When I first moved here, the August reunion was only a distant vision, far back on the burners of life. But as the months passed and the date closed in, I couldn't help but dream of a summer tour that would take me back to my original stomping grounds. As long as I did not have a vehicle, however, it seemed that my dream would remain just that.
With my mother persistently pressing me to purchase plane tickets, I held firm to my dream, considering what I might do to pull together a DIY tour to Miami, FL and back. How would I travel and how could I afford food and accommodations?
Over the course of several weeks of heavy brainstorming, I devised the following program which would guide me as I began diligently networking and carefully planning my next cross-country tour. My travels would be marked by four fairly marginal activities:
1) Hitch Hiking
I've already bought $5 Megabus tickets to Philly and Baltimore; but from there on out I'll either depend on craigslist rideshares or just good old-fashioned thumbin'. Most people ask me what kind of weapon I will be carrying. I hardly find this necessary; but to assuage the concerns of my friends, family, and fans, I suppose it's not too bad to have some pepper spray handy.
2) Couch Surfing
After last year's tour, I decided that I would never use hotels or hostels ever again. My positive experiences in Pasadena, Arcata, and Portland (subsequently Dallas, Denton, and NYC) have fully converted me to the couch surfing phenom. So far in my tour planning, it has proved to be quite helpful in networking and finding info pertaining to... (3 and 4 below)
3) Dumpster Diving
My first [food] dumpster diving experiences were garnered in Orlando, FL with members of Food Not Bombs, but I have been a freegan in some capacity since as far back as high school. Nevertheless, in December I decided to kick it up a notch. I have since been dumpster diving regularly in NYC, hosting freegan feasts, and otherwise reducing my consumption/waste and increasing my freegan participation. With my hitch hiking and couch surfing activities thrown in the mix, I dare say this tour is the ultimate freegan travel experience!
4) Street Performing
I have no delusions about travel. S*** happens on the road and I'll need money sooner or later. That's where street performing comes in. I have been gaining more and more attention in the past couple months for my busking activities in NYC. But now I'm about ready to take this show on the road! In addition to the scheduled gigs I've been working tirelessly to secure across the country, I also plan to street perform as much as my time and energy will allow. This will earn me some money for the road and, if everything works out right, I should have some "joy money" (to pay for back rent) for my return to NYC.
I'll be departing on July 26th, exactly one year since I departed on my album release tour. And if everything goes according to planned, I'll be arriving in New York just in time for the anniversary of my move here in September last year! The plans are already well underway and I'll be sure to update soon with more details. In the mean time, follow my breakthroughs on twitter and check out my tentative schedule and itinerary as they are developed! Please pray for me or throw up some good juju - I'm going to need it! Thanks!