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Tours de Farce: Welcome To Our New Digs

12:00 AM Wednesday 4/19/00 |   |

Do you hate moving?

We do. Especially on short notice. We haven't had to move this fast since we were evicted from our apartment for hosting that tour kick-off party for Del The Funky Homosapien. We had to change our name and Social Security number after that one.

"Change is good" goes the old saw. But when we discussed the makeover plans for Pollstar.com, not once did anyone mention that we would have to vacate our office to make room for an additional server. No, not the one that handles tour dates like those two big co-headlines, Bob Dylan / Phil Lesh & Friends or Counting Crows / Live. That server is still down the hall, next to the Jolt Cola dispenser.

The new server, a gigantic liquid helium-cooled number cruncher, is dedicated to analyzing the recent tour announcements by The Allman Brothers Band and Yes, factoring in groupie migration patterns and then cross-checking the results against the roadie DNA database. Yes, it does sound kind of frivolous, but a government grant pays for it on a monthly basis and those checks buy a lot of beer and pizza.

Right now we're just trying to bring some order to our office. With dates for Westlife, Sweet and Merl Saunders & His Funky Friends flung every which way, our office looks as scattered as Jimmy Hoffa the day after he disappeared. But we're slowly getting things in shape, and after moving the life-size marble statue of Henry Winkler into the hallway, we finally found enough room to set up the computer and enter the dates for Ray Price and Toots & The Maytals.

Moving can be a pain, but it also can be a great excuse for goofing off. Our boss keeps asking us about the new dates for Jesse Cook and Blue October, and we keep telling him that they must have been lost in the move. Then we lock the door, pop another beer, munch a slice of pizza and have a good laugh at his expense.

Hmmm. Maybe moving isn't so bad after all.

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