Yesterday I got myself up and prepped by noon, then braved the Santa Cruz mountains to pick up the ever-luscious princesskiti22 (squee is a way of life!). Actually, the mountains weren't so bad. It was the day trippers. I ended up having to take the 9 over, because the 17 was a parking lot.
In any case, after picking up Keri, my equipment, and some party offerings, we made our way to sjgrrrl's place to join the party already in progress. I think it was 2:30pm or so by that time. Fun people, and just nice hanging out. I hadn't realized that I wasn't used to seeing supersniffles or John in sunshine. Nothing bad, it just triggered a little bit of cognitive dissonance.
A little after 7:00pm I moved the car over to the bar, and started setting up. I was doing pretty well, too, until I started gossiping with lizzstar. Then, when I did get around to starting the show, at about 8:10pm, I discovered the wallwarts for both remote mics had fallen off inside the rig, which takes a fair amount of, umm, manipulation to fix.
I got going by 8:20pm or so. Into one of the busiest nights I've had in ages. Certainly the most the bar has made on a Sunday in an extreme amount of time. By the time I closed down at 2:03am, I was about 5 songs into a fourth rotation.
Between Heather's party, electrichobbit's going-away, and the simple fact of a three day weekend, things just kind of coalesced into a huge crowd.
Mostly a huge, appreciative crowd. Lots of cheering - in a couple of cases, deafening cheering. Caren showed up, and brought her sister Carla. I don't think Carla's been there since the Jeff days, as far as I could tell because I, unlike Jeff, wouldn't get her up more frequently as a good singer.
I forget what she sang - but she got a standing ovation.
spondee showed up in a "schoolgirl" "disguise," and was Marianne for an hour or so. She wanted to see who would recognize her. She was there with a couple of similarly lovely women - Siobhain, and Lisa, who used to sing for me at Creekside, and who I've also seen recently at Effie's. That was cool.
synkitty and Jasmine showed up for a few hours. I haven't seen Jasmine in ages, and was actually able to get a bit of a conversation in with her between crazinesses.
blankreloaded was also there for several hours. Always a source of entertainment, is the Casey. Also about the only way I get much in the way of tips. Though they're usually entertaining tips. This time I got a £5 note. Last time I got a note warning me to check for vagina spiders...
cekyr0 and jeffercine were there all night. In fact, Jefferson was bartending with Lizz - all night.
And an all-to-rare appearance by qzar_mystik, who was there with tenshinigami and John (but no Rachel, sadly).
Some strangenesses as well - calicoaster was there for a few hours. And some exhibition of mixed priorities by some people representing the bar. Also Cindi worrying about firestrike. But all in all, an excellent time.
I closed down reasonably rapidly, and then waited for Paula to finish counting her money. She was almost smiling.
Alex and Jeff took Keri home, so I devoted myself to taking a sleepy Cindi back to her place. I was then possibly going to head up to the City to rescue some friends of segajenison's that had fucked up their train experience, but they weren't answering their phones anymore, so Jenison and I just hung out for an hour or so, talking, and trading horrendous jokes.
Then I came home, and slept some. Now I need to get myself up for the day, 'cause I need to reunite Cindi with her car fairly shortly.