I am thinking the united states is a big country. then when I think about the global tours, you realize a planet is a big place. last night I stopped the car and got out in the middle of nowhere because the atmosphere was unusually clear. I looked up and saw the milky way with my naked eye and thought, “wow, we are just puny creatures in the cosmic sense. the irony is all of us want to love and be loved, yet, we complicate it.”
if you get on a plane and fly 5,000 miles, it is a long flight, but not the worst you could have in the world. I still remember someone in corporate forgetting to book tickets for a group of us to fly to Manilla at the Christmas shows. someone in the united states has no idea of the cultural lunacy in the airports of family’s getting home for the holidays there. so, I think that particular nightmare flight was Paris to Philadelphia with a few hours wait, then Philadelphia to san Francisco where we picked up the rest of the crew (none of us actually flew on the same flights) and then we flew to Hong Kong where the corporate folks forgot to confirm our flights to the Philippines and I had to beg and borrow seats for the cast members and crew to get to Manilla.
I think that trip took 49 ½ hours and I was in the air for the majority of it. The lesson? mistakes will happen – be made – and that is ok, as long as it is ignorance or an act of god. but when you know for half a year that a crew has to get out and forget or wait till the last minute while making your Christmas cookies because your teams are all over the planet – well that is just plain stupidity and your decision is hurting other people.
yes, there was a moment when I said, “this is bullshit. I am tired of people working 9-5 corporate jobs not having a clue that we actually live on the road.” I did pull out that AmEx with no limits and ponder booking us all a nice holiday at the peninsula in Hong Kong, but, there was that darn unwritten rule, “the show must go on” resonating in my head.
that moment changed when we had a few vendors appear in manilla, "wow, great flight, we flew business class east!"
late last night, the wheels stopped for a few weeks. I was so happy to take my parents to places that they only saw in photos. mom says, “there is no comparison to pictures…you have to experience it.”
dad was a bit more blunt. “beautiful.” this comment comes from a man that resisted going for years and called the Grand Canyon a big hole.
so…I don’t know where tomorrow is going, all I know is I have today and will get organized with the local maker space (need that laser cutter for prototypes) and I have to chuckle that the local co-working business incubator reminds me of the university in Colorado that has more to do with their degrees and theory than actually doing something. they have an application process to co-work.
guess they don’t realize how creative inventor’s minds work? then again, in defense of the Ph.D.’s – most have never had to make an idea into a real, tangible, profitable product or company. there is a lot more happening than the idea. I guess that is what bothers me with the trend in American television with business people all trying to buy in and scale ideas for zillions of dollars. common sense is indeed becoming a rare entity in our world of specialization and scale.
we are heading the other direction. we are going to make very personal and interesting ways to feed people clean food. there is an element for scale with the products, but our core business will be much like old rock bands, we will work the road.
and that is good enough for us. I would rather be true to my heart than get stuck on a pre-programmed cue list and pretend it is “live.”
but then again, I like dogs too – I always joke that a dog is "god" spelled backward.