Tonight I had my last two shows in Boston before starting the long drive towards Atlanta. Things have definitely gone from fun to real, to quote the literary stylings of MTV. I spent $50 on an oil change and new engine filter at Meineke, and they tried to get me to do a $200 transmission flush — which people mention as a thing to do on the internet, but my 2005 Toyota Corolla Owner’s Manual never advises it. Also, they put a sticker for a 3000 mile oil change, and Toyota’s only need 5000 mile oil changes, so I trust no one and will be researching this madly. I can’t afford to be paying for much more than gas, oil changes, and insurance on this trip.
Also, while Instacart said they’d switch me to Atlanta so I could work there while visiting, they have not done that. I’m quite stressed out because I need to be making money and I’ve already missed out on a few days shifts because they book a week out. I’ve been trying to email them but haven’t heard back.
And I feel bad, because a friend invited himself on a long drive from NY to Charlotte, and I said no. Maybe I’m weird, but I’ve been doing a lot of comedy, and I just want to drive silently through the woods of Virginia by myself. If you know me, that’s a very Tom Dunlap thing to want, and me wants it. I’ve never been south of New Jersey on the East Coast. I’m sure the view is just less-pine-trees, but driving/bus-riding is kinda meditation to me (unless my GPS recalculates me into a toll, then I’m amazed how much swearing I’m capable of!).
That said, New England has been great to me. I did 19 booked shows in 21 days, plus few open mic here and there. I’m looking forward to taking a couple days off from my act to go to Six Flags tomorrow (I’m excited and almost 30!), and possibly do a couple mics in NYC.