Always glad to hear from you, Tim. Recluse that I tend to be, I'm here every day. John
John I also hope you don't get it but I am like you also a homebody I do still go to concerts occasionally but there are none happening here right now. Everybody Take Care will pop around and say hi sometimes. Tim
Kansas City crowds have always surprised me, right from the start. I think I must have started playing regularly up there some 30 years ago, and they've always been really nice, really appreciative crowds. Even in the roughest, most notorious biker bars, people are amazingly nice and say the nicest things. Having been in Chicago so long, I was not at all ready for that.
To be sure, some of the places we play have a terrible reputation. The place I'm working Friday has had 2 murders, one shortly before I started working there and one about a year ago, but I've never even seen a fight there. Another place a few blocks away, somebody broke into the equipment trailer with bolt cutters while we were playing. It was in a well lit, busy parking lot, and if they hadn't been complete morons, they'd have realized we were inside using the equipment. In the biker bars especially, if they like you, (and they always seem to) you're gold, and nobody would dare bother the band. It still makes me shake my head in amazement.
When I'm not playing, I'm fairly reclusive. Cheri goes out shopping and yard saling every morning before I get up, but unless there's something I have to do, I stay home. (I always did, virus notwithstanding.) We do go out to eat on occasion but there's really not much contact there. So I alternate between way too much contact, and none at all. John
I also hope you don't get it! Maybe you are one of those who had it with no symptoms. Or when you were sick, it was covid-19. You really earn your money with those crazy KC crowds! Peggy
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I hope that you do not get it, but IF you do, I hope you get over it quickly and do not give it to anyone. :)
If I don't get, (or haven't already had) this virus, it'll be fairly amazing. At least one or 2 nights a week around a couple of hundred people, I've seen maybe 4 or 6 masks, and those were down around their necks. (They always come in pairs.) The law in Kansas City is, you have to wear a mask unless you're eating or drinking, which in a bar, who's not eating or drinking? A couple weeks ago we were in Kansas City with a crowd of maybe 150, and they had a "best mask" contest. There were only 4 people who even had a mask so the contest was just forgotten. There are hugs and handshakes, and people getting right in your face to be heard over the noise, and on rare occasion, people will reach over to touch my beard.
If it sounds like I'm worried or upset about it, I'm not. 40% of the band has already had it. I got sick right at the beginning of all this so I may have already had it, (although I suspect it was just a cold). With the hundreds of hugs, handshakes and people hollering in my face and ears, it's theoretically possible, although hardly likely, that I still haven't been exposed. At any rate, my drummer goes in for minor throat surgery August 4, so we'll be off work for a few weeks, which coincided with a few cancellations anyway. We've got one more show in Kansas City Friday before the time off. I'm at the point where I appreciate the time off anyway, so I either make money, or sit home on the computer. I can't lose. John