We stayed last night in Woodstock, VA. I had an occurrence which, to me, is odd. When I arrived at the hotel last night, I asked to see a room. I was told that they don't do that! This has happened once before on this trip. In both cases, they told me that I wasn't able to see a room, that I just had to pay and go on. This is new to me- I've been in a zillion hotels in my life and in every case where I've asked to see a room, there has been no issue. Am I wrong for wanting to see where my family is going to sleep? Doesn't it only make sense to ensure that you're safe to walk across the floor without worrying about stepping in something?
Thankfully, the room was great. So was our day today. We had Chick Fil-A for lunch- another of our favorite places! Look at this line inside:
So- I have a potential issue that I've been dealing with for a while. I promise I don't usually whine, and my philosophy has always been to play through the pain if possible (and whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger), and I'm seriously trying to follow that. But wow, this is painful... back in Alaska, I started coughing. The entire family passed the bug around and everyone got over it, except for me. I've been coughing ever since, and suddenly, several days ago, my rib cage started REALLY hurting. Did you know that it's possible to break a rib due to excessive coughing? Neither did I!
I've either done that or pulled a serious muscle because the pain is intense! It really hurts to draw a full breath and laying flat on my back feels like a hippopotamus is standing on my ribs. If you have to sneeze? That's barbaric! I looked it up and there's not a whole lot that can be done- you just have to wait it out.
Any kind of lifting with my left arm is just nuts (and any real lifting with my right arm hurts as well). The last several shows have been painful to get through. As for setting up and loading out? We have a couple of cases that weigh over 300 lbs. I've been saying all along that I'm thrilled to have local help with moving the heavy stuff, but lately, it has been a life saver. I'm also INCREDIBLY grateful that the show for the next few days doesn't involve the straitjacket escape. I did that today and the entire routine was excruciating!
Today's show was outdoors for the city of Roanoke. There was a lot happening downtown, including an outdoor performance of an orchestra. The folks were great!
After loading up, we headed towards tomorrow's show in Hazard, KY. We saw this gas station with the new record for the lowest prices yet: