3 years ago, I found myself with a day job. I kept playing, though, and I'm sure glad now I did! Gigs at one point might have accounted for as little as 1/2 of my overall income. Last year that bounced back up to about 2/3. Well after getting mauled by dismal holiday retail sales, in order to survive, the shop I work in cut my hours down to 1 day per week for the winter. So now the gigs are definitely what's paying the rent and might well soon be 100% of my income. Fortunately, the bookings seem to be doing okay (knock on wood). Winter is winter but surprisingly, it looks like I'm doing better gig-wise than this time last year. (Kind of need to be.) So... just curious: who else out there is falling back on gigs to get through this recession?