i play bluegrass bass in a couple bands and sometimes sit in with other local talent here and there. i play on saturdays mostly because during the week i am a high school biology teacher and i tend bar on friday nights. i have to because i have a stay-at-home wife and 2 small children. i still get to play more than i should because my wife has a big family and since my wife also sings in the band, we have supportive babysitters. but i always want to play more. anyway, i got a call from a local pro who plays here, there and in NYC quite a bit. he called to ask me to play bass for him for a private party in NYC next wednesday......for $500! so i'm taking a personal day from work (getting paid) and heading to the city next week to get paid well (for once) to play bass!