Hi from my hotel room in Wabash, IN, everyone -
Let's hear it for DAY TWO of the tour! It's a little cold and wet outside here in Wabash, but our spirits are still high from last night's show in Bloomington, IL. We had a great crowd and met some new friends after the concert. Thanks to everyone who was there last night!
This morning we hopped back on the bus at 6 AM, crawled into our bunks (we call that section of the bus "The Caves") for some more shut-eye, and rolled the three or so hours to Wabash. Sound check went great at The Honeywell Center and we're just relaxing now before we get picked up to head back over to the venue in a couple hours. It's nice to have the down-time to call home, get a nap or a workout in, and decompress for awhile. Plus, being "back home again in Indiana" always feels good.
On our way from sound check to the hotel, someone in the van wondered aloud who in the group could name the most SNC alumni (the group was formed at IU in 1996 and has over 70 alumni to date). Tyler and I were pitted against each other in the ensuing competition that had "a whole George" on the line, as Dan put it.
With that crisp dollar bill on the line, Tyler and I furiously scribbled (complete) names of as many guys as we could remember in five minutes. Kudos to Walt for providing the paper, pencils, and filming the event. Dan served as the proctor and rang the lobby bell to signify our time being up. Seggie and Charlie tallied and re-tallied the names which we had written and, much to my dismay, Tyler proved the victor with a score of 50-47. I'd like to take this time to personally apologize to my family and to those whom I (inadvertently) left off my list. May you find it in your heart to forgive me.
Tonight, we are having a double-or-nothing rematch, although this time the names of Ladies First (Indiana's women's a cappella group) alumnae will be the theme. I'm thinking the fact that I'm married to an LF alum will prove helpful, although Tyler's younger age may be advantage when it comes to naming some of the more recent graduates of the group.
No lie, the following are texts that Ty and I sent to each other after he won the first round in the lobby:
Me: Touche'. I shall have my revenge. LF show-down tonight.
Ty: No researching, maiden names acceptable.
Me: Fair terms. Honor code.
On that note, I'm going to work out and clear my head a bit before Round 2. I'll let you guys know how it goes. Wish me luck.
SNC fans of Wabash, we'll see you soon. Get ready for a fun show!