Guy in a van..

100_6843 Same deal as the girl only hes not as energetic.. I suspect a trust fund, rather than having to hustle and make a living.

But whatever.. Could be he’s just starting out, I know guys that began with a back pack and are well off now… So why not?

I never saw him again after the show, but the girl is a pro.. I see her here and there, depending on the season and market. Working the circuit can take a minute to get used to if your DNA isn’t migratory or you lack the tools to adapt fast.. not to mention be self-reliant mentally and physically.. Plus there’s the whole work ethic thing..

Then there is dealing with the public, and being the guy they want to spend with… no breaks, no sitting down or reading a book, no having lunch or phone calls.. smile, make eye contact, greet everyone, no matter what… and never fake it, because that’s why you’re there.. They want to give you money and spare you the labor of loading your wares back into the truck or van…Ya gotta help them, help you…. So enjoy it or fail..

After hours are a hoot… it becomes a social thing, replete with pot lucks, dinner invites, campfires and what not.. questions and answers, intel on new markets, what works and what doesn’t, cheap gas, good food, mechanics and where the idiots are.. plus you make money buying or selling to other dealers after hours..

It was fun… sometimes rough and a grind, but no uniforms or paper hats were involved and you could pack up and wander off at will…

All of which is probably nostalgia speaking…the rose colored mists of past lives..

Here and now works just fine.. the learning curve is in high gear and I’m happy about it.. theres a certain excitement to be had with each day, each new project and each step forward..

Rummaging through the shop

100_8948Rummaging through the shop looking for some steel I had stashed, I found my solar oven… which needs to be cleaned up and put to productive use.

I have a minor thing about solar ovens, retained heat cooking and obscure methods of cooking in general..

But the oven was just a bonus find….

The agenda was finding the steel…

I want to build a bicycle cargo trailer, the back pack and bicycle carrier thing has its limits..

I decided to go with angle steel over tube because I didn’t want to get a notcher or cut and fit all the joints by hand for brazing…

But that may be subject to change since I like the look of tube frames, and the steel can always be used to make a push cart or whatever.. it just depends on how long I ponder the project and weigh the benefits of each… Tube is pretty, artful and lite.. angle is strong, easy to fit and modify..

With tube I can make the bike trailer look like a 1950’s Air-stream….or one of those tear drop rigs.. which would be fun and a little off center..

OK, maybe I haven’t decided.

But the solar oven is good too go, and it not like Arizona lacks daylight..or I’m pressed for time.