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A big part of April 27th was driving for us. But we’d barely been on the road when we decided to finally stop at a Waffle House for the very first time…

All we knew about Waffle House was that it was some kind of chain only in the south (at least not in the north-east) that probably involves waffles…? Oh my goodness, north-easterners: You do not realize what you’re missing out!! First off, you need to understand that in my book, just below Japanese and Korean restaurants, is greasy little diners for favorite places to eat. I don’t understand how anyone could not love breakfast food enough to want to eat it at any time. Like 3:00 in the morning for example. But, I also have this notion in my head that diners should not be charging $6 for eggs, home fries, and toast. I have this notion that once upon a time, back in the good ol’ days, that kind of breakfast would be half that price.

This is Waffle House!!

It is the ideal greasy diner, real cheap prices, open 24 hours, breakfast all day, plus home-style biscuits and waitresses that call you honey!! I seriously feel so sad for people who have never experienced a Waffle House before.

Well yes, the rest of the day pretty much was just driving. We had a really long stretch that day, all the way out to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is very wide… It was strange to see.

We had a Pocket Vinyl show at a pretty awesome little set back coffee shop called Beans & Leaves (which caused us to smile, since our local New London coffee shop is called Bean & Leaf).

While we were there there was another artist being filmed for a documentary about his exhibition going on at the same time in the coffee shop. I got the story in bits and pieces here and there: There was a 4 year old girl in India who was blind, and she got separated from her family. She had been wandering around blind for days when an orphanage rescued her, and she was adopted by an American family. When she grew up she married an artist, and now it’s his goal to create art for the blind and visually impaired; like his wife! His painting are simple shapes with great bright colours and often include strong textures. It’s a pretty sweet idea.

I got most of this story from a man named Sam who watched our show. Sam also had a lot of art hanging in the coffee shop; the owner lets him paint there, mainly portraits. I took a photo of a portrait he painted of the blind Indian woman who inspired the main exhibition and this documentary.

During our show we had a bunch of people in and out, including quite a few children. Like I’ve mentioned before, I think kids are great with what kinds of shows we have and I’m always happy to have them there. Though some of the questions they’d ask between songs I think were throwing Eric’s concentration a little. The artist and his blind Indian wife had an 1o year old daughter that asked a lot of questions. After the show she wanted to buy a t-shirt, but we’ve run out of a lot and now only have larges and extra larges. She was excited to buy an XL and is the first person to ever own a Pocket Vinyl dress!

We played a 2ish hour long set so I had extra time to put more details into the painting. I was glad for it. In  a weird way I find it a challenge to try to stay simplistic; in the past I’ve had a bad habit of overworking a painting.

An 11 year old boy named Ian actually outbid everyone else and ended up winning the the painting! He was really great, sticking around for our entire long set and staying really interested the entire time. I’m always really happy when people who truly enjoy what we do are able to take home the painting from the night.

Ian also drew a version of our Pocket Vinyl poster, which is awesome:

And when we mentioned on-stage that we listen to podcasts and books-on-tape to pass the long hours in the car, Ian’s dad gave us a new book-on-tape to listen to. What a great family.

A great show overall. Plus, two of Eric’s friends from an on-line forum showed up that we got to meet for the first time, Mike & Ross. (So far our travels have made it so that we’ve met up with 11 of these friends that previously Eric only knew on-line; traveling all over the country is awesome!)