TURN IT UP, BRING THE NOISE..POP

It’s been a hot minute since I posted on music so here is my lead for you this week.

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San Francisco is ever morphing and ever changing. San Francisco’s music scene is ever- morphing and ever changing. And happening this week  NOISEPOP is celebrating its 25 year run.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Noisepop Festival, it’s a Festival that takes over different venue showcasing bands, art, and film. It’s kind of a Where’s Waldo adventure in a way because you are the one with the pass or show ticket and you show up to the venue. Festival goers who have the week long passes make their way and venue hop checking out the different NOISE POP makers. This is a time to take in what the current San Francisco scene is music + culture+ ole skool + tech  + people reacting = This year’s Noise Pop has grown. I find it cool that it offers free and paid shows, this is always cool. So people can at least go do stuff on the cheap, you just have to get to the showcase spots. It’s also a special time in a band’s career to be playing at festivals like these because they are still accessible and there is a high probability you may be able to get a quick meet n’ greet. You get the new record and an autograph and support the band it’s a win win. The best part is that you may see a band you never heard of or had an impromptu experience of some kind that really blows your mind. (EVEN BETTER)

Upon perusing the Noisepop handbill of all the shows there was the film stuff, of course they were one day one off you had to be there showcases or podcast answer / question lectures that is something I am gonna need to get on top of for next year.

Bands on the bills are on touring, local, a mix bag of tricks. A good number of them are making their way to SXSW which happens in Austin, TX in March. So if you cannot make your way to SXSW and you live in the Bay this is a good showcase festival.

Noisepop also is connected and for those who are far away never fear they have a website, and I know that live podcasting of shows and interviews are happening so go and GOOGLE.

The rain has finally let up get out and go to something fun with your friends, make new friends. San Francisco will always be a potluck of music genres and experiences it’s what we each bring to the table to share. My wish for all of you this week is MUSIC + RAINBOWS + AND REALLY LIVING THE SAN FRANCISCO EXPERIENCE.

This week I have worked some shows and worked for a band or two, and it really always amazes me that the San Francisco stop is such a hi-light on tour. I can’t tell you that bands no matter what level they love playing San Francisco. There will always be something energetic, nostalgic, and memorable that this city offers artists. There is something that happens when you cross one of our two iconic bridges, and then making your way through the city, driving through the different neighborhoods finally making it to sound check.

http://www.noisepop.com/2017/

Other cool sites you should check out

http://www.jasonmyersexitheremedia.com/

https://www.bendersbar.com/events

http://juanitamore.com/

www.brokeassstewart.com

 

 

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

Winter Wear and Shows

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Hello,

I am back and it feels right.. because it’s the weather has changed and so another seasonal blog about The Coat Check. I have been busy working at shows, going back East, going to sporting events. And I am ready to entertain you with stories from the coat check.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the other colors matched with days upon us. The retail industry have their starter guns in the air and are doing the ready, set go! The soft starts are already happening…and trust me things out in retail land are pretty enticing already.

So what are you going to buy? In person or online.. what is on your target list. 

Well now would be the best time to get that warm winter coat or sub layer going on. Living in N. California thank God for El Nino… we are getting some rain and snow, and the ski places that have suffered for a bit are finally open for the season. 

So let me tell you what has been coming into the coat check… Styles of coats.

Leather Jackets 

Classic fitted leather Jackets for men and women, mostly black with the occasional colored leather. The Brand that is hot to trot and is really stylish right now is the OBEY PROPAGANDA brand. If your stylish, young, urban, and about quality, dropping some coin on this brand is gonna make you feel like a rockstar. The brand has Men’s and Women’s stuff but no plus size stuff so boo hoo on that. Come On Shepard hook us up.!

Levis Trucker Jackets

Classic Denim; Classic Cut comes in various shades. I prefer the black and dark indigo. Also, buy this jacket off the internet and Ebate that shit! it’s worth it. (you gotta work it)  What I love about this jacket is the customization you can do anything to this jacket and you will look cool. You can put patches on it, cut the sleeves off, dye it. Go Levis! I am pleased to say that they have a plus size presence online. I was impressed by this since before there was not going past a size 14. Now there is a section. It’s not a big section but it’s there, I have seen it only for women, have to check if they have Plus size men. 

The Puffy Jacket

Just roll it up and shove it in your backpack to avoid paying double at coat check. For this puffer/insulator jacket I give it a 10 for for warmth and utility and how light weight this is. Made popular by Patagonia, Any Mountain, North Face and now it seems like there are more companies with their own versions. And colors wise it’s pretty diverse. And if you are on the hunt for one in a bigger size they are out there. 

The Peacoat 

Oh the Peacoat, you are a good wool staple friend. It seems like everyone has you as a staple in the store if they sell jackets. Lots of colors and lots of cuts. Many sizes. 

The Oversized Sweater 

It’s like an oversized long sweater, or a poncho thang, with some type of Santa fe /Triangle/ hipster pattern. You can find these anywhere Forever 21, H& M type of stores. I don’t know about the heat quality but for going out on a fall day and looking cool you will be set. Oh don’t forget that oversized hat and sunglasses to complete the look. Also, since I did mention the f21 & HM they may have plus size. Also, check out Torrid, Lane Bryant, Sears, JCPennys for more size options. 

The Military Jacket 

Ahhh this classic jacket style does not go out of style either. You can get the real thing at your local army surplus store. Customizable just like the Levi’s trucker jacket, and durable. It’s up to your style but most of the time you may have to wear a sweater or thermal underneath. It’s class and you look cool. 

Lastly, I would like to recognize the fashion world for recognizing the Plus Sized fashion community. The fashion world is moving into real sized fashion and everybody wins.

That is my coat report….

Now let’s talk about music….

I have worked a lot of shows as of late some good, some not so good. 

Who to look out for highly recommended holiday concert action (in no particular order)

Leon Bridges 

Andra Day

Borns

Erykah Badu

Missy Elliot

Elle King

X

Faith No More

Metallica

Bad Cop/ Bad Cop

Mad Mamma and The Bona fide Few

I have also worked the EDM shows for the most part they are very visual the music is pumping and so are all the party favors. Expect to see lot of bad lingerie, and young adults who look like teenagers, and then the solo creepy older guy with a camera. The ticket price is gonna set you back between $35-$100 bux. This crowd will arrive in an Uber or Lyft and be really messed up. Plus points: the major commercial parties don’t go all night. Whew! And note: I used to go to Raves back in the day so don’t get huffy. Karma is funny now I work them.

Don’t forget to be communicative with each other and your coat checker, and if they did a good job do tip, especially if the coat checker charges your phone. Also, if you know you are partying take a photo of your ticket to avoid being upset at the end when you have lost all your stuff.

Good times at a Reggae show

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Bob Marley would have been 70 years old, this past Feb. 6. And yes, people the celebrations, new articles, music, limited edition and never released music and photos to be had. His music and lyrics, ideals, and way of life have influenced the world in many ways. His band The Wailers, and members of his family are still playing shows. And as luck would have it, they are playing for 3 days in a row at the spot that I work at. Last night’s show was just a good time. Sold out of course but there was a mixed crowd of people who were ready to listen, dance, and smoke to 2 hours of live Bob Marley and The Wailers. The only original member who toured with Bob was there (the bass player) the rest of the people were fill in, but the music was why everyone was there. It’s timeless.

Back in the day when I was a teenager, partying with my friends until the sun came up, whenever there was rain, We’d always say “don’t worry Bob will make it better.” (referring to Bob Marley) and maybe we were trippin’ too hard, but when anyone  said this, the weather that would clear up. It did truly happen on multiple occasions and even when when were sober too. It’s funny the things you remember from your past especially what you tie in with listening to Bob Marley and The Wailers.

Back in the coat check..

A sweet 74 year old man, with a strong accent started telling me that he had only been to 2 concerts in his life. Jimmy Hendrix, and Death Cab for Cutie (which he didn’t care for) and now a Wailers show can be added to his concert list, this gentleman was so excited to be at the show, he told us he had just found out about it 2 hours before. He was unaware that the show was sold out, and you know that is a double edged sword. But no matter the man showed up and got in. It made my night to hear his story, this is the kind of interaction I love especially when it’s heartfelt. I chalk one up to the power of Bob.. ha ha

Bob  Marley in 2015 would have ICON status like Paul McCartney, Prince, Cher, Neil Young, Madonna. After the show I thought to myself , What  if Bob Marley was still alive would he have played the club I worked at? I would like to think so, but that would have been some secret show stuff. Hey it’s totally possible Garth Brooks just did a pop by last month.

So if you love Reggae Music, you love music, you love dancing, and singing along to your Bob Marley tunes.. Go see The Wailers you will not be disappointed; sharing is caring.

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!

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

Wire Hangers the drama!

The coat check would not be a coat check without the number one tool needed and that is this week’s spotlight the ” Wire Hanger” and the many uses. I have a dark hanger story to share, especially on this Easter Day Blog.
I was thinking of different topics to blog about and I had a childhood memory surface; kinda crazy and haphazard but it got me thinking.
I must have been a preteen in the mid eighties, and my mom had her own chair at a local beauty parlor. The day had been steady with people coming and going, and towards the end of the day about 15 minutes till closing time, this crazy meth head creep walks in and all the ladies in the shop were startled, and thank God that the owners husband was in the back.

Now, that I am an adult.. and hindsight is 20/20; the dude was obviously on drugs.

But, he comes in the shop walking fast and was like..”Do you have a  wire hanger?” I locked my keys in my car? and the shop keeper ended up having a wire hanger visible on a tv, and just gave him another one.  I just remembered that he was given a wire hanger and right in the middle of this small shop he unravelled it so fast and straightened it, it got all the ladies really upset and scared. I was freaked out, and there was this uncomfortable vibe, I got up and  told my mom I was going next door. The shop owners husband came out from the back and was watching the dude but it got all the people in the shop freaked out. It was 3 beauticians, cleaning up shop for the night.
Later on my mom was like it was good you made a move to leave it cut through the weirdness. I told her that I was freaked out and thought something was going to happen. She shared the same thought. I was sure relieved that nothing happened that would have been crazy. ” Hair salon” held up by Meth freak with a wire hanger”
The memory of a wire hanger is this story for me.. followed by the famous line from Mommy Dearest ” No Wire Hangers”

However in thing of the uses a wire hangers has there are many possibilities
giving a whoopin’, using the length to reach something in a tight area, jimmying a car to unlock it, freakin’ people out, creating some type of wire art, I have seen people make wire street art.

I only see wire hangers these days when dry cleaning is involved. I guess there is a place for wire hangers still. Some wire hangers have made it into my coat check, but we really don’t use them. Usually, they are what catering companies use to bring in large table clothes or uniforms that get left behind.
The main reason why I don’t use them is that they buckle under pressure of larger coats.

 

This week was so kick ass in terms of concerts

Willie Nelson.. new CD out Roll me up and Smoke me when I die

Queens of the Stone Age.. On tour now with new CD

Motorhead.. OMG this show blew my mind! I am still freaking out on the 10 minute drum solo.. Micky D!

 

Wire hangers.. who knew they were so dramatic!

Until Next time,

LGOYW

 

 

First Time

I was thinking about the stuff I did in my teens and my early 20’s, and life just seemed to have picked up at around the age of 15 for me. That was because I knew that I was going be able to find  a new sense of freedom, getting a license and getting a car.
My earliest night club memories were at an under age club you had to be 16 to get in. It was called the Amazon in Sacramento I think it was around 1992ish. We would hit up some club nights on a Friday or Saturday night and attended their Goth night where you’d hear Souxsie and The Banshees, The Cure, Morrissey, KMFDM etc. we be hopped up on sodas and dance until 1am.
Fast Forward … I think my first official coat check was at a rave. in the early 1990’s; I don’t remember the particulars of the party but what I do remember is that there was a make shift area in a giant warehouse that smelled like Nag Champa, and a girl with red curly hair with a big hat that covered her red curls. She was checking coats, bags, and whatever else. I think coat check was about $5.  I paid her my $5, and there went my bag that I didn’t want to deal with.  I did get a claim number.  I did have a couple of questions, Thankfully, I ran into another person and got the skinny. But, like every newbie I did go through the usual questions: Will my bag be safe? Is this person going to be here all night? What happens if …. ?
But in these situations, you learn quick and get back to the dance floor.
Back in the day if you forgot something in your pockets or bag, that was considered a REPULL and you’d just had to repay for it, unless you had the hookup. I guess what I am trying to convey is that when I was with my friends the experience of going out was not only for entertainment, but it also taught me some “going out” skills. I was so lucky to have moved into a household with people who were at least 3-5 years older than me, and to have an older group of friends. I was the baby in the group, and just hanging out with them I learned my social etiquette. I learned how to go out. Which means learning the process of how to order a drink at the bar, how to check my coat in coat check, and how to leave tips.

This week in coat check sparked my trip down memory lane, because I did have a couple of first time coat check patrons. They were super nice people, and what was really cool was they let me know that this was their first experience doing coat check. I could tell they were curious, and attentive and wanted to know the deal.
I gave them a quick recap of how coat check works. I went through the entire process with them. It was really a reciprocal moment. I was so glad to inform them, and give them a base experience. Basically adding to their knowledge of going out, and introducing them to the world of coat check. In the big picture of things it was a quality moment for patron and coat checker.
Working in coat check, I do notice there is a disconnect these days when people go out. It seems like everyone is having a first time (constantly) .. or has not been clued in on how to do something properly. My suggestion is:  Ask your questions, with a smile.

I was so truly lucky to have experienced so many life lessons and memories with quality people who taught me how to go out. This weeks blog is dedicated to the shared experience and making memories.

 

“There is a first time for everything; a life moment that you will remember and pass on.
Some moments are much more larger than others,no doubt some are so micro mini that you may dismiss them, hold on to the quality of the feeling and pass it on. ” ~S

Until next time,
LGOYW