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Old 11-08-2013, 05:10 AM   #1
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Default Friday Nov 1. LAX.Another reason to love my van

I had a gig with a big swing band in Dallas on Saturday the 2nd.I live in San Bernardino,Ca. So a flight from LAX at 12:00 PM and a meetup of 10:00 AM is tough(rush hour) so I left at 3:30 AM and got there at 5 AM to long term parking lot C. Popped the top of my van and took a nap til 8, got up , had a little breakfast.Decided to just wait til 9:45 to get on the shuttle.I stepped on the shuttle near my van and the driver declared "Nobody's going nowhere today" "There was a shooting and this place is shutting down".Sure enough,He was correct.It was at Terminal 3 where we were scheduled to fly out of on Virgin America.The band leader and his wife as well as two of our guys were ushered to the Bradley terminal where they waited until 5:30.I was very lucky(blessed) that I wasn't my usual early self.I hung out til 2 with another musician in my camp chairs before we found out that they got tickets for 7:30 AM Saturday on American.My buddy headed home and I found a better spot and camped out til morning.I needed nothing and felt bad for the people dragging their luggage around in search of water and food and I guess lodging.As an aside.If you are in the L.A. area and need a place to camp.Long term parking in lot C and G is $12.Kinda noisy but cheap and secure.
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Very nice / useful to have your van - scary day though. Glad you're safe.
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Great story Stan, better late, than never, definitely applies. Funny how stuff works out some times?
(what do you play, btw? I used to play brass/woodwinds in HS, and guitar at home, later on sticking with guitar for a few decades, but haven't picked any of them up for years)
Thanks for the tip on cheap (noisy) camping at LAX. Will keep it in mind along with the beach side camping mentioned in another thread (can't recall where it was, exactly, but it sounded good, too).
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I play trumpet and sing. Website link in my profile
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I play trumpet and sing. Website link in my profile
I (used to) play trumpet, and often think I can sing, but rarely at the same time.
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