I played for $ in the 70's, then gave it up in 1979 to go to college, raise kids, etc., and have been a bedroom bassist since then. I joined a band about 5 weeks ago. We had a show booked for July 5. After 2 practices the drummer said he had too much going on to practice - his daughter had twins, he was working out of town, at least that what he said - so we haven't practiced since. I thought maybe the whole thing was over with and I was ready to move on. This morning the guitar player called and asked me if he thought I could get it together to do the show on the 5th. I almost said no, but finally said yes. I'm totally jazzed about the situation. The first 2 practices went great, and I've practiced to CDs since, so I know about 25 of their songs. I've got a good ear, so learning the rest shouldn't be too hard. It's pretty easy music - rock, country, oldies, etc. I know I'll make mistakes during the first gig, but I also know we'll make 'em dance. Anyways, no questions or problems here; I just had to share the good news. My wife thinks I'm crazy ... maybe she has a point.