Hi All,

Good news from Starbucks! Ben the manager wrote me today to say that we can have as many people as we want at our show this Thursday. The only catch is that they currently only have enough seating for about 65 people. They will let us bring our own chairs, though, so if you want to guarantee that you won’t have to stand, bring your own seating. Special bonus for anyone who brings a loveseat or Lay-Z-Boy 🙂

I’m bringing a couple chairs myself for anyone riding the bus or train who can’t bring their favorite wingback that night. 

My one request is that if you can afford it, please buy something that night at the cafe and leave a good tip. They close at 7:00 but are staying open an extra two hours for us so we can have our show. I know money is tight, and FGS will always be free to attend, so only do this if you can afford it. Also, if you’ve ever wanted to thank Ben for all the work and goodwill he’s shown us, Thursday is the night to thank him. He just accepted a well-deserved promotion and will be handing over management of the store to Halley. So come on down and say goodbye to Ben and hello to Halley. I’m going to do my best to get Ben to hang out with us at future shows as an audience member (and maybe teller!) so hopefully this won’t be the last time we see him.

I am going to try to livestream the show this time. It’ll be just like our regular Zoom shows except I won’t be hosting it and there won’t be a waiting room. And we’ll be muting everyone for the duration of the show. So I guess it won’t actually be like our regular Zoom shows at all.

The chat room will still be open if you want to say sweet things about the tellers. I’ll be sending any love you leave there to each of the tellers later on. Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee how good the audio will be. I’ll probably just have my phone aimed at the stage and near the speaker. I won’t have an assistant for this show so that’s the best I can do. I’m crossing my fingers that this will be enough.

Here’s the link to join the Zoom feed if you can’t make it in person. Since I’ll be busy setting up the PA and chairs for the room, I won’t be able to help anyone get in if they’re having tech problems or didn’t get the link. Keep this email handy if you don’t want to have to search for the Zoom link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87067756983?pwd=MHNIWEQ3dXJLQzFiTDdPUUJFK0VrUT09

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in person again! Expect lots of hugs. Unless you don’t want one. Air hugs are still an acceptable alternative. 

Let me know if you have any questions. Please consider bringing your own chair so folks who can’t bring one can use one of the Starbucks chairs. 

See you this Thursday! Show starts at 7:00 so get there early to get a seat or set up your own seat.

Paul

freshgroundstories@gmail.com