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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 01:45 PM

26 years ago, I was driving around Cleveland with a car full of Balloons...

I wanted to get into show business and I thought it might be fun to deliver singing telegrams.

I ended up delivering Balloon-a-grams, singing as well, for about six months before I decided that maybe I should try for a band instead.

Not to say that I didn't have a lot of fun because I did, but it was also a bit of a hassle as I took a job with a smaller local company than signing on to Eastern Onion Telegrams which was a national chain.

I think if I had taken the Onion instead of the Balloons to You, I would have probably be acting and singing in local musical theater.

I was so turned off by it that I went into the bar band thing.

I once made a promise to myself that I would make money doing the things I loved; performing, writing and politics.

Needless to say, the politics was the money maker. I still make some money doing work for various candidates but those days are gone. I also supported myself for a while writing and editing a local Independent newspaper. That was a lot of fun and I had the most leeway with that.

And as far as performing, well, I made a good bit of cash running around in a white tuxedo. But I also made a good chunk of change playing out in bar bands.

Anyway, that one and only VD that I delivered Balloon-a-grams was eventful. I think I did about fifteen deliveries over the course o the day. One to an inner high city school and the other to a suburban high school.

Guess which one treated me like I was from outer space.

I also delivered a balloon-a-gram to a construction site where the Forman's wife had ordered a "risqué" delivery.

They were pretty disappointed when I showed.

I ended up the night at a rundown strip joint. It was a young woman’s first "legal" day on stage and i got to go up and bump and grind a little before I tied the balloons around her...

I'll leave that to your imagination.

Now I am on disability and still write occasionally for publication. Like I said, I also still keep my finger in the political pool. But performing, Well those days are probably over. Although I may get out to an open mic now and then.

One thing I know, realizing those dreams have made me feel kind of special. I'm not rich; don't have much money when you come right down to it. It just means that dreams can be realized even if they don't happen to plan.

Happy Valentine ’s Day and if you ever get singing telegram, give them some slack. They are the grunts of the entertainment industry.

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Reply 26 years ago, I was driving around Cleveland with a car full of Balloons... (Original post)
WCGreen Feb 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2012 #1
WCGreen Feb 2012 #2
gateley Feb 2012 #3
WCGreen Feb 2012 #8
gateley Feb 2012 #9
tridim Feb 2012 #4
WCGreen Feb 2012 #5
tridim Feb 2012 #6
WCGreen Feb 2012 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2012 #10

Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 01:54 PM

1. What a great bunch of stories!

I think it's really important to have fun with whatever you're doing...knowing how is key.

Being rich is not just about money...

You got to bump and grind? I can just see it...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and Happy Valentine's Day!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 01:56 PM

2. I was about 150 and I was lifting so I was,as the boss said, easy on the eyes.....

But she could have been stretching the truth a little...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:04 PM

3. As I read your reminiscences, I find myself thinking "I wish I'd had the courage...".

I'm so glad you did! You won't be lying on your death bed regretting all the years wasted at the Widget Company. Good life, WCGreen!

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Response to gateley (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 04:54 PM

8. I was kind of lost, just quit drinking and felt very alientated from my former life...

It was the right time for me to grab a chance at doing what I wanted. I didn't owe that much money and I was pretty much able to live on a low budget so I went with it.

I was an intern at a small CPA firm for part of that period so that paid my way.

And they loved having me around. They weren't use to out going, smart alecky kind of interns and so I was entertainment.

They even let me take some liberties as long as I came in on off times to help out.

In the end, I left the firm and painted houses for a year before I started to build my own tax practice.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 08:46 PM

9. You know something? Truly the American Dream! It just hollers 'freedom'! nt

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:32 PM

4. This video I came across today seems apt



Happy V-day!

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Response to tridim (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:46 PM

5. That's great....

I paid for all my instruments and was able to use the extra cash to pay down my student loans.

Although I earned about the same for about six months delivering the Balloon-a-grams as I did for playing in a band for about a year and a half.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:58 PM

6. My pay is in the simple joy of playing

I'd be so happy to retire (in 20 years) in a one-gig-a-week blues band.

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Response to tridim (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:14 PM

7. A good way to go....

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Response to tridim (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 08:50 PM

10. Made me laugh!

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