Those of us in cooler climes are just starting our outdoor season. Private parties are great, and good money makers, but they have their difficulties. Things we have to look forward to- - Mosquitos. They land on your forehead, you can feel them, but you know the next rest in 7 bars away, so you keep playing until you can swat. Too late. - DJ's just needs YOU to supply them 2 lines, so he can get paid more than the band. - Electrical power. You need 45 amps. There's 15 amps avail. 200 feet away. - The left side of the stage is sinking into the grass. - Yeah, lights are supplied! Two garden floods. White. To draw MORE mosquitos. - The fat sweaty guy running the BBQ has burnt everything black. Not his fault, someone stole his two garden floodlights to light the band. - Drunk chick needs to climb onto the stage to request the song you played two songs ago. Trips over the monitors on her way off, and lands face down. Show stops while everyone looks for her earring. - Sound of people cannonballing into the pool is louder than the band. - Cops show up. Ask you to turn down. Younger cop asks if that's a Fender bass. Wishes you good night. - The hosts brother has a dad band, wants to get up and play Sweet Home Alibama. He's drunk, and from the looks of it, so is his drummer. His guitarist couldn't make it. Needs to borrow your bass. - Guy stops the band to ask if anybody has papers. - Guy who 'used to do sound for the Eagles' tells you you need more middle-range on the vocals. Throws up on his own shirt. - You get payed, thanked, and hired back for next year. Add your own summertime favorites.