610 649 NAIL ( 6245 )
610 649 NAIL ( 6245 )
WARNING - THIS EVERYDAY BLOG USES STORIES AND LANGUAGE THAT SOMETIMES OFFEND.
THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF A TAVERN OWNER , A FATHER , A GUY , AND A PENIS.
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I continued the philosophy work hard , treat everyone with respect , and have fun !! Help promote the BANDS as much as possible and these are my basic ingredients to run a small dive bar that's been around a long time.
Work hard :
Wheels ( my wife ) gets upset at me. She accuses me of one thing , " you only care about THE NAIL". She is right. If parties come around or social gatherings , I always say lets go and at the last second, I would have to work on bands , websites , or ideas or head to the club. She would get upset and I would eventually go out , but I must drive her insane. I have a sleep disorder. It's called sleep apnea. I sleep no more than 3 hours a day. I use it to my advantage. When I get up in the middle of the night I would start working on NAIL promotions , websites , and business. I eat, sleep, and think THE NAIL. If I had to guess why I am so passionate about being a tiny somewhat semi " successful " club. It's probably because certain people were against us. They said it was a foolish idea and a saturated business. We would be throwing money away. I had to prove them wrong , not for their opinions , but for myself. One person does stick out .........Wheels and I were over a " friend's " house. We'll call him " J ". Having a couple of beers with some " friends ", we decided to tell everyone we bought The Nail. J's brother-in-law, " T " , said " it is the worst business to get in and you will fail eventually" ( and this was a person that was successful and I respected back than). I will never ever ever forget that. Here we were ....proud owners of an established 60 year old nightclub that Wheels and I have been patronizing for 2 decades and now told we had absolutely no chance of making it.....not even a fake congratulations. He was the first of several to try to shoot our hopes down. Every time someone projects negativity towards our bar..........I WORK EVEN HARDER THAN BEFORE................... RUDY of Notre Dame would shit his pants. We bought the club in January of 1997 and as of today , we have the longest tenure of ownership of any owner dating back to its opening day as " Humphs Bar " in 1948. This is a huge monumental enormous gigantic accomplishment since all employees bailed on us when times got tough. My claim to Un-fame......" In our first 2 years of ownership , we lost enough money to buy a house in Havertown." I had 4 jobs and Wheels had 3 to keep The Nail afloat. Our so called friends/employees did not know this. Wheels and I struggled for over 2 years working 60-65 hour work weeks while they got paid and our bills piled up like a mountain........you try it and see how long you last. We did it because we believed in the bar , the music , and ourselves. Yes we lost friends but true friends and family stuck with us. Little did we know the previous owner Mitch had Daddy buy him the bar as a college gift. So the books looked outstanding without a MORTGAGE. We found out his numbers were all lies at the settlement table. My famous antennas told me many times something was wrong , but we ended up driving the hard road. The quick story of the last owner and how we purchased The Nail. Wheels and I are sitting next to him at the bar one night. I say , " Hey Mitch , if you ever want to sell The Nail , Wheels and I would be interested. " He replies , " No , no , no , no , no I would never sell it. " He gets up and walks towards the front door. About midway he stops and comes right back to us and says , " Are you serious ? , we can meet tomorrow at Villanova Diner if you want ? " Holy shit did my antennas go up , but they were so clouded by my overwhelming feeling that I could own the infamous Nail one day. Anyway , back to the main story of employees and bailing friends. One old school employee left us because he wanted to get " out of the business ". The next week he got a job at a another bar as a bartender......not so old school there. These were the high hurdles Wheels and I had to endure.....day in and day out........by ourselves. It was time to rebuild.
Treating people with respect :
Its simple, treat people with some dignity , make some humor about myself ( usually about my penis size or sex life) and remove all angry people.........everybody should be treated the same. Saying jokes about myself makes people feel a little better about themselves and they say " you know what , I am not the only one that has money , health , or relationship problems.
Removing angry people:
Major priority here......nothing worse than sitting next to a drunken idiot proclaiming all life's answers while he works at Burger King deep frying onion rings. A Havertown policeman once quoted to me...." we never get any calls at The Rusty Nail ". I wonder how many bars can say that ? It seems every weekend there are fights or altercations at other clubs. This is our home and that's how we treat people. OUR ONE RULE , " GET IN A FIGHT......DONE FOR LIFE. "
When we started, I asked what can we do for the bands " promotionally " wise ? The same old answer ," we did it all and nothing will help". At the time, we were in 11 newspapers and had one generic monthly calendar. So , one weekend, Wheels and I went up to our mountain house ( that we built with our own hands ) with "phonebooks" from all over the counties. We made a list of all the newspapers and internet companies. I continue to make the list grow. Now, we are in 56 newspapers ,.radio promos ,our websites (www.thenail1.com., Facebook/rustynail together average over 1500 " hits " a day....that's unbelievable for such a small nightclub) ,.monthly calendars on time , new illuminated outdoor marquee sign., 35 internet companies , mailing list ,our own radio show since 2005 , and it goes on. We have quadrupled the band intake. We let bands network with each other by having up to 4 bands or more on the weekends. I remember a phone call I took in 1999. The person said, " we played THE NAIL a couple a months ago, we brought alot of people, had fun , and would like another gig ". I said to him, " you mean no one has called you since than ? " Right there and than I took over the booking. I call all bands every Monday ( or Tuesday sometimes ) before and after they play here ( no other owner does this). Treat bands with respect...they are the backbone of THE NAIL . They are the ones working hard to bring people in, practicing, promoting ,and such....so, why the hell wouldn't I help them? I refuse to be the owner that's all drunk behind the bar with a disgusted face saying " they did not bring a 100 people....... they're done". I give out my home phone number (no other owner does this) to prevent frustrating phone tag and usually have 15-20 minute conversations with each individual band on the first phone call (no other owner does this) . I know if I was in a band, I would like a direct link to the owner and have a respectable conversation. I put myself in the shoes of the band and tell them how much we appreciate them. We lend out our PA system to bands playing "other " clubs for FREE ( what the hell other owner does this ? ). Several times with my van and easy pass (no other owner does this). We throw a huge "Wheelstock " party at our private vacation home that Wheels and I built ( 4 years to build ).........for 13 years it was completely free .... it was $20 for the last two years..... 330 people showed up last year ( damn hurricane ).....400 the year before ! Once again, a 4 day party and the NAIL supplies breakfast , lunch , dinner , beer , liquor , bands , and showers for everyone for 4 days ( show me one fucking owner that does this ??!! Throws a party for 400 people for 4 days for fucking FREE ??!! ). We ended it in 2006 because of the incredible amount of time , effort , wear & tear on our home , & neighbors being super pissed at us. The main reason for stopping this party was 2 out of 3 people did not who Wheels or myself were. We walk around to 40-50 campsites and say thank you and people would say , " who the hell are you ? " Yep the WHEELSTOCK party got so big people attending were now friends of friends of friends of friends and had no clue this was a RUST Y NAIL party and US thanking people for their support over the years.
Our website is updated & blogged every day under the " HISTORY " link , not one day ever missed....this includes weekends, holidays , and vacations. I talk about my life as if it were a soap opera (no other owner does this) and in this business it usually is , but mostly for entertainment though (doing this since day one of the takeover ) ( no other club owner does this ). I could go on and on and on.......no one comes close. I do all this because we do not have the luxury of the " walk in " crowd. We need the bands to work a little harder for us ,that's why I work 10 times harder than any other club owner.
We have our own radio show since 2005. All bands get plugs on our LIVE radio show. All bands do live interviews to promote ALL their shows and express their music and songs. What the hell other owners help promote other clubs ? Everyone helps a little......we help more.
We hope you join our little family.........simply known as THE NAIL.
" LIVE AT THE NAIL " RADIO SHOW !!!
We welcome these Radio Stations that promote our show
1370 WPAZ POTTSTOWN WWW.RADIOFREEWORLDWIDE.COM
HOLA 1600 am WXVU 89.1 fm KUR 88.3 fm
WEXP 530 am WWUV 90.7 fm WVUM 90.1 fm KUR 1670 am
WWXU 91.1 fm WWCY 89.5 fm WIN 88.9 fm ( WIN 89 )
WWEC 88.1 fm WWNW 88.9 fm WVUD 91.3 fm Berks Cable ( Ch 24 )
WPKN 89.5 fm WPKM 88.7 fm WDWN 89.1 fm Hometown Utilicom ( Ch 41 )
WPTC 88.1 fm WCUC 91.7 fm WSRN 91.5 fm
WDCV 88.3 fm WXLV 90.3 fm WRRG 88.9 fm 930 AM (The Cockroach)
WRHS 89.7 fm WVUD 91.3 fm WIXQ 91.7 FM WIXQ.COM
BLACK CIRCUS RADIO ( DEAD CELL RECORDS )
SHORTCAST.COM WSJR ( INTERNET ) WYBF 89.1 FM
WWW.THENAIL1.COM ( click on " radio show " on the left index on our home page. LISTEN AT ANYTIME )
WEBCASTED BY REAL AUDIO
** Do you have a contact with a college, internet or commercial radio station ? Any help to air our FREE show would be greatly appreciated. We are here to help the local bands of our communities. Our format is simple. We interview bands. The bands express their opinions and songs through their music.......with alittle fun too. ** This would increase our relationship with your band and The Nail nightclub.**
PERFORMED LIVE ONCE A MONTH ON A SUNDAY NIGHT AT 6 PM ( OFF JUNE , JULY , & AUGUST )
** ALL BANDS GET PROMOTED **
ALL BANDS GET LIVE INTERVIEWS , CD EXPOSURE , ETC.. **
NO OTHER CLUB DOES THIS !!
We made our point ............work hard , respect , and promote. All businesses.....whether in a band or selling corn on the cob ........ should have this mentality and attitude.
*** BOOKING CONTACT AT mailto:email@example.com ***
SUNDAY 8 - 2 - 20
WALKING DOWN MEMORY LANE..........LITERALLY.
START MY MORNING BY DOING THE STAIR ASS MASTER. FOR 30 MINUTES I THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH I MISS BEER AND BURGERS ON BUNS. I WATCH TV DURING THE WORK OUT AND EVERY COMMERCIAL IS FAST FOOD OR BEER.
I START THE 2 PHASE PROJECT OF CAULKING AND PAINTING AROUND THE STORM DOOR. I CAULKED TODAY AND WILL WAIT TO AFTER THE RAIN STORM TO PAINT. CAULKING MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE AND I AM GLAD I AM FINISHING OFF THIS PROJECT. I WILL PROBABLY SPRAY PAINT THE DOOR HANDLES BLACK TOO.
WHEELS ASKS TO GO ON A MOTORCYCLE RIDE.....WHAT THE HELL ? I ALMOST FELL OUTTA MY CHAIR. I QUICKLY ENVISIONED HER ARMS AROUND ME , BOOBS PRESSED AGAINST MY BACK , AND HER HANDS USING MY COCK LIKE A JOYSTICK PLAYING YARS' REVENGE. THAN SHE SAYS , " WE CAN GO FOR A WALK BY THAT PARK TOO. IT WAS ALL A SET-UP. " BUT , MY VISION THAN CHANGED TO HER LEANING AGAINST A TREE FOR 30 SECONDS.
OKAY......ACTUALLY WE TOOK A RIDE TO ITHAN PARK. IT IS WHERE I GET MULCH ON OCCASION. THE LAST TIME I WAS THERE I NOTICED WALKING TRAILS. WE DROVE THE VAN BECAUSE HALF THE PARKING LOT IS GRAVEL AND MY MOTORCYCLE WOULD NOT BE THE BEST FOR THAT. WE WALKED 4 TRAILS AND IT WAS VERY COOL. SOME SECTIONS WERE ALONG A CREEK AND WE REMINISCED ABOUT WHEN WE WERE KIDS. BOTH OF US ENJOYED CREEKS WITH SKIPPING , JUMPING , AND TURNING OVER ROCKS FOR CRAY FISH. SOME TREES AND PLANTS ARE LABELED AS WE WENT THROUGH. IT WAS REALLY PRETTY NICE BACK IN THE WOODS ON THESE LITTLE DIRT TRAILS. IT REMINDED ME OF WHEN I WAS A KID EXPLORING DOWN AT THE GRANGE FIELD. WE BOTH HAD WONDERFUL MEMORIES. WE ALSO JOKED IT WAS A GOOD BONDING FOR US. IF SHE ONLY KNEW THE " BONDING " I WAS THINKING AT THE TIME.
HAD SOME CANTALOUPE FROM OUR NEIGHBOR ALONG WITH CEREAL AND A BANANA. I HAD MINIMAL DINNER SINCE I WAS RUNNING LATE TO GET TO THE NAIL.
FLYERS OPEN THEIR PLAY-OFF , ROUND ROBIN , NO IDEA HOW THIS FORMAT WORKS , WITH A GOOD SOLID WIN OVER THE BRUINS 4 - 1. GETTING A 1ST SEED IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT EXCEPT FOR THIS SEASON. WITH NO FANS IN THE STANDS OR YOUR HOME ICE .........WHAT DOES IT MATTER ?
A NICE MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND I BEGIN TO SET UP AT THE NAIL. I HAVE A PERSONAL QUOTA I LIKE TO MEET EACH NIGHT. IT TOOK ONE PHONE CALL AT 6:50PM TO MEET THE QUOTA ( WE OPEN AT 7PM ). THE WOMAN SAID , " I LIKE TO ORDER EVERYTHING ON YOUR MENU AND BUY BEER.
THIS TIME I BROUGHT SHORTS. IT IS WARM AND HUMID AND I DO NOT TURN ON THE A/C FOR JUST 2 HOURS. IT WOULD DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS 90 DEGREE HEAT. I AM ADJUSTING EACH SHIFT AND CLEANING BETWEEN. IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE FRIENDS /BAND MEMBERS STOPPING IN. EVEN A BARTENDER HELPED ME FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. THE BOYFRIEND HELPED ME WITH TROUBLE SHOOTING OUR BIG TV TOO. HE SAID THE , " THE TV IS FINE. IT IS YOUR CONNECTION THAT IS THE PROBLEM. " THIS LITTLE INFORMATION GAVE ME AN IDEA. I MOVED THE HDMI CORD TO ANOTHER CABLE BOX AND THE TV CAME ON.......NICE.
I ALSO RE-STOCKED A VERY EMPTY TAKE-OUT FRIDGE. IT TOOK SOME TIME AND I WAS GLAD I DID IT. I ALSO FIXED A DROP LIGHT MY BARTENDER BROKE BY MISTAKE AND THE INTERNAL LIGHT I FIXED YESTERDAY IS NOT WORKING NOW. MAN.....IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.
I AM ONLY OPENING FROM 7 - 9PM . I WAS BUSY TO 8:30PM. I EVEN TOOK SOME PICTURES WITH SOME FRIENDS OUT FRONT AT THE MARQUEE. THEY WERE LATER POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. ONE " REGULAR " WAS SMART AND CALLED THE NAIL RIGHT BEFORE I WAS CLOSING. HE ORDER 4 SIX PACKS TO GO. HEY , FOR 5 BUCKS EACH THAT IS A DAMN GOOD DEAL. I WAS ALSO ENTERTAINED BY A GUY WHO WANTED TO JUST USE OUR PHONE. HE WAS QUITE ANNOYING.
GET MY BLUE JEANS BACK ON AND RIDE HOME ON A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT.
I ALWAYS GET EMPHATICALLY GREETED BY THE PUPPY. SHE IS REALLY IS A TOTAL JOY AND HAS A GREAT PERSONALITY. I CHILLED WITH WHEELS AND WE WATCHED AN EPISODE OF THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. AGAIN.......VERY GOOD. SEASON 2 JUST STARTED AND OUR YOUNGEST SAID IT WAS GOOD.
YOU KNOW WHAT IS TOUGH ? DRIVING YOUR KID TO MCDONALDS AT 11:15PM AT NIGHT FOR FRENCH FIRES. THE DRIVE-THRU HAD FRICKIN' 8 CARS IN LINE !! WHO THE " F " IS GOING TO MCDONALDS THIS LATE ? SO , WE WENT TO WENDY'S AND GOT A MILKSHAKE AND FRENCH FRIES. WELL ....SHE GOT THEM.
I WALK THE NUTTY PUP AND SHE WANTS TO RUN BIG TIME. SHE YANKS ME 10 TIMES ON MY LONG LEASH. I YANK HER BACK 10 TIMES. WE SETTLE IN MY BEDROOM AND WATCH TV FOR A LITTLE BIT. THE DOG JUST CRACKS ME UP AND SHE IS JUST SIMPLY PURE JOY. THE WHOLE WORLD SHOULD BE PUPPIES.
WELL , MY TEE SHIRTS ARE FITTING A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND MY BLUE JEANS ARE NOT AS SNUG AS SPANDEX ON A HORSE. TODAY , I REACHED THE 1/3 MARK OF MY GOAL. IN 25 DAYS I LOST 20.2 POUNDS. I KNOW THIS IS JUST A DROP IN THE BUCKET AND I STILL LOOK LIKE AN ITALIAN PILLSBURY DOUGH BOY BUT IT IS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I SURE HOPE I CAN KEEP THIS UP.
MONDAY 8 - 3 - 20
" WHEELS , CAN YOU COME OUTSIDE FOR A MOMENT ? " THE 2 MACGYVERED UMBRELLAS I FIXED ACTUALLY COLLAPSE DOWN. I DID THIS BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER COMING IN. I REALLY DO NOT NEED THE WIND TO BLOW THESE DOWN AGAIN. ONE PROBLEM , ONE ARM WOULD NOT FOLD IN NICELY SO NOW OUR UMBRELLA LOOKS LIKE IT HAS A HUGE HARD-ON.
YESTERDAY I REACHED A MILESTONE OF LOSING POUNDS. THIS IS A GOOD THING. THE BAD THING IS THE WEIGHT I AM AT NOW IS ACTUALLY 10 POUNDS OVER WHAT I USED TO SAY 5 YEARS AGO WHICH WAS , " IF I EVER HIT THIS WEIGHT I WILL GO ON A DIET. " BASICALLY , I LOST 20 POUNDS AND I STILL NEED TO LOSE 10 MORE POUNDS JUST TO GET TO WHERE I LIKE TO LOSE WEIGHT. IF YOU CAN FIGURE THAT OUT THAT IS DEPRESSING.
EVERY NOTICE WHEN YOU ARE IN A HURRY YOU HIT EVERY DAMN RED TRAFFIC LIGHT. IT ACTUALLY MAKES ME GIGGLE. WHEN DRIVING TO THE BANK TODAY I NOTICED THE CHECKS WERE NOT SIGNED. SO I SAID TO MYSELF , " NEXT RED LIGHT I WILL SIGN THE 2 CHECKS. " I FIGURE I DO THIS TO BE READY WHEN I PULLED INTO THE DRIVE-THRU. I DROVE 15 MINUTES AND HIT ALL GREEN LIGHTS.
LATER IN THE EVENING , WHEN LEAVING THE NAIL I WAS KINDA WANTING TO GET HOME. I HIT EVERY RED LIGHT.
EVERY SO OFTEN I CLEAR AND SAVE THIS BLOG TO A DOCUMENT ON MY COMPUTER. LITTLE DID I KNOW THE LAST TIME I DID THIS WAS JANUARY. THAT IS A LONG TIME. NOW.......YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN SO MUCH.
FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE STRIKES AGAIN. THIS TIME I TOOK THE PUP. THE DOG CRACKS ME UP. I PICKED UP A LARGE PLASTIC BIN OF VERY COOL WHITE SNOW FLAKE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. I KNOW....CHRISTMAS ? WELL , LAST YEAR I THREW OUT 75% OF OUR LIGHTS. THE ONLY THING WE HAD LIGHTS ON WAS OUR TREE AND THIS INCLUDED THE NAIL TOO. SO NOW , I HAVE A FULL PACKED LARGE BIN OF LIGHTS AND MORE. I PLUGGED ONE STRING OF LIGHTS IN AND IT WORKED. I WILL NOT CHECK ANYMORE UNTIL DECEMBER. HEY , JUST THE LARGE BIN ALONE IS WORTH 10 BUCKS. OH....ALL OF THIS WAS FREE.
THE FUNNY PART OF THIS SHORT RIDE WAS THE PUPPY. WHEN I PLACED THE PLASTIC BIN IN THE VAN BEHIND THE DRIVER'S SEAT SHE JUMPED ON TOP OF IT. SO , AS I WAS DRIVING SHE PUT HER HEAD ON MY SHOULDER. SHE REALLY SEEMED CONCERNED ON WHERE WE WERE GOING AND HOW I WAS DRIVING. IT WAS SO CUTE I TOOK A PICTURE OF IT AND SENT IT TO WHEELS AND THE KIDS.
THE RAINS ARE COMING.
WE HAD A NICE OPENING BETWEEN RENTERS AT OUR MOUNTAIN HOUSE. IT WAS AUGUST 7TH - 14TH. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING BACK UP. IN LESS THAN 2 DAYS THE DATES WERE FILLED.
ONE PROSPECTIVE RENTER SAID . " MY DAUGHTER SAYS YOUR WEBSITE NEEDS HELP BIG TIME. " YEP.....I KINDA HEARD THAT BEFORE. "
DID ANOTHER 30 MINUTES ON THE STAIR BUTT MASTER. I THOUGHT ABOUT THE OLD DAYS WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND COULD EAT ANYTHING I WANTED. I USED TO PUT 4 HOT DOGS IN BUNS BETWEEN MY FINGERS AND HAD NO PROBLEM SCARFING THEM DOWN. GOD , I HAD A KICK ASS BODY AND WAS SO PROUD OF HOW I LOOKED. I HAD HAIR , MUSCLES , 12 PACK STOMACH , AND LEGS TINA TURNER WOULD BE ENVIOUS OF. NOW , I AM THE FAT ALBERT OF HAVERTOWN................WORST BODY EVER.
A NICE DINNER OF SALMON AND STRING BEANS. I DID NOT HAVE POTATO SALAD OR PASTA. OH MY GOD SALMON IS SO GOOD !! ( ACTUALLY IT WAS BUT I SO PREFER A BURGER OR PIZZA OR CHICKEN PARM WITH A SIDE OF SPAGETTS )
OFF TO THE NAIL. I SPENT A SOLID 90 MINUTES CLEANING AND FIXING STUFF. I GOT OUR TAKE-OUT FRIDGE LIGHT TO WORK BUT NEEDED TO CALL COMCAST AND SET AN APPOINTMENT TO HAVE OUR BIG TV FIXED FOR HD AND OUR CREDIT CARD MACHINE THAT ONLY RUNS ON PHONE LINE NOW. IT'S SUPPOSE TO USE OUR ETHERNET LINE.
ON FRIDAY WE HAVE A TV CREW COMING IN TO THE NAIL TO FILM A DOCUMENTARY.
BACK HOME I GET GREETED BY THE PUP LIKE SHE HASN'T SEEN ME IN 6 MONTHS. IT IS VERY ENJOYABLE.
WHEELS AND I WATCH AN EPISODE OF THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. AGAIN.....THIS EPISODE STEPPED IT UP.
WE ALSO WATCHED THE PHILLIES GET SMOKED AND THE 76ERS HOLD ON TO A 2 POINT WIN.
WIND DOWN THE NIGHT IN MY BEDROOM WITH THE PUP. I AM REALLY BONDING WITH THIS LITTLE GIRL. HER PERSONALITY IS PRETTY FUN AND SHE IS A JOY TO BE WITH.
WEIGHT LOSS - .1 OF .1 OF A 1/2 POUND. ANNNNND BLOW.
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