Anyhow, back to the tour...and catching up....
Tuesday morning in the hotel in Lincoln I got the news that the transmission on the van was shot. After a few minutes of panic, Philip and I worked out sort of a plan and I called Gary and he came and fetched me and brought me to the Hertz rental place in Omaha where I rented a Toyota Rav 4. Then I went over to the garage and got some more stuff out of the van and went on my way to Fairmont, MN. It was only a little over four hours, so that time breezed by.
Back in 2010 I was supposed to go to Minnesota on the tour when a blizzard hit and the highway was CLOSED. That's when the Metrodome collapsed because of the snow, and I was bummed. So I had to make sure that I made it to Minnesota on this tour.
This time the weather was clear, and driving was easy.
Dan Bicknase and his lady friend, Maria, couldn't have greeted me more warmly. They made me feel right at home. It was COLD up there in Minnesota, but I was warmed by their friendliness and generosity. There were only about 30 people at the concert and Dan felt bad but I kept telling him it was okay, it didn't matter. He has a beautiful display and he plays my music for all the people who come to see it each night during the Christmas season and it's a wonderful thing. Even if people couldn't make it, they have probably heard my name through his publicity and they have heard my song at his display. Besides, the people who did come to the concert had fun and so did I and that made it a success! I mean, it really was a very cold night for people to be standing outside at a concert, although I did get people to dance to try to warm them up.
Once again I was a nimrod and didn't get pictures, because my phone was dead by the time I got there and I'd left my car charger in the first rental car on the West Coast, and my AC car adaptor was in the glove compartment of the van, so I couldn't charge the phone while I was driving. But here is a link to the Fairmont Lights website and you can see photos and videos there.
After the concert we went into the house and socialized a bit. I met their daughters and grandchildren and the boys, who had gotten into a giant bag of M&Ms earlier that evening, were running around, crazed on sugar. It was really, really funny. I also got to play with their little dog...I can't remember what the breed was but it was a little five-pounder yorkie something or other and it was incredibly cute and I got a few face licks which made me happy. Maria served up a spread so I had some dinner and they gave me a wonderful and generous gift for which I am VERY grateful. THANK YOU SO MUCH DAN AND MARIA! It was so great to finally meet you! And if you have any pictures of the concert, please be sure to send them to me so I can post them here. Have a very Merry Minnesota Christmas!!
PS (written on 12-27) Maria just sent me a couple of pics!