5 in a year is more than enough for me, and being a Midwesterner, that hasn't happened in a while. I'm not a great traveler. I'm a homebody. I think touring sounds fun and is something easily envious, but I also know myself well enough that it isn't for me. I've also learned that after three shows, I need a break. I plateau at three, and then it is a quick slide downwards. I stop appreciating the music, the experience, the ability to watch Phil and the drummer, etc. A tedium sets in, and that isn't something I want to happen. I'm not interested in struggling with it as a task. There's enough tedium in life that I don't need to invite it into something so sacred, and by knowing when it does indeed seep into it, I can cut it off at the pass and disinvite it. If I lived around the corner from TC, maybe I'd feel differently. I'd like to hope so. Then again, unless there is a trust fund waiting to drop on me that I don't know about, the financials would quickly curb that situation.
Touring was the bomb when I was younger. Of course, I lived in a van, was already packed, and could make money anywhere. These days its different, but the quick downslide after three shows is part of my question. I'm in the same boat. I can only soak up so many good vibes and I'm full. Maybe I walk around everyday in pretty good frame of mind and three shows is plenty to hold me for a while. These are all good reasons to not go a lot, and I agree with them. It becomes work, tedium, a task. Some folks go to church three times a week, once a week, only on holidays etc. Same can be said about shows I guess.
I'm in the need to go less to get my spiritual fill, but I still need to go.