||[Nov. 20th, 2004|02:49 pm]
|||||Strange Days - The Doors||]|
Thursday. Strange day. worst day I've had at work so far. Nothing in particular made it bad, just couldn't get my spirits up. I hate days like that. Days where you can actually see the disdain in the faces of those around you. Of course it's not actually there, but perception is a powerful force, able to warp the very fabric of reality, one person at a time.
Anyway, got off of work early since it was so slow, which was nice. Tried to get my Halo 2 online, but due to setup constraints and technological incompatibilities, it didn't happen. Bummer. Most of the evening was inconsequential. But Led wanted to go sing some, and having nothing other than time on my hands I decided a ride along would be a nice change.
I also wanted to see Gwen again. She's a long time friend from a long time ago, and I haven't heard from her in years. My fault, not hers. Led invited her out, but she didn't want to go. She instead invited us to her place for a little while to chill. So we chilled for a while and chatted. It was nice to see how she was doing. There's more to this story, but for another time.
After we went to this bar in the U-district (college girls - yay!) so Led could get a song or 2 in. It's important to know the situation we walked into here. Between the 2 of us, we had 5.00 exactly for drinks. We had 1 cigarette. The bar itself, while crowded, was dead. No energy. Everyone was just kind of there. In short, a direct translation of my mood into a social gathering.
We pulled up to a table just as the host was starting things up. First thing Led throws in a song, Kick Start My Heart, Motley Crue. He figured hair metal would go over well with a bunch of frat boys. Well, the host sang the first song, don't remember what, but as I said it was dead there, so up next came Led. The song title comes up on the screen. A few cheers. Turns out his instincts were correct. The music starts, and Led's performance commences. And immediately the crowd went absolutely insane. I have never, NEVER seen a karaoke performance muster as much energy in my life. People really didn't stop cheering through the whole song. And Led absolutely blew away this song. I would say nailed it, but it was more like he squashed it between a building and a speeding bus. I have never heard him do so well. By the time he was done, the entire bar had crowded into the room to listen, everyone was so impressed, and then the party got started. After that, everyone was up on stage, getting cheers, having a great time. And it's all Led's fault. He alone walked into this place and set it on fire. It blew my mind. Congratulations to you dude.
Well, I think I should say after that both he and I had all the free booze we could want, suddenly we had smokes, and Led couldn't walk 10 feet without someone congratulating him or talking him up. Even the bartender, who did a really good rendition Paradise City, was in awe.
I have not the words to give an accurate description of how this all really went down, so I apologize for my mangled ramblings here. But I think you get the idea. Needless to say my mood improved dramatically. Even when we didn't leave the bar till 1.30, and I needed to be up at 7, I was still in a much better mood. Even when we were pulled over on the way home for a drunk check, and somehow managed to dodge over 1500 dollars in tickets that could have been issued, my mood never really sank again. So thanks for that as well, Led.