First of all, while I did successfully nap, which I needed, I also took too long, and in the end didn't get to the bar until 7:30pm or so. This would have been fine, except that since I had entered the new discs into the database, I kinda needed to scan them into the system.
I've discovered it's a very bad idea to have something else going on in the system while you're doing that. So I had to delay starting the show until they were all in and volume adjusted.
That took until 8 friggin' 40. Not good when I had 5 people lined up at 8:00pm. It didn't help to realize that if I'd made it there on time, I would have only started 10 minutes late...
So it goes. My apologies to all involved.
Otherwise it was a very busy Monday. Quite a few people, including blankreloaded, jorgitoelcubano, cekyr0, and jeffercine. I didn't do too badly in song selections, on the whole. At least using the "getting people to sing things they wouldn't normally" metric.
The oddest part of the night was the Casey situation. Towards, I think, 9:30pm or so, timenchanter told me that Casey seriously wanted some food, but that everyone had been drinking. So I handed the reins to Timmie, and took Casey out to get some Jack-in-the-Box.
When we got back, I discovered that my slightly incoherent passenger had wanted food and to go home. So I ran in, told Timmie he was in charge for a bit longer, and ran Casey over to his place. I didn't get back until about 10:30pm.
The sad thing being that I missed most of the Alex&Jeff visit. Amusingly, I'd picked enough songs far enough in advance that Timmie hadn't run out. I'm sure he'd had some refusals, but he hadn't run out...
And I ran, of course, for the rest of the night. Most people evaporated by 11:00pm or so, so that meant a final total of 9 rotations, ending at 1:55am. The bar did quite well for a Monday.
I was kinda glad to see the night end. It was fun and all, but my voice was going for the last hour or so, which made both singing and announcing... difficult. I wasn't feeling the greatest, so I took a lot of breaks while shutting down, but was still ready to go by 2:30am.
Then Paula wanted to talk. Not a happy camper was I. By the time I broke away at 3:00am, I had an incredibly painful throat, and no voice to speak of.
But it did start me thinking, especially since one of the things she was asking about (repeatedly) was effectively how to communicate with people. Not one of her strong points, ever, and not one I'd really know how to teach.
It's interesting how much the people that work with her discount what Paula has to say. I'm the first to say that she has both serious communication and organizational problems. Just sticking with communication, she tends to give partial info, and frequently will do so in a whiny, and sometimes even snappy manner. She has a tendency to repeat the same thing over and over again.
But if you look past the mode of communication, a lot of what she has to say is perfectly good. Strangely enough, she knows a lot about her business. If she says there's a regulation about how one pours a drink, there probably is. There are a huge number of arcane ABC regulations regarding alcohol sales.
Did you know you can have your license revoked if a server is showing their butt crack? Or if you offer someone a free drink? And those are just a couple of things I pulled off the web. Well, I knew the latter already...
She attributes most of the spike in sales Sunday to the fact that there was a bartender behind the bar at all times, actively attending to customers. Given it was a busy night, but not an amazingly busy one, she, y'know, might just have a point.
But the sad part is that she says things in a way that most people will discard out of hand.
Anyway. After my voice gave out, and I ran away, I went off to Mini Gourmet for some hot food. That helped enormously. Then home, some hot ginger tea, and eventually some sleep.
Which ended rather rapidly when the congestion and sore throat counterattacked. I've been up since 9:00am. Before too long, I'll probably try sleeping again. Or get food. I'm not sure which, yet. But at least I made it through the weekend successfully, and I've got until Thursday evening to get better. I'll count that as a positive.