I played the gigs, they were good. The old folks' home gig was fun. They loved it. New Year's Eve at the Yacht Club was easy, the place is swanky and all done up first-class and the band played great. Only one thing...nobody got paid, including Pee Wee. It goes back to what I've been saying all along about gigs like that: rich people don't have any money. That's why they're rich. I also expect that when Pee Wee finally tracks down the lady who booked us, she won't know what he's talking about and she'll argue about the price he gave her. It never fails that without a contract, Pee Wee gets shafted by rich people who book us for New Year's Eve gigs. They'll either claim they already paid, or that he agreed to play for free, or that there isn't any way to pay him this month until their quarterly meeting or some other kind of stall tactic. This is a yacht club I'm talking about...multi-millionaires...go figure. Getting paid for playing private high-dollar gigs has always ended up being a disappointment. The trophy wives have a blast when the band plays and Pee Wee delivers a great night to them, but when we pack up to leave, the whole crowd is long gone and he has to look them up the next day and try to get them to pay us...weird but true. I have no doubt that we'll be paid by the time we get back on schedule January 13th. Cheers, WC1
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