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The Dolphins Make Me Cry

A few weeks ago, I spent several days on the road with Darius Rucker and his band. It was a blast, but I have to tell you about one part that was kind of funny. You probably know that band members sleep on moving busses. So I slept on the bus too. They gave me this little bunk that is basically the size of a dresser drawer. I’ve never slept on a train or on in a bus bunk before — it was interesting.

But here was the funny part. The first night, I kept having the same dream. I was in our house sleeping in our bed with Margo when suddenly the bed started shaking. The girls rushed in to our bedroom and shouted “Earthquake!” And so we jumped out of bed, gathered our stuff, got the dog, and raced out to the front of the yard while the ground shook around us. I’m not actually sure if this is the proper procedure for an earthquake, but that’s what we did.

And just as we got outside I would wake up and see I was on a rumbling bus and think, “Well, yeah, of course that would be the dream I would have.”

Then I would fall back asleep … and have the exact same dream. It happened like five times.

Getting to know Darius and the guys in the band and the one-of-a-kind tour manager Mike Kelly was fantastic. But I will say the whole bus-sleeping thing did end any craving I’d ever had to be in a band.

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4 Responses to The Dolphins Make Me Cry

  1. FYI: the proper procedure for an earthquake is to move towards the interior of the house & preferably under a door frame since it’s reinforced. Stay away from bookshelves, windows or anything that can break and/or fall on you. The wrong thing to do is go outside. There could be falling power lines, trees or other debris. In some areas, like downtown, there might be breaking glass falling from tall buildings or falling building debris. People have been killed by such things. A chunk of falling brick or shattering glass can do a number on the human body.

    The reality is that earthquakes generally last under a minute. Most times you barely have time to react at all. I’ve been in about a dozen good sized earthquakes, usually while asleep. I don’t think I’ve ever made a move from where I was. Mainly because, especially when I’m waking, by the time I realize it’s an earthquake it’s over. Or, I realize it’s an earthquake and it will be over in seconds, so moving seems like a waste of motion for the short duration. Yes, I realize that living in California has made me very blase about the whole thing.

    If you really want to have fun in an earthquake and get the full experience, be at the top of a skyscraper during a big one. Modern skyscrapers are built to move. A lot. This keeps the building from breaking apart, which makes sense. That doesn’t mean that it feels at all natural when you’re in the middle of it. I was in a meeting in the one of the Century City twin towers for one. It got our attention. Probably being in a glass conference room wasn’t the best either.

  2. Thomas McElgunn says:

    What a wonderful article!

  3. Grover Jones says:

    Thanks, Joe. Everyone says this, but it’s still true: it’s heartwarming to know there are still genuinely nice people out there. I’ve always appreciated your lack of cynicism, and now from Darius Rucker too. I think his response to the shooting was pitch-perfect.

  4. Ryan says:

    Small correction: there were 6 QB drafted in the first round of 1983 – Tony Eason was drafted #15, in between Kelly and O’Brien.

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