"Oh Kevin, honey this is Bill. His band is playing next door at the Bluebird tonight!"
My Mom greeted me as I walked into the restaurant one Tuesday night. It was my night off from Rockit's and I was planning on popping over to the Bluebird. First, I wanted to see how business was. Even when I was off work, I was never really off work. It was the early/mid Nineties by this time and the business was… Continue
Doc Dart was the lead "singer" for the early '80's Michigan punk band The Crucifucks. Notoriously confrontatiional, Dart was arrested several times for his "anti-police" sentiments. I have to admit that I haven't thought about him or his band for many years but… Continue
"So anyway, the other day I rang up Satan and said,
"Beezlebub Baby! How's the Hellfire? What's the good hate potentate?"
And he goes, "Tesco it is your solemn duty to recruit the Youth of America for my Legions of Darkness. For your efforts you will be seated at my right hand, the Goat of Mendes at my left. You been a bad boy Tesco?"
"Damn straight sugar daddy Lucifer! I be riding Hot…Continue
My years cooking at Leslie's taught me something; sometimes working in food service sucks. The work can be frantic as hell. The breaks are erratic, if you even get one. The pay is lousy. The hours are shit, and the customers are sometimes jerks. When you get the right co-workers however, it can be a lot of fun. If you were to ask me what the best part about owning a business is, I'd say that you get to pick who you work…Continue
There's a special group of people who gave me the wherewithal, the diligence and the inspiration to stay sober. They make up a small segment of our society. Some might consider them an aggravation, but to me they were a godsend. They gave me clarity and perspective when I really needed it most, and I'd like to thank them now.
The worm started to turn after the Gulf War began. I had never thought my drug use and drinking was that big of a problem, that is, until I actually had to manage some real responsibility. Running a business and staying high, staying high and running a business. It was fast becoming… Continue
Never get into business with someone you're not sure about.
I always had a sneaking suspicion that Frank was a fraud. In the couple of weeks after Johnny Rockit's opened, evidence began accumulating. Incontrovertible evidence. Mountains of it. I mean, I had always taken Frank's stories with a grain of salt, but my confidence in them containing even a grain of truth was starting to unravel. It was very disconcerting. Frank had… Continue
The first piece of advice I'd give to anyone who wants to start a business is this: "Have a plan."
I'm sure they say that in business school, I've never taken a class, but I can't imagine that they don't. In fact it should be on page 1 of Basic Business:
"Have a plan. If you do not have a plan, you will fail summarily and with little solace to your anus." (Have a plan or kiss your ass goodbye!) It's… Continue
In case you haven't heard yet, you need to know: Musical Family Tree is curating a six-concert series in Broad Ripple Park that takes place on various Friday evenings this summer (featured on page 7 of this recent Indy Star article!).…See More