Monday morning, Maranda Elizabeth and I hoped in the car and made the short trek down to Portland to meet up with Neelybat and Osa (who had both gone down the night before). We passed the exit for Aberdeen (which I promised I would bring them to the next time they were in Seattle), and enjoyed each-others company (which included an impromptu “industrial history and micro-climates in Washington state” monologue from yours truly…) as we traveled the highway lined with evergreens on the gray foggy morning.
As soon as we arrived in Portland, we stopped by Powells books, spent too much money, and then met up with Neelybat for lunch and record browsing. And then it was time for the reading!
We started setting up at Portland Button Works and pretty soon the place was packed! We all mingled for a little while, meeting friends of friends, chatting, and drinking some delicious apple cider Alex had prepared for the reading.
The reading itself was awesome. Osa, Neely and Maranda all read in “mixtape order” and kept the audience captivated through the evening.
Tuesday was travel day–with Osa and I sharing driving duties (tho mostly Osa drove), and everyone in the car singling along with Greenday, Hole, and Sleater-Kinney Albums. We soaked in the beauty of northern California all day, and Maranda was in awe over the mountains (it was the first time they had seen so many!), and we made it into the Bay Area in time to make some delicious pasta and salad and pass the fuck out. It’s been an exciting tour so far, and we can’t wait for the reading tonight in San Francisco!
P.S.-It’s at Needles and Pens at 7:00. See you there!