Well, it had to happen. I’m just glad it waited until now.
I’ve been very lucky over the years. I have had great success at craft shows.
Pouring rain? Made a profit! Only a few customers? Made a profit! Windstorm blows half my stuff onto the ground? Made a profit!
Last weekend in Santa Monica?
Not so much.
I don’t know what happened. Not a big turnout but those who came just, were not there to buy stuff. Or even take business cards. It happened to all the vendors and it was weird.
The event was held outside the very cool Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport.And since I……..had some time on my hands….. I checked it out and ended up facing and defeating a demon from my childhood!
“Tell us more, David” I can hear you murmur.
My dad is an aviation nut and always has been. He builds model planes. He learned to be a pilot and flew Cessna’s. His second career was running the Airline Safety Reporting System.
So it was appropriate that, when I was six we took a family vacation to Dayton, Ohio and the Air Force Museum there. (yes, we lived large when I was a kid!).
I was good with this plan. I was a little boy. I like planes, cars trucks and stuff.
Well, I was good with it until I saw this:
This is a Curtis-40 War Hawk.
And Mr. Aren’t-Planes-Awesome decided he wanted a picture of his only son standing in front of it.
Well, I may have been six but I was not an idiot and I WAS NOT GOING TO TURN MY BACK ON THAT THING!!!
Was he crazy? Was he trying to kill me?! Whatever. It was not happening!
But it did happen.
So, there is a famous-in-my-family photo of me screaming crying in front of this plane.
But I can now put that shame behind me.
Yeah. I took that picture. I stared down that monster and triumphed! I even got close enough to read the sign! (it is a North American Navion)
Nailed it!!!!!!! (OK, my dad may have had some dubious photo opportunity ideas but, otherwise, great guy!)
Still going strong! Still all about planes (although he was in the Navy – go figure) and woodworking, and book club, and taking continuing education classes and generally making me feel fairly lazy.
So, that was Santa Monica and now –
This next weekend is the big Jackalope Show in Pasadena.I am very excited about the show (I love Pasadena) and I had, um, a lot of time last weekend to ruminate on new ideas that I’ll be sharing them this week.