Barbershop Harmony Gone Awry

C7853B58-CA47-4A44-AEE3-EE9307C6C634My buddies and I decided to go to a karaoke bar, have a few drinks, and show off our singing prowess. After all, the four of us regular performed as a barbershop quartet at various local carnivals. So why not strut our stuff in front of the karaoke crowd?

We arrived fairly early, maybe an hour or so before the singing was scheduled to start. So naturally we started out with tequila shooters and beer chasers. By the time bar got crowded and the karaoke performances were ready to commence, my buddies and I were all three sheets to the wind.

We had signed up to sing the Crosby Stills & Nash song, “Wooden Ships,” a great song for a group of four a cappella guys to beautifully harmonize. At least that was the plan.

When we got up to sing, each of us was drunk as a skunk, and rather than a beautiful harmony, our singing was rather more of a discordant cacophony. We were unused to being confronted by boos and very tactless jeers from our audiences. And quite frankly we were shocked. We decided that the best thing to do was to stop singing, to sit down, and to shut up.

As we left the stage, the audience members started applauding our departure, displaying a mean, sarcastic gratitude for our leaving the stage. “Another round of tequila shooters and beer chasers,” one of my buddies yelled to the server when we got back to our table.

I woke up the next morning with one of the worst hangovers I’ve ever had. I walked to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and was shocked to see that I had a black eye and a cut and swollen upper lip. I had no recollection of getting into a fight or falling the night before. But I did come to the conclusion that excessive tequila shooters with beer chasers are not good for one’s health.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (karaoke), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cacophony), Your Daily Word Prompt (tactless), Ragtag Daily Prompt (gratitude), and The Daily Spur (health).

Share Your World — Mind Your Manners

SYWEvery Monday morning, Melanie, Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gives us an opportunity to share a little bit of ourselves with everyone else. Here is today’s Share Your World from Melanie.

Would (or do) you stop to help (presumably) stranded folks by the side of the road?

Yes I would, and yes I have. I would hope others would do the same for me.

Do you think the world is less mannerly today than in past times OR are we just more touchy and manners are as they’ve always been?

“Past times” could include some pretty “stuffy” and/or rigid times, so, yes, people don’t practice the same manners or social etiquette as the did in, say, Victorian times. I think we are much more relaxed today than in the past, and while I support being respectful and courteous, some so-called “manners” from yesteryear were sexist or stupid. I mean should a man be expected to put his coat over a puddle to allow a woman to walk over it so as not to get her shoes wet anymore?2B9BA211-C4F2-422D-8595-23A6A2008A4C

What happens if you’re scared half to death, TWICE?

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

If ALL the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit?

If all the world is a stage, then we are all actors and we are on the stage with everyone else. It’s a bit crowded and it smells bad.