House Fees have been re-instated at Babe’s Cabaret. It was nice to have free house for the first two weeks of the month. They didn’t have to do that, and they achieved the desired result (lots of girls showing up from other clubs to work because it was free) Back to $40 at 8pm. I am very impressed with the annual report they printed out for me last night which includes total house fees paid and total funny money tendered.
The evening began with two sprinkler salesmen from San Francisco. I saw Steve sitting at a table alone by the stage. It was early and the club was slow, so I sat down and chatted for a bit. He wasn’t a dance guy. His friend Chuck (who was getting a couch dance from Random Blonde Chick) was. I waited until Chuck returned to the table. Chuck became instantly enamored with the girl onstage and asked me her name. I couldn’t remember her Babe’s Stage Name, but I knew her as Desiree from Christie’s years ago. Chuck then said to Random Blonde Chick who followed him back to the table from the couch and was vapidly hanging on him completely devoid of conversation, “Will you go get some change for me,” He then handed me a twenty and said, “Tip her onstage and then the four of us are going to VIP.” Random Blonde Chick wasn’t too happy when she came back with Chuck’s change, but he knew exactly what he was doing. Chuck was the owner of the sprinkler company and was treating Steve, his architect. Apparently it’s a tough economy to be selling indoor fire sprinkers since construction is down….but Charlie did well enough during to housing boom to cash in his fractional jet share and buy his own private plane, which he piloted down here and parked at Scottsdale Airport.
The four of us had a nice chat in VIP, and just a few dances. They were really nice guys who were looking for entertainment and conversation. Chuck reminded me of The Whale. He was very generous and tipped us both on top of our hourly rate. Many people mistake kindness for stupidity. Both Chuck (and The Whale) know exactly how much they spend at the club, on tipping, etc. No, they’re not stupid, or suckers. They’re just kind, and that tip is just a drop in the bucket for them.
Random Blonde Chick complained to the manager that Desiree “stole” her customer while she was getting him change. Please: if you can’t close the deal…move over and let someone else who can. Or wake up and realize “your customer” sent you on a wild goose chase to get rid of you.
The evening was spotty, but steady. I only have to sell half as many dances at Babes to make the same profit as Christie’s. So I kept plugging away. Most of the girls left at 12:45am (the new cut off time for being out the door) because it “sucked.” The 1am rush filled the club with three new tables of make it rain stage tippers. Not my target demographic, but a blanket of ones add up! Expecially when the stage rotation is every 20 minutes.
Between sets, I make eye contact with a guy at the bar. This is one area I need to work on. I alluded to it last year when I met Rebelyid at the bar at Treasures during World of Concrete. At Christie’s the bar guys went to the bar to avoid the pressure of the lapdance sale. At Babes (and in Vegas) I notice that the bar guys go straight to the $20 dances and Champagne room. So anyway, Mike from the bar walks over to me and says, “My friend Bob has been watching you aaaalll night and you haven’t come over to the bar. Will you take care of him for me?”
Of course I will! Mike and Bob hauled 5 cars here from Ohio to auction at Barrett-Jackson today and Thursday. I got called to stage again. More dollar rain. Then I closed the last four dances of the night out with Bob. They’re coming back in tonight…hopefully with the auction profits!
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