TECH-LEECH

 

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For the Checkmycoat readers all over the world following my blog, seems as if I have encountered a BITER in my midst. What is a BITER you ask? Someone who is a leech an art leech, in my case I am claiming this person is a TECH-LEECH: someone who codes and steals ideas. (you know who you are)

Let me refresh you on this. ART is all encompassing inspiration it pushes you to have an opinion. When you are inspired by a piece of art and you create something INSPIRED. Then there are those LEECHES that steal ideas without permission or for whatever personal gain. With that being said I am pissed.

I started to talk to different people about this situation I have found myself in.

One person I recently met who was in his 20’s said I got API’d. It sounded similar to a KO punch. Of course, I had no idea what this meant so I was like what is that? Basically, coder trolls from whatever rock they live under scour the internet and find IDEAS that creative people come up with and develop whatever shit they want to market. Companies pay creative types for this kind of work, and then it gets translated into code.  To be honest I was stunned and then I became pissed. I get it we live in a world where respect, reverence, and being decent has taken a back seat. It’s the insta – everything without looking up; mow everything down to get what you want THE WILD WILD WEST online (I get it) but at the end of the day you got to call a spade a spade and there is a difference between right and wrong. That is called short term satisfaction, and will give you the minimal quality of life experience, but to each his/her own. (You do you)

I spoke to some other friends who are also artists and we all agreed that YES it is FUCKED UP! But, if you put it out on the internet without LEGAL protection artists and/or anyone is basically at the risked of getting FUCKED by a TECH-LEECH, a BITER. All these rules and laws and permits and licenses have their place in business and politics because it is $, and it’s just how the NON-ARTISTS justify a place for the creatives with a whole bunch of paper rules.

FUCK THE RULES

FUCK TECH- LEECHES

FUCK PEOPLE WHO STEAL TO GET AHEAD

*It doesn’t get you there any faster

I was also reminded by my fellow artist friends that I am hyper creative and come up with shit all the time, but projects are like kids it gets personal when some outsider you don’t know messes with your stuff there will always be the reaction, and that is where I am at with this (THE REACTION). For now I am reacting on my blog, it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds on this and I will be keeping you all aware.

To all artists out there keep creating no one can be YOU! No one can be in your head! Stick up for each other, and if need be throw some digital molotovs.

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BY SHEPARD FAIREY

 

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COAT CHECK N.Y.E. 2017

New Year ! New Energy, back to the Blog!

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s not todays news but a pretty first memorable moment bringing in the new year! I have to endulge in my celebrity sweet tooth especially when it’s a crash and burn.

TAH DAH ….. IT’S MARIAH! Working in this type of environment here is my 2 cents check out the video.

So I came home to this news all over the internet. It was a slow moving trainwreck from the get go. Seems like the production behind the performance had some unavoidable holes that could not be patched up.There are all kinds of blame being issued from both sides.

Kudos Mariah  She wore a coat!  She did a burlesque type of entrance with the feathers and the feather coat – here is the beginning of the mishap

Mariah probably did have a dress rehersal with this group of dancers at somepoint. My question is: Mariah did you practice with that exact coat? The reason why I bring this up is that by practicing with the garment and being familiar with how it handles. This would certainly played into the ease of the costume change. This is where the production people can see if this shit is going to work EDIT EDIT EDIT.

Notice the feather fans close, and then they open and BAM no coat. What you do notice is the dancer struggling with the removal, trying to quickly replace something. My spidey sense tells me that during the removal somthing disconnected or some thing was triggered that messed up the in ear monitor . She also comes across agigtated when being escourted down the stairs and mumbles something to her dancer on the right.

       For those who have never handled an in-ear monitor. THEY ARE FUSSY! Expect error at anytime. Pros  pay the big bucks for this shit to work right. No one working such a large gig,  wants to be on the audio crew that did Mariah’s sound that night. How embrassing. Who knows who put it on…it could have been one of her staff, or the staff of Dick Clark Productions! These are the questions we need answers too.

And by the looks of the video bring on the rest of the trainwreck.

Performing artists should always try and surround themselves with pro’s and if you are working with crews you don’t know replay back soundcheck and see where the flaws are. Big shows like these need YOU the  artist to do whatever it takes. Channel your inner James Brown, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, even Cyndi Lauper she will cut you if she doesn’t have her soundcheck down ( I have seen it happen). These artists were in total control of every aspect of the show; James Brown was such a perfectionist that every mistake made the musician got fined for the mistake. Mariah- Girl you got too many YES people.  

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The New Year is here, and yes I was coat checking on N.Y.E.

The weather that night was mild rain.

This year I found the crowd attending were not bogged down by the extremely heavy bulky wool coats. (which was a nice surprise) People came out with the small puffys, windbreakers, fashion furs, a few light coats. A coat checker is subject to the crowd’s fashion sense. So what does a coat checker / checkers go through on NYE. Well first off, it is one of the most important holidays of the year for a coat checker. It’s definitely going to be a night where you will checking them in and as fast as they came in, then you have the pickup so there will be straight non-stop coat checking action. Prices for coat check may fluctuate that night because of special event pricing, very comparable to world of Valet parking. And any seasoned coat checker knows that this is an “amateur” crowd. This is when the masses come out that normally don’t get out.  Multiple levels of partying experience all under one roof waiting for the balloons to drop, all being woo woo’d by the open bar. Yes, people do not mess around on this holiday they have invested a couple hundred dollars for the ticket to enter and to drink . They arrive early to take advantage of the spirits, and to get pumped! It is a night  for singles, daters, the married, the divorced, the cheaters, all walks of life partying under one roof. Everyone getting lit within a 3-4 hour span. And us coat checkers are witnessing our own version of slo motion party cam, as people get loose, and down right sloppy. All par for the course. We are the beacons of light in the sea of faded partygoers. A light to find your wallet, your party favors, your lipstick, your cigarettes, and your people, and strangers that happen to be there when you are lit and divulging your “truth= gossip”.

GIVEN: There is always one guarantee of some type of argument, and someone who ends up in tears.

Stats: 1 set of tears reported

I ended up packing up around last call and all my hard work paid off. People were very cool and tipped which made my night. Tips are not mandatory but if you really did get someone who is super cool and awesome and got you what you needed droppin’ a little something in the tip jar is always a nice gesture. Cheers to my fellow COAT CHECKERS, may your TIP buckets run a plenty in 2017!

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PSA

It’s been cold, I hope everyone out there knows how to get a coat in your neck of the woods. For those people out there who have bought new duds.. Awesome! Be mindful and if you keeping or discarding your coats do the right thing and donate to your gently used coats to a worthy organization in your local community.

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

http://outofthecloset.org/

http://www.onewarmcoat.org/

Friends how many of us have them?

 

It’s that day the group decides to get together and hit up a show or a festival. You all have made plans for a few weeks and the posse is back to make some memories happen. Deep inside you know that this is gonna be one of those nights of partying that you all will be talking about because you all came ready to party. 

I get these kinds of group outings all the time coming to coat check, I think it’s great. You can’t have enough good times with your crew.

Here’s where it gets interesting, you got the core group and along the way new folks get added by date, new girlfriend/boyfriend status,  co-worker , friend of a friend, blind date etc. So the entire group has grown in size and you don’t know how these new people hang in terms of letting lose. 

So the night goes on and you are well on your way after a few drinks through the first 5 songs in the concert, everyone is feeling great. Then someone busts out the pills, and or a strong ass blunt and the combination of the whole party package sets all you all in a great party time atmosphere and then…

Cue THE HOT MESS… you have one person in this group going down. It’s so loud that the MAYDAY call is not being heard by the group because people are partying and scattered throughout the concert. And you happen to know that it’s someone newer to the group, you don’t really know. T he million dollar question is DO YOU CLAIM THEM?

All kinds of decision-making skills are required and you’re having fun and loaded.

DAMN GINA what to do?! 

Of course, the expectation is to help… or do you send them to the school of LIVE and LEARN the school of hard knox, that’s life?

Claim your friend? or Not. That is the double barrel loaded party question of the night.

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I actually had this happen the about a week ago, in a group of 4 people going out. Luckily, the girl needing assistance had a strong backup because THEY CLAIMED her. Her friend was partying but was able to somehow get her coat check ticket and get her coat for her, and the whole group ended up leaving the show right about hitting the middle set. 

It was a group decision but none the less they all made the ‘E’ for effort to help their friend.

The not so cool version/ bad date version – The entire group comes drops off their stuff…the person is so trashed  but still able to barely, the entire group is doing their own thing and the person that is closest to the fucked up person gets the person’s belongings and says I’ll be right back I’m gonna get this person out and put them in a cab and I’ll be back for the rest of the show. ( true story it was a first or second date and he sent her off wishing her well.)  So this was a partial claim but a diss in the same way. Actually, she was lucky that she got the cab service to take her. 

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There is no true right answer. It boils down to the group, and an individual’s basic moral principles. The group will always have some like minded streams of thoughts and actions. But at the end of the night, it’s also YOUR common sense. 

It’s times like these that I am reminded of my friends and the crazy party times we have all had. You will at some point be in the company of a group, a few , or just one person, or alone. 

Advice: Claim yourself.. (know how you party; if you’re new to the group figure out how they party and go from there.) 

If your alone have your shit straight before you go crazy especially if you’re traveling to some other country where the language is different… that is another level of partying.

Give Karma back if Karma is kind to you… if someone has claimed you,  claim someone else too when you can… you can never have too many “GOOD” party points.

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It’s April and the festivals are about to take off! There are so many cool events and shows about to pop, bust out that calendar and get your money and go! Life it way too short not to.

COACHELLA

https://www.coachella.com/lineup/

OUTSIDE LANDS

http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

STERN GROVE

http://www.sterngrove.org/

SF COMIC CON

http://sanfrancomiccon.com/tickets/

BONNAROO

http://www.bonnaroo.com/

PUNK ROCK BOWLING

http://punkrockbowling.com/

MUSICAL AND COMEDY ACTS TO SEE

GUNS N’ ROSES

AURORA

TOO MANY ZOOZ

LUSH

BRIDGET EVERETT

MELT BANANA

DITA VON TEESE 

  • ALSO don’t be snotty or disregard your local casinos… check out your local casino or Indian casinos because there are some entertainment acts that you may want to see and you may be highly surprised at who is on tour. 

 

Also, if you like my coat check blog tell a friend! I am always looking for new people that enjoy slice of life blogs!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

LGOYW

SHARING IS CARING

 

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The land of Coat Check has been pretty consistent lately, the weather is of course a friend to us coat checkers because it makes people wear more layers and accessorize. And people are definitely antsy to get out and do something. I have been seeing familiar faces and meeting new people and having cool conversations with them.

My most recent cool conversation topic was with a patron name Emily. She and I got to talking she had also been a coat checker at some point in her life and we got to talking about “coat check”, I get some of my best insights with other coat checkers. I shared with her that what I noticed the most was the newly turned 21 patrons approach coat check. I told her that there is definitely a social divide because 75 percent of them are unsure how coat check works, so I have to give the quick instructions on how it works. I definitely think that since I was 21 this new crowd of night owls is not getting the true “how to go out” instruction. When I was about 21 and going out I was so lucky to have friends that varied in ages. My group of friends was multiple circles of people in their 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s, so going out with them was not only a good time but I was also learning how to go out.

The conversation steered into talking about younger people. I told her honestly that I didn’t really have a frame of reference of interacting with younger people because I just didn’t really know any because they are not in my immediate circle, and to be honest I really don’t want to interact because most of the younger people that I see on a daily basis are actin’ a fool in large public places they don’t know how to control themselves and be chill in public; or the other spectrum is that their faces are buried in their phones.

Emily shared that she did work with young people, and all I could think was whoops! my perspective was not so happy Hello Kitty. BUT, the other part of me was like “Good for you.” Really, truly, I was taken back by her choice to work with youth, people that work with youth I totally Salute you.

The last part of the conversation was quirky coat check stories that had recently happened of blind dates gone wrong on Tinder… and how these big online digital dating platforms are showing up and morphing the social dating scene. And what do you have left is someone like me experiencing some off the cuff drama from something that was started through an app. Life is crazy like that. ( check out my last blog installment on that topic)

 

Patrons always ask what is the best show you have seen here in the coat check. DRUM ROLL!! I have a few but I am going to be really specific and what my brain fires off too first.

DIE ANTWOORD – this show made me LOVE them I had no idea who they were

M.I.A – This show was amazing

TURQUOISE JEEP – This was group I had never heard of, later on to find they are a YOUTUBE sensation they went on tour showed up to our location and it was all that some crazy booty nasty dancing and lot of ladies was screaming.. something for everyone

X – Had never seen them and I was blown away!!

BRIDGET EVERETT – Okay, brace yourself when you go to her comedy show. GO TO HER SHOW! she is not holds barred knock ya in the teeth funny, provocative, smart, and WOMAN!

BIG FREEDA – As my home girl put it, it was the OLYMPICS of twerking. Yes! Yes! Triple YAAAASSS! You want to get schooled , scream your ass off, see a bomb ass visual show then GO SEE BIG FREEDA! GURL!

I will work on getting what is the worst show I have seen for next time.

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Shows that I have been to recently and that are on tour somewhere in the world

MEGADETH! OMG BECKY! this is a MUST see show.. so visually AMAZING! THE BAND so PRO!

SHELLAC – This is a rare one if you get to see it, but I caught them on tour opening up for Neurosis

NEGATIVE APPROACH – Loved this show they were also on tour with Neurosis

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – YES!! They opened up for MEGADETH all the ole skool memories relived so amazing!

MELANIE MARTINEZ – This is something your young kids would be into. She was on THE VOICE she is awesome her show is amazing super sold out, and her merch is amazing. This girl is making it happen on her own terms, and she has her own lipstick to boot Crybaby!

DWTS TOUR – I took my mom to this tour and it was awesome. Just like the show showcased your favorite dancers 90 mins of great live performance and they are actually a funny group great sense of humor.

UB40- We decided to go on vacation and caught UB40 in Hawaii because we were going to PROBOWL, they sound the same and gave 2 hour performance a great holiday/ date night

HEART, JOAN JETT, and CHEAP TRICK – This is happening in my area in AUGUST I cannot wait to 3 of my favorite bands ever! And if your lucky troll the internet you might get a deal on GROUPON

APINK – THIS IS YOUR K-POP FIX ; Fun interactive show lots of young K-POP fans. They are so popular and have the VIP meet n greet option.

Until Next Time,

LGOYW

All I got is a Twomp

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All I have is a a twomp/ a $20… 

All I have is a $20, This has been the phrase I have been hearing all week in the coat check. 

And it’s always delivered in the same tone followed by some huge inferred thought.. of possibly a free coat check. And then here is my response popping that thought bubble… I am totally okay with $20s, and I am okay with coins, I will take any United States currency that is legitimate and in circulation. Money is money, even when you scrape the bottom of your purse and wallet for those titbits of coin.

It leads me to think that the patron has been reprimanded in some way for paying with a $20, and by uttering this monotone statement is waiting for some sassy coat check comment. By stating the obvious..$20  they might get some type of hook up, and kudos if you do get hooked up, also a nice gesture of gratitude i.e. tips are always in fashion. 

Oh, nightlife people.. how the four letter words free/comp/list/vips do a number on your brain and start firing off all kinds of excitement. Here is the reality, if you go out to the same spots enough you most likely will get to know folks that are working, and maybe you’ll get the hookup. But the big advice here is don’t get used to it like it’s going to happen every single time you decide to go out. If you do get the hook up, do the return favor and tip graciously. Always be prepared to pay for the service, that way you hold on to your street cred. 

And for the coat checkers that read people the rights having to break a $20, get off your ass and get your manager to get you more change. GEEZ, it is really that simple. The people coming up to the coat check have all kinds of things going on, but paying with a $20 bill shouldn’t make you want to throw yourself off of a cliff because you had to give away your change pile. Think back.. way back to your Brownie and Girl Scout Days

” Always be Prepared.”

On that note, the holidays are here and shows are coming to your town here are some suggestions in no particular order

  • Billy Gibbons touring with new material he is just a classic
  • Zappa plays Zappa
  • Brian Setzer Orchestra 
  • X
  • Erykah Badu
  • Metallica (AT&T) Park
  • Cage The Elephant
  • El Mariachi Bronx – The White Lines Tour
  • Rancid/ English Beat
  • Morrissey
  • The Cure
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Shin Yun Chinese Ensemble
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Local Holiday plays
  • NYE outdoor firework

Also, check out your local listings for concerts coming to town. 

“Tips are always in fashion”

  

Who doesn’t love a gift bag!

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Hey All,
January has started out with a 2 week break and, so I added this into my coat check blog. It’s normal for shows and touring bands to slow down around the beginning of the year. It gives us working people some time to do normal things, and take those needed vacations.
Also, this is the time where company’s who can’t squeeze in a Christmas party, they do them in January.
I actually worked one last night. A very large corporate party, for a well-known business. They had picked San Francisco as their destination so there were a lot of people nationwide flying in for this party/convention/awards ceremony. And from what I understand there was more than one location.
I happened to be working the coat check in one location. And upon my arrival, the production was fairly big.
There was the greeters, the check-in desk with 5 checkers, the caterers, wait staff prepared with white and red wine, and ME!
And I knew this was a fancy event when the pipe organ player arrived! Yes, the location had a pipe organ. And there are very few people who know how to play them. What a gig! I was quite excited about that.
I walked into the coat check room and was greeted by fancy gift bags…gold and blue gift bags, gold tissue paper in a nice blue bag. And there were hundreds. I was surrounded by a secret departing gift for these fancy party people. Over the course of the night, the bags got me thinking, reminiscing about when I was a kid. You would go to a birthday party, party your brains out and to top it off when you got picked up sometimes the birthday girl/boy would have a party favor for you to take home. I was reminded of of a lot of Hello Kitty from the 80’s, and Bonne Bell Lip glosses in the sliding container.
And I realized that the parting gift, depending on the host or hostess the idea and custom was there in my youth and still present to me as an adult. Who doesn’t love a gift bag! And, when you become an adult sometimes the idea gets combined in a ceremony of some sort where you are recognized and get an award or even It’s something to commemorate the event, that you can take with you that has some purpose most likely with some logo, but who cares.. I am always up to see what’s in the schwag bag and as a person of function I will take the bottle opener or pen or Rolex watch.. ha ha
The annual shows that air on television like the Oscars, Grammy’s, and the AMAs, I would venture to say that those parting gift bags are choice to have. But, I have to say Oprah Winfrey. Yes Miss O, she get’s the biggest props because with her show she was able to have shows where she was giving away gifts she liked and just to get the ultimate trump on the parting gift she told the audience..” You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car.”
So if you never thought of it.. it’s part of the party. It’s always been one of gestures of gratitude that a host works on.. (sometimes it causes stress) , and the giftee is always surprised to get it. That is just how it works. It’s part of the social – marketing cloth that this country has woven.
Who doesn’t love a gift! I bet if you think back you’ll remember a party favor that made you say WOW!
And just to let you know I was given a bag, and it was a new JBL bluetooth wireless speaker how cool!

Until Next Time,
LGOYW

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

Creative Shoving/Double Ups/ And The Before

This week’s installment of Check My Coat is going to cover the infamous DOUBLE UP.  Some coat checkers probably have other terms for it, but that is what I call it. What is a double up? Double Ups are from the customer not paying attention to the signage of your coat check. If your coat check is per item then the  PER is not being paid attention too; a lot of customers turn off their thinking caps. This is when patrons double up or add on and assume that they will pay for one item for all the items that they want checked in.
 I think it makes the patron feel like they are getting away with something, the rush of getting one over on someone…somewhere this feeling is similar to a  high; like the extreme cheapskates show.. like where there was a lady who made her family bath in the same bathwater because she wanted to save on her water bill.  Folks who double up… you could definitely be on the road to living a life of unchanged bathwater.. But after reading this you may have a change of thinking.

Let’s elaborate… THE DOUBLE UP
2 friends walk up to a coat check, and one is wearing a thin sweater and the other one has a coat…
They think they will pay for one item by shoving the thin sweater into the coat sleeve, or make the sweater a part of the coat to get away with paying the extra $.
This happens all the time. It’s part of the job. You give a service, and then people try all kinds of different ways to circumvent paying. It happens everywhere in any business..

Then there is the BEFORE..
the 2 friends that walk up to the coat check, obviously who are not ready to submit their items, and they proceed to do all this creative shoving of items right in front of the coat checker with this weird look on their faces like we read the sign but are doing this anyway. This does nothing more than cause the coat checker to have some kind of reaction.. Mine usually is the eye roll… and the the verbal it’s per item.  Sometimes, I have a Jerry Seinfeld moment of where I think of the soup nazi.. You ask questions about the soup.. “No soup for you” that episode is so funny if you haven’t seen it yet you should.  No doubling up…”No coat check for you” and then you hear the laugh the laugh of the count from Seseme Street. HA HA HA…

Let me be clear people.. none of this is good. None of this is acceptable. If I had 4 coat checkers with buzzers like America’s got talent your act would be buzzed off the stage XXXX.
This BEFORE, is common behavior and each coat checker has their acceptable threshold.  
For example, when I collect a coat. and a person has a scarf and it’s of average size, I will hang your scarf. It’s obvious that your the owner of both items. None of this 2 for 1 deal… coat check is not a buy one get one free deal.  

And for my thinkers out there.. I didn’t forget about you. Here is the logical scoop. The reason why double ups/ creative shoving are a deal breaker is that if your homie leaves, and takes their coat not giving you a ticket and you show up without a ticket and say you shoved your whatever in the coat.. guess what your going to have to wait till the end of the night, you got screwed by thinking your idea was going to work. Or, too bad your friend took everything and now you have to walk home with a sweaty shirt and possibly catch a bad cold.. it all goes back to the ticket rule.. each item is accountable by a ticket number. And, that my friends is how coat check works.. Sometimes it takes a fall to learn your place, and sometimes following the rules does make sense.
Here is my advice.. Be Independent, and have your own number that way you come and go as you please. You’ll have a better time at the show/party than stomping,pointing, and yelling in front of strangers after you’ve had a few to throw back at the end of the night. Also, I urge you to talk to someone older than you or more experienced, and ask them about when they were going to clubs and going out what they did.. you’ll be surprised you may learn a thing or two and hear some quality back in the day stories.

Till Next Time,

LGOYW