Bald Heads and Sunburn Suck

So, I have a really funny story about why we were late for Erica Blinn and PJ Schreiner's show at Club Cafe when they opened for WATERSHED on Wednesday. I burned the holy hell out of my head and face at ComFest over the weekend, and decided that it was 'recovered enough' to shave the fuzz of my head and face. Well, I was wrong. Should have left it alone. Between the shaving and the showering, I think I lost two or three of the seven layers of skin on my head. My skull was ON FIRE.

So Allison and I go to dinner, she notices the patchwork and the pain I'm still in and suggests Solarcaine. I agree. I've used it before, worked great. So we find it, and in the parking lot of RiteAid in Austintown, I proceed to spray my raw and blistered head with a serious coating of this stuff.


Between the already contracted skin from the sunburn, the abrasions from the shaving and the fact that Solarcaine states "Do not spray in abundance on areas of raw or blistered skin" on the warning label I read about 20 minutes later, my head felt like nothing I've ever felt in my life. My vision got white, I got dizzy. I felt like I was going to pass out, shit myself, vomit, or all of the above, hopefully in a manageable order.

For 10-15 minutes, I was completely incapable of doing anything but avoiding all of the three things mentioned above, while trying to get over this so we could get on the road to Pittsburgh. Finally, Allie said we should go to my place so so I could rinse off my head. I tell her there's no way I can drive. Hell, I can barely stand. So we head that way ... I'm still freaking the fuck out. This is the second weirdest thing I've ever been exposed to.

Funny thing ... when we hit my parking lot ... whatever medication is in the Solarcaine finally started working and my head felt great. Tender, sure. But that whole "pass out puke shit myself" feeling was gone, and we switched seats and headed down to Pittsburgh. With a very valuable lesson learned:

Next year, at Comfest, my hat stays on.


My 2012 Comfest Schedule

I've had a few friends ask me for ComFest suggestions ... and who I'm going to see this year, so here is my ComFest Schedule ... in addition to my volunteer shifts doing trash clean up and recycling, I'm also working with my friend Ryan Cox as he spreads the word on the Cannon.fm  (This is an app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, available here, that will allow you to discover music based on individual cities and genres, starting with Columbus), so you might see me handing out info as I travel from stage to stage.

That being said, here's my ComFest 2012 Schedule, and if you want a cool shirt and some free beer tokens, Comfest always needs volunteers ... so go here, sign up and become part of the ComFest Community of Volunteers.

Noon-4 Volunteer Trash
3:40 Whoa Nellie! Bozo
5:50 Ginger Lees Solar
6:30 Low Men Offramp
7:05 Tim Easton Solar
8:30 Shane Sweeney Solar
9:00 Micah Schnabel Solar
9:20 The Ooh-la-las Burlesque  Live Arts
Noon The Shazzbots Offramp
12:35 Erica Blinn Gazebo
2:20 The Salty Carmels Gazebo
3:20 Spikedrivers Gazebo
4:00 Apple Bottom Gang Offramp
5:30 George Elliot Underground Offramp
6:25 The Town Monster Offramp
7:20 The Saturday Giant Offramp
8:15 Winter Makes Sailors Offramp
9:15 She Bears Offramp
10p-2a Volunteer Trash
11:45 Harvest Kings Offramp
12:20 The Dewdroppers Bozo
2:00 Erika Hughes  Gazebo
2:50 Willie Phoenix Bozo
3:40 Jenn Miller Jazz
4:00 Mendelsonics Gazebo
4:50 Lost Revival Offramp
5:35 Bygones Offramp
6:25 Alert New London Offramp
7:15 The Girls! Offramp