On Sunday evening, our parked van and our house were struck by a drunk driver (yes, you are reading that right). Cathy and I (and our dog) were in another room when it occurred, so fortunately no one was hurt, but the driver took out most of both our other bedrooms. The driver was also somehow ok. We live in the middle of nowhere and about 100 feet off the road, so the odds of this happening have to be so silly mathematically low.
A giant pick-up truck barreling through your house and car at a very high speed does of a lot of damage and complicates life to a ridiculous point. Since then, we have been on roller coaster after roller coaster, trying to get things back in order and also seeing if it was going to even be a possibility to go out on tour. Setting house stuff aside- there is now no longer a gaping hole and our house is now not being supported by a large, Chevy truck, but there are still many things to fix- we still have to deal with issues with our van. The insurance company won’t let us move it- let alone use it for tour, and things aren’t moving fast enough for that to be an option. We don’t know if it’s totaled right now, or if we were lucky and have just minor repairs.
Depending at what point you asked us this week, we could tell you with absolute certainty that tour was on or tour was off, and it would swing so easily one way or another. Right now, it is looking pretty good. We are getting a rental van, we are trying to make this happen. I would give it a solid 90% that tour is still on at this point.
We lost a lot of stuff, but stuff is replaceable. We are just happy to be ok, and happy that we can go back out on the road to see everyone for this special tour. See you soon!
P.S. Please excuse us if your order at Count Your Lucky Stars Records is taking a while to ship. Our stuff is everywhere now.
Here is the tour with Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers:
All dates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1398621290431816/
1/29 Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls:
1/30 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
1/31 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Death House https://www.facebook.com/events/842844145754309/?ref=4
2/2 Toronto, ON @ The Cave
2/3 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/497784593692672/
2/4 Somerville, MA @ Cuisine En Local Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/774198432659055/
2/5 North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Collective:
2/6 New York, NY @ Palisades
2/7 Philadelphia, PA @ The Golden Tea House
2/8 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose