Year: 2004

June 11, 2004

A lazy morning, after which we drive over to the convention hotel at about midday. Check in – I have a nice suite with a separate lounge and full kitchen. Suites are more common here in the US, but to me, this is luxury. Gary…

June 10, 2004

A day of rest, before the convention. I run through the set, and make some changes to it, as I have just written a new song that will be a good set-opener. Later i the morning, I make some changes to this journal, so each…

June 9, 2004

Last day of my rail pass, so I decide to make the most of it. I think it would be foolish to hit the City centre today – it is blazing hot, and the arrangements for Reagon’ funeral are bound to disrupt things. I head…

June 8, 2004

“I don’t think the bus runs outside the rush hour” says the driver. I explain it does, up until early evening. “Oh well, I can take you to the station anyway”. My driver is taking her granddaughter to a day centre, then going shopping. We…

June 7, 2004

Observation Number 1 I had been told by friends that I wouldn’t easily find out about UK news and world events by reading the US newspapers and watching TV. They couldn’t been more wrong – there were plenty of reports on Tony Blair’s comments on…

June 7, 2004

Having planned to get out early today, I found myself still drinking tea and playing the guitar at 11am. What the heck, I am on holiday. So rather than go down to the mall my guidebook recommended, in distant Springfield, I head to the smaller…

June 6, 2004

The Smithsonian has opened a new air and space museum out by Dulles airport – the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Gary and Sheryl haven’t seen it yet, so we drive out there. There is already a “National Air and Space Museum” on the Mall, in…

June 5, 2004

Went to the Washington Folk Festival, with Gary and Sheryl. Despite being a rainy day, there were still a good number of people venturing out to this event. First up for us was The Chromatics, who sang a mixture of original songs, with a heavy…

June 4, 2004

Stayed in Rockville in the morning, working on the input interface for this journal, and putting in some guitar practice on Gary and Sheryl’s guitars. I am travelling without my own guitar, as with the increased airport security, I thought it was easier not to…

June 3, 2004

Got up at a leisurely rate, logged on to home to check email and post to filk_uk. Took bus/metro into Washington – first stop Union Square to collect my Amtrak rail pass and tickets for my travels later in the month. The guy who served…

June 2, 2004

Arrived early at Heathrow for my flight, which allowed me to change my seat reservation to a wing seat – a single seat, with no sharing of armrests, and more legroom than even I need. Flight was uneventful – caught Scoobydo 2, and half wished…