Greetings from Northeast of Cuba!
I find it easier for me to write on my day off…. which is always on a “sea day” heading back to Miami. It’s 12:21 PM (afternoon) and I just finished my lunch. Watching Foghorn Leghorn on the Cartoon Network. You know, the older you get, the funnier Bugs Bunny-type cartoons seem to get. I know, the technology today is better for animators…. and cheaper. But they lose something in translation. Disney animated movies, especially. Give me Lady and the Tramp over Toy Story any day! Not that Toy Story is bad…
They just ran a commercial on the Cartoon Network that they are having a show on Sunday at 5:30 PM about the effects of bullying…. aptly called, “The Bully Effect”. (Go figure.) As most of you know, I’m sick and tired of people bullying others and want to help do something about it. Perhaps Anderson Cooper is in a better position to make a difference than me. Good for him! Perhaps I should pursue one of my many other societal concerns. Hope you will take the time to watch and/or set your DVR. Bullying is a real issue…. and is more of an issue in your daily life than you realize.
Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny are now on the TV. Hysterical!
Got a nice e-mail, you may have read on Facebook, that my music is being played in France. That means: Mike Archer is being played on the radio in Belgium, France, England, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Belize, Japan….. but not yet in my hometown of Indianapolis. I will, however, be playing Indy on June 15th, for those of you in the area. Terry and I will be at Manley’s Irish Mutt located on the corner of 10th and Shadeland. Mike Manley is one of my classmates, to whom I am very grateful for the honor of playing his establishment. Let’s make it a party, Eastsiders!!
Today at lunch, I was reading the April 25th issue of Rolling Stone…. with Louis CK on the cover. Louie is one of my favorite comedians… VERY adult oriented… and I love his TV show on FX. The article is interview questions and his answers. So insightful. Funny, as usual, in many cases. He talks about how he struggled through years of bad gigs to improve himself to the point of all his success. He talks about how young kids today want instant success and don’t learn how to gradually improve. Boy, can I relate! Please, do yourself a favor and read the article. He talks about a number of things… and I love his take on people like Nancy Grace… that I think people need to understand about show business. It’s not an easy job!!!
Again, the guests on the cruise really liked my shows this week. I must be getting better and better because they are starting to follow me from one location to the next…. night after night. More so than when I first joined the ship. When I finish at night, I’ll take time to chat with the guests and they always like asking questions about the ship life. In a nutshell…. it’s not for just “anybody”. It’s a lonely job, for the most part. Friends come and go each embarkation day. In my case, I don’t work with anyone else at all. No roommate…. which is exactly how I want THAT part of it. But, ultimately, I am playing music for a living. That is exactly what I wanted to do. This is exactly what I wanted when I moved to Kentucky to learn how to perform. Winning!
I was watching Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable on ESPN 2 yesterday and he showed a clip of a rattle snake that had his head cut off by a guy with a shovel. Did you see this? Well, they didn’t show the actual cutting…. but did show the snake harassing the guy’s family, then cut to it’s severed head. It was a close-up, too. This bodiless snake-head was STILL scanning the area with it’s eyes, then opened it’s mouth to bite… as if it’s body was still intact. I mean… it didn’t know it was dead, or something. It was scary as heck! Guess who had nightmares about snakes last night??? I needed my mommy!!
There are many Latin crew members on the Carnival Victory… so this means we get to watch baseball together. How about my Braves being good?! They won a double-header against the Rockies yesterday. Win or lose, I like the Braves and Orioles…. but it’s always nice to see them win. Many of the Latin people here LOVE Albert Pujols and the Angels. Looks like they are starting to play well…. after adding Josh Hamilton in the off-season, to go with Trout, Pujols, and Trumbo. Back home, very few of my friends follow baseball closely. Oh, they’ll go to a game, but won’t watch on TV or read about it in the paper. So, that’s one of the fun things we do to pass time on the ship.
I think I’m going to go now. The ship is starting to gently rock back and forth…. and that makes me sleepy. Won’t hit the gym until about 7 PM tonight. On “sea days”, the gym is always full with guests. It’s difficult to get on the machines or get a treadmill. I’m doing the chatroom with Wild Bill in Texas at 8. After that, around 11:30, I’ll meet up with some of the other musicians for a cheeseburger. It’s the ritual. But now is nap time…. oh, and American Dad is coming on TBS, too…. gotta go.
Peace and love!