I have been so busy and exhausted that I've missed updating for a week I think. I sung with Marcqiese outside at a spot by a fountain in Central Park. He had made a killing before I got there but it had started to sprinkle ND the crowds where thinning when I sang. After 3 more songs we left and hit up 14th Street Station. The spot was ruined by the police. Some guys jumped the turnstiles and got on the train but the police held up the train and got them off. We had to leave in case they wanted more arrests. We did a lot of walking around trying to find a spot. We ended up at Times Square at the spot he liked after trying several corners with no luck. When we got there a dance crew was already working it. I wanted to watch. He was getting annoyed (he was tired) but I asked him to wait and see if we can get it once they were done. Ha! They had taken a break and started back up, drawing a nice crowd but the police broke it up. We waited it out for them to clear out and set up shop. Our crowd wasn't as big but still effective. While I sang one lady dropped dollars in the bag like she was tipping a stripper! lol She made it rain! One guy came from across the street to tip, then came back again with a few more dollars. A really nice lady with an accent came up to tell me I made her cry. She was a tall blond chic, maybe around my age. I wasn't expecting that. I gave her a hug.
I was getting a lot of love. A pretty little girl stopped her mom and begged for money to give me. They stayed for two whole songs! Her mom gave her some change and she quick dropped it into the bag. It was too cute. I could tell her mom was watching for my reaction to the change she gave. It may have been 50¢ or less but I didn't care. All change spends. I thanked her like it was $100. My voice started to give out during a song so I knew I was done for the night. Marcqiese was having issues too since he had been at it all day.
It was nearing 10pm and we both had a long day behind us. We had a conversation about the money. $5 bill was no longer in the bag when I counted the money as he sat at watched me count it. Earlier when we left the park he deposited the money he made before I got there into the bank. I noticed when we started over that there was less money than we had when we left the park. I hadn't said anything but it pissed me off and I took a 5 dollar bill as a payment to myself. He knew I had the 5 dollar bill but he wanted to play the game of where did the $5 bill go and since more than one $5 bill was missing, I was more than happy to play the game with him because I had been silent about not getting my half of the change and missing money my first leg of our hustle. He said " I wouldn't steal from myself", and I replied, " I wouldn't steal from myself either. He says he will never let me count the money again. I said why not you are right there watching me counted the whole time so what are you trying to say? But he said he never had this problem before and I told him he's not used to people standing up for themselves against him. I brought up the fact that we had change. Without saying a word to me he kept it. He claimed that we discussed it before that it will go to the batteries for the equipment. I told him that he and I had had no such discussion. he then claimed that I heard him tell the last girl he worked with about the battery. I told him, whatever you discussed with her was apart of her deal and had nothing to do with us. Then he said I was bringing up old stuff that had nothing to do with the situation. Really? I was not about to argue with him all night. I told him that the equipment was his responsibility and expenses were his own to handle and had nothing to do with my cut.He then says that we will split the money 60/40 instead of in half like last time. After I got my cut I left. I wasn't mad, just tired.
I could have handled it better. I should have brought it up instead of taking the bill but I didn't feel like getting into it. Yet it had to happen. I had the money that I came for anyway. I have to pack to go back to Atlanta for wedding and a court date.
The next morning was Saturday October 11. I had a flight to catch and a college audition to perform before the flight. The audition was with AMD A. It's funny that I was not nervous but then got really nervous, I want to poop when it gets that bad. In my rush I forgot my sheet music for the audition. The guy that was accompanying me work it out ahead of time so I got to practice with him once before the audition started. I was asked to sing a long which I did not anticipate. I was so nervous but I couldn't think of a single song even though I knew plenty of them. Suddenly, Dreamgirls came to mind and I song part of I love you I do. I was still too nervous to think so I mixed up the words. I was asked after the audition why I want to come to the school. I couldn't tell exactly what the tone of his question. I couldn't tell if he felt like I didn't belong there or I was wasting his time. Also make me nervous. I was interviewed shortly after by another man who took my application. The walk in the rain back to the station was sobering. Had to call a friend to shed my worries. I was there long enough to pack a carry on bag and head to Atlanta.
I was picked up from the airport by my BFF Kelly and her husband Jeff. Kelly had been anxious and worried about me since I left. The next couple of days with her and the kids I missed. We laughed a lot, I ate too much. I got a ride from another friend to go to the wedding. I was honored to share a day so special with one of my old classmates and friends. for their first dance I sung "At Last" and for the last a song "because you loved me". There were a few more songs in between that but those were the most important to me and to them. It was a beautiful ceremony. Seeing two families join together with so much love brought tears to everyone's eyes.