Eleanora Eden on fri 17 aug 07
Well, last night I had a dream that the suite in the hotel I was
staying at during some
urban fair had a living room with french doors that opened on a
hallway and the doors
didn't lock. So I found a group of women having a meeting in my
living room. Then I
had to convince my husband that although it was a Sunday it was still
the third day of
a fair and we hadn't broken down the booth, now had we, and we had to
go back and
do the last day of the fair.
So I figure that I am well and truly cooked from the month of
selling. Haven't had that
kind of dream since the old college one of having a final in a class
I never went to.
Sailed beautifully through Ann Arbor. Sales were up and I was
located in this lovely quad
on campus, perfectly flat, grass and flower beds, lovely booth
neighbors, and the huge
university buildings protected us from the terrible winds that came
through on the Thursday
and took some peoples' booths.
We stay at a campground in our camper and I know that dream refers to
the annual battles
I used to be waging with whatever hotel we were at in Ann Arbor where
the services are
non-existent during fair week. So great to retire to our lakefront
site with just the swans and
the lake and sky (instead of endless carpeted hallways).....and of
course shop at the Whole
Foods market in Ann Arbor.....
BTW, we did not have town internet access as our booth was located on
the campus. We
found this out at the last minute. The town access is only in the
downtown area so far but
they thought they would have the whole are covered soon. We used our
phone as a modem
as we have done before and it is slow but it did work.
Then home with a week to prepare for the Sunapee marathon.....9 days
selling and 2 days set up.
In 100+F heat we set up and for some reason there was a 3pm Friday
deadline to be finished and
out of the tents that I still don't understand......it was really
awful. Somebody collapsed from heat
prostration trying to make the deadline to finish.....and then
somebody else drove up at 3pm
to start setting up and the rent-a-cop called the local police on
her......bedlam at the Sunapee Fair.
I was located on a slope that was 1 foot lower in the front than the
back. I liked the booth and
the week went well for me, though at the midpoint my back went out
just terribly and the only
time I was comfortable was lying flat. Feeling actually pretty lucky
that this had never happened
before and I managed through the days on lots of meds. Then I saw
the chiropractor on Monday and
as it happens he had visited my booth and he put the injury together
with the slope. He said that
keeping my balance on that hill had put my back out. So now I am
wondering if fair organizers
accept doctors' letters.....I will surely give it a try.
I had heard from a friend in California that fairs were terrible this
year but this is not my experience
so far. So happy to be home from the fair.
Bellows Falls Vermont
Gail Dapogny on sat 18 aug 07
I can attest to Eleanora's good sales. I walked by several times to
say hi but she was always surrounded by people waiting to talk to
her. So glad it went well for you. There were many artists who were
pleased. Nice to know that fairs might be on the upswing.
Gail in Ann Arbor
> Sailed beautifully through Ann Arbor. Sales were up and I was
> located in this lovely quad
> on campus, perfectly flat, grass and flower beds, lovely booth
> neighbors, and the huge
> university buildings protected us from the terrible winds that came
> through on the Thursday
> and took some peoples' booths. ...