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    I just posted this on Facebook. Thought it might be worth a mention to my like-minded brethren and sistren here:



    I was just reminded of the time I worked as a "busker" in Key West. It was for about 2 hours on Duvalle street and I always wanted to do it, so I opened my guitar case for donations and played at South Beach, which is a tiny little man-made beach off Duvalle (obviously NOT THE South Beach in Miami.) I think I made about 6 bucks. Nice to have this to fall back on when and if I ever retire...or at least it's another check off the bucket list.
    The "artist" formerly known as RKO

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    Well hell, three bucks an hour ain't bad. I remember my first job out of high school. One dollar per hour, minimum wage, and I was glad to get it! Of course, that was 52 years ago. Worked a 45 hour week, so 5 of those hours were at $1.50 per hour.....Whoo-Hoo!!



    Worked that job for three years because it was paying for my tuition through a night school course in electronics at what is now known as DeVry. After electronics school I scored a job that paid $100 per week! I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven!



    And Bob said, "Oh The Times They Are A-Changin"..........
    Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.

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    • #3
      Have they gotten uppity in Key West? They used to call it Duval Street.
      Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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      • #4
        I only "busked" once, and it wasn't even intentional. I really didn't even know what busking was ......



        I was just killing time, and because I never left a guitar in the van unattended, I had it with me while I was sitting on a bench enjoying the ocean view. Pulled the guitar out and left the case open while I sang and played a few tunes. I was mildly surprised when people started dropping money in the case. After about $30 (it was a tourist area), I started playing a little more carefully, with a better song selection. Don't remember the exact cash haul, but I realized I now had a viable income backup plan if needed.



        Paul

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        • #5






          Quote Originally Posted by FretFiend.
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          Have they gotten uppity in Key West? They used to call it Duval Street.




          Oops. You are correct. Guess I overthunk it.
          The "artist" formerly known as RKO

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          • #6
            Until recently I was busking 3-4 days a week at the downtown mall bus terminal. I usually made $15-$20 an hour for 2 hours a day. I have busked on & off for at least 25 years now.
            Guitars = Chick Magnet
            Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
            You do the math.


            HCAG Civil Posters Society, Charter Member #002.
            Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music. - Albert Collins

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            • #7
              I busk pretty much every day. You can do quite well sometimes but abysmally others. My main foe at the moment is the weather. Winter in Engerlund is ****************ty...brrrr.....
              "If you walk through the streets of life looking behind you, you're gonna bump into ****************"

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                Quote Originally Posted by Bullettoothtony
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                I busk pretty much every day. You can do quite well sometimes but abysmally others. My main foe at the moment is the weather. Winter in Engerlund is ****************ty...brrrr.....




                So, you have a guitar again? Nice!
                I'm just sayin'

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                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by Heartstring
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                  So, you have a guitar again? Nice!




                  I meant with my ukulele lol but I do have my newly modded electric back.
                  "If you walk through the streets of life looking behind you, you're gonna bump into ****************"

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