Survived the storm to end all storms.
Get this: Budgiedome: Withstood the storm.
My tent: Survived the storm. Tiny bit of moisture on the air mattress, mostly because I left the back screen open a tiny amount the night before. I love Eureka Timberline tents. 9 years, one bent pole.
Budgiedome rocks. Come back for the TENTH Budgiedome next year!
Oh yeah. I made it off the hill. Steve Martin was kind enough to drive my stuff down the hill. I walked down through Mainstage at about 7:30 PM. A few workers were there disassembling the stage. I could see one solitary man on the stage. I assumed he was a person directing the taking down of the stage.
It wasn't. As I got closer to the stage, I could hear the man singing. I could only make out the last few bars of the song, but as soon as I heard it, I knew all the words. He was alone on the stage singing "Never Turning Back", the closing song.
As he finished, a round of applause rose up from the small Falcon Ridge staff contingent that had gathered outside the trailer.
I cheered as well.
More later. Sleep first.
See you in 2009!