Gung Hey Fat Choy!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

I am proud to say that Check My Coat, made it to 2015. I started this blog for a couple of personal reasons, and it was something that I wanted to be a collective shared experience. I am one of those people that prizes creativity and utility so there you got some great info. on how to check your coat. (I hope..) and got to read some of my grumblings.. ha ha. But in the midst of those things I ran into my blogger voice on here, and that in itself was a learning experience and in 2015, I will be adding other topics to Check My Coat, but the coat topics will still take prioritee( say it like Cartmann from South Park.)

So if you have been reading the coat check blog since the beginning thank you! Hope you all learned something. The world of working at night, in a night club, and doing the coat checking is never the same show/experience twice. It’s nightlife! Night Life and interacting with folks who are out going to shows, working shows, producing  shows, it’s my work world, and it’s pretty cool.
I definitely plan to be expanding the coat check blog to include, interviews from the coat check, show reviews, bands to look out for.
My Check my Coat 2015 aspirations
To get some international followers…especially people from Cold Weather Places.. Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Japan…to add some global perspective to the mix. And places in the US!
And I would like to get this blog out so help me spread the word; if you have friends that read blogs have them visit and like my blog; a quick read on the pot, or in an airport how can you not! I am also interested in clothing company’s and designers that put out coats! Get a review of your coat and see if it’s coat check ready! get a hold Check My Coat.

I am ending this year’s Check My Coat with some lists of TOPS! Enjoy happy new year and no tears! (for all you coat checkers out there you know what I am talking about)

Check My Coat California Bands To Check Out
The Whoosie What’s IT’s
The WasteDeads
Bad Cop/ Bad Cop
Lost Puppy
Party Force
La Plebe

Check My Coat Live Shows to Check out when they go on tour
ALICE COOPER – suggested get the VIP package you’ll definitely want to shake this man’s hand

GWAR – The show is amazing; bring $ for merchandise

MOTORHEAD – Lemmy is still kicking’ ass and takin’ names

L7 – These girls are getting back together look out for this hot ticket

FAITH NO MORE – Look out for this Tour it’s a new album; go on there FB and like them for future info; they haven’t toured in a long time so you know I am going

WILLIE NELSON– This guy live is so talented and he is hella funny

SLAYER– The stage show on this tour made my jaw drop, the lighting and sound guys deserve more $$$!

CULTURE CLUB– They had to cancel their 2014 appearances in the US; but have dates rescheduled in 2015

DIE ANTWOORD– Just because I love these guys; the live show is awesome!

GINGER BAKER and HIS JAZZ TRIO – YES! I saw the Documentary on him and I am a total fan he has a jazz trio.. if your lucky he may just have another go on a jazz set in your area. You get what you get short and sweet set
FISH BONE – These guys are still throwin’ down…you will be amazed

CRAIG FERGUESON– Comedy Tour his show is off the air, but he’s gonna be walking the earth

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Really awesome show! Great night to get out party and see some songs you know and songs you don’t know

WANDA JACKSON– Miss thang… she is a spit fire and is classy and sassy and you just got to get your rockabilly in there. What a show!

ROUGH FRANCIS – Okay, I had an ironic moment this year.. I saw the documentary “a band called death” , the off shoot of this movie produced Rough Francis, which I got to see at the legendary Hotel Utah…which I had never been too thanks to my husband Boom who was doing their sound that night. It was a first night for them playing in SF! A First night for people stage diving especially at the small stage at Hotel Utah, and meeting the band they were fucking awesome! ask Jello Biafra.. he was there too. The band told me they tour a couple times a year get on their FB page.

LADY GAGA – I got to see a Lady GAGA tour a few years ago and miss thang does go all out. Multiple set changes, costume changes, and what a performer. And I got to actually meet her! she is awesome the real deal. Great show especially if you have to hang out with teens. Dress up for MOTHA’ MONSTER!

Popular Coats Worn in 2014
Marmot – puffy jackets

North Face/ Any Mountain Windbreakers

Old Navy Peacoat’s

Levi’s Denim Jackets

Anthropologie Women’s Coats

Coat Check Basic Rules
Tip on a good job; don’t be cheap

If you don’t have a claim number or a copy then you are fucked, and have to wait until the end of the line; if you do get the hook up from a coat checker then tip

Don’t steal from the tip jar

Never stick your hand in the tip jar always let your coat checker give you change

It’s about 3:30PM, in CA. We are headed into the new year.. be smart about how you party, and make sure you hide a secret $20 bill somewhere just incase you need to catch a ride home.  HAPPY NEW YEAR! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Slow your roll, “ain’t no one gonna lose an eyeball”

So over the period of the last few weeks, I have been to some awesome shows, a little of both work and play. And I there are those times during my job where I do meet really genuine and cool people. Most of the time before and after the show it’s busy, but there are those shows where people are straggling’ and just getting there for the headlining act. I had a show I was working about 2 weeks ago, I can’t really remember what band it was, but a gentleman came into coat check late halfway through the headlining act, check his coat and saw the rest of the show. He came back after the show was done to get his coat, and shared with me that he thought he lost $20. Immediately, I started asking questions and told him to back track his last half hour, and then I shared with him my ( ya know whats).. I tend to (ya know what) a lot of topics.. but I really did feel bummed for the guy. I said, “ you know what?” he stood attentive.. I said when you catch yourself in this type of situation be it money, an item of value or importance like you house/car keys.. this is a sign that you need to slow down.

Slow your roll, “ain’t no one gonna lose an eyeball” this is the sentence that runs through my mind when I get those patrons that infer that there in such a hurry and basically throwing their coats at you. Their body language is so descriptive that they come across annoyed (lots of huffing and eyeball rolling), attitude driven even when I acknowledge that they were next. And being the coat checker, there have been many a time that I have thanked people for being patient for a line that had a 2-3 minute wait.  I Blame the parents who raised the I want it NOW! Insta everything Generation.. and all the digital devices to back up that sentiment.. even if they are used to make our lives easier they are making us socially inept.
I told the dude to , “Just be mindful of what goes in and out of your pockets.” Then this look came over his face, like  YES! you are totally right. It was a really cool moment because it led to a mini conversation about multitasking and how people are so connected to so many things that sometimes you automatically go through the motions and really don’t process what you are doing until… you lose $20bux!. and be it as it may, $20bux is $20bux, that’s at least 2-3 drinks at the the bar, or a merchandise purchase at a show or a ride home in a cab. The point is, that by splitting your brain to do 2-3, to 5 things all at once it poses the question of intake and personal accounting of yourself. The American workforce has been groomed to be a multitasking machine, you look at all the companies out there and see job posts looking for Multitasker do 3 jobs and get paid for 1. It’s a double edged sword.. doing a few things at the same time is pretty damn awesome as long as your are not fucking shit up, and folks some people are just better than it than others. But the flip side on that is… are you present in the moment? Are you receiving the information you are supposed to? Are you having the quality moment that you are supposed to have with yourself? ( Are you at a cafe with your friends having coffee and texting on your phone?)
The conversation gradually came to both of us sharing our experiences, and acknowledging that taking things down a notch, isn’t gonna stop the presses or make someone lose a limb. It’s Quality over quantity. So for this blog entry, I encourage you all to be realistic with yourselves.
Also, heads up it’s the holidays and if your multitasking the whole enchilada, be mindful of your currency, and use some of those old fashioned manners you read about in a real paper book.

Until Next time,

LGOYW