After Day 285:
Troll through any of the travel websites/forums online (Lonely Planet’s Thorntree, Bootsnall, Matadortravel.com) and you will find people complaining about being stuck in their cubicles, asking advise on how to free themselves from said cubicles, asking travel advice from the same cubicles, or just looking for more interesting travel sites to visit (much like this one, while wasting their bosses time. My cubicle is live production; a job I enjoy at times but one that I am in a constant struggle to be permanently free, to be replace by photography. Fortunately for me (and for you readers), I don’t submit myself to full time torture, but do make the attempt to pick up as much freelance work as I can on my brief visits home to help replenish the dwindling funds.
Today I was assigned as a last minute replacement to play Master Electrician at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. for Widespread Panic, a “Jam-Band” (which basically means everyone gets loaded and dances in the aisles of the theatre); since the band had brought most of their own crew on tour with them my primary obligation was turning off the house lights before the show and bringing them back up at the end of the show. Don’t get me wrong, I do have skills beyond those of turning lights on and off, but today that was all that was needed.
Fortunately this lack of work left me the better part of the show to take pictures of Widespread Panic’s performance (although the producers only gave me permission to shoot the first three songs), the audience, and the completely packed beer garden across the alley. I am fairly confident that even though I got some decent shots of the band my favorites of the night were from the beer garden and it’s crowd.
I know its not travel, but I hope you guys enjoy.