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I hope this message finds you well and with song in your heart. I am feeling pretty good these days with more ups than downs and am in and still entering a transformation of sorts in so many ways. I have been nesting for the past 10 months in the house on the Westside of Ventura and raising the young hound dog I adopted a couple of months ago. Juggling the dog, garden, work, social life and music, it’s been a very busy summer!
The biggest change coming is that I have decided to sell my beautiful school bus “Patience”. I have just come to the realization that I can no longer support and maintain the bus as she needs to be. This causes mechanical issues. The bus is a machine, much like a mathematical problem. Clearly cause and effect. I am the imperfect, unreliable, human factor in the equation. So, after 12 years, 20 states, 8 national parks and thousands of wonderful new friends from all over the country, I will find her a new home.
This decision comes after the burn up of my transmission on a 16% grade in Monterey where we were up for the Furthur shows. Stuck in the middle of the road entering Laguna Seca Speedway where we camped after the show. This road I have traveled has been a hard one, for not just me but for my friends and family who have watched me struggle on this journey over the years, at times putting my health at risk by overburdening myself with this 40 year old, 35’ steel albatross. My dedication and pursuit of this life I have lived is just not possible as a single person living with multiple sclerosis as I do. The ride was worth every tear and I will not regret any of it as I move ahead with a clean slate and hope for exciting new things in my future. I know she will make an amazing bus for some band or family who can carry her on more than one set of shoulders. Thanks to everyone who supported me for all these years, you made it possible for me to fulfill some of my dreams and see so much of this beautiful country. I will forever have those times, the good, bad and the ugly to remember as such a huge part of my education in life’s lessons. I am still learning. I will be adding info about the bus to the Patience page on my website posting about the sale of the bus soon. So, spread the word, I’d love to keep her in the family.
I have a handful of performances coming up in ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, please check my tour dates,
I would love to see those of you in the areas and play for you!