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Rose Bowl Report

And that pretty much sums up the Rose Bowl for me yesterday.

I’ll back up and explain.

Anticipating smaller crowds due to Passover/Easter I decided to skip the truck rental and just focus on bringing smaller things.My car is a decent size (a Honda Fit) but my friends have a station wagon that they let me borrow so I, in a rare Fit of planning ahead asked in advance if I could use it.  They said “sure” and I was all set……

Until I checked with them on Friday.  Turns out the sturdy station wagon was in the shop.

Ah well.  Back to the Fit.

A lot will Fit in a Fit.  So I Fitted and Fitted but it didn’t Fit as much as I fantasized.  So I re-Fitted.  And then, after I fit everything I thought I could possibly Fit in the Fit, I realized I forgot a bunch of stuff.  I was Fit to be tied and muttered:

“Aw Fit!”

So it was back to the drawing board.  But, eventually, a lot Fit and I went to bed.

Up early (4AM) the next day and off to the Rose Bowl.

Oh, except the freeway interchange I need to use was closed.  And, good Angeleno that I am, I have no idea how to get to Pasadena without using a freeway.

FIT!So I went around and around until I got back on course and landed at the Rose Bowl…. about 45 minutes late.  I set up quickly and then, taking advantage of the low early attendance went to renew my booth spot.  And that’s when I discovered that, due to my error, they had sold my spot for next month and forever after and I now no longer have a place at the Rose Bowl.

Fit Fit Fit Fit Fit!I was, of course, not happy but I have to say that, although that sounds like a series of bummers I think, in many ways, I’m very lucky.

If I had rented a truck I would have paid a fortune in extra miles as I tried to find my way to the Rose Bowl due to the freeway closure.

If I had rented a truck I would have had even lower profits (as crowds were light)

And I have long felt that, although I really enjoy the Rose Bowl, I don’t think it’s necessarily the right spot for me but I’ve been too comfortable to really break out.  This will force me to explore other venues.

And finally, I was once again, rewarded and amazed by people’s kindness.  All my RB friends took great sympathy for my plight (even though it was totally my fault) and my booth neighbors gave me their spot for next month as they were going to be away.

So, all in all, although I threw a few fits (sorry – last one) I now feel pretty good about the changes and spent my Monday happily being crazy productive!

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend!

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

2 responses »

  1. Sooooo…..
    I was featured on the Rooster and the Hen, and was checking out who else was featured, and found YOU!!!
    I have signed up to receive your blog through my email.
    You’re ALMOST AS FUNNY AS I AM !!!!
    Glad I found you.


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