This was definitely Heather and mine’s last show as we broke up the next night. Maybe it was good it was at a loud venue. 1997 was also the year I left the record store business. After Digital Exchange made it through our three year lease, Eric and I faced the music and knew we weren’t making enough to live on, so we closed down the store and sold off everything to pay the remaining bills. I started working for the Waxie Maxie chain, starting in Springfield as an assistant manager then moving down to Potomac Mills for the horrifically busy holiday season. In 1997 I got my own store in Bailey’s Crossroads, but that was closed in the fall and I went to Crystal City only to be faced with a micromanaging district manager who used to run that store. He came to the store everyday and criticized me, but I got my revenge: I handed in my notice the day after Thanksgiving. No more free concerts after that, though.