On the road again
Posted by keithosaunders on August 7, 2011
Almost one year to the day that I moved out of New York, I have left on a cross-country road trip; my second in as many years. Living at my friend’s house in the Bronx for two months while my kids went to camp was great. I played several gigs, reconnected with old friends, and confirmed that, yes, New York is the greatest city in the world.
We crossed the George Washington Bridge at 1 PM and eased onto intersate 80. There we will remain for another 2,800 miles until we hit Buchanon St in Albany, California.
I am writing this from a Motel 6 in humid Youngstown, Ohio. I played at the college here twice. Once with a quartet led by a drummer — Fred Lite — that featured Youngstown St alum, Ralph Lalama on tenor. The other time I played here was with my band, the NY HardBop Quintet.
Earlier this evening I was able to pick up staticy radio broadcasts of the Pittsburgh/San Diego game. The poor Pirates: After charming the baseball world with their unexpected great first half of the season, they now seem doomed to continue their streak of sub .500 seasons. I had hopped onto their bandwagon bigtime, but now it seems I will be getting off at the next stop. I hope they are able to recover, at least enough to be able to end their losing season streak. At the very least it seems like better times are ahead for this once proud franchise.
I’m driving with my two younger children. My oldest boy is still at camp where he is a counselor. Next stop: Palatine, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, where we will spend two nights and one day at my brother’s house.