Turn On That Switch... And Be Your Best... Or... Fall On Your Face... ๐Ÿ˜ฏ  

Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 12:25 pm

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Turn On That Switch... And Be Your Best... Or... Fall On Your Face... ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

I have a switch . Everyone does ! I flip it, when I step out of the house. I become my best me. It activates a positive (go for it) energy, my personality is poised and the spring is loaded. When the switch is ON, I bring my 'A Game' to the table. I really needed it, this weekend.

It was that annual September festival, in a huge park, in the east end of the city. It's been a regular event, for twenty years and this year, a good buddy of mine was in charge. It's a lot of work to organize, but it's a blast. Especially, if you're into food and live bands and drinking... oh and... did I mention, the thousands of people crawling about? Ya gotta have your switch on, or you'll be swallowed up. and overwhelmed ; if you know what I mean.

Saturday, it had been raining all day and by sunset, the grounds were soggy. The huge, covered stage was dry and just kept pumping out act after act, but the crowd was soaked. Even under the tents, things were damp and moist... and I don't mean, in that good... tingly way. People didn't care, they just kept drinking and dancing.

I was helping out in the bar tent, serving vodka shots and beer. You can tell, people have had too much, when they say hello to you, for the third time and ask the same questions. Yep... ya got that vibe right. Things were a slippery, muddy, wild mess and that's... when I ran into her.

Actually, she ran into me. She was dressed, completely inappropriately... in a tight, hip hugging, cream colored dress, that flowed out like a flower, from just below her knees. Her stiletto heels, dug into the turf, with relentless impatience, as she plodded towards my tent. Then as she saw me, she shouted ; "Paul... how are you...?" and raised her arms for a greeting.

At that moment, she stumbled and kinda lunged forward. I wasn't quick enough to catch her. She face planted into the mud. It took all my self control, not to laugh. I stifled my chuckles and spoke; "Ugh... Hang on. I'll help."

She pushed her hands into the muck and crouched to her knees, as a few of us, picked her up by the elbows and raised her from the quagmire. She was pasted, from head to toe, dripping, with fresh mud. The dress was ruined. Some drunk guy, gave her a couple of napkins : she needed a fire hose. I offered her a chair in the bar tent and someone else offered her a drink. Surprisingly... she refused the chair... but accepted the drink.

Soon after, her husband came by... and dragged her away. He came back five minutes later and got down on his knees, into the mud, to look for a set of keys, she'd lost. We found them...

The thing about, flipping your switch and bringing your 'A Game', into the real world is - ya gotta be ready and sober, or you might fall, flat on your face. Hey... stuff happens at festivals, right?

The sun came out on Sunday and dried things up. The bar tent was... flying ! Face plant lady showed up, sporting jeans, runners and a big smile. She ordered vodka, with a beer chaser.


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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 12:26 pm

There was a Pub Night at that festival, on Friday evening. My daughters were with me. My brother's band played and I took a set behind the drum kit. Felt real good, to kick the shit, out of my kit!

My switch was ON.
Do you have one? ๐Ÿค”

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 12:26 pm

My oldest daughter... still hasn't learned how to drink. But that's a story... for another day...
ughhhh... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

Festivals... Who doesn't love them? ๐Ÿค”

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superbjversion2 66F
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9/9/2019 12:33 pm

I'd say "poor lady" but even in dry weather โ€ฆ you just don't wear stilettoes to the park!

I always face a dilemma with festivals - Love 'em but hate crowds.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation bangs on the door forever!


smartasswoman 64F  
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9/9/2019 12:45 pm

I wish it were as easy as flipping a switch. I'm an introvert and am rarely "on".

I do know that flow feeling you get when working a big event though...I volunteer at a music venue and have worked tickets and concessions at a few very crowded events. You just get to clicking like a well oiled machine.


1quietguy35404 72M

9/9/2019 1:04 pm

That woman sounds like me . When I as sober as a judge. Loll


wantingmore40216 61M

9/9/2019 1:24 pm

Got to be able to hold your alcohol .


sexyldy1000 61F  
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9/9/2019 2:18 pm

Yes, I totally understand about having a โ€˜switchโ€™. I work for an event management company, supporting major events, the largest thus far, had 25,000 attendees. Being friendly, engaging and helpful with everyone, despite standing, for hours, often on concrete surfaces is necessary and expected. No one cares if my legs hurt or I am tired. I apply the same mindset when out socializing too.


Tmptrzz 59F  
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9/9/2019 2:29 pm

I agree when I go out that switch is always turned on, because I was raised to always treat others the way you wish to be treated. And you should always be helpful when ever you can be. You know your so sweet to have helped her, as I know your such a sweet man. Thanks for sharing another great story with us, and giving us a peek into your world..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 3:53 pm

    Quoting superbjversion2:
    I'd say "poor lady" but even in dry weather โ€ฆ you just don't wear stilettoes to the park!

    I always face a dilemma with festivals - Love 'em but hate crowds.
True.. but she wasn't the only one! It was a fashion expo... till the rain โ˜” fell. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Ya should have seen the shambles once the rains came.. lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
Yep... I'm not a huge fan of crowds. But ya know what? I really don't mind.... if I'm with the right person. You know what I mean? ๐Ÿค”

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 3:56 pm

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    I wish it were as easy as flipping a switch. I'm an introvert and am rarely "on".

    I do know that flow feeling you get when working a big event though...I volunteer at a music venue and have worked tickets and concessions at a few very crowded events. You just get to clicking like a well oiled machine.
Introvert? Really? ๐Ÿค” Wow... I have such a hard time believing that. That's not what I would think.... at least not the impression that I get.
How do you fake it? ๐Ÿค” lol ๐Ÿ˜‚...
I'll admit... I hate crowds. Ugh.. m
Is there a way to get away or cope with them? ๐Ÿ˜ถ

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 3:58 pm

    Quoting 1quietguy35404:
    That woman sounds like me . When I as sober as a judge. Loll
Let me tell you... there were a heck of a lot of sober people
.. slipping and sliding as well.Thanks for dropping in.
Pop in any time, ๐Ÿ‘

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 4:03 pm

    Quoting  :

You're right.... That doesn't mix. But she wasn't the only one.
I never caught her... lol.
But yeah.. ya gotta help people out. By the end of the weekend I was a little tired of 'helping out' if you know what I mean. ๐Ÿค”
And you would have loved THIS one. It rocked.
You've been involved in a bunch... it sounds... ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 4:05 pm

True... but have you ever been to a festival with a bunch of friends buying you drinks? ๐Ÿค”
Yep... I agree. It's an acquired skill. Thanks for popping in! ๐Ÿ‘

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 4:07 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Yes, I totally understand about having a โ€˜switchโ€™. I work for an event management company, supporting major events, the largest thus far, had 25,000 attendees. Being friendly, engaging and helpful with everyone, despite standing, for hours, often on concrete surfaces is necessary and expected. No one cares if my legs hurt or I am tired. I apply the same mindset when out socializing too.
Oooo... that's sounds crazy. And I know Toronto... You must have some crazy stuff to share.
So your switch is ON, when you're there? ๐Ÿค”

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 4:10 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    I agree when I go out that switch is always turned on, because I was raised to always treat others the way you wish to be treated. And you should always be helpful when ever you can be. You know your so sweet to have helped her, as I know your such a sweet man. Thanks for sharing another great story with us, and giving us a peek into your world..
True... my switch is always ON... lol
I wouldn't expect less from you. I wasn't as gracious as you think I was. She was blocking the entrance to the bar tent... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
But yes... I scraped her up. I'm sure you can recall when you did the same ml
Cheers! ๐Ÿ‘

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SeaGirlFL 57F
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9/9/2019 6:47 pm

Sounds like you had a fun weekend!

I am an introvert, and would likely need to be dragged to a festival like that...or, at least bribed, lol. But, once I got there, I'd likely have a great time.

"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax." โ€“ Mark Black


mc_justmc 61M  
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9/9/2019 6:57 pm

I thought I was the only one who had akward moments of public doofiness.


Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 7:14 pm

    Quoting SeaGirlFL:
    Sounds like you had a fun weekend!

    I am an introvert, and would likely need to be dragged to a festival like that...or, at least bribed, lol. But, once I got there, I'd likely have a great time.
Introvert... really?
You're right though... once I'd drag you there... you wouldn't want to leave... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
No need to hang around the beer tent.
Do you like to try new things? ๐Ÿค”
Is pottery a group thingy? ๐Ÿ˜ถ
You're an introvert?

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/9/2019 7:19 pm

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    I thought I was the only one who had akward moments of public doofiness.
Ya woulda felt right at home... ๐Ÿ˜Š
Tons of people having a great time and not giving a shit.
I had to manage the bar.. lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
Otherwise... I'd be right out there with them.
I couldn't really hear the bands though. Had to keep poking my head out. I like it when I don't have to keep the switch on. You know what I mean?

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sexyldy1000 61F  
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9/9/2019 8:07 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Oooo... that's sounds crazy. And I know Toronto... You must have some crazy stuff to share.
    So your switch is ON, when you're there? ๐Ÿค”
No crazy stories to share as we donโ€™t cover concerts. And yes my switch is always โ€˜Onโ€™ when working. Dealing with the public can be a challenge at times but I love what I do.


Livin_my_Life14 51F

9/9/2019 9:40 pm

I have a switch and I have file folders as well in my head. Some things get filed away unless you flip my switch.

Gotta have an A game- if you ainโ€™t first- youโ€™re last!


author51 59F  
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9/9/2019 11:28 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    There was a Pub Night at that festival, on Friday evening. My daughters were with me. My brother's band played and I took a set behind the drum kit. Felt real good, to kick the shit, out of my kit!

    My switch was ON.
    Do you have one? ๐Ÿค”
My switch is on when playing my drums as well my fellow drummer along with singing with a band up at a mic.. My switch is off when I shut down social media and this site and call it a night.. Sounds like a wonderful weekend you had and right up this musicians alley..Lucky man you are.....

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/10/2019 5:17 am

    Quoting  :

I'm getting old... I'm glad that festival is only once a year. Ya know what I mean? ๐Ÿค”

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/10/2019 5:19 am

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    No crazy stories to share as we donโ€™t cover concerts. And yes my switch is always โ€˜Onโ€™ when working. Dealing with the public can be a challenge at times but I love what I do.
I've been to many conferences and shows, so I can imagine the stuff, people try and pull off... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/10/2019 5:21 am

    Quoting Livin_my_Life14:
    I have a switch and I have file folders as well in my head. Some things get filed away unless you flip my switch.

    Gotta have an A game- if you ainโ€™t first- youโ€™re last!
Oooo... file folders... I like that concept. ๐Ÿ˜Š
I've got them as well.
Yep.. ya need to be on your game when you're out there, right? ๐Ÿ‘

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/10/2019 5:25 am

    Quoting author51:
    My switch is on when playing my drums as well my fellow drummer along with singing with a band up at a mic.. My switch is off when I shut down social media and this site and call it a night.. Sounds like a wonderful weekend you had and right up this musicians alley..Lucky man you are.....
Oh yeah. The switch has to be on when I'm on the kit.
Sometimes I forget to put my switch on when I'm here...
Oh well... whatcha gonna do? ๐Ÿค” lol

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positively4you 72F  
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9/10/2019 1:16 pm

Lol, hubby digging in the mud for the keys thinking โ€œ yep, thereโ€™s my womanโ€ ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ


Paulxx001 64M  
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9/10/2019 1:56 pm

    Quoting positively4you:
    Lol, hubby digging in the mud for the keys thinking โ€œ yep, thereโ€™s my womanโ€ ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ
Yep.... ๐Ÿ˜Š I stood nearby and supervised ...
Heck.... I watched as one guy danced, slipped and fell ass first into the mud... Got up and continued dancing.
Ahh yes.. Festivals... Not really more than one per year that I can take... lol
You?

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smartasswoman 64F  
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9/10/2019 2:46 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Introvert? Really? ๐Ÿค” Wow... I have such a hard time believing that. That's not what I would think.... at least not the impression that I get.
    How do you fake it? ๐Ÿค” lol ๐Ÿ˜‚...
    I'll admit... I hate crowds. Ugh.. m
    Is there a way to get away or cope with them? ๐Ÿ˜ถ
Why do you have trouble believing it? I only write about the times when I'm out and about doing stuff (which I have to force myself to do, a lot of the time). It would be boring if I blogged about staying at home knitting while listening to podcasts but that's much more representative of my life. I really need my alone time.

I don't really try to fake it...when I go to munches for example I'm reasonably friendly, but I'm not like my fellow moderator who makes sure to circulate the room and say hello to EVERYONE.


Paulxx001 64M  
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9/10/2019 4:04 pm

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    Why do you have trouble believing it? I only write about the times when I'm out and about doing stuff (which I have to force myself to do, a lot of the time). It would be boring if I blogged about staying at home knitting while listening to podcasts but that's much more representative of my life. I really need my alone time.

    I don't really try to fake it...when I go to munches for example I'm reasonably friendly, but I'm not like my fellow moderator who makes sure to circulate the room and say hello to EVERYONE.
I presumed from your lifestyle choices that you... were the Alpha all the time.
Knitting? Podcasts? ๐Ÿค” Reeeelee...? Ok. I like to knit. Basics of course, knit... pearl...

Yeah.... I'm one of THOSE guys. When my switch is ON, I make the rounds right around the room... or hall... ๐Ÿฅ‡ wherever... lol.
Yep. I guess you'd be squinting at me... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
But I understand about 'alone time'.. I'm alone, as I write this. Sitting by the lake. Pouring rain. It's beautiful.

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scoupe42 58M  
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9/10/2019 7:31 pm

Some people can't handle their booze and shouldn't drink. Good post!


Paulxx001 64M  
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9/11/2019 4:21 am

    Quoting scoupe42:
    Some people can't handle their booze and shouldn't drink. Good post!
Group drinking... go figure. ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ‘

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/11/2019 4:58 am

    Quoting  :

Ya probably woulda had a blast!
It was one of those nights. Ya know what I mean? Just about outta control! ๐Ÿ‘

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BeccaLuvs 59F
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9/14/2019 1:44 pm

I went to a big live performance Paul, and as the performer always got audiance participation, liked us to all join in, we ended up singing and dancing in the rain! Yep, raining then as well, and it was a big outdoor stadium! No falls though luckily!

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/14/2019 3:38 pm

    Quoting BeccaLuvs:
    I went to a big live performance Paul, and as the performer always got audiance participation, liked us to all join in, we ended up singing and dancing in the rain! Yep, raining then as well, and it was a big outdoor stadium! No falls though luckily!
I can do - dancing in the warm rain โ˜”... But I gotta have a back up set up clothes, or a rain coat.. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Imagine... worlds away but we shared the rain. Hmmm...
Ya woulda had fun at the one I was at. Plus... I probably woulda had a blast at yours. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Paulxx001 64M  
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9/14/2019 3:48 pm

    Quoting  :

Work... me too! It's always ON! lol..
I'm 50 - 50. If I put the switch on... it's a GO!
๐Ÿ˜ฎ I'd drag you around with me. We'd be dressed for it and we'd have a blast.
Ya need a bunch of friends to motivate you.
I had toooo many there that weekend. lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
But I get you. I like to watch...
I don't mean in THAT WAY! ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜ณ

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9/15/2019 2:59 pm

WOW That's quite a story makes me solo horny


Paulxx001 64M  
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9/15/2019 3:52 pm

    Quoting flame047:
    WOW That's quite a story makes me solo horny
Oki doki... Drop by any time. ๐Ÿ‘

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