So, I was a bit off the radar this tour. I was only able to get to 2 schools. Much of that having to do with moving from WA to CA. Anyone that has ever moved knows that it’s one of those things that seems like a great idea…until you start the work needed to do this. Now that we’re happy and settled back in sunny, Southern CA I can take a look at the gigs that helped make this past tour one of GFB’s best!
My first gig was at Western Kentucky University. It’s within an hour of Nashville, so I got the opportunity to do a little sightseeing. I’m kind of 50/50 on country music- love some of it, but not so much on the rest. However, I couldn’t be in Nashville and not check out the Grand Ole Opry. I didn’t have the time (or directional capabilities) to get much further than that- but it was a fun pit stop on my way to WKU.
Once at the school I got to spend some quality time with a few of the students and coordinators of the event. I had a great time talking with them about their school and hearing funny stories about their mascot. Seriously- what is that?
The program was awesome, attended by a lot of the Greek women on campus. They were a great crowd- fun and energetic. It was here that I got probably the best feedback card I’ve ever received:
Thanks ladies! I had a great time…which of course wouldn’t be complete without a blurry picture!
The last school on my tour was UC Merced. I happened to be in CA and decided to take the drive up North for the evening program. I use to hate car rides, but with satellite radio and the time alone to reflect- I’ve grown to actually enjoy them. I was greeted at the school with my own personalized parking spot. I knew it was going to be a great gig then. It’s the small things that make me happy J
I joined a great group of students for dinner before the program and got an opportunity to learn more abut the school, student body and current events on campus. UC Merced is a fairly new campus and I’m excited to see it develop over the years.
We got a little nervous when the room we were suppose to be in was occupied by a lecture. Luckily, the fabulous coordinator of the event (Molly) worked her magic and found another option with no problem. Great general reminder to just relax, take a breath and find a way to make it happen.
There was a great mix of both men and women in the audience, which is always great because it can open the door to conversation on the topic and hopefully help everyone to realize that violence and victimization is a problem for everyone. Thanks Merced! I really enjoyed hanging out with you.
I would like to give a special shout out to my GFB team who worked very hard to accommodate my schedule. Especially Heather who, as you probably just read, was a traveling maniac this tour and I appreciate her helping me out.