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Saturday, March 27, 2010

We have a possible venue for Austin. New Movement Theater. Still have feelers out there.

We also may have lined up places to stay in Seattle and New Orleans. Thank you, Dot.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

First Draft Route Plan - Updated

We have the dates, hopefully they won't change much.

7/7/10, Day 1: Washington, DC - Long Island City, NY (We'll be performing a show at the Creek in LIC, and crashing with friends)

7/8/10, Day 2: Long Island City, NY - Berlin NH (Stopping in Manomet ME to play in a Cranberry Bog. We both lived in Berlin Germany for quite some time, so I thought it was fitting to revisit Berlin. We don't have a place to stay for this night yet. Do you know anyone near here?)

7/9/10, Day 3: Berlin NH - Niagara Falls (We don't have a place to stay for this night yet. Do you know anyone near here?)

7/10/10, Day 4: Niagara Falls -Kalamazoo MI - Gary IN (Our first play as kids was The Music Man. And one of the songs was called "Gary, Indiana."Need a place to stay here, too)

7/11/10, Day 5: Gary IN to Chicago IL (We'll be performing a show in Chicago and crashing with friends)

*Note Day 4 and 5 could be combined, but it would mean getting to Chicago in the evening and heading right to a show. Still working that out.

7/12/10, Day 6: Chicago, IL - Fargo ND (Our Grandmother is from here, plus a great movie was made about this place. We do not have any sleeping accommodations set up for here yet)

7/13/10, Day 7: Fargo ND - Mt Rushmore SD (Know anybody that lives around here?)

7/14/10, Day 8: Mt Rushmore SD - Yellowstone WY (I think we might try camping out here)

7/15/10, Day 9: Yellowstone - Seattle, WA (Will probably try and stay at the hotel where the Choroideremia Conference is happening, but if you have some spare room, we would love to come and visit)

7/16/10 - 7/17/10, Day 10 + 11: CHM Conference in Seattle

7/18/10, Day 12: Seattle - Sacramento (Hopefully we will be staying with family, in the Stockton/Tracy area)

7/19/10, Day 13: Sacramento - Sequoia National Park - LA (We'll be performing a show in LA and crashing with friends)

7/20/10, Day 14: LA - Death Valley - Las Vegas (We need a place to stay here. Maloof Brothers, I'm talking to you!)

7/21/10, Day 15: Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Petrified Forest - Eagar AZ (Anyone live around here? We definitely could use a cold shower and a warm bed after Vegas)

7/22/10, Day 16: Eagar AZ - Carlsbad Caverns - Odessa TX (Who's in Odessa? Cause we wanna come visit!)

7/23/10, Day 17: Odessa TX - Austin TX (We'll be performing a show in Austin and HOPEFULLY crashing with friends)

7/24/10, Day 18: Austin TX - New Orleans LA (Begnets and bedrooms, who's helping us out here?)

7/25/10, Day 19: New Orleans LA - Tallahassee FL - Augusta GA (They say you can't go home again, but our parents keep inviting us back. We're staying with the folks tonight)

7/26/10, Day 20: Augusta GA - Washington, DC (Last day. The Martini Day. Home again, home again, jiggity jig)

New Destinations

Sequoia National Park - The mighty Redwoods call our names.

Death Valley - Lowest point in the United States, 282 feet below sea level.

Yellowstone National Park - For all the lovely Pic-a-nic Baskets.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just What I Thought

I finally had my meeting with Mark, my (fingers crossed) filmographer for this project. I told him about this project several months ago and he was very interested.

It was a short meeting, where he confirmed his extreme want to do this, but he needed to verify the time frame, because his work does its most in the summer months. We talked about some of the technical requirements; two cameras and one sound for a decent bare bones documentary. So I may be on the lookout for some people who want to travel this summer. :)

Mark asked me for another week so he can go to his HR people and figure out a way to make this happen without causing any problems at his work. It's in the Big Guy's hands, and I know it will work out for the best.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Next Stop ...

Mt Rushmore, SD - A little off the path, but not too far. We have definitely got to stop and see this.

Grand Canyon, AZ - No comment needed.
We were able to get set up on Kickstarter, thanks to our friends at Claymore Productions. Kickstarter works as an all or nothing fundraising website. Once we figure out how much it will take us to accomplish this, we will start a campaign with that specific amount. Participants pledge how much money they will donate and at the end of campaign time frame, if we have raised what we said we needed in pledges, we will get the amount. If we do not meet it, we will not get anything. More to come on that.

Tod and I are working on a mission statement that we will put on the blog so that people can get the gist of what this whole thing is about. We have a temporary one up while we are working on the final product.

We are making some major headway in the shows department. We have the venue lined up for NY, The Creek and The Cave, and in Chicago, The Playground, donated from our friends at Claymore Productions, who do a weekly show there. Tod is working some connections for an LA venue, and I have heard back from EJ Scott and Asaf Ronen, two big time improvisers who hopefully will be able to help land some venues in Austin/Chicago/LA.

My accountant, Jonathan, got back to me today and said that we should just do this as a personal project, so we won't need to open a business account. I will be opening a secondary checking account for all the funds we raise, just in case the IRS wants to get all up in my business.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

If You Can't be an Athlete ...

I sent out a feeler email to some friends in NY, Chicago, LA and Austin about getting some shows set up for the trip, and have already gotten some good feedback. Especially from Joy in LA, who reminded me to reach out to EJ Scott, a fellow improviser and CHM sufferer. Here's hoping!

Gotta start making a list of essential equipment needs, like those little devices you put on cell phones to record both sides of a conversation for the film.

Meeting with my friend, Mark on Tuesday night to see if he will be able to commit to filming the project. Honestly, I know I will be a bit lost if he can't, but I will at least be able to pick his brain for essentials if he can't.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Obstacles, Obstacles

I heard back from Kickstarter.com. As it stands now, they aren't accepting our campaign for fundraising. I'll keep trying though, I have some improv friends from college, Claymore Productions, who were able to get a campaign and maybe they can help.

I spoke to my good friend and accountant, Jonathan, who says that I need to set up a business account for monies received towards this project, to make sure that I don't get in trouble with the IRS. Unfortunately, being an accountant, he is tied up with taxes until April 15th. After that, he and I are going to sit down and get all that info worked out and situated. But I hate waiting. Meh, what can you do?

On lighter notes, last night and drinks and caught up with an old friend, Tim Howard, and his lovely wife, Jennifer. They just happened to be in Baltimore overnight, taking the flight bump coming home from family vacation, and decided to come on down to DC. I told him about Driving Blind and he wants to be a part of it. Being a military brat like me, we both knew each other in our early teens in Berlin Germany, he suffers from chronic Wanderlust, and has the time to spare. He's even offered to bring up his Tacoma, which I think is a blessing. I had been thinking recently about all those road trip documentaries and how they have shots of the vehicle from another while on the road. I will be keeping him involved in as big a part as he wants. Let's hope his schedule permits it in July.

Another great and old friend, Rebecca, also knew her in our teens in Berlin, has been helping me with a letter that I will be sending to different organizations, hoping to get help from; donations, equipment, essentials, etc. You never know who will come out of the woodwork to help, right George Bailey?

Major and First Fun Stops Plotted

There are places that we have to go to, and places that we want to go.

As it stands now -

- New York City, Long Island City to be specific. Hoping to perform a show there.

- Niagara Falls, NY/Canada

- Chicago, IL. Hoping to perform a show there.

- Seattle, WA. Attending the Choroideremia Convention on July 16-18

- Los Angeles, CA. Hoping to perform a show there.

- Carlsbad Caverns, NM

- Austin, TX. Hoping to perform a show there.

- Augusta, GA. Home is where the Army sends us.

- Washington, DC. The Alpha and Omega.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March 19 2010

I feel like a accomplished a fair amount today.

- Set up some links on the webpage.

- Sent a message to Kickstarter.com about get a fundraising campaign going through them. (Fingers crossed)

- Set up a twitter account for when we hit the road; DrivingBlindDoc. You should totally twitfriend us. Twiend?

- Talked to the bank about setting up a Business Account for monies coming in and it seemed like a viable option. No Balance and no monthly fees as long as I used the debit card once in a month.

- Mum and Dud sent a couple maps for the prep and, I suppose, the trip. I want to put up a big map on my wall at home and old school Mohinder Suresh/Noah Bennett/Joe Fiennes in FlashForward the trip out. That way I'll be constantly reminded to keep on moving forward.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Journey Begins

I want to get a bunch of cool stuff on this page; a map of the route, pictures along the way, a link to get donations/sponsorship, journal entries and video diaries along the trip, and more things than I can think of right now.