Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SPANGAL and Spangdahlem Air Base


I got up pretty early and took a final stroll around Rotterdam before we had to take off. Bussing it across Holland toward Germany, listening to music and just enjoying the countryside. Life is pretty good. I couldn’t quit smiling I love being in love, listening to music and all this beautiful countryside just heightens emotions and I couldn’t quite thinking of Angie. I wish she was here to experience this with me she would really enjoy it.
Now I mean Bidnes bear.

We are staying off base because they are in a training session to see if they could be ready for another war and test everything. Our hotel is off base, it looks like a small villa in a movie (maybe an old bond film) Its surrounded by nature, lush German forests and a children’s park and zoo in the back. Rico hung today witch was really cool; he is so laid back and cool. Rico grew up in East Germany and he spoke a bit to me about what it was like, it was great stories I wish I wrote it down.

Walking to the hotel

Our Guide here is a guy named Tony, Complete salt of the earth… whatta guy. We are heading into Speicher. It is a quaint town with narrow streets and old buildings. We took the B-50, which is the most dangerous roadway in Germany. Apparently soldiers get used to the auto bond and get amazing fast German cars and this is a narrow windy road and they loose control and go off the road and roll into ravines.
The winding roads along the rolling hills with villa style houses makes me think this could be my favorite part of Europe. The Quaintness of the towns here in Germany are so peaceful, I get the vibe and really dig it. After an Amazing German meal Tony asked if we wanted to take a ride on the Auto bond in one of his sports cars and I couldn’t think of a word quicker to mean YES. We did right around 140mph and he said that’s nothing.



This is the view from our friend Andreas apartment. There is a Phili 76er who lives right below him.
RotterdamI am hung over as I can be. I skipped breakfast and just got on the bus and slept the whole ride. I felt much better when we got there. Our hotel is right on the river and it is great, this is a very different trip than IRAQ. We over look the river and one of the bridges I saw on extreme engineering. Very cool. The tour Defrance is starting here in 3 days so we saw the good year blimp the North sea jazz fest is next week as well. The fest is amazing: Joss Stone, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Elvis Costello, Herbie Handcock, the Roots and a ton more.. all in a couple days.    Yes it is the good year blimp in Rotterdam, just getting ready

Andrea is our guy here; he is a very cool dude originally from Nashville. We had to cut the show to 1 hour because Holland was playing in the world cup. It was split crowds again, allot of Dutch folks in the audience but after words really seemed to enjoy it. We chatted it up with the guys had a couple Heinekens (we are where they make it!) and watched soccer. Andrea rode back with us to the hotel, he lives just over the bridge.

As we drove through Rotterdam they explained the reason Rotterdam is so modern is because Hitler bombed the crap out of them.. Do not bring it up to someone who is Dutch, they are still pissed.

Snoop dog owns a house in Rotterdam an he was going to do a free concert but had to cancel it because the bloods and crips showing up in Holland.

Its a small base but they where nice.

Coolest dutch wooden shoes ever.           

Andrea’s apartment overlooks the city and the New York Hotel that is the place where celebrities from the states stay (Lionel Richie, Beyonce and such). This hotel used to be the port where the ship would set sail to NYC. The place is an amazing boat themed expensive restaurant. We ran into a couple folks having a picnic and Andrea knew them so we started talking they were so nice but as we walked away Andrea told me she is the “Hilary Clinton” of Holland and I wondered where her body guards where and he told my they stay hidden she doesn’t like their presents so they where up in the buildings and we probably had a gun on us at all times.
We watched Brazil and Chili at a bar who are mortal enemies and there is a big Brazilian population in that neighborhood. I got explained to me why Holland team color is orange. Their flag is red white and blue but the royal family color is orange so they are the Orangemen. It was getting dark and we decided to split, it doesn’t get dark till 10:45ish. The city is cool as hell at night, the lights are very artsy.

Here Andreas Apartment.

I really wanted to go to a coffee shop with pot just to say I did and see it. It didn’t really impress me, it looked like if a head shop was in an OTB that had steady customers that look like they where on the cast of Rotterdam shore. I’m sure there are cool ones but this was the only one we knew.

We stopped at a bar called Hotel Bazar, it was a funky stained glass and funky chandlers all over. I got home and past out with the TV on I woke up to pee the TV was full of nude women selling phone numbers and websites, I laughed and went back to bed.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Shopping in Belgium, Dinner in Germany and sleeping in the Netherlands


ITS on- a day off. We are up and going we are going to Luire to go to a street fair and shopping. I can’t quit saying “Belgium Dip” like gold member. Rich and Bianca are our guides today coming over and riding to go to town. We walked around and people watched. Saw a man with an Abacus and monkey and a clown.. a real clown. We saw two great characters. They where memorable- one guys was a heroin addict who must not had enough to nod out so he was walking around like a zombie and another guy who head looked like it got his head crunched and reformed and he walked with a heavy limp.

This is Jazable she is our mascot, she needs a nap- she drank a little spilled beer.
After walking so much and seeing a fair that looked like it could have been in queens, we stopped for a beer on the sidewalk.

We coulda been in queens!

Theres a monkey on my back and a hot chick on my  shoulder. We also got to watch a clown, I think he stole my act.

The waterfront is amazing

Went to dinner at a German restaurant in a park by our friends Chris and Charleans house. I had snitzle.. just plain snitzle and it was goooooood. Melissa  has a daughter, she is 17 years old who was busting my balls with Chris and Parker. They where hitting me left and right, it was very funny how they all took to it. It was like they had it planned. Chris is a MP who was in Iraq, sounded very hurt locker life but for real. It was awesome listening to these stories. I drank way too much, the sun sets around 11 so you don’t think its late till its too late. Chris broke out the nice scotch and beers. These 5 folks are some of the nicest people ever.

There was a ton of quotable but my favorite line of the night was Brenda said she had to go to the us to get her license then back to get a German drivers licensee- wow and I thought the NYDMV was bad..


Schinnen (Netherlands) This is Photo and captions section

DAY 1 The Netherlands

The first day was allot of fun, it actually was 2 days smushed into one. I am going to pop this out there.

The Photos are out of order on this blog.

Text in black

Captions in red.. We still good?

This is an old Church right by the bar district. We went and relaxed after the show and really had some nice beers and some finger food that resembled fancy mcnuggets.
This is a lake Parker and I saw as we hiked through the woods. Netherlanderers love their hiking!

Here is the Shin Gang: Mark, Carol, Legihan, hitler sam(who is grabbing leighans butt), Me Parker and Rich

Im Being Mauled by our Mascot Jazabelle Rich and Bianka pup. Also the nicest dog in Europe
Today’s flight was a quite a tiring one- let me explain.

1st my flight to Atlanta got cancelled the night before the gig so we road tripped.

I got back to jerz filmed (drop dead twice) 2 days then drove to Ohio (hung with 4 generations of family) back then to JFK to head to Brussels.

I didn’t sleep much on the flight, in fact barely at all, we got off the plane and was surprised to see we are taking a tour bus.. like a celebrity tour bus.

We got to the hotel and had it to ourselves. Parker and I decided to take a hike in the woods and see the land. It was beautiful. It kind of reminded me of central Pennsylvania. The woods are full of trails that break off into other trails. We saw people on 4 wheelers, bikes and horses. At one moment I heard something off in the distance, a horse must of got loose and took off and it ran by us with a saddle and no one on it. I was tired and didn’t want to show off my superpowers so I let them go. There was an amazing lake with powder soft sand. There where some people camping and swimming. When we walked back a car pulled up to parker and i. It was two Dutch girls in swimsuits and they spoke to us in Dutch, I laughed and looked at parker and said two kind of movies start like this… Porno and slasher flicks, and if this is a porno I will be slashed when I get home!

It was now show time, I went and showered up then met up with our leader Mark Bogges, we loaded in the bus (I forgot to introduce you to our bus driver Rico) and went to the base Schinnen- Its an army air forces base- and it was mixed countries- I think it has of had something to do with NATO. We chowed on great lasagna and hung out waiting for the show to start. We found out the colonel who ran base was leaving soon and it was her birthday, we had allot of fun with her, Col. Sumter The show was great and we got a plaques. The gang decided to take us out to eat and drinks downtown Herlen. It was a very hip cool area.

Here is our Tour Bus- these guys carted Willy Nelson, Paul McCartney, Sinatra and Sammy around Europe.. I think this el do! 

Here we are getting a Briefing at the hotel by THE MAN- Mark Bogges