The Shows #2: Day 1, Who put me in charge?

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 01-25-2013 05:46 PM 3244 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Stock Show day -2 Part 2 of The Shows series Part 3: start day 3 »

So you plan everything, check to make sure it’s all loaded. Then you get to the site and Murphy’s Law kicks in.

First you get there to set up only to find they put me in a single booth instead of a double. Now they seemed surprised that I wanted a double booth. Well, I paid for a double booth so silly me thought that’s what I would get. No chance of a bigger one, so now just deal with it.

Then the realization that the person that loaded the truck (me) didn’t load tables. Well duh,how did I miss that? Not a huge problem as I was very cramped and they were more than happy to rent me one.

But no I still had the biggest achievement, jewelry boxes. One of my biggest sellers. I try to have 10-15 on display. I showed up with 2. Yup, the guy loading the truck again. Thought about firing him but, well you know.

I go home at the end of every day. So tomorrow I’ll bring more, assuming the guy loading the truck remembers.

The doors are open, let the chaos begin.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 05:54 PM

I know what you mean Monte. You just cant find good help these days! Oh well, you get what you pay for, right?

Maybe tomorrow will be better,,,, cant hardly get much worse now can it? :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 05:56 PM

i beleave thats what a check list is for. not that i haven’t done something like that even with a list.

-- gagewestern

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 05:57 PM

Round 2….....make up for round 1 ! LOL

If this is the biggest problems you have had, you have got it made. You’ll do fine!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 06:07 PM

Go get ‘em Monte … do well at the show.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 06:25 PM

Well, Monte, don’t be so hard on your employee. He probably was trying to do what was in your mind. It’s a good thing that ya’ll don’t have to spend 24 hours a day with each other. ;-| Anyways, I hope you had a good show.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 06:34 PM

Good luck Monte! I know exactly what you mean. I struggle to remember everything. Everyone around me jokes saying I have the attention span of a goldfish as I am always forgetting stuff. Anyway, hope the best!

-- Jay -

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 06:52 PM

Did you have to setup on the morning of the first day or were you able to set up the day before? The shows I have done so far all have a day-before setup…I guess this hopefully prevents the chaos of so many artists setting up all at once in the early morning…
You are definitely not alone in the “forgot stuff” category…I am a lifetime charter member…but it always somehow seems to work out just fine. I now have a spreadsheet of everything I need to bring…so it is helping somewhat…
Good Luck at the show…!

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 06:53 PM

It’s a constant strugle as we age Monte
When I am tired and need to remember something really important, I put a piece of tape on my hand.

Hope you do well at the show.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 07:09 PM

lanwater…I tried the tape but couldn’t remember what the tape was for…

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 09:45 PM

heck monte i thought i was the only one that forgets what i need.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 09:50 PM

hope you have better luck nest time

-- Joel

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 10:26 PM

I hear ya, Monte. At least you didn’t do what I did. I drove across Houston to shoot a high school football game only to remember my 32GB compact flash memory card was still in my card reader on my PC! I had to find the closest Walmart and buy a krummy card to get me by. That only happened once. From that day forward, I had a spare card in my truck and my wifes Tahoe! Even though I have retired from photography, the cards are still in the consoles! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#13 posted 01-26-2013 04:04 AM

Sorry you got off to a rocky start but know that you’ll make it all work. Surely they’re going to refund half your rental fee? THAT would pi$$ me off royally! Hope you can make do with the single space. I’ll be thinking about you and hoping for record sales! I can’t go anywhere without maling a checklist and checking it multiple times but then you already know how anal I am!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 01-26-2013 05:20 PM

I think the root of your labor issues lies in the personnel department – you need better hiring criteria!!

Good luck with the rest of the show..

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 01-26-2013 06:52 PM

I used to write standard operating procedures for operations folks like me at the chemical plant I worked at. Maybe you need to develop a couple for your events. :-)

Even a simple checklist would be helpful.
And don’t forget the Whatif?
Whatif it starts raining?
Whatif there is no power available
Something like that.

Good luck.

Note: I have gone fishing and left either the boat anchor or the landing net at home. :-( Neither is good when you are salt water fishing.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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