I was out of Oakland for about two weeks. The night that I got back and moved into my new place on Filbert and 27th, the Oakland PD gave me a ring and informed me that they had indeed found our stolen van, Lucy. After two and a half months. Unreal.
She was abandoned apparently by whoever had stolen her, around E. 22nd and 17th - not all that far from where I've been living since last October. Miraculously, she still runs, and only suffered minor damage - the rear-view mirror has fallen off, the speakers are gone (but the stereo is still intact), some light fixtures are busted and the power steering fluid has been drained (strange, right?). All in all though, she's pretty much her old self. I can hardly believe it.
After a coordinated rescue effort (I had to ring Dylan from Man/Miracle to help me get it, and Jameson had to come from the City cause he had the keys) we found evidence that suggests that someone had been living inside of Lucy for the last little while. Of course everything that I had left inside was gone, replaced by a curious set of tools, a pair of women's high-heeled boots, an empty suitcase, a busted lock-box from an armored car company, some suspicious looking rags, and some old spoons. Yikes.
Lucy isn't quite ready for a long trip at the moment, so we are still not playing the Washington dates that we canceled earlier - but she should be up and running in the near future. We are indescribably happy that she's back.
In other news, we scored a nice shout out about our tour and free live single from Hippies Are Dead. Check that out here.
Our little end-of-summer jaunt begins this Saturday in Sacramento, when we play Old Ironsides with Buildings Breeding. If you haven't already, make sure you download our free live tracks by visiting us on bandcamp.