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A humble bus driver cruisin the country....enjoying all the music this country has to offer.

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MontanaMatt: All of a sudden work is fun again! The new owners have proven that they could fuck up a really great wet dream! Screwing around with our pay structure. And they jacked their bus lease rates through the roof. That's why we have forty five buses sitting in the yard.... When ordinarily there would be five or.
And about forty experienced, drivers have already walked away. They actually ask me face to face what my intentions were. And I told them straight up that I was gonna stick it out till the end of this season.... But they could expect me to walk away very shortly thereafter, if some of these pay structure changes aren't reversed. And I don't think they know this yet... But without those changes being reversed, they very well might lose every driver.
So the only thing making work fun again is being on the road this weekend with Hank Williams Jr! Obviously an icon.... And his band and crew are just wonderful people! So we're doing it again next weekend! Columbus Ohio friday night and Poplar Bluff, Missouri on saturday night. After that? I don't know. What happens next will probably be determined at my doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'm down to working with one hand. I had the same hand x rayed in March and was told there's no more Arthritis than would be expected in a man my age. So at that time, they shot the hand full of steroids. Obviously not a fix. Pretty much a band aid. And i'm not doing that again. That was honestly the worst pain i've ever experienced. I just don't have it in me to do that again unless there is a real fix involved. If surgery is the answer it's gonna have to wait until probably mid November. Maybe I can get by until then with an oral dose of steroids. We will see! 🤷‍♂️
I do need to apologize for my absence. It's been a bunch of fun but it's a lot of miles and then throw something down my pie hole.... And then fall into bed until I have to do it again. 😴 I will make a better effort. to show my face once in a while. 😃
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MontanaMatt in reply to BugHug: I'm not a fan of his politics either. But I never see him! He flies into every show about two hours before lights up.... And he's gone long before the semi is loaded for the road. So i'm usually asleep while he's on site. I did just learn that our Saturday night show in Poplar Bluff Missouri is opening for Jason Aldean and Kid Rock. So that's a pretty big deal! I'm not a fan of any of those politics.... but I don't have to hang out and bullshit with them. And one of the unwritten rules of bus travel is "no politics and no religion" discussions. And pretty much everybody understands those rules and sticks to it. So it's gonna be fine. 🤷‍♂️
And it looks like I'll be having trigger finger surgery, probably in early January. I would like to do it earlier.... But it looks like everybody is trying to meet their deductible needs before the end of the year and It's a nightmare for scheduling purposes. And i'm fine with early January. That certainly gets me healed up well before tour season. And of course, the surgeon wanted to do the steroid injection into my hand again.... And I took a hard pass. Just can't do that to myself probably three more times before the end of the year. So i'm gonna call my regular doctor and see about another oral steroid script. I have remarkable results with those.... And i'm due anyway. Pretty much in constant pain from nearly toe to nearly head. Hips are atrocious right now.... And my knees aren't much better. The hand surgeon doesn't think that will help my hand at all..... But I need to do it anyway. Maybe I will get lucky?
So I hope this finds you all happy and healthy! Take care my friends! ❤️
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BugHug: Oh gawd- when I saw you had written he is performing with Jason Aldean and Kid Rock I knew where that was going ha ha!! I have loved them for years until they aligned with an idiot and now I just can't with them. I enjoy a tune if it comes on the radio but no way am I buying the merchandise lol!

I don't see any reason your doc won't give you a steroid script to ease your discomfort- I would take that over an injection any day! So amazing to see your update now after so long- read it out loud to Mark so he could enjoy (or not) it with me. Obviously he doesn't like to hear you're in pain but man, aging sucks and working where you are sitting for hours at a time just isn't natural on our bodies. I know first hand, believe me!

Take care of yourself friend. Keep us posted.

Cheers
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Krittersitter: I love kid rock! I got to see him in concert a few years back
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nedaglione: like your pic matt
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MontanaMatt: Thank you!
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MontanaMatt: Thank you!
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MontanaMatt: Well....it's been fun....but I am exhausted! 40 some days....30 shows....and well over 15,000 miles. 😲
But I'm finally headed home. Dropping off the gang at a hotel here in Monterey California at about three thirty a m tomorrow.... And then hauling an empty bus to Phoenix.... and flying out of Phoenix late monday afternoon for Nashville. 11 days off....and then we do it again. Although the next run is much easier. Half as many miles and more rest days built in. Thank God!
And now it's time to eat something....and get my tired ass back to bed. Lots of great stories to tell.... But that's gonna have to wait for another day. 😴
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MontanaMatt: It's getting interesting!

They pay me a ton of money to be a good bus driver.... And I am. They don't pay me anything to be a shitty mechanic.... And I am! Just go buy a new air compressor and change it out. 😲
Ok.... But I don't want to hear a word about it when it goes south. And right now, this whole operation is several hundred miles south of the border. smh
The old air compressor was hard plumbed. When it had quick disconnect fittings. So instead of doing it right and the easy way..... They sent me on a ninety dollar uber trip to plumb it the wrong way..... again.
Why would you do anything the hard way on purpose??
All that, after driving from albany, new york to solana beach, california. I should be sleeping instead of being a shitty mechanic. Ugh!
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MontanaMatt: Wanted: Someone to hand feed me Doritos so my fingers don't get orange. No weirdos!
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BugHug: anyone who answers that ad is a weirdo
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baileeee1992: 😂 saaaaame...I just ate some Doritos. Orange fingers are the worst!
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pretty_as_a_peach: saw a video recently where the person cut the left and right corners off the bag in a triangular shape. They then slid those pieces over their thumb and forefinger. Bingo! No orange fingers!! LOL
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MontanaMatt
MontanaMatt: What kind of underwear should you wear during an eclipse?






Fruit of the Moon! 🤣🤣🤣
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MontanaMatt: That's the Atlantic Ocean.....80 ft from my bus! At the Tortuga Music Festival! (Fort Lauderdale!) The fans will actually be standing in sand for the show! Very cool!" And then back to reality. Tomorrow we land in Paducah Kentucky....stopping only for the eclipse! 😯

I could live like this! Palm trees everywhere! 🌴🌴🌴
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pretty_as_a_peach: I live in Boca Raton, about a half hour south of Ft Lauderdale. Toes in the sand is enjoyable for sure! Enjoy your stay in my neck of the woods. Be safe on the road. Oh, by the way, I have actually been in Paducah KY! LOL
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MontanaMatt
MontanaMatt: Back on the road! Out with Charles Wesley Godwin for the next 6 weeks. Pretty much all over the country except the Northwest. They gave me a really nice bus for this trip! Only a little over 220,000 miles. It's beautiful and everything works like it should. 🙂
So as always.... go online and check the schedule. And shoot me a message if we're gonna be driving through your backyard and you wanna hang! If it's at all possible, I'll make it happen!
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justme0123: I don't know of him, but I will listen now. as always please be safe, wishing you a pleasant drive.
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MontanaMatt in reply to justme0123: Thank you!
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MontanaMatt: Well, it certainly happens fast!
I got a call at 10:30 Thursday night...... And by noon Friday I was in a rental car with all my gear headed for Nashville Indiana. And I'm now the bus driver for Flogging Molly until the 18th of March. Currently in Green Bay Wisconsin! Check their schedule and if we're gonna be in your backyard.... shoot me a message and maybe we can arrange a hang! ✌️
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BugHug: Distracted is pretty serious for sure when you're in charge of thousands of pounds of machinery flying down the road. That was likely a good call on the tour manager's part. How are things going for you?
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MontanaMatt in reply to BugHug: Going well! Albuquerque today..... Tucson on friday night.... And then a festival in Silverado, California. Then back to Las Vegas for the finale. Then I beat feet for Phoenix and drop my bus there.... And another driver is gonna pick me up there....And the 2 of us will deadhead back to Nashville. I will be completely exhausted when we get back to Nashville.... But I have to immediately make up the doctor's appointment that I skipped so I could make this tour. And replace the $400 prescription sunglasses that I left in an Uber in Boulder Colorado yesterday. 😥
Uber has specific procedures one must follow to recover items left in an Uber.... But their procedure might as well be.....haha....fuck you....and good luck.
So now I have to hope that whoever ends up with my prescription sunglasses has a horrible, fiery car accident that only singes off both eyebrows. Something not to painful
....but at least very disfiguring for a few weeks. 😀
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BugHug
BugHug: Aww crappy!! Why is it always the expensive prescription glasses that get lost- not the $10 ones that are so scratched up you can barely see through them anymore but you just can't lose no matter what you do. I am exhausted just reading your itinerary Matt!
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MontanaMatt: My grief counselor died yesterday. 😥
Luckily he was very good at his job....so I don't really give a shit! 🤣
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MontanaMatt: Well shit.
Prostate issues are not for the faint of heart! This is a level of misery I'm not familiar with.
😢 I'm down to about 2 1/2 hours of sleep every night. I can't do anything resembling a functional existence. Not even close.
The pain has progressed from being pretty bad when I have to pee....to horrible at every moment. I just left the doctor again.... and another urine sample shows.....her words...."an alarming amount of blood in my urine" Yay me! But.... the standard protocols don't allow them to skip steps. And of course Medicare will not allow them to skip steps unless I'm willing to foot the bill from this point going forward. And I guess I understand that. If we skip a couple of steps.... I'm going to be in the hospital immediately for one of 2 or 3 invasive procedures. I nearly started crying just listening to her describing those options. And she told me she has participated in those procedures..... many times.... and has never left that room without tears in her eyes. Must be pretty bad if a seasoned doctor is crying as she's walking out of the room.
So as much as this sucks..... I have to follow the standard treatment path. At this point that means pills until the 1st of March. But if this first round of meds is working.... I should know that by Monday. These meds won't fix the problem..... but they'll make simply existing very doable. 🤷‍♂️
So....I'm still alive.... although at this point, it feels like I'm hanging on by a thread. And I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I've rarely found myself on the easiest path. Not sure why I would expect that now? 🤔
So now it's back to bed. Hopefully, I can get a little bit of sleep. She did offer me a very effective and well proven sleep aid. But she said with your current issues..... that probably means peeing the bed over and over. No thanks! ☹️
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Thosny in reply to CatcherAl: You can share with us buddy. There has been a lot of good work with Parkinson therapies, so keep your chin up.
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MontanaMatt in reply to BugHug: Yeah, it's not like it would take a bunch of time to tell me what to expect! 🤷‍♂️
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MontanaMatt in reply to CatcherAl: Hang in there my friend! Wishing the best for you!
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MontanaMatt
MontanaMatt: Elephants weigh 200 lbs at birth.
That makes them the largest babies on the planet...... except for those guys that are mad about Taylor Swift getting one minute of camera time in a three hour football game.
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MontanaMatt: I'm not saying Matt has an enlarged prostate..... but if I put a hat on that thing I could drive in the carpool lane!
Gettin old is so much better than not getting old. Most days....I think. I'll know more tomorrow morning after my appointment with the specialist. I talked to him on the phone the other day and asked him..... What are my chances of this being prostate cancer and not just enlarged? And that fckr told me straight up. Pretty much 50/50!
Dude! You need to go back to med school for a refresher course on bedside manner!
Of course I hate when Dr's beat around the bush...but I wouldn't have been offended at all if he had told me we need to wait for test results before I can really say anything.
So yeah. I can't wait to get these tests behind me (pun intended) so I can maybe sleep again. Please? I really try not to worry about these things until there's something to worry about..... but I did bury a little brother in 09 that died from prostate cancer. That family history greatly increases my chances of having to deal with the cancer thing.
And my employer is assigning buses as we speak. And they won't assign me a bus until I have something concrete to tell them. So I need some answers or I 'll end up driving a pc of shit bus...or worse....end up on the road with the WWE! ACK!
So looking for answers in the morning.
Wish me luck! 💚
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BugHug: My understanding of prostate cancer is, even worse case scenario, it's highly treatable. Obviously nobody wants to deal with that bullshit at all so of course I am sending all my positive vibes that this is nothing to worry about except having to be very careful when you sit down.
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gwennith: Doctors always use that 50/50 % and play it safe , just hold on Matt!! and what Budhuh said too!
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MontanaMatt
MontanaMatt: Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement! Well we've already eliminated an enlarged prostate. That ain't it.
Of course they took a urine sample and did discover "more than a little blood" in the urine. And a rather large colony of bacteria. So it's possible we're just dealing with some weird infection. The urologist wants to speak to my doctor Monday morning....and then they'll pick an antibiotic to get me started on. And we'll go from there. In the meantime, I'm going to step out of my comfort zone and see if I can't find an acupuncturist that's willing to do some pokey pokey. I've done a lot of research last night, and today, and it appears that acupuncture has shown remarkable results. No matter what the cause. I will never be completely convinced that acupuncture isn't voodoo or witchcraft.... but if it works it works. At this point I'll try anything that might improve my comfort level. And possibly get me back to work much sooner than waiting around for an antibiotic to work.
So i'm in a much better frame of mind today.
And again thank you also much. Your kind words and positive thoughts really do help!
❤️👏
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MontanaMatt
MontanaMatt: Other than the occasional tornado.... it's been a pretty mild winter in Nashville. And that's all about to change. Looking at a high on Monday of 8..... and a high on Tuesday of 4. With the nighttime lows well below zero.
Not a great time of year to be living in a metal box. 🥶 But i've added an electric blanket and some beautifully thick flannel sheets to my sleep game....so I should be OK.
And the Hampton Inn is about a mile down the road.... so as a last resort I can always suffer in luxury there.....If needed. 🤷‍♂️
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MontanaMatt: Ouch! 🥶
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BugHug: Good time to defrost the freezer though as everything in it can simply be moved outside.
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KeithJ: even near the gulf here it will be below freezing every night all through the week .
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MontanaMatt: I've got too much time on my hands..... so I joined an amateur autopsy club. Wednesday night is our first meeting. It's open mic night!
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MontanaMatt: RIP Kenny! When I first bought a motorcycle..... Kenny rode right behind me for my first few thousand miles.....just to make sure I wasn't doing anything too stupid.
A few years after that Kenny had a stomach reduction surgery. Then lost somewhere around 180 pounds. And was absolutely shocked how much faster his motorcycle was! 🤣
Then he went in to have a considerable amount of extra skin removed. That led to probably the strangest conversation I've ever been involved in. Pretty happy that conversation didn't occur in a public place. Charlie.... another dear friend..... decided he wanted to have a vest made.... With Kenny's extra skin! 😳 I decided. I was going to put in an order for a wallet. Pretty hilarious conversation!
And Kenny did think it was pretty funny!
I'm gonna miss you buddy. 😢
Rest easy my friend. 💔
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sky_deep: Sorry for your loss
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Thosny: Sorry to hear about your friend, Matt. Thanks for sharing that memory with us.
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BugHug
BugHug: He sounds like he was quite a man. I am so sorry for your loss.
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MontanaMatt
MontanaMatt: The "Monta" Bar! Ok then! Yee haw bitches! HAPPY NEW YEAR'S! I really do love you all! You've all made my life more than doable! And I will never forget it! ❤️
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MontanaMatt: Well that could have been much worse. I survived the tornado that was in this neighborhood.... and my camper mostly did. The massive wind partially tore the awning off of the roller that's used to roll it in or out. But it appears with some industrial-strength adhesive I can put that back together. One tiny kink in 1 of the supports..... But I think I've got that straightened out enough to where it will work. I did have to venture into the woods to find my outdoor lounge chair... but at least I found it and it's in one piece. And my camper was peppered by flying debris..... but it appears none of it penetrated the skin at all. And somehow the wind opened up the emergency exit that is between the bunks. Not exactly sure how that's possible..... other than the latch mechanism is a piece of shit. Of course that bottom bunk is used for just storage and it's full of crap.... So I need to move a bunch of junk when I crawl in there before I can put the window back together. But again it could have been much worse. My next door neighbor has 2 trees on top of his mobile home... as do dozens of other neighbors in this mobile home park. And so far the official death count is holding at 6.....but widespread total destruction. Obviously It's pretty damn sad that people lose their lives in a weather event. And 2 of those were children 3 or younger. 😢 One of those children.... a 2 year old.... was found sheltered by his mother's body. But when the neighbors mobile home literally leaves the ground and comes down on top of your mobile home.... a mother's best efforts at protecting her child wasn't enough. And that's just profoundly sad.
So I have some work to do to put this place back into a presentable condition. And I guess actually happy I was in Charlotte North Carolina over the weekend. Not much I could have done to prevent anything that happened here.... but I'm sure I would have been out in it trying. And the tornado hit during daylight hours. I usually don't care what those tornadoes might do to me.... as long as I can see it coming. For some probably misguided notion I feel like at least I have a chance if I see it coming.
I probably need to rethink that. I see now that that could find me being quite complacent. 🤷‍♂️
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springsunshine82: I'm glad you're safe
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BugHug: This is just heartbreaking. I am so glad you came through this relatively unscathed though!!! Phew!! My heart goes out to the ones suffering such incredible losses right now.
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MontanaMatt: Well yesterday was a very long day.... But I made it back to Montana in one piece. Physically.
Emotionally? Not so much. I have to deal with 3 of the worst airports in this country. The Nashville airport is a disaster in every way. And I booked an 8 AM flight thinking I would get out of there before the place went completely to hell. Fail! Probably 40000 people there at 6 o'clock in the morning.... all trying to catch a flight out of town. Took over 90 minutes just to clear security. And then of course I had a 90 minute layover in Dallas. Pretty easily the biggest disaster for an airport in this country. Of course my connecting flight was at concourse B. That's the concourse that's on the other side of a 6 lane freeway. 😳 And of course the people movers were out of order. That's well over a half mile hike. Wonderful hiking opportunities is the last thing on my to do list these days. In fact when I get an invite to go somewhere..... my only question is.....Are there stairs? And if there are I'm probably not going! And the Billings Montana airport has had the same issue for 45 years. They just can't get any baggage from the plane to the baggage carousels in a reasonable amount of time. And it actually worked out okay this time. By the time I collected my bags and walked out the door my mom and dad were pulling up right in front of me. And then I had to refrain from slapping the shit out of the rent a cop outside. Of course it's a passenger load and unload only area. And he was screaming at the driver of every vehicle that stopped to pick somebody up. He directed one of those rants at my dad.... Who was parked there for literally 30 seconds....... And i'd had enough. I took 2 steps and smacked the sign that said passenger load and unload only.... And told him to shut the fuck up and read the sign. I told him he obviously doesn't have the temperament for that job so he should probably go guard a grade school somewhere. He wasn't very happy with me but he shut up long enough for us to get out of there... And then I'm sure he went right back to yelling at people for no good reason.
So it's gonna be a wonderful stay here. My sister retired a few weeks ago.... And her and her husband just moved in to their freshly built home about 7 or 8 miles outside of town. So I'll spend some time hanging out with them. And this Friday is my brother's last day working.... So I'll be heading to both of his retirement parties. Should be a good time! And plenty of time hanging out with the folks. I think I fly out of here on either the third or the fourth. 😀
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Chele1L: Hope your Christmas will be merry and bright! ⭐️
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MontanaMatt: Thank you all! And I wish for you all the happiest of holiday seasons! 💕
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BugHug: I was getting a little worried that you hadn't posted lately Matt but you made it up with this one! This was a doozy! I am glad you are where you want to be for the holidays and I wish you and yours the very happiest of the holidays and the most fantastic New Year anyone could ever have!
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MontanaMatt: Well I find myself in Charlotte North Carolina today. 🤷‍♂️ Quick 30 hour trip....total.... including 10 hours in a nice hotel.... and I'm gonna pocket about $1500! Hey can we do this twice a week? I'm in!
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MontanaMatt: Well the Roanoke Virginia airport is a pretty sleepy place at 2 AM. One police officer sitting in his car out front.... one guy following his floor polisher around the building.....and me! At least the restrooms are open! And the floor polisher told me everything wakes up right at 4 AM. Then I'm off to Atlanta for a 2 hour layover.... and then back up to Nashville. I should be back in my camper and asleep by 10 AM!
Unfortunately it's probably gonna be about a 2 hour nap..... and then I have to go see my doctor. I think I may have acquired some lung damage during my bus fire adventure.
😲 And yes it sucks. My lungs pretty much feel like hot garbage. And I have a pretty consistent really deep and disgusting cough that I've never experienced before. So I'm expecting my doctor will send me out for lung x-rays pretty much immediately. And we'll go from there. 🤷‍♂️
So I apologize for my absence. When I got back home after 30 days on the road I was pretty wrecked. It's been pretty much sleep and some laundry. Followed by more sleep. I told my employer I really needed a week off of the road.... and then I'd be ready for the big push to the finish of the season. They made it 4 days without calling....and that's why I find myself virtually alone in the Roanoke Virginia airport. But I'm not gonna complain. This very quick trip more than pays for my flight to Montana for Christmas and New Year's Eve.
And I'll get some sleep when I get back to Nashville. Ya right! 🤣
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