Saturday, October 24, 2009

A rant about Tradition...

I can't sleep... I went to the Doctor thinking it might be something wrong with me. After a few tests he informed me that I was just sleep deprived attributing to the fact that my brain won't stop turning. I guess that is why I'm writing right now. I've tried everything and maybe if I just start typing away again I'll lull myself back to sleep.

I got in a fight last weekend with some friends. See after living in LA for as long as I have some traditions have developed... for example once a month I make the 45 minute drive to "Portillo's" in Buena Park because I'm craving Chicago food or whenever I get out of work early and I'm in Los Feliz I stop by my old roommates place and we go out for Sushi. Well one of the biggest long lasting traditions of my time here has to do with Karaoke. When I first moved to LA one of the first bars that my friends and I came across was a place called "The Brass Monkey" it was a quaint karaoke bar in Korea Town. It was never super crowded and the DJ was fantastic.

My group of friends started going often enough that we became Once a Monthers. See in the Karaoke world; people who frequent a place receive more clout and are able to sing more frequently. Even if this person is really bad, but they show up every Tuesday and Thursday, no matter what they will get to sing and jump the line of newbies ahead of them. As Once a Monthers we developed a brand that we when our group got up to sing we pretty much dominated and made the room a buzz. My repertoire would start with "Come Sail Away," by Styx, then "Strokin" by Clarence Carter, ending with our entire group getting up and singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler. Now of course I'm not the only one singing, everyone else had their own list of songs they would sing... and like I said we were all pretty good and knew how to woo the audience. We became known as Jenny's Fan Club...because we would always go on nights our favorite waitress Jenny was working. We would tip her big and get freebies in response.

Well as time went on and I moved out of Hollywood we stopped going as often as we used too. In fact the Brass Monkey has become a Bi-Annual occurrence now. We don't have the same pull as we used too, but at least they remember us when we walk in the front door. This past weekend though new people were along, new friends. And one of the girls actually had the nerve to put in her song as "Total Eclipse of the Heart." I was pissed. That was our song and because we don't get together and sing anymore... when we do it is kind of special. But she didn't care. She didn't care at all. It was infuriating. To the point she got up and sang the song to spite me and her rendition was terrible. My friends all said it wasn't a big deal...but I thought it was because like I said before it was tradition that this group of guys who don't really see that much of each other anymore would get up and sing that song, with the terrible choreography that we made up years ago. Tradition, what happened to it and how could someone be so obtuse to not see that maybe it is important?