Well, this is it. Last May, I had a Spinal Fusion done, and we played a show a few weeks later that I barely survived, and helped not one bit with the load in or out. In June, we did a 45 minute outdoor set, that would've been better if we hadn't tried to add a second guitar, and if we'd had a better drummer. In July, we did the worst gig of my life, in a crappy trailer camp in Ohio. Since then, we've been getting the band tighter, bringing in drummer NUMBER FIVE, and working the heck out of our set list, and now we are BACK for a big New Year's Eve show. We are leaving for the venue soon, and will be there by 4:00. SIX HOURS before we have to start playing. Anal? You want to talk about anal? This is just a small room, in a local club, and many bands would get there about 7 or 8. We are going to be set up and ready to sound check by five o'clock, and ready for any of a million things to go wrong. My car is gassed; I checked the air in my tires; I checked the oil. I made sure our drummer is loaded and ready to go. I am now checking with our young guitar player, to be sure he is on his way with the truck. If he is not here with the truck by 3, or 4 at the latest, I know where I can still rent a van. If I have to rent a van to lug the PA, it will come out of everyone's pay equally. Last week we went through all four sets, from beginning to end. I have extra cords, extra power cords, extra mics, about 100 more feet of snake than we need, extra lights, numerous rolls of duct tape, extra stands, and plenty of T-shirts to sell. THIS is how I like to run a gig, and believe me, a few previous members/almost members disagreed with me vehemently on all of this, and most of them have not played a single show since leaving. I like for it to be around 7, and I have THREE HOURS until I go on, and I know every single thing has been covered, and I can stop with BAND MANAGEMENT and start with BEING A MUSICIAN! Woo hoo! There is nothing more fun than playing music. NOTHING. So, to everyone who couldn't work with me, because "you just like to have fun," take note: TONIGHT, I WILL BE HAVING FUN!!!! Because I finally have the organization I want around me; three other people I can rely on. (for the most part-c'mon; this IS rock and roll, after all) I wish all you bassists and other players, singers, fans, or just people a great, safe, fun and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! See ya on the other side!