Thursday, July 5, 2007
Not a girl, not yet a Ladyhawke.
The 1984 Ford Econoline 350 motorhome become our battle-ready Ladyhawke when she left her sleepy home in Chesnut Hill, Pennsylvania on Saturday and began her new career as a full time grease-powered roadwarrior. We were given a heart warming send off from Fredrik and his two toe-headed children/jaguars/t-rexs. Fredrik was so incredibly kind and generous that we had a hard time not cancelling the tour to move back to Sweden with he and his family. He sold us an RV perfectly suited to our needs at a very reasonable price and threw in all sorts of extra things for free like pots and pans, an extra fuel injector and a half-eaten bag of gummi bears. The packaging had the trademark message, "Haribo macht Kinder froh und Erwachsene ebenso" which Jeff, our filmmaker translated as, "Haribo makes kids happy after they eat the luscious bearmeat." It's so great to travel with a group of such multilingual individuals.
So now our Lady is parked in Boston so that Pat Keeney, the green grease monkey, can inspect her parts and decide on the best kind of grease conversion. After we dropped the Ladyhawke off in Boston, Jeff, Kate and I drove to New York to try to close on some loans that are still processing and that we need before we really go anywhere. We rented a car and drove like mad down to Catonsville where we played a concert in the yard at Julia's mom's house. The audience was 15 or so friends of Julia's mom insofar as I could tell, so I decided to hold off on such technologically advanced songs as Machine Girl, in order to save myself any awkward concert moments like the one Marty McFly had in the Back to the Future where he said, "I can see that was maybe a little bit much for you guys...but your kids are gonna love it."
We filmed a 4th of July parade the next day on the main drag of Catonsville. Alas, A killer rainstorm rendered the ground too wet for a fireworks display, but we stayed for a barbeque and then began our journey back to Boston to see the Ladyhawke through her transformation. We tried to bring some of the hotdogs from the barbeque with us, with humorous results.