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Friday 22 February 2019

Surf clam salad with yuzu, lime, soy and agave dressing. Spectacular (tho’ I say so myself!) I HAVE a PRS members’ fund meeting in Edinburgh and hit the road right after breakfast. Once I’m done I pick up some shopping and roll up home just before...

Thursday 21 February 2019

AFTER I get through the routine stuff there’s some online listings to finish for next week’s run of Scottish shows and a wee bit extra social media ‘push’ to be done. The post brings a renewal letter from BT. I’m in a wee bit of a...

Wednesday 20 February 2019

UP early to get into Glasgow in time for my appointment at the eye hospital. I have to wait a bit longer than usual…always intrigues me that no matter if its doctor, dentist or hospital – and could be first or second appointment of the day – that you’re...

Tuesday 19 February 2019

There’s a wee bit off tortilla dough left in the fridge so I rustle up some smoked brisket tacos for lunch DUNNO what’s going on with my body clock, but it’s nearly 11am when I wake pop…and we were in bed early last night! Can’t be...

Monday 18 February 2019

THERE’S a few routine things needing done before eI hit the studio.. Main task today is to finish editing the NAMM Show/California tour videoblog. The actual video is almost done and just needs a wee tweak – but the audio all needs finished. It takes me the...

Sunday 17 February 2019

WE have a bit of a lie in then have breakfast. Mikey’s giving Les a lift back to Edinburgh and Matty’s going out for a run before he heads back to Dundee. I hit the studio and record some instrumental guitar stuff to use in the wee film about our USA west....

Saturday 16 February 2019

A walk in the woods before dinner…. THE remote temperature monitor bleeps at the 6.45am and wakes me up…the brisket has reached 165ºF – time to wrap it in butcher paper. I drag myself outside and dot he necessary then go back to bed. 45 minutes later the...

Friday 15 February 2019

I get a kosher salt and pepper rub on the brisket after trimming…. LOTS to get done today. Margaret’s sorting the insurance claim for my LA hospital visit and subsequent flight re-booking. Fingers crossed. The Facebook video ad I set up yesterday is still...

Thursday 14 February 2019

A LAZY morning and a Valentine’s breakfast of smashed avocado on toast with a poached egg and some sriracha. I spend an inordinate amount of time sorting a Facebook video ad for the upcoming Scottish shows then get on with planning and booking USA tour dates for...

Wednesday 13 February 2019

DOCTOR’S appointment first thing – we need a form filled in for our medical/travel insurance claim – plus I wanna see if I can get some kind of allergy test to see if my ‘episode’ was an allergic reaction to something. Anything to avoid going through...

Tuesday 12 February 2019

THERE’S a phone meeting at 10am and although I thought I’d allowed enough time to be ready, when I get out the shower I realise I’m tight for time…so a wee rush ensues! Live just grabbed a coffee and sat myself down in the office when the call...

Monday 11 February 2019

I START the car to let it start defrosting while I have breakfast then drive off to Edinburgh. I’m doing a talk for some students at Napier University this. morning. I’m done soon after midday and make my way to Asda to pick up some boots and bobs I...

Sunday 10 February 2019

We do a couple of Facebook livestreams from the studio…. ONCE again, despise an early night and setting my alarm for 8am it’s nearly 11am when I wake up! Still feeling a bit odd too. After breakfast Margaret’s on a mission to clean and tidy the...

Saturday 9 February 2019

I SET my alarm for 8am…but its 11am when I wake up. Jeez. And I’m still not feeling 100% – the room spins like hell (albeit briefly) every time I move my head and given the carry on earlier in the week I’m terrified of being sick! Once I’m up...

Thursday 7 February 2019

THINK I manage an hour or two’s doze before we wake up for breakfast on the plane. We land in Frankfurt soon after around midday local time…4am where we left (Los Angeles). The trek from our arrival gate to the gate for our connecting flight to Manchester...

Wednesday 6 February 2019

We say cheerio to Jim..and wee Randy…at LAX I FEEL a lot better when I wake up…but there’s a weird dizzy thing going on…like my eyes catch up with my head a few seconds after I move. Dunno if it’s because I’ve been lying down too...

Tuesday 5 February 2019

An unscheduled visit to urgent care means we miss our flights home! THE vomiting continues every half hour through the night and things get pretty nasty. Margaret and Lecretia go to the pharmacy to try and get some meds…,but if there’s any chance of me getting...

Monday 4 February 2019

AFTER breakfast in the hotel room we pack up and leave Ventura and make our way back to LA. The rental car has to go back to Santa Ana where our pal Jim meets us and takes us back to his place – we’re staying with him and his wife Lecretia tonight. We spend the...

Sunday 3 February 2019

Breakfast at Abe’s 🙂 WE slowly get our stuff together in the hotel room, over a few coffees then drive over to Abe’s (Perlstein) place in Los Osos for breakfast. A retired Hollywood/film photographer and now radio host, Abe lives in a great place full of...

Saturday 2 February 2019

The Siren – my favourite venue of the west coast trip 🙂 AFTER a bit of a lie in I call radio host Abe Perlstein – we’ve arranged to meet for brunch before my show at The Siren. Abe comes to our hotel around midday and takes us to a fantastic wee place by the...