Memories make me want to go back there

Day 69: Jack Rabbits
Jacksonville, FL

I couldn’t believe that it had been a full year since we had been to Jacksonville. It really seemed that it had been 6 months, at the most, since the last time. We’ve been so busy, touring like mad men, that the last year has flown by as fast as a space shuttle on reentry.
We took the morning to finish driving to Jacksonville Beach, having decided to try to squeeze in another beach day before the rain came back. It was a bit chillier than West Palm, but I was giving Mochello so much crap about being a wuss about the chill that I had to show him up and dive in the ocean without a complaint. Root was actually the first one in, taking his time acclimating to the chill of the water. Once you were in the water it wasn’t THAT bad, but the initial shock of jumping straight in felt like a kick in the teeth. So, refusing to show weakness, I dove in, waving Mochello and Nate on. The two of them finally raced down the beach, and in a display of brashness, both of them dove straight in to the chilly Atlantic. For all of our false bravado, Mochello and I tired of the cold water quickly. Root and Nate stayed in, body surfing the choppy ocean waves for a while before coming in to dry off in the on again off again sunshine.
After a Planet Fitness stop to wash the dried salt water off ourselves, we headed to the vicinity of Jack Rabbits.
During the course of our touring history we’ve spent a lot of time on Hendricks Ave. We often use Jacksonville as a base of operations during our Florida stints, and we would stay at Steven from Jack Rabbits house, which was right off of Hendricks, a block from the club.
Root and I had dinner at one of the local Mexican spots, while the rest of the guys went to the smoothie/wrap shop down the road. After dinner, we headed back to Jack Rabbits for load in.
Jack Rabbits feels like home. The staff is awesome, and we have tons of friends that come out to hang. Jacksonville is the home city of our former tour mates Son of a Bad Man, and also Shawn Fisher’s new project with his girlfriend Jordyn Jackson, Flagship Romance. (Who also toured with us!)
Son of a Bad Man’s guitarist Brett, who usually bar tends at Jack Rabbits but had the night off, came out to hang, as did Shawn and Jordyn. It’s always fun to see past tour mates, it brings back tons of great memories. It’s like a high school reunion. Some of our other friends including the Jack Rabbits staple Richard, and our friend Elyse also came out to hang.
The show started on time, and since we were headlining, we had a late time slot. One of the opening acts consisted of a crew of very talented 16 year olds, and we all agreed that if they keep on their game, they have the ability to go places.
The crowd interaction for Man on Earth in Jacksonville is always phenomenal. The energy the crowd feeds back is palpable. It invigorated the guys to give one of their best performances of the tour.
After the show, a bunch of us went to Waffle House for some late night waffley goodness. Breakfast food is amazing anytime of the day or night, but especially in the middle of the night after a show. Apparently, everyone else in Jacksonville had the same idea, because we had to wait almost an hour for a table, then 8 of us crammed in to one booth. On the way out the door, Root noticed that a random person who we’ve never met but happened to become a connection on Foursquare with us the last time we were in Jacksonville was also checked in to the Waffle House. What are the odds?
We said our goodbyes, and headed to a local Walmart. Since the next day was a day off, and football Sunday, the decision was made to stay in Jacksonville and watch a little of the games. We went to sleep, the positive feeling of a successful 2nd to last show of our fall tour dancing in our heads.