Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm freelancing in Savannah this weekend!

I will admit that I was not so excited about my gig yesterday as I am today. Yesterday morning was filled with lots of frustration. For three weeks I waited for an e-mail response that never came. I didn't know where I was staying. I finally gave up on the e-mail even after sending another (it was finally answered late yesterday afternoon) and started looking for a place to stay in Savannah. All of the group rooms were gone. Strike one. The closest place I could stay and not spend my entire paycheck was the airport, which is at least 25 minutes away from the rehearsal space. Strike two. The room I found was still $100. Strike three. I booked it anyway, partially out of fear that I wouldn't be able to find anything else at a lower price that wasn't "questionable." At first I wasn't really happy, but then I started thinking about it and things didn't seem that bad. I kept looking though. Maybe, just maybe I would find something better. Then a couple of my twitter friends suggested looking on hotwire.com. All of the sudden the heavens opened up, a ray a sunshine beamed down, and the angels started singing. Okay not really :), but one of the choices from my search was a 4 star hotel in historic Savannah for only $4 a night more than what my room by the airport was going to be. Major score!!! I'm so excited!! I haven't spent a weekend in Savannah in who knows how long. I drive through most summers on the way to the beach house my parent's rent, but I just cruise through without stopping. I keep reminding myself that this is a work trip. I have 4 rehearsals and a concert:
  • rehearsal Thursday 11:00am - 1:30
  • rehearsal Thursday 7:30 - 10:00pm
  • rehearsal Friday 12:30 - 3:30
  • rehearsal Friday 7:00 - 9:00
  • concert Saturday 8:00 - 10:30
Is it just me or are a lot of these schedule during prime eating times? :) I have a couple of goals for myself:
  1. play my best
  2. relax
  3. enjoy local food spots (avoid Starbucks :p)
  4. go for a run & enjoy the local gardens
Since I have a room to myself I can also practice during breaks because the audition is getting closer and closer. Good news is that things for the audition are going really well now (I guess I just needed to hit the bottom). I need to keep the momentum going! But, I'm still going to enjoy myself some too :)

Have any restaurant or running suggestions for Savannah? I would love to hear them!


Jess said...

Oooo!!!!! I LOVE Savannah! It's on my list of places that would be nice to return to and retire in - you know...forever from now. ;)
For a fabulous fatty but amazing breakfast check out Harris Bakery. It's downtown off of Liberty on a side street.
If you want to spend a paycheck, you could do dinner at the Sapphire Grill (located next to Paula Dean's restaurant). I think the bartender's name is Mike and he makes AMAZING cocktails. And the food is COMPLETELY worth the money.
I used to do laps around Daffin Park, but Forsyth park during the day is cool, too. And pretty much any lap around historic downtown is bound to be pretty. :)
Have fun and break a leg!

Bonnie Gartley said...

Thanks Jess!

Jim Osterman said...

Not eating suggestions -- I'm just wishing the folks that have the room next to mine in hotels would be playing wonderful violin music. Knock 'em dead Miss Bonnie!

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