Toady I’m using Windows 95. I’m just using WordPad to write text. Finally I have some keyboard shortcuts that I’m familiar with. Using Crtl+A I can select all the text. That doesn’t work in the Win 3.11 version of Write and it certainly doesn’t work in DOS Word. It doesn’t even work in the Win95 version of Notepad.
I like to do music related stuff all the time. And the music thing I have been doing a lot lately has been DJing at a bar before some Port Adelaide games that my friends go to. We’re all in a supporters group but it is really more of a friendship circle to be honest. But before each game we have an agreement with a bar to hold a pre-game meetup. There is a bit of promotion around it but we really aim to it to have fun. I decided to play some music one day just to have some fun and kinda liked it. Everybody liked it. I was the first to do it as someone else who really is a DJ played at the first pregame we did at this venue.
I did it again at the final which made it a highlight and everyone loved it. So I thought I’d so it more frequently this year. The plan was to do just a few to make them stand out. But that has branched out to many more.
The original plan was to do just four:
March 14 – Round 1 Against Fremantle
April 21 – Round 5 Against Geelong
July 7 – Round 16 Against St Kilda
August 11 – Round 21 Against West Coast
There were some maybes like the last round which was based on time as well as a few in the middle which was based on how I was feeling as well as crowd numbers.
So I also have done:
June 14 – Round 13 Against Western Bulldogs
June 22 – Round 22 Against Melbourne
And I also plan to do August 24th against Essendon in round 23.
So I’ve gone from 4 with a possible 5th to at least 7 with the possibility of home finals.
I’ve enjoyed it but also haven’t at the same time. It’s nice to be enjoyed but I’m getting harassed in the weeks off or leading up to rounds where I have or haven’t gotten anything planned. Some people ask if I’m doing anything or just assume that I’m playing. Some get annoyed when I’m not playing. Some even bug me to go up and play when I’m certainly not going to. I also get the occasional person who tries to get me so play a request which I have to politely tell then “no” to. I even had someone ask to plug in their phone to play tracks on and told me I was shit when I refused before leaving. Those kinds of people can just get stuffed in my opinion. I have someone who likes to tell me when I’m playing a song they don’t like to hear and tries to get me to play something else.
You’ll notice that none of my sets are planned around the Showdown games against Adelaide. There’s a good reason for that. I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of it. I tried doing a set last year at the Crows home game Showdown and it was a complete nightmare that resulted in me wasting time in preparation, being jerked around on the day and not do anything in the end. I also get the impression that the bar staff are uneasy with music at these games, especially the Port Away game because of supporter bases mixing. I don’t want to be put in a difficult situation with the bar staff so I have washed my hands from these games. These two games are also stressful enough for me that I don’t want the added hassle of organising it in advance. Some people just really know about the prep work that I have to go through.
Because I have got a football game to go to afterward, I can’t just bring a laptop or even a tablet because I have nowhere to store it at the game itself. I haven’t asked if I can leave stuff at the bar but if I do I have to go back and collect it. So my set-up in a DJ app on my phone. Those people who DJ with there iPad have got it easy in comparison because using the same app on a phone makes all the sliders way more fidilly. I also have to have an external battery because this is my personal phone I’m using so it still needs to have battery before and after the game. That means the batter has to be charged. So it’s another thing that I have to have sorted in advance with the right cable to link to the phone, something else I could leave behind. I need to have all my music ready and on my phone in an accessible format and be wary of my storage limitations because I’m using a frigging phone. So when people come and ask for a track to be played and I say “I don’t have it,” that’s because I probably don’t. Then there’s the fact that because it’s a phone, I have to be aware that I could get actual phone calls. So I have to remember to stick the thing on Airline mode before I start. So I can get a bit frazzled before I actually start and have to be in the right frame of mind so I don’t mess up. So all of you who come up to me and say “you should start playing now,” I know you mean well, but I have got a dozen things to get ready in the meantime so I need some clear headspace. I already have a range of pre-performance nerves when it comes to playing the right music and not making a fool out of myself. I really don’t want to have any more of those nerves added to it.
Yet, I still enjoy doing it because when everything is going well then everything is going really well. I don’t want to sound too ungrateful. I will keep doing it as long as I keep enjoying it. But I want to keep enjoying it. I don’t want it to be a chore or an expectation. Because I won’t keep doing it if that’s the case. It’s not something I want to do because these are my friends I have to say no to. It could get difficult if I have to put my foot down.
But moving forward I feel like I do have to set and re-enforce some boundaries because I think the ones that I set at the start of the year have been forgotten. Hopefully if they are my friends then they will understand.
So until next time,
Have fun and stay sexy,