11/30/02. Mine Shaft Tavern, Madrid, NM

30 Nov

Our van, Big Thunder, made it here just fine. When we were unloading, Linda overheard a comment about him, something like, “why do musicians always have like a million dollars in musical gear, but a van that barely runs…” Maybe Big Thunder overheard it too, or else it was just a prophetic comment – after the show he died on this really steep hill and I almost couldn’t start him again. linda had to hold the brake with her hand while I manipulated the clutch and gas. We made it up the hill and then some miles after that but then the clutch went out about 20 miles from home. Big Thunder was kind to us, though, and we made it home in 2nd gear. The next day a friend came to fix it and he got a half mile down the road before the clutch totally disintegrated and he had to tow it after that. Moral of the story? Big Thunder is not just a van, he is our friend.

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