I was usually pretty patient with the jerks but some of them would not stop pushing until I'd blow up. Some of them would start pushing before you even did the work, assuming you were going to screw something up or cheat them somehow. I realized that few things can be more maddening than a computer but if you could get them to laugh, that usually changed the whole dynamic of the situation. A few people though, would simply be dead set on being jerks, and in a "brick and mortar" like we were, it could get fairly confrontational. I don't get any of that playing music. There is a certain level of stress and pressure that goes along with it but not from people being jerks. I sure don't miss that. John
Talking about irate customers, you should see some of the contacts I get via Amazon, eBay and my store. Most are nice, but then you get the jerks who are as rude as possble. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth the grief of them. Oh well.
There is a surprising amount of heavy lifting, and you can't call in sick unless you're really, really sick, because if you do, no one gets paid. In 48 years, I've only been too sick to play twice, and both times I showed up but just couldn't finish the night. (It was a question of an upset stomach. You really don't want to "whorf" on stage.) I've definitely had harder jobs, working in dangerous, noisy factories, or sawmills, in bitter cold or blazing heat. Working in a computer shop was the easiest job I ever had but you still had the occasional, irate customer trying to ruin your day. In any case, I don't remember anyone applauding when I did something right in a factory. I'll probably keep doing it until I just can't. John
As long as it is something you enjoy and they work is nto too much, why stop? It is rare to do "work" that you enjoy these days. ;) And to have it be work where you have people yelling and coming to see you do the work? Priceless.
When I tell people it's a lot more work than it used to be, they often tell me it's because I'm getting old, which is true enough, but it really is a lot more work. We have tons of equipment that has to be hauled in and out, sometimes for quite a distance, or up and down steps. I have to run 9 different cables just for my stuff, which is about 350 feet of cable, and at the end of the night it all has to be wiped down and rolled back up. On top of that, I used to be able to set up and play for 12 to 18 nights and only tear down once. Now I have to set up and tear down every single night, which adds about 3 hours of labor to every night.
I've often thought about retiring from it, (as if I could afford to!) but I know it would drive me crazy. People yell and point and crowd around to watch, they hold up their phones to record stuff, and especially the things they say at the end of a night, it's all amazing and overwhelming, and I can't imagine it never happening anymore. It's depressing to think it wouldn't happen anymore.
This time of year, every night in December, I wait 2 or 3 hours into a show then sneak outside to dress as Santa Claus. You get barefoot to put on the pants and change boots, then take off your shirt and put on the jacket, and it's always freezing cold when you do it, or as was the case Friday, it was cold and raining. It's just one of those things that gets lots of smiles and laughs and pictures. I wouldn't miss getting dressed out in the weather, but the reactions are priceless. I don't know how old I'll be before I stop doing it all, but I'm sure it'll be a while. John
Sorry the show was canceled. You like doing them and as you said, the money is nice to have, especially this time of year. ;) Hope the weather warms some there. We have not had snow for a week, so I am glad!