Had my first bar gig in 6 months this past weekend. We set up earlier in the afternoon. I was the first to arrive about an hour before downbeat, with a bottle of water in hand (gotta stay hydrated). I took a swig of water, and it goes down the wrong pipe. Usually not a problem, just an embarrassing cough-fest. Except I couldn't cough, couldn't breathe, started choking...I'm on the verge of panic. I'm looking around the room, and the closest Heimlich prospects are a trio of 6 year-old kids running around. Next closest talent is a table of good-looking younger chicks by the bar. I'm trying to decide if I want to pass out on stage or stagger up to the hot chicks, grasping at my neck with crazy googly eyes. I opted to hustle outside (croaking like a hippo in heat the whole way) and throw myself onto the railing. Fortunately, the water freed itself on the way out the door, and I was none the worse for wear. The gig was a blast. I was a little off my game for the first 30 minutes. LOL - I was afraid to drink anything for a while. The band played well and we had a good crowd. As usual, I played my G&L SB-2 Tribute thru my GK Plex direct to Behringer X32 mixer. It was my first gig with custom in-ears and my own monitor mix using iPad -- having a freakin' awesome in-ear mix makes the job soooo much easier and enjoyable! I decided to rock the black shirt/grey vest/white tie with jeans & Doc Martens -- and got a compliment from a drunk chick during the 2nd break. Then she asked "have you ever seen this band before?" I guess that's par for the course.