Two days after performing in Leesburg, FL the quartet took a very early flight (3am wake up call!) to Nebraska City, NE. We must say, this wasn't one of the best weekends for smooth air travel. Before we left the gate from Orlando to Atlanta the pilot informed us there would be no refreshment cart service because the flight attendants will be buckled in the entire flight. Fortunately, the bumps were not as bad as anticipated which was a relief. However, the fella in front of me who was the size of a linebacker was in a "brace yourself" position for the full flight. One hand on the seat in front, the other gripping the armrest and his feet spread apart- one of which was in the aisle! Everytime there was a little bump he would freeze up. I'm not a comfortable flyer (This is Mike typing. Hello!) but even for me it wasn't that bad. God bless him!
The flight to Omaha was nice and smooth. When we landed we were greeted by Nancy and her son, Nick. We had a 45 minute ride to Nebraska City. Myron sat in the backseat with Nick as he entertained Myron with his Playstation game, NHL '07. Myron represented the quartet in fine, heroic fashion!
We pulled up to the our hotel, the Lie Lodge. What a beautiful hotel that looks like a giant log cabin. One of the coolest elements to the hotel was the constant smell of a wood fire burning throughout the hotel. They have a furnace that burns woodchips and spreads the smell in the halls of the hotel. Pretty awesome and very relaxing.
After we ate lunch at the hotel, the quartet headed to Nebraska City High School which was just around the corner and prepared for the show. The afternoon crowd was great and we put on a good show despite all four of us feeling exhausted!
Following the show we went back to the hotel, ate dinner and took a nap. When we returned to the theater we had some time to kill. Myron came across some paper footballs that were made by a student from the school. After playing a little finger football we decided to fim Myron and Roger competing against each other. We weren't sure what we would do with the footage, but it was still fun.
The night show was a big hit and the quartet was very sharp. The afterglow was held at the high school with ice cream and popcorn for snacks.
Once again we had a very early wake up (5am) because we had to get back to Omaha for our flights home. Tony was scheduled to leave later in the day but came with us hoping to catch a flight home with us. Unfortunately he was not able to find a seat and took a flight later in the morning.
While on the flight to Atlanta I decided to play with the video we shot at the school. During most of the flight I was able to
make a rough cut of a new silent film. We took a break in Atlanta as Roger treated us to a stay in the Sky Club. Sweet!Worth it! The flight back to Orlando I cleaned up some of the edit points and by the time we landed I had rendered a Main Street film entitled, Finger Football. The movie can be found on our "Cinema" link.
Tony's flight was about two hours behind us. Unfortunately for him they hit so very heavy turbulence flying back to Orlando where the plane had seven or eight sudden drops. Tony, a two million mile frequent flyer on Delta rated his experience among the top five worst flights.
Special note: Every year the Nebraska City chapter does something for their guest quartets which EVERY chapter should do. The day before we left all of our wives and/or girlfriends received a bouquet of flowers from the chapter thanking them for letting be on their show. Lots of class fellas! Thank you. We had a fun weekend in Nebraska mainly because of the hospitality shown from the members of the chorus. Also, Tony and Roger are looking forward to next year when Nick will sing When The Saints Come Marching In with Keepsake.