Sorry I missed last week - but I'm back in action!
Tonight - we almost finished our 2 day run of the show. We could taste it. it was in the air, but 10 O'clock hit, and we called it a night.
I was thinking tonight, waiting to go on stage - that the kind of work that I do with O.A.T. - is singular. There is a magic to it, that I've not experienced anywhere else. Not in Iowa, not in Kentucky, not in Illinois - No where but the hills of Oregon, with the folks that work with O.A.T. have I found this.
So some back story - My dad comes to Portland on a business trip every year in September - It just so happens that this year, he is going to be here for opening night. HOWEVER - there's a chance, because of some things happening with the company, that they might pull the plug on the trip this year.
Back to the present!
I'm standing off stage, waiting to go on - and I'm thinking about my Dad. And about my Mom - and about the fact that if they could come to a SINGLE show I've been a part of, since Midsummer (with O.A.T.) 2 years ago, it would be to this one - and how it's just going to rip me up if his trip gets canceled.
We're onto something here. Something new - something, I've only experienced once before - and it was during Midsummer. We're onto magic. Magic that I wan't to share with my parents so badly And I want them to see it to help them understand why it is I leave jobs to come to Oregon. Why it is I come out here and work for free. Why it is, that i keep coming back to do it. And I've tried - I've tried to explain it in a manner they can understand - but i'm not articulate enough. Either that - or there are not adequate words for what it feels like to work with these people, outside, on the banks of the Willamette river.
My parents have backed me 100%, since the beginning, with my career - which, is simply incredible. They just have a hard time seeing their boy work for free. Some things you do for money - some things you do because - you know, money or no, it's going to be the best thing you've been a part of in 2 years. And that - is priceless.
Here's to hoping the flight doesn't get canceled.