Last night at Nico’s in Little Italy at karaoke, I took a tumble. Down flat on my back. Let me set the stage for you. The place is packed. Standing room only. The lights are down low. The place feels like a cool club. I’m the third singer of the night. The DJ calls me up to do People Are Strange by The Doors. I take the cordless mic, turn my back to the big screen monitor and I face the audience. I would say there were about 80 people in the audience. I slip into my Jim Morrison persona: two hands around the mic, bobbing and weaving slightly, a little jump here and there and so on…
During the keyboard solo I stumble (often times Morrison was messed up) past the tables in the center of the dinning room and make it to the booths in the back singing all the time. A man and woman sitting in a booth with some other people want to high five me. I change the mic from my right hand to my left and high five them as I recite some Morrison spoken words:
“Children, the river contains specimens. We are gathered here tonight on this thin raft in order to build pyramids in honor of our escaping. This is the land where the pharaoh died.”
I skip and weave in true Morrison fashion to the front of the room and slip back into the lyrics after the keyboard solo and that’s when it happened. The floor in the dinning room is mostly a wooden floor, but just before you step into the barroom, the floor drops down about one inch to a tile floor.
I stepped on the divide between the two floors.
The next thing I knew I was singing on my back. I scrambled up in true Morrison fashion and the show went on. Talk about entertainment. In the best entertainment there should always be an element of something is going to go wrong. I ended up last night singing People Are Strange, Light My Fire and Break On Through.
Today I’m okay. I’m fine. No doubt my deep breathing, flexibility and stretching exercises helped; but a man my age does not want to be taking any tumbles.
Well, I won’t have another show at Nico’s in Little Italy until the first Saturday of April.
Okay, my carpal tunnel is over. I’m typing this post with two hands. The first time in around 12 days that I can use both hands on the keyboard. The carpal tunnel limited me to only 23 posts for the month of February. I published 42 posts in January. Even so, these are the stats for January and February.
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This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
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