Saturday, January 10, 2009

2009 Winter Tour Blog, Day 5: Chico, CA

California native and Trumbull Freshman Cynthia Weaver describes the journey from Eugene to Chico and our concert that evening.

5:45 AM- Wake up, tired from staying up chatting and playing board games with five other glee girls. Answer emails, take a shower, and wonder what I’ll do for the six hours on the glee bus that we have to do today.

7 AM- Packing, Breakfast, our host made us a giant Dutch Baby pancake. Playing with our host’s two daughters, ages 3 and 6. Adorable... makes me want to drop out of Yale to have kids. Or maybe not.

8:41 AM- This bus is the awesome bus (says Casey). As of now everyone is pretty much sleeping. Somehow our projected travel time morphed from 6 hours to 8 hours. So we’ll see. I’m going to try to catch some shut-eye now, too. We’re going to start watching movies at 9 AM, but I’ll probably be asleep by then.

10:15 AM- Casey woke me up at the rest stop... not that I’m bitter or anything. It’s rather cold this morning. We are apparently still in Oregon. I’m going back to sleep.

Noon- We stopped in Southern Oregon for lunch. Most of us headed to the local Albertsons and created our smorgasbord of random lunch-ish type items. We’re apparently going to reach California (yay! my home state!) in about an hour? I’m going back to sleep now.

1:15 PM- We enter California. It’s funny how the scenery immediately changes once we get into the CA mountains. Everyone from the East Coast is really excited to be in CA, and someone started playing the song California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas. A really pretty drive, and we’ve only got a few hours left until Chico.

4:13 PM- I was woken from my nap by the sound of cheers and clapping- We’ve arrived in Chico. The bus ride didn’t seem too bad- we kept ourselves entertained pretty well. We’re going to have rehearsal once we get to the church. By now we’ve gotten the routine down, because this is our fifth concert in five days.

6:33 PM- We just got finished with our rehearsal and dinner. The church where we’re performing tonight is really nice. Unfortunately, our group has taken a bit of a hit from a nasty cold going around (aka Glee Coli or GleeBola), but we’re doing the best we can and luckily everyone is really strong on their individual parts, so the music as a whole doesn’t seem to be suffering.

10:40 PM- We had a great concert! The audience was amazing... we got a total of five standing ovations- pretty incredible. The church was packed and the audience was really enthusiastic and responsive to every song. We all went off to our homestays, and now we’re going to sleep because tomorrow is another early morning, and we’re driving to San Francisco! Yay!

-Cynthia Weaver, TC '12