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Submitted by Alan M. Kaplan (United States), Aug 2, 2005 at 17:55

You have to focus on the bottom line. Most of these venues, both friendly and obnoxious, are, when all is said an done - commercial ventures.

Like it or not, you are a commercial attraction. Whether the audience loves you or hates you, you are a drawing card. In many cases, without you there is no show worth watching. How many people would would attend a show, if there were no gladiator to be eaten by the lions?

With that in mind, limit your appearances to friendly venues. I'm not saying to avoid a fight, I'm just saying to limit your presence to venues that friendly forces control... People who will try to see that there is an even playing field... people who you would be glad to see profit by your appearance.

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