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UZ's adventures through time and space (and 16th street)

So yesterday I wanted to go to the hockey game to see all the MHH-bros again after the Detroit game because I stupidly forgot it was spring break this week, so I chose the Blues game as my second for the Detroit deal. (Actually quite a smart choice, in hindsight.)

So there I was, gl avsfan telling me "DUDE, YOU GOTTA GO TO THIS" and me sitting there with not a cent to my name. Damn, I need a job. Anyway, the best idea that she and I could think of was that I would have to go out onto 16th street and busk by way to 27$, the price of the tickets on the online deal. At the time I thought it was a brilliant idea (I'm an idiot you see) so I left the house at 11, got my shit together and got my way down to 16th street by noon, using 3 dollars in change from my Guiness bank (That's like a piggy bank, but in the shape of a large Guiness can) to get a taco and a drink from Taco Bell.

Little backstory here, I can usually hold my voice together in some semblance of sounding good for about 3 hours. I had never attempted a 16th street mall stint over 4 hours before as a result. My first post was just around the corner from the 16th and Stout station, in front of Walgreens. I started off nicely, although it was incredibly loud over there for a Tuesday. I wound up making 10 dollars my first hour, which at first I thought was a good sign. This was a mistake, as I immediately got kicked out by the police after getting the 10th dollar.

My second post wound up being way off on the other side of the mall, near 16th and Arapahoe. There were a bunch of greenpeace dudes I knew over there and they were happy to let me set up post near them. Sadly, that 2 hours I got just over nothing, despite doing all my favorite songs and even some songs I despise but other people seem to like (Hey Jude, I'm looking at you!) This was also the point where a bum started approaching me every couple minutes,staring at me, and then walking away. Eventually he got up the nerve to ask if he could borrow a couple dollars, at which point the police saw he was bugging me and kicked HIM out :D Eventually the greenpeace dudes left, I had 12 dollars, and I changed posts again.

Third post was at the 16th and stout station itself, where I usually busk on christmas. The difference of course is that people are actually NICE on Christmas, as opposed to 4 PM on a Tuesday in March. Throughout the next 2 hours my friend the Bum found me again and kept trying to steal my money until the cops wandered by and chased him away again. :D At this point I was losing my voice and had to start pulling out the weird shit, namely the Lady Gaga. Surprisingly, the people at the light rail stop really appear to enjoy Poker Face more than I thought they would. After an hour of that I started texting gl avsfan and telling her that I was about ready to give up. She informed me that they had panhandled 3.85 for my cause and that gave me the strength to continue that final hour, even though I only wound up making 4 dollars that last 60 minutes. I wound up with 21 dollars after 5 hours of workin' it.

And we all know what happened after that.

Remember that the next time you spend your fancy "paychecks" to go to sporting events. Some of us have to WORK for this shit D:

 

UPDATE: Apparently my brother got home right after I left with 2 tickets in the lower bowl for the game that he had won at work. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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