The Goth Kid from the mailroom walks up to me and says that if I’m interested, his band is playing this Friday at a club called The Turning Point.
I say “Great.”
Hope that’s noncommittal enough.
I think his name is Clarence…
Okay, Goth Kid is known as “Mark.”
The name of his band… Mark and The Stigmatas. That’s a little on the nose, I think. Still, it’s nice to see Goths having fun with words.
Time to Google.
Nothing on Mark and The Stigmatas. Plenty of stuff about “Mystical Stigmata” and lots of “Unexplained Stigmata Discussion Forums.”
(Hmm, I should probably get back to work…)
According to Naline, the club that Mark’s playing, The Turning Point, is a “total hole” where beginner bands gig… Apparently it’s known as The Learning Point.
Nutless Tom says that he once got “suckered” into seeing Mark and The Stigmatas at The Learning Point and that I should avoid the club’s toilet – at all costs.
He also says Mark’s band stinks way worse than the club’s toilet.
I decide to tell Mark that I’ve got a family thing happening this Friday.
A second visit from Mark. His band just broke up. Apparently it’s all the lead guitarist’s fault. That sounds legitimate.
He looks despondent. But then again, he is a Goth…
Mark sticks a homemade Mark and The Stigmatas CD in my hand. He says, “Let me know what you think, man.”