Besides the fact that the British Virgin Islands is my dream home and the Cayamo cruise was one of the best times of my life, it has had other advantages. Fast forward several agonizing months, where I have not been in the Caribbean, to now. Meet Steve and Carrie Beckman! These guys, along with several other families, are one of the perks of Cayamo. They discovered us because they were looking through last year’s line up and thought that we were quite interesting, so now we are BFFs. Tour life: Day 3 was spent at their house with a house show to end the night with perfection.
After our show in Pittsburgh, we drove to the Beckman residence. It was after one a.m. but these guys stayed up waiting for us, and I believe, decided to do so by watching The Walking Dead. Greeting us at almost two in the morning, they helped us in with our luggage and settled us in for the night. The next morning, we were happy to find fresh fruit, scones (chocolate chip and lemon), and scrambled eggs waiting for us. I would like to say that the day was relaxing, but…we have a teenager.
Alli is in her second month of home school, and it has not been an easy transition for her. Friends have been very misunderstanding and potential boyfriends see the fact that she is gone a lot with us undesirable. So, long story short, it took us eight hours to get through the things that she had missed the previous day and I’m pretty sure Tony used the word “forever” in relation to how many days she had without her iPod.
House shows are one of my favorite things to do. You load in your instruments, set them up without worrying about cables or a sound check, and you just go! The Beckmans always bring in a ton of people and this show was no exception. Afterward, everyone was so complementary and friendly, and there’s no rush to talk to someone and send them on their way because someone else is waiting. It’s a party! You have all night! Carrie always makes pies for these parties and here’s a picture of one from this particular show. I think she was a little bummed about Tony’s eye falling in, but we decided that it was an omen for the future use of an eye patch. She also made these little appetizers that I cleared out for her single-handedly…two plates. I believe she said it was a mixture of goat cheese, cream cheese, and pumpkin on a little bagel cracker, topped with bacon, pecans, and apples.
Then, there’s true love and finding one’s new best friend…. Meet Guthrie the Golden Retriever. Tony found one also….If you look closely in this photo taken by our friend Julie Zipp, there is a snack tiger helping Tony play his guitar. This is because Julie’s son, Elijah, got to take the snack tiger home and record their whereabouts for the weekend he had him. I’m pretty sure that this tops any other kids outing with said snack tiger.
The next morning we had pancakes with real maple syrup and Alli ended up being really proud of herself for her good grades after I forced her into making good enough notes. I believe the words she said were,” Good thing I decided to take all those good notes!” Just like her dad….
These house shows often end with a sad goodbye. We would really have just been happy to stay there for a few more days hanging out with friends and relaxing, but that’s not life. You apparently have to work. Carrie sent us off with more fruit, chips, individually wrapped pieces of pound cake, scones, reese’s cups, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies….have I left anything out? Needless to say, we had a great time and can’t wait to get back to Beckman land…but not in the winter again… (note to audience: inside joke because last time we were there, there was a snow storm). Off to our next stop! Lancaster, PA!