What a day the Old Soldier had yesterday!
First I stopped at Sonny’s Tavern in the afternoon. Paul, one of the owners was there. Mitch was behind the bar. His wife was there and a guy I didn’t know was there.
Tricia came in. She had just made a big batch of soup. She asked if anyone wanted some soup. So I took the container of soup and bought her a drink.
Later, I ended up at Howlers. I was supposed to see Ryan do an acoustic set; but a bottle of beer cost $2.75 and when the bands came in there was a cover of $5.00.
Since I was going to do karaoke at Del’s later that night, I could not afford to stay at Howlers. I had two bottles of beer and left a $1.00 tip. I spent like $7.000 in half an hour.
Luckily, I ran into Rebecca, Ryan’s girl friend and told her what was up and asked her to explain my situation to Ryan for me. The next time he plays and I want to see him I’ve got to be willing to part with at least $30.00 within a few hours and it was too late in the month for that.
There was only a small karaoke crowd at Del’s, but an enthusiastic one. A lot of new, older faces. Steve, a young guy, did a couple of nice renditions of Frank Sinatra. I met Steve’s date, Melanie.
Anita, one of the bartenders, got off early because of the small crowd. She did karaoke for the first time. She did good.
I left early. I picked up a cheap six-pack of beer at Armand’s and walked home.
That was the Old Soldier’s night out in Bloomfield (Little Italy) on a Friday night.
Hemingway was supposed to have said, “You have to live it up in order to write it down.”
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- From Karaoke Singer To Performance Artist (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)