My occupation is a Stand up Comedian. I have a job that allows me to travel the country and I get paid to have a good time! My 6th grade teacher was wrong when she said “You will not be able to joke your way through life.” Ok, but I still teach Comedy Defensive Driving classes when I’m back home in Texas, so obliviously my career is not going as well as it should be.
The road trips are my favorite part of the job, besides being up on stage, Love’s Truck Stops, construction zones that put you behind schedule and sleeping in your car at a rest stop in the middle of Idaho, these are the good times my friend. When I first started my career, I would drive to New Orleans, Houston and Austin from Fort Worth on my own dime, doing amateur nights at comedy clubs just for the love of the game. There is something magical when you set out on the road, in the spirit of Lewis and Clark, on a journey of self discovery. When you get on a plane, that’s a trip, when you get into your car and set out for the road, that’s an adventure! There are some many cool things to see in the U.S. of A. Some of my favorite road trips are:
Northern California Hwy 101 (Ave. of the Giants) Driving through the Redwoods is soup and salad for the soul. You see pictures of these magnificent giants, but it just doesn’t do them justice. You have to see them in front of you to experience the full effect that will take your breath away!
Albuquerque, New Mexico The Tramway. This is the town where Bugs Bunny always made his wrong turn and I can see why, with all the scenery and the vibe of the Native American Southwest, one can be easily distracted. This is truly the “Land of Enchantment.” Before every show at dusk, I like to drive on the Tramway from Academy road to I-25. This road takes you along the Sandia Mountains in the east. When the sun sets in the west, it illuminates the mountains like a bohemian artist’s painting and to the left you can see all the lights of the city. I drive with the windows rolled down listening to U2′s Bad, the live version. This moment of Zen is the most euphoric feeling. Psychologist should prescribe this drive to their patients who are feeling depressed.
Arizona Hwy 60 (Hwy 60, aka the Superstition Freeway from Mesa, through Globe up into the Salt River Canyon) Driving in the desert Southwest can be a fun and challenging drive, especially in the summer. Saguaro cacti and the canyon tunnels make this highway a scenic route for the adventurous traveler.
New England The Merritt Parkway, Connecticut’s Route 169. Driving in New England in the fall is a must! Bring a camera and a journal. Why a journal, you ask, because driving in New England will bring out the natural poet in everyone!
Memphis, Tennessee Graceland. Driving from anywhere U.S.A. to Graceland is a drive fit for a “King.”
Feel free to tell me about your favorite drives. Buckle up and don’t drink and drive.