Bruce (kor27) wrote,
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In Which I Actually Go Out and Do Something

I was on my way up to the City on Wednesday evening, when I got a text message from Rachel, telling me that they were going to have a luau-themed party for Zeb's going away.

Not that I knew who Zeb was, but OK.

Turns out I did know who Zeb was, it's just that she was one of the BAGG crowd that I'd run into now and then. She's rather difficult to describe (except for "short"), but when she was leaving at the end of the night, she asked me (for whatever reason) to describe her, so I told her she was extremely sweet, but very annoying. That actually made her pause for a bit, but then she turned and marched out the door, yelling "Those are only two of my attributes!"

So anyway, we had a reasonably large crowd, even without any of the Europeans (the new quarter must be murder). According to Rachel, many of them were bitching about having to listen to karaoke, but whatever. A few of those ended up singing (like Marissa). Otherwise, it was mostly regulars, except for Whitney, a very good singer that I gather lives nearby and just wandered in.

By the end of the night, I'd had 31 singers, but there was a fair amount of come and go. The longest rotation was 20.

I managed to avoid getting drunk this time, and so left at the more reasonable hour of 4:00am.

Thursday the 21st was a pleasant, low-key evening at the bar. Not particularly busy (we had 24 singers in 6 rotations), but a fair number of cool people. Jill W brought her friend Erik (who apparently used to go to Creekside), and of the regulars, we also had megnc86, qzar_mystik, James, Cheri, trivialt, Matt H, supersniffles (I'm still not adapted to her earlier schedule), Kellen, James G, moahb, and Honey.

There was also a nice little CSZ crowd (Jimmy, Cole, Marisa, Jeromy, Laura, Kelsey, Cassie, and Ben, just to name the singers). Seth sent me a few text messages, asking me to send his and misswong77's love. Which I did, of course.

They had a lot of fun with my selection of musicals.

There was also Rosendo G and his date(?) Keith. It was Rosendo's 21st birthday, and he sang a song.

Afterwards, timenchanter, Adrian, and I hung out at Denny's for quite some time. I didn't get home and to sleep until around 7:30am, which was probably unwise, given the next two days.

Friday the 22nd was spent on the freeway. I was supposed to meet stormmonkey and Novim around 2:00pm at the Rockefeller Lodge in frikkin' San Pablo. It took me until 3:00pm to get there. The others got there about 20 minutes later.

It was productive - I now know how I want to set up - but then I got to head back down the whole of the east bay at 4:30pm. That took about 3 hours.

Then I grabbed a speaker, stopped in at Psycho Donuts to set that up, and then headed up the hill to the Dome. The idea was that I'd spend some time with the 'rents, and then go pick up raven2000, who could fit in the car, since the speaker was already set up.

She, of course, then called to cancel.

Ah well. I surprised the 'rents, who were apparently expecting me on Saturday. But no matter - we had a very nice visit, and I did some (hopefully) useful layout work for my dad.

And then home, and some sleep, before getting up at 7:00am (in contrast to Friday morning) to go and set up at Psycho Donuts for another cute little show. In terms of advertising, this was probably the weakest day I've played there - a bunch of people came and went, but very very few sang. Employees, definitely (Web and Dylan, with a little bit of Jordan thrown in), and Paul&Monika's (Batman & Catwoman from Halloween) group. But otherwise, just a couple of parents.

But hey, it was fun. And Valentine's Day will likely be a lot busier.

Then I went home and napped, before heading up to beautiful, scenic Newark for the last showing of Stage 1 Theatre's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A lot of fun that would have been more so if I'd found someone to go with.

After all, my initial idea had canceled...

But at least I went and did something that wasn't my providing the entertainment.

I hung out for a bit with Sundee, Natalie, and Kevin, and then headed off to the Cheesecake Factory. I wasn't particularly hungry, but I was feeling a bit lonely. And there were people and light there, not to mention food, which is always my friend.

And then home.

The day during Sunday was spent alternating sleep and work. It was the last day I'd have the rig at home before Tuesday, so I incorporated some more music, found a few more movies, and grabbed a few karaoke tracks for good measure.

Oddly, I got to the bar a half hour late. But then, so did Timmie.

After the last few weeks, it felt like a really slow night. 14 individual singers, and 11 rotations. The bar didn't do great, but it did OK. Jill W and Erik were there again, this time with Angie, and their friend Andrea. We also had Kathy and David J, who dragged in Kathy's son's soon to be in-laws. I don't know the father's name, but his girlfriend's name is Joanne - she was dragooned into singing a couple of songs.

Otherwise, supersniffles, Honey, James G, and James W (who's off to San Diego this Tuesday), as well as trivialt and the boy he brought in: Jesus. I never figured out quite how I should be pronouncing his name. Interesting kid - most people don't freestyle to Mariah Carey songs...

A pleasant time chez April with Cindi, and then home.

And that's about it.
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