Monday, May 11, 2015
I Get Knocked Down (But I Get Up Again)
So, we had a beautiful 3-day weekend for the show in a very pretty area only about 30 minutes from the house. And it was a disaster. I won't say a total disaster, because I barely managed to make back my entry fee, gas and food, but it was a disaster from every other view. The show had changed quite a bit from the last time I did it and I was not aware of this. Should have done more research on my part I guess. It appeared that people, the few that came, were mainly just looking for a nice, pretty place to enjoy a long stroll while eating a little snack food. And buy a little SOS to keep the kids quite. In case you are wondering, SOS is show slang for "shit on a stick"; the utter, worthless crap some vendors sell to cater to kids and relieve Mom and Dad of a dollar or two. So, it was horrible. I'll never go back and the next promising show within a reasonable distance is not until September.
But, I told Jack, this is just the impetus I need to stop trying to do these crap shows and focus on doing only legitimate art-centered shows. Plus, I've now got a whole lot of inventory to get out to my retail stores and maybe even enough to pick up a new store I've had my eye on. I'm trying very hard to maintain a non-crappy attitude. Crap happens.
Unfortunately, all the physical effort of the past few weeks, combined with sitting a good deal at this show has got my back and SI joint severely inflamed and I am in quite a bit of pain right now. This really doesn't help matters, as you all know my attitude generally goes to shit when I'm hurting badly. However, on a good note, I may have found out, medically speaking, exactly why my attitude goes to shit. I found some very interesting studies done lately that I'll tell ya'll about later. It's very depressing in one respect, as my condition will probably get worse as I get older, but gives me hope in another respect, because I might can do more to counter things if I know what is physically happening to me.
So, I'll try to post again soon, when I feel a little better. I'm taking a few days off to recuperate and get caught up on a few things around here, like to finish planting the garden. I washed 3 loads of clothes today and still am not done! Got to clean house a bit too and get my studio back in a reasonable order.
See you soon!