Here I Am
You know, I had every intention of blogging all about all the stops on this book tour, but for some reason the world has conspired to keep me away from the internet. It’s been a long series of places with no (or broken) access. I’m currently at Square Books in Oxford, MS, sipping coffee on the porch high above the town square. John and I are staying with the mayor of Oxford: a generous host, by all accounts a wise and beloved mayor, and the owner of said bookstore. We’ve got a day off, so I intend to catch up on email and website stuff, and hopefully eat some barbecue and drink some beer. Monday Austin, Tuesday home.
Here’s a dull summary of a really fun week:
Baltimore – we played Multi Function Room 5 at the student center of Baltimore University. A couple Spizzwinks showed up, and then we ate burgers somewhere. Wifi was in and out at the hotel.
DC – kicked it at the Warehouse Theater with the always funny Adam Mazmanian, our old friend from New York, now pretending to live in DC.
Richmond – another great time was had at Chop Suey books, where I picked up a copy of “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins, which I have begun to read and enjoy. Richmond gadfly and bookstore owner Ward took us out for good food.
Chapel Hill – another multi function room, this time at UNC. Some strange audio trouble with the PA, though it didn’t really matter. There was sheet cake, as it was David Rees’s father’s birthday. Sheet cake! And after, I hitched a ride with Paul and Storm to our show at The Pour House in Raleigh. We feared a tiny crowd, but it was relatively well-attended, and certainly very fun.
Baltimore again – I split off from David and John to fly to Baltimore for the National Association of Science Writers. Did a 20-minute set for an audience of geeky science writers who for the most part had never heard me before. Always a pleasure to be introduced to that kind of crowd. Again with the bad internet access in the hotel – it didn’t work at all this time, and nobody ever came to fix it. This is where the inbox really started to feel out of control. David flew home after he and John did what sounds like a really fun show in Durham.
Oxford – yesterday I had an early flight to Memphis where I met up with John again, we drove to Oxford and did our thing at Square Books in the afternoon. Gumbo with the mayor and his friends last night. And now – actual wifi! I will answer your emails soon, I promise…
Ever thought of doing a cover of Tenacious D's "The Road"? Just to, you know, vent? :)
The multifunction room at UNS was indeed crappy, but everyone had a great time. You were much missed in Durham -- a pimpled bagpiper plucked from the audience and sent to play something mournful in the adjoining room isn't really as good as "Big Rock Candy Mountain" for accompanying hobo poetry. Hodgman is certainly a master of improvised audience participation, as the unfortunate woman whose cellphone rang discovered.
Thanks for making it to the Triangle!
Randal C says
It was great seeing you in Oxford. I've posted some snapshots on flickr including a view from the aforementioned coffee porch at Square books.
So is this easier and/or more fun than churning out a Thing A Week?
I'm just wondering....
"the mayor of Oxford: a generous host, by all accounts a wise and beloved mayor, and the owner of said bookstore."
Not only is Richard Howorth all this; he also, on occasion, when people say "pretty pretty please," rides mounted at the helm of the town garbage truck during civic parades. For which we the townspeople are grateful.
Dave Sroka says
Jonathan, we thoroughly enjoyed your show in Raleigh. We look forward to seeing you back in town here sometime! Thanks for signing my cd and putting up with pictures :D.
We the townspeople of Oxford were also very grateful for your show.
Always a pleasure to be introduced to that kind of crowd.
On the other hand, I'm guessing the less geeky crowds rarely ask you whether you have any songs about "circadian rhythms or skin diseases."
Oh man! You were in Baltimore and I didn't find out till now... D'oh! ....shoulda' come to JHU instead.. ;)
Thanks for a wonderful show in Raleigh!
Carolyn Gramling says
[i]Did a 20-minute set for an audience of geeky science writers who for the most part had never heard me before.[/i]
Guilty as charged...but geeks make excellent diehard fans. :) And you made a whole crop of them - so, nice going.
Also, thanks for the awesome (but too-short) show!