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John Sturk
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Mandrake, all it took was a half a page application and $100 for a 2-year license. It's a little ID badge that I have to wear while performing.

Brent, I'm certain I'll give it a whirl. I know what you mean about the winters; I am moving to Chicago from Michigan, where the climate isn't any different. Certainly safety is a big concern for me, since I am not an imposing physical presence by any definition.

Between a full-time job and settling in to a new city, I haven't yet had the opportunity to explore the city, but am looking forward to it. Since busking isn't a necessity for me, I probably won't try performing outdoors until the weather turns nice again, but until then, I'll keep my chops sharp somehow...

Thanks all for the advice.
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Thanks. I should think for $50 a year, you'd be entitled to a little protection (or at least less harrassment) from the city!
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You mean the album by THE ZOMBIES! It's awesome I like it almost as much as my album by THE TURTLES. I used to listen to both of them all the time down at the waterfront village in Portland. Those were the days man!

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My favorite turtle is Leonardo. I am particularly fond of his frescos.
Speaking of frescos, I just purchased a new pair of shoes for busking.
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I endured 30+/- chicago winters before giving it up and moving to warmer winters and greener pastures. I envy anyone who's still able to do a street show in chi-town after the middle of october or there-a-bouts...
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I wish I was in on the turtle joke. It's all so confusing.

Now if you'll all excuse me, I have a turtle of my own to deal with.




Well, just a turtle head really...
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On 2007-11-28 17:35, Chad wrote:
I wish I was in on the turtle joke. It's all so confusing.

Now if you'll all excuse me, I have a turtle of my own to deal with.




Well, just a turtle head really...

Chad... you are my new hero. Officially.
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There are Two types of turtles heads to my knowledge, one comes out in the front and the other the back...

seems normal to me.
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I guess I never realized how much zombies like turtles until now... Thank you Danny and Jim... for everything.

Peace.
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Zombies like turtles because they're so crunchy!
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"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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I've lived in chicago for a bit now and it's more than possible to pay your rent busking....PM me if you ever want to get together and grab coffee...
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I'm getting nostalgic for Chicago, now.

Do any Chicago folks on this forum work Division Street on the boulevard between Ashland and Damen? I always thought that area would be really good on a weekend evening- what with the double wide sidewalks, the numerous outdoor eateries, and the demographic of young(ish) people out to be entertained?

Just curious...
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It's funny, there's a spot on Thayer St. outside the college bookshop where there was a nice double wide sidewalk. I thought that would be a great spot, but no one stopped. I walked two blocks up, outside a pizza place, the sidewalk was only the normal width, but suddenly people were stopping! (I think they did a study on that in Vegas. People were more likely to stop in smaller crowded casinos than they were in wide open spacious ones! Odd.)
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On 2008-01-24 14:01, mandrake01 wrote:
It's funny, there's a spot on Thayer St. outside the college bookshop where there was a nice double wide sidewalk. I thought that would be a great spot, but no one stopped. I walked two blocks up, outside a pizza place, the sidewalk was only the normal width, but suddenly people were stopping! (I think they did a study on that in Vegas. People were more likely to stop in smaller crowded casinos than they were in wide open spacious ones! Odd.)


that is odd- and honestly there seems to be no rhyme or reason why one spot, which looks like gold, in actuality, turns to dross... And another spot, less attractive, yields fat hats!

Maybe it's like "cursed locations" in real estate, where dozens of business in a row just fail for no good reason other than "No one came in..."
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You're probably right, Bill. They're touchy about working in "door frames" here though. I was up against the wall at the book shop and they came out and told me I had to work from the curb. When I got to the pizza place, I didn't even try against the building, too much glass. I just worked from the curb. Seemed to work OK.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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On 2008-01-24 14:01, mandrake01 wrote:
It's funny, there's a spot on Thayer St. outside the college bookshop where there was a nice double wide sidewalk. I thought that would be a great spot, but no one stopped. I walked two blocks up, outside a pizza place, the sidewalk was only the normal width, but suddenly people were stopping! (I think they did a study on that in Vegas. People were more likely to stop in smaller crowded casinos than they were in wide open spacious ones! Odd.)


Mandrake, THINK! Big area but in front of a COLLEGE BOOKSHOP. Textbooks are very expensive and college students are not known for having a lot of extra cash.

Small space in front of a Pizza shop. When going out to eat even students carry money. In these 2 cases it was not the size of the space that made the difference. It was the ability of the crowd to give a decent hat.

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I love chicago...great food and this was 4 or 5 years ago but I worked michigan ave...can you still work there?..i did a $229 hat on the sidewalk there....2 $100's in the hat...should have been bigger but the rest of the audience saw those guys give me the hundreds and decided I had made enough Smile
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Man Koz, I'd love to hang out with you for a day!

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