- May 29, 2019
- Reaction score
- Cohoes, NY
Shopping carts are all the rage, man! You know how folks go shoppingI've used shopping carts too, awesome!!
at their local market, and haul their groceries home in a shopping cart
and they abandon the cart on the streets...
...I grabbed a couple of carts. I cut one down to make it into a flat-bed dolly
to haul my hardware in a footlocker trunk, while the other cart had the basket intact
for hauling the drums (and a small PA gear).
So I had my own "caravan" of carts rolling down the street to the venue,
while folks in traffic were just checkin me out hauling my gear in mid-traffic
and trying to stop the carts from rolling downhill!
I lived in the city pf Buffalo NY at the time, in Days Park right around the corner
from Nietzsche's where I used to play often.
And for the venues in the downtown Buffalo Theater district along Chippewa Street,
Franklin Avenue, and as far as the Mohawk Place venue further downtown near the arena
I've had to roll my gear that far while traveling down Elmwood Avenue.
The shopping carts were a huge help, even rolling them back uphill heading home
after a show downtown.
The one time I didn't use my carts was the night of the Stanley Cup Finals
(Buffalo vs Dallas, 1998... the infamous "foot in the goal" caper)
when I loaded my band mate's car with his guitar gear and my 4-piece drum kit.
His Lexus was packed with gear and there was only seating room for him to drive...
...and so I rode in the trunk, on our way from my house in Days Park all the way
to the Mohawk Place venue downtown.
Even with the trunk cracked barely open for air, I arrived to the venue buzzed
T F Outta My Mind from breathing gas fumes while the Stanley Cup game was
blasting through the rear speakers! ...No more trunk rides for me!
I was lucky my roommate came to the show, and so after the show I loaded
my drum gear in his van.
Nowadays, the shopping carts have wheel locks which activate to prevent
the cart from being removed from the supermarket's property lot. lol