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aldevis

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Sometimes I end up in a very unpleasant situation:
Invited to a dinner/wedding/friendly gathering, I often hear the following sentence:
"Are you a saxophone player? Why don't you play something for us?"

Apart from the fact that my solo playing would be so sad and moody that even Tom's ECM collection would sound suitable for a Brazilian Carnival in comparison, it seems that my specific job entitles people to ask me to do it for free.

How would it be with other professions?


Example:
"Are you a policeman? Why don't you arrest my mother in law?"

Mr. Git, Taz and Navarro are required to post in this thread ASAP. For free.
 

thesaxman71

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i get you 100%, happens to me too, frustrating as hell grrrr!

So i usually ask them what job they do and reply with similar example as you said above,
example:
some guy at 1 of my gigs asked me to play after we had finished, over and over, to the point it was annoying,
so i asked him his job , he said he was a builder, so i said, ok i will play for you after you finish work and when you come to my place while you are building me a new brick barbeque in my garden! and he backed off asking anymore after i put it to him like that.

usually i say my sax is not with me or it is put away, but it gets worse for me tho cos i am also known as a singer, no escape there, and i will not repeat here the usual answer i give to people if they keep asking me to sing >:)!
 
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old git

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Aldevis,
Moody? Ever thought of playing for that Swiss clinic? Probably increase the turnover. >:)
 

Chris

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Aldevis,
Moody? Ever thought of playing for that Swiss clinic? Probably increase the turnover. >:)

Plus the audience won't get up and leave half way through.>:)
 

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I earned a PhD in Computer Science about 10 years ago from highly theoretical studies of machine intelligence and vision with not much connection to the real world. As soon as someone finds out about the doctorate I'm often asked if I could fix their PC ...
 

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I earned a PhD in Computer Science about 10 years ago from highly theoretical studies of machine intelligence and vision with not much connection to the real world. As soon as someone finds out about the doctorate I'm often asked if I could fix their PC ...

It's not just musicians. I used to get it when I mended white goods.

My smart phone is drowned in the wash (back pocket of jeans, duh) and it looks as though the screen protector has slipped into the sump 'cos the washing machine won't empty

Any chance you could both pop-round to fix the phone and Hotpoint since you offered?

I'm feeling pretty sad about it. What I need is mood music to cheer me up Aldevis whenever you're free
 

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I'm a blacksmith/ironworker/welder and I remember some acquaintances of my girlfriend asking us around for dinner.
This really was out of the blue as we had only met them very briefly through some other friends.
Being the unsociable prick I am, I didn't want to go but my girlfriend said we really should.
When she asked "what should we bring" they replied "can you get Nick (me) to bring his welder."
 

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How long does it take for oxyacetylened toes to recover?
 

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How would it be with other professions?

In researching an answer to your question I went out for the evening and chatted to several people about the sort of things they did.
Some of which were quite unusual but unfortunately none of the young ladies offered them free.
 

old git

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Glad I was a funeral director.


Edited to add. Damn forgot the mother-in-laws.
 

BigMartin

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Strangely enough, it never happened to me when I was teaching maths. I think most people would rather see a proctologist.
 

Tenor Viol

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I earned a PhD in Computer Science about 10 years ago from highly theoretical studies of machine intelligence and vision with not much connection to the real world. As soon as someone finds out about the doctorate I'm often asked if I could fix their PC ...
I work in IT as a solution architect. I work with big toys that cost many millions of pounds a box dealing with databases that have tables with billions of rows of data in them... No I don't know how to fix PCs either ;}
 

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For my first degree I majored in Psychology and minored in Computing.

I can't fix a computer, but I can talk over it's problems with it.
 

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