Tour Bus Diaries: Brisk in Boise

By Adam Savage

Adam wanders through downtown Boise and also calculates how much time he needs to spend on his project to have it finished by Christmas.

Boise is a lovely city. But I get ahead of myself.

To begin at the beginning: I overslept. Not for anything in particular, but I really didn’t expect to sleep until 11 a.m. Sigh. Just waking up that late feels like a wasted opportunity on certain days. Then I realized I’d moved up one time zone, and I felt slightly less bad.


On the phone with my wife we went over everything, including the fact that we get to see each other tomorrow (!). Excellent. We’re flying to Canada from two different cities but meeting up in the same connecting city! Feels a little like we’re secret agents, fulfilling a plan.

I've grown to love the sight of the empty halls we're in.

I love imagining the crowd, the interaction. That there's a different show every night in these places. Our tour promoter has another show in Boise the night after we leave: Mannheim Steamroller! We left them evidence of our passing.

At around 1 p.m., I took stock of my paper-model project and realized I’m way behind. It takes me roughly 30 minutes to make it through a single page of instructions, and when I counted out the remaining pages, I came to 65.

Holy hell. Do I seriously need to spend three hours a day to get this done by Christmas? Hopefully not. We’ll see. I put in three hours on it today.

I also got pretty far ahead on the autographs.

Autographs? Yes, see, we sell signed pictures and posters at the merchandise counter during the show, and Jamie and I need to sign a couple hundred autographs a day. It’s both time-consuming and weird (just think about it), and I like to sign a crap-ton so I can get a few days ahead. It’s also a fantastic thing to do while I’m on the phone. I signed about 600 today. That carries me past Turkey Day.

Around 4:30 I set out to view downtown Boise, and it’s gorgeous. They are very much in the holiday spirit already. The cold snap in the 45-degree air made it feel far more like the holiday season than it feels in San Francisco.

I also spotted this beauty:

I bought some chocolate confections for my crew for our holiday dinner we’re having, and took a few nice pictures. The crepuscular light and the festive stores made for some satisfying compositions.

The Boise crowd was lovely. We had the smallest kid I’ve yet picked for our opening routine in the show, and he was clearly freaked out at being in front of so many people. I calmed him and he did terrifically. He was even (with the help of a little physics) able to lift a 250-pound weight-lifter off the ground. It’s a new bit in the show, and the smaller the kid and the bigger the guy, the funnier it is.

For our Boise photo op I had everyone light up their faces with their camera phones. It was somewhat successful.

After the meet-and-greet I said goodbye to our bus (it’s meeting me in Canada, while I fly on our day off tomorrow). I made it extra nice and organized because when I get back to it, I’ll be sharing the space with my wife for a week. Can’t wait.

I have a 5 a.m. car pickup for the busiest travel day of the year, and I’m hoping hoping hoping that it all goes smoothly. Actually it can all go to hell in a hand-basket as long as I: 1. meet up with my wife and 2. get to Calgary on time on Thursday.

Good night!

While on tour for the Behind the Myths stage show, Adam is blogging about his adventures and exploration of each city he visits. Here are his previous entries: