It has been very difficult to find time to actually post something new on this blog. It has been a whirlwind tour of Montana with the Globetrotters over the past four days. We played games in Butte, Missoula, Bozeman and Billings. After the game in Billings today, we bused four hours to Great Falls. We are only spending the night here on the way up to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Are game in Calgary isn't until Weds. night, so we'll have a couple of days off.
I've had the opportunity to be on the mic now for five games, and although some of the players and staff have told me that I'm catching on and learning the show relatively quickly for someone who just joined the tour, I'm a bit upset with myself, because I thought I would have it memorize and flawless by now. I'm not trying to put any undue pressure on myself, but I just didn't think it would take this long to learn it all. There are just so many elements to the game; between the music cues, the comedic bits the players do, the sound effects that I have to play at the right time (not early or late - that's happened a few times), the sponsorship copy that I have to some how squeeze in, etc. I'm also a bit stressed because we only have one game this week (in Calgary) before we do four shows in Arizona. The Globetrotters headquarters is in Phoenix, so I know the brass will be at the games and they'll be checking to see how I do.
Dizzy is one of the veteran players on this squad and he has been kind enough to befriend me. We have met in the past, but we never really got to know each other. He has been very helpful and supportive of my learning curve, and is just a fun guy to be around; on and off the court.
I'll try to add some photos to the blog during our day off in Calgary, so until late, safe travels...