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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Post-Morocco Update

Well, when they say "Don't drink the water," I guess they REALLY mean it. Aside from memories of it's beautiful scenery and unmeasured hospitality, Morocco left us another memorable parting gift. E. coli. Yep, the whipping child of gastro-intestinal illnesses. I contracted it, and so did Glenn and Dave, our prodution manager. Jason was very ill for 2 days after we got back, but we're pretty sure it was something different than what the rest of us got. But now at least I can say that I survived E. coli. I'm putting up a picture of me drinking the water that I believe gave me the bacteria. It was a tap-water refill, and I shouldn't have drank it. Someone handed it to me as I stepped off stage after our Sunday night performance. I'm almost all better now after an entire week of eating bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast -- so are Glenn and Dave. It's a boring diet, but it works. Once I've completely recovered from this I'm sure I'll look very fondly on my first time in Africa once again. I took about 800 pictures, so the trip is very well documented.

On a higher note, our second and final performance at the Friendship Festival was a blast. I admit, I was a little intimidated by the idea of communicating to the crowd in French (since I've never done that before), before our Friday night performance. But by the second one, I was pretty confident, and we all felt like the second concert went even better than the first one. We were the only straight-up rock band of the entire festival, so that definitely worked to our advantage. And the French-speaking really endeared us to the crowd, I think, so that was fun. And we've never played for a crowd of 60,000 before -- that was fun too. We made some new friends overseas, and hope to see them all again, maybe next year.

Now on to the next thing... the album release tour on the West Coast! I can't tell you how stoked were are about the new songs. Plus, we miss California... it's been too long. Later!



Blogger Kathryn said...

800 PICS?!!! WOW!!!!

speaking of pictures, these ones are great!

So sorry to hear you were all sick! what a drag. the BRAT diet is very good for GI probs. . . Rob and I were following it after we got back from Mexico! ay yi yi!

Sounds like Morocco was an amazing experience!!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Thanks for the update Marc. Great shots! That crowd was immense - my nerves would have been shattered standing there in front of them all! I think we looked at something like 1000 photos with Glenn - it's great that you guys documented your journey so well.

Glad to hear everyone is feeling better! Have a great CD release tour guys! And stick with the bottled water... :)

12:52 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

it HAS been too long! glad you'll all be back in cali. hope you're all completely recovered for spirit west coast!

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Lyndon Unger (The One and ONLY) said...

OH SNAP! Downhere has a blog! No way!

Well, I guess you're all rockstars now, what with going to Morocco and all. And E-Coli? Yeah. Don't drink the water buddy boy. I'm sure you're going to have stories galore someday when I see you...

...Which will be sooner than later. Hmmm. You're heading out to play Santa Clarita tomorrow? Awe snap! I'm moving to Santa Clarita in like 3 months. DOH! I'll miss my favorite little monkeys by a few months! Doh! Anyway, I will now brag to everyone that I am friends with legitimate rockstars that went to MOROCCO! YEAH POOTER! I love you all and hope to run across you folks sometime when you're around the Los Angeles area!

1:08 AM  
Blogger Doug E. said...


I just saw you at Spirit West Coast- Del Mar. There are several of us at Trinity Law School who love your music, and seeing you in concert was even better than expected. Keep up the good work.


P.S. I love the new album.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

You know how else you can get e coli? by eating dole lettuce in a bag. i know this because dateline told me so. Haha..

I am jealous of your 800 pictures by the way :-)

6:23 PM  
Blogger cornelia said...

E.Coli from one bottle of water in Morocco? When I think of all the sketchy water I've drunk around the world... Makes me thankful that I've never come down with anything. Especially not like you guys. And thankful for my MEC charcoal filtre. Next time you travel you should look into one, it'll save you from a diet of rice and bananas : ) (it's also great for canoe trips)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Bradley B. Shea said...

I still love the bright orange t-shirt i got at your concert in BC a couple of years ago.

5:19 AM  

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