It's a hard life.
I managed to pull myself together, cleaned up, got some dinner at Panera, then made it to the bar a tad later - around 7:40pm. kshandra was already there, as well as some visitor, I assume from around the corner.
They were running the jukebox until a little after 8:00pm, and I ran videos until around 8:30pm, then decided to start the show - with just Kirsten and myself. Some people showed up - k_magic and the very yummy hektikat - but I didn't get another singer until timenchanter arrived around 9:40pm.
So the first half of the evening was pretty slow. I mean, even after snafflekid got there, the rotation was only about 18 minutes long.
That all changed at about, I believe, 11:00pm. First of all, spawrhawk showed up with his friend Brian in tow (Duplex? Hmmmm....). Then we got an sjgrrrl, a Shawn, and an Eddie, shortly followed by John, and then supersniffles. It turned into a fairly nice little party - even if Kirsten had to be reasonable, and head off to sleep.
And to top things off, lucydogstringer came in.
Much, much fun. Eddie was doing duets with Timmie, Shawn sang a song into his phone for lizzstar, and we just had general mayhem. The exact sort of thing that makes me love the job, which is good, because selecting songs for Mondays is a pain in the ass. I'm always exhausted by the end of the night.
I was mostly doing a fairly good job of it, except for Timmie. I just couldn't seem to tune into songs that would be good for him. Ah well.
In the end, I ran for 15 rotations, ending at 1:55am. I played videos until about 2:15am or so, then somehow got out the door and the car loaded by 2:30am. And then talked with Lily in the cold for another 20 minutes...
The bar did OK for a Monday. Of course, it did OK for a Monday on Sunday, too, so income was down by near 40% from average. Kinda sucks, but there it is - for one thing, everyone seems to be low on cash this month, and I can't exactly expect people to spend what they've got at the bar.
Entertainment is a lower priority than, say, food and shelter, after all.
Anyway, from there to Mini Gourmet, and here I am - and from here I'll be heading home quite shortly.