Twenty Dollars

Here’s an inspirational story for y’all. I’m talkin to a buddy of mine at the bar, who’s a DJ, and I ask him, oh hey, you goin to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis? (If you live under a tomb, they have a hit song called Thrift Shop, “I got twenty dollars in my pocket”). He says, oh shit. Where’s he playin?  I say, Wells Fargo Arena. Then he says, ya know, that guy played here. I opened for him.  We all got wasted on Jameson that night. No joke…there were like six people here. Then my fellow bartender pipes in, yeah, Clint. I’m pretty sure, if I remember correctly, you left early that night, because it was so dead.  My DJ friend says, he was a really cool guy. Did all these costume changes. What were his costumes like?  I ask. Dude, he says, looked like he went to a thrift store and bought a bunch of shit. Yeah, I remember, he threw a jean jacket out into the audience of six, I put it on, and it was so small, the sleeves went up to my elbows.

To reiterate: Three years ago, in 2010, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis played at the bar I work at: for six people. Three years later, they’re playin to 16,000 people, at Wells Fargo Arena.

Guy’s got more money in his pocket now than twenty dollars.

From my heart to yours,

Clint Curtis. Bartender.


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