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The inestimable, incomparable Zara Potts and I will be bringing the ruckus back from New Zealand and Australia this June, with a cross-country road-trip spectacular that starts and finishes in LA, proceeds through Vegas, Denver and Chicago en route to New York, and swings back through Nashville, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and, possibly, Roswell, before bouncing back and forth from LA and San Francisco a little.

Cool, huh?

I personally have a few humble goals to knock off my across-the-USAniverse itinerary, such as see the florist’s store when Dion O’Banion bought it in Chicago, 1924, get baptised in a river somewhere, and make sweeping generalisations about every state we pass through based on the entirety of my prior experience (‘This isn’t Heaven! It’s <i>Iowa</i>).

We touch down on June 5 at LAX. Come say hi.

On the trip, that is. Not just at LAX.


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SIMON SMITHSON is an Australian writer and editor. He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, but frequently finds himself in Los Angeles and San Francisco. His work has appeared on both sides of the globe in print and online in publications such as BLIP, Every Day Fiction, Beat, The Loop, My Sinking Boat, and more. He has a tumblr at www.simonsmithson.com and he runs a lifestyle experiment at www.selfhelpless.net.

22 responses to “The T-Pac Travelling Road Show”

  1. Zara Potts says:

    The travelling TPac show. The only thing I’m worried about is the music…

  2. Alison Aucoin says:

    I’m saying again, how can you NOT go to New Orleans??

  3. Anon says:

    I hope you have a wonderful visit (said with trembling lower lip and forced pleasant smile).

  4. Lorna says:

    Sounds amazingly fun. Just remember “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” isn’t really true. Have fun you two. I hope to read some exciting stories about your road trip from both of you.

    • Simon Smithson says:

      “Dear TNB. From Simon. Jailhouse, Texas.

      Well, despite my firmly-held belief, I can’t Australian my way out of the long arm of the law. The trouble started in Dallas. Slade bought me a mint julep, and before I knew it…”

  5. Sonny Jim says:

    You should visit Austin, TX. The music’s good, the beer’s cold and the natives are freaks.

  6. Sonny Jim says:

    Just stay away from Atlanta — traffic’s too thick. Unless you have a soft spot for traffic.

  7. Amanda says:

    It’d be criminal to make it as far as New York and not jaunt north to Toronto.

    Just sayin’…

  8. Kip Tobin says:

    So when will you be leaving the US?

    I ask because I plan to be in Chicago the weekend of July 14-16, and around LA/SoCal on the dates August 2nd–12th or so.

    Any of those dates cross with (both of) yours?

  9. Uche Ogbuji says:

    Get ready for some Rocky Muthafuckin’ High!

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