Proper, things aren't so great. Too much cash and jingle's gotten away from you this week, and you're not going to be able to make Gams the usual payment. Not your fault, really ... you've been focusing on hiring some new acts with these open mic nights, so you haven't been able to put on any big show night to rake in some extra rich, like you'd usually want to do.
Still, it wasn't nothing you'd necessarily worry about, except for that you had to go to Rolfball four, five nights ago to get Yip-Yip's foot stitched up. She slipped during practice which, normally, not such a big deal, since the wire was only a few feet off the ground, but she landed on a bottle some jackass'd left on the edge of the stage. Baker says Bix, but Bix denies it and who knows?
Rolfball's getting old and don't like being woken up, and he's been charging you a little extra when he thinks he can get away with it, but who else around here can you trust to know how to clean up a tightroper's foot? So that eats into your margin, and then someone throws shit, literal shit into your water filters? You've got fifteen, twenty people to watch for, a lot of them basically athletes, and you can't afford to be paying well tax to keep them in water.
You've got Cindy on trying to clean out the set-up, but you still don't know who's responsible.
So, no scratch for Gams, or not enough. You can take her some gin out of your supply, you know she likes that, but you're figuring numbers in your head and, yeah, that'll more or less clear you out. You'll have to go down and barter for some of that vodka they distill at the end of the platform downstairs, just to keep the drinks flowing until you can resupply on Madame Blavatski's. Where do you get that stuff, anyhow?
But the vodka's going to be out of pocket ... Vox Populi can't afford another hit to the coffers. So 1-barter, which leaves you broke, which means you can't be sure you'll be able to pull off that show night you were planning in a few days. That kind of thing needs some up-front jingle, just to kick off.
Unless you want to try and convince someone to spot you the booze? You have fingers in a few pies, so it may be that there's someone out there who would float you something potable on reputation alone.