Thoughts on a CC Music US Trip

The only reason I’m not putting this on Music Manumit is because I didn’t want to take the time to do a full post. I don’t know, putting it there makes it seem more official and I feel like I’d need to be more comprehensive.
Anyway, below is literally what I had written in an email without any editing. I just figure if I put it here more people could get involved in the conversation.
It is impossible to answer the question without knowing budget, how long you want to stay in various places, etc, but with that caveat out of the way…#2 certainly doesn’t strike me as absurd. I’ve driven out west twice. Once I went north and once I went south. I did it both time in way less than 6 weeks. Of course, I didn’t stay in any one particular location for very long. I separately went out to Yosemite and Las Vegas, but I flew that time (it was my second time to Vegas).

The cost of things in various places is wildly different in the US: Of course, if you want to go to places like Boston, NYC, and DC then it is worth paying the premium. The other thing about those cities is that parking can be expensive. DC and NYC have park and ride locations. I assume Boston does as well, though I haven’t used them. I’ve taken the bus to Boston before and also parked at a hotel and then used mass transit. It’s certainly doable.

If you do decide to take the southern route, you should make a stop in Mississippi and hang out with Ryno from If you make it out to LA, you should be able to meet up with some people from From a music point of view, Nashville and Memphis are both worth checking out as well. There are a couple of CC musicians I know about in Nashville but I don’t know if there are the types that would be interested in meeting up with a random CC musician like Ryno or the people from ccmixter would be. Gurdonark is in Texas somewhere, and I definitely think he’d be one interested in meeting up.

On the east coast, if you go up to Maine you should be able to meet up with Mike from blocSonic.

I’m happy to give more thoughts about where CC music people are or what cities/places would be worth visiting. The drive from the east coast to LA is worth doing just to get some perspective on how massive this country is.

Baltimore (and debt), here I come.

The plan[1] is that I will be in Baltimore this summer (3 months) and need a summer job. As many of you know, am currently in school, but already have a master’s in information science. That said, being in Baltimore is more important to me at current than having a job for which I’m qualified. I was initially planning on working at a YMCA or something like that. I realize this is probably early for summer jobs, but the post is unlikely to go anywhere so perhaps people will find it closer to time. I can always give a reprise/update on the situation.Aside from the job thing, I’d be interested in getting to know the GNU/Linux community in the Baltimore if anyone stumbles across this.

As to the job situation, I was not that concerned about it until an auto-shop said I needed $810 work done on my car[2]. That spurred me to do some number crunching and I realize now that if I don’t work at all during school that I will end up ~$75000 in debt. This is projecting housing costs and (obviously) some other stuff over the next 2.5 years but at the very least it seems I’ll be $60,000 in debt. This not a number with which I am comfortable. After graduation I do not want to be a slave to some corporation doing things in which I don’t believe. My savings from my former Wisconsin job does not go nearly as far as it needs to in New England.

I have no idea what the job market is like in Maryland, but I’d like something that is more than $10/hour and around 20 hours a week. The hours are flexible. I’m working on an independent project for the summer, so I don’t want something full time, but for the right price/opportunity I would definitely consider it.

Obviously, I’m willing to send a resume but just to give some idea of the breadth of jobs I would consider:
I have experience in film, music, organization development, event planning, podcasting, biology (my undergrad degree), sports (was paid to coach), healthcare, Windows, Mac (though not recently) and GNU/Linux.
Additionally, I’m trying to shed a Teeter Hangup and some other stuff which can be found on flickr. For anyone that stumbles across this that is in Concord, let me know if you know of cheap housing options.
[1] I’m still considering whether I’d like to “work” as an intern for EFF, Creative Commons, SFLC, IBM, Google or Red Hat. It’s unlikely any of those will have me in Baltimore. That’s a decision I will have to weigh if an opportunity arises.
[2] I am going to get a 2nd opinion since I am not having any problems with the car and took it in just to get a flat tire repaired.


EDIT: I was substantially (factor of 2) off on my calculation for tuition, meaning the number is probably in the $50,000-$60,000 range, which is still not a number with which I’m comfortable. However, that keeps me in the¬†Stafford¬†loans rather than other loans, so I’m no longer freaking out about it, but I would still like a job. Something to keep my tech skills up or something where I am getting exercise would be ideal.

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Make sure you vote for Madison’s own Lorenzo’s Music in the Pop category as well as in the Rock category.
Other suggestions are:


Professor Kliq – Electro

David Rovics – World

Pete Prodoehl – Experimental and Instrumental

Emcee Lynx – Urban


Obviously you can check out the Music Manumit Podcast for other artists I’d suggest.