new job (helping out with shows, selling merch, etc.), here are the highlights from my first tour!
- On our way from Wichita to Houston we stopped for lunch with friends in Oklahoma City. We loved the food at Iron Starr so much we actually tried having dinner there on our way home, too. Sadly, their air conditioner was broken when we went back, so we didn't stay. Next time we're in OKC, though...
- We spent an evening in a little place called White Settlement, Texas. I was fascinated to learn that it's actually named because it was identified as a white settlement in order to separate it from the surrounding Native American settlements, and the people who live there now don't want it changed.
- After a show at Fitzgerald's, we had drinks at Downhouse in Houston with a big group of people who are all creative: musicians, filmmakers, and writers. It was inspiring to sit and watch and listen.
- We stayed a few nights at our wedding photographer Sarah's mom's house. Sarah and Latifah have been friends their whole lives, so it was fun for everyone. We even got to celebrate Sarah's birthday while we were there! (Also, I was going out for a walk one morning and Sarah's mom told me how to get to Roger Clemens's house. I walked past it; it looked like something out of a movie.);
- We also got to have dinner with our friends, Ryan and Anne Booth. They are some of my favorite people in Houston, and Ryan's doing some incredibly good work.
- In the van on our way home, we watched Indie Game: The Movie. It's really interesting and a little bit sad. We also heard about Holy Rollers the movie on an episode of This American Life, and it looks like it might be worth seeing.
I'm going to have to make some adjustments to what I pack and what I eat in the van on the next trip, but overall I think this one was a great success!