If I can remember that far back.
Well, since I had a couple of extra hours' time at the Shamrock, I was, in fact, able to get an idea of what was going on with the tangle of cables, receivers, and modulators in the corner. The output of all the modulators ended up converging on the "outputs" of a "splitter," the "input" of which was fed into an amplifier, and then sent out to the bar TVs.
One great thing about passive circuitry is that power flow is symmetrical.
So I was able to hook my own "splitter" in, which gave me a free connection I could use to inject a channel 3 signal. Fortunately for me, everything they modulate is in the upper end of the cable spectrum.
Oddly enough, it worked, with no visible degradation of the channels they were showing.
The show itself was the closest I've had to a "normal" rotation there - 8 rotations of 27 singers. So of course, the place made less money than previously. We had a couple of women (Charlene and Dede) that came out for the defunct contest, and stayed because they were having a good time. Mostly, though, it was a bunch of locals.
I've since heard that the owner is unhappy about the income from Tuesdays, and is talking about dropping me. And that's before the following Tuesday, which sucked. Granted, I don't know what the Tuesday baseline was before I started working there, but Dianah's said the only reason we're getting people at all is because I'm there, so it's likely the owner's just a little, well, bar owner-like.
It's one of the dangers of working in bars. A very large proportion of the owners seem to have no concept of how a weekly entertainment venue works.
Anyway, apart from a couple of drunks dropping the yellow mic, and "Jonny Walker" doing his best to start a bar fight, it was a fairly pleasant night.
The following night at the Cat Club was also pretty busy, and in that case, reasonably profitable. It started out dead-ish, as usual, but by the end of the night, I'd had 31 singers and 5 rotations. Lots of new people, which is always a good thing.
The yellow mic got dropped again, this time by Evan. I'm actually surprised it's still OK - he was pretty drunk, and shaking the mic stand while holding it in the air. So the thing dropped from a height of about 8 feet.
Sennheiser makes pretty solid equipment.
Then on to Thursday, which was a particularly pleasant evening at the Daybreak. 32 singers, 5 rotations, and the bar did quite nicely. The Kristin W group came in, which is always entertaining. We also had a new couple, "Molly Luna" and "Green Lion," who sang well (I believe I heard something about a band), and talked about coming back. We also had Terry, Terry's awesome car, and Terry's insistence on singing a cappella because the karaoke track timing is always "wrong."
And, of course, quite a few more, like, for example, Honey and Uva.
Friday the 21st, I did a show for the Frosh welcoming party at SJSU. I was, of course, mildly late, as I remember because I'd spent the afternoon printing a couple of new books, mostly because I had a couple in the process of self-destructing.
"Late," in this case, means I got there an hour before the show. Strangely enough, when you have to haul everything either up a long staircase, or through a tortuous path involving distant elevators, then schlep it to the opposite corner of the building, it takes a little longer to set up.
So I got started 15 minutes late. Fortunately, most of the kids were a bit late, too.
As always, a fun group, with some amazing singers, and some more on the "simply enthusiastic" side of things. The inflatable guitars (did I mention I got some inflatable guitars? No? Oh well) went over very well.
Way too well behaved, though. I arranged to run a little late, just to get a last few in (and to make up for starting late), but with 10 minutes left, the kids started picking up books and straightening tables. At 5 minutes, there was almost no-one left in the room.
But hey, I get paid either way. Eventually. SJSU takes its concept of "Net/30" very seriously.
Saturday was mostly down time. I was going to go hang out with raven2000 in the afternoon, but by the time I crawled out of the shower, it was 6:00pm, and I was supposed to be at Sarah and Paul's party at 7:00pm.
Nice little party. Sarah cooked, so the food was on the "extremely good" side of things. We played several games, because Sarah insisted that we all wanted to play games.
When we weren't playing games, I got some time to talk to sugarbare, which hasn't happened in far, far too long.
One of the people at the party I didn't know was an extremely hot girl and her son. She seems to have succeeded in developing a reasonably decent mind, despite working under the handicaps of (1) being named Tiffany, and (2) being naturally blonde. She's a brunette right now - we were talking about hair color for some reason, she mentioned she's actually blonde, and I had to suppress a snort.
I did my best to convince her to drop by KoC some time. She's actually free Thursday evenings.
That brings me to only a week out of date, and I think I'll take a break.