I haven’t eaten all day. I’m drinking a $2 bottle of wine and a 75 cent block of cheese. I’m gonna be sick.. — john
Yesterday was the longest day yet. We just woke up..
The day started with a storm. It rained just about all day. Shortly after waking up, we realized that we had nowhere to stay later that night, and for some reason we assumed it would all work out. There is a national holiday on monday and so most all places are booked saturday night. Anyway, we had to do some busy work for awhile on our computers, etc, and so we ignored the fact that we were soon to be homeless and sat at the local cafe for a couple hours. There was a pretty cool market going on across the street in the park. I walked through to see all the fresh vegetables, cheeses, meats and fish. It was awesome watching people interact and barter, as it was pretty crowded. At one point however, I was a little concerned about the young (2/3 yr old) child sitting in the front passenger seat of a truck by himself, peering out the window. I had this feeling he was about to start smoking a cigarette like that young youtube sensation from indonesia. The windows were open, I waved and kept moving. John and I went back to the hostel and hung in the lobby for a couple hours, trying to find some lodging. We ended up leaving our bags with Nicholas, the coolest dude we’ve met so far, to head out for a bite.
Sitting at dinner, we decided that we aren’t going to sleep. Our dinner turned into about a 4 hour meal. This place was nuts. They had a huge projection screen, that randomly flipped back in forth between subtitled movies and hypnotic house trance displays. Also, we made friends with the staff. Our server, Luisa from brazil, invited us to a concert sunday night. After dinner, at about 2, we decided to wander to another bar not too far away that wasn’t too crowded. We plopped ourselves down and again befriended the staff. At one point the power went off for abour 5 minutes and people were screaming in spanish. It was bizarre. Everyone was super nice to us, but then..around 5, they finally mentioned to us that it was a cash-only bar..and we only had our cards plus a little dough. We apologized and handed over what we had, but basically, we had to leave immediately.
With no-where to go, no money, and the night very cold, we walked into two different hostels that were both full. After this, we gave up and went to a 24-hr bar/diner. I got a sandwich and some tea, and Johnny tried not to fall asleep. At one point I went upstairs to use the bathroom, and there was a homeless dude sleeping on a couch. I was so tired that I contemplated asking him to scoot over so I could join. After sitting with jfd till the sun came up, we hit the streets again, feeling safer than our previous wanderings. We had a place to stay for the next night, so we crossed our fingers and tried to check in super early (8:30) am. As you can imagine, our room was not ready, but they let us hang out in lobby for a couple hours where we pretended that we weren’t passed out. If it were warmer, I would have slept in the park. Can’t wait for tomorrow.
Loli Molina, please move to Chicago and join FKnight
My new ride
Sebassss, the greatest man in Argentina
Friday morning we woke up to about 100 dogs having a battle royale over some scraps in the park. We can’t tell if they’re strays or if people just let their dogs wander the city. Either way, those mangy mutts love to bark in unison. Today I finally went to the lavanderia to wash my clothes. The lady who runs this joint speaks zero english and was laughing at me the entire time as I tried to hand over my bag. Little did she know, I was secretly filming our conversation.. I’ll send her the youtube link when I post it.
John spent the day gathering nuts, berries, and fire-wood in the forest, just in case we were in need. We’ve been filming constantly and finally put together the first SA compilation that we want to share with an unreleased song from the upcoming album. It will be up on the blog soon. We spent the afternoon working together and then took a long walk over to Palermo Hollywood to get some pizza. We found a place that makes authentic italian pizza, and it was amazing. We’re still confused by the exchange rate and can’t figure out how much money we’re saving or losing. So we decided we’re not gonna eat for a couple days and try that out.
After dinner we got a drink at Carracas, attempted to meet up with some new friends but failed. Trying to fall asleep right now, and there are some bums having an insane argument in spanish right now. I can only pick out the curse words. I think i’ll go mediate.
Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.
This morning, John thought he recognized a girl on the street but decided he was probably wrong. Later in the day we ran into her again and he realized, she indeed was a friend from college. They split digits and we went on with our day. We wanted to do separate things, so John and I each wandered the city alone. John came back to the pad with a mini drum kit, “electric blue” he calls it. We set it up, along with his mini guitar amp…to put on a mini show. We spent the evening playing music on a rooftop for a small crowd. Afterwards, we walked to Taj Mahal to get some late night Tikka Marsala. We ordered the wrong dishes because of the double language barrier (we don’t know any Hindi, she didn’t know any English, and neither of us really knew any Spanish).. but it all worked out. It’s actually fun not being able to communicate with people down here. Constant laughter.
Later in the night John’s friend invited us over before going out (people go out around 1 or 2). There, we met her roommate who coincidentally had justtt had dinner with my buddy Teddy from Denison (They eat dinner around 11 or 12). This quite blew my mind, and so we immediately went back to the bar to find him. It’s awesome how many people we have run into, and how many new friends we’ve made. (anyone who responds to an “Hola” is considered a new/best friend)
The highlight of the night was Teddy’s buddy, Seabass, who is a character unlike any other. Many times throughout the night, he stopped all conversation in order to give a short toast, and as the night continued, they became more like speeches. Every single one was better than the last. Anyway, we ended up at a club called Jet, by the airport, and it was an insane scene (please watch video). Home by sunrise, it was a good day.
2 hours into the first of ten solos
Mini drum rooftop solo act