It has snowed off and on for three days. No real accumulation, a few inches at a time that melts the next day. Today the sun came out and it was a beautiful day in Dutch for a few hours, in February!
This winter we have had a few nice storms, but no big deal. Certainly no TV reporters watching a few flakes coming down and saying that this would be THE BIG ONE. That could go on forever.
THANKS to CYBERSUZE for her great question regarding the title of a recent blog. ANY IDIOT BAN BE A BUSINESSMAN ONLINE. Businessman includes women.
A few weeks ago I was approached by someone who saw my photos online. They told me THEY LIKED WHAT THEY SAW. Here I will emphasize they came to me. It would be different if I was trying to get them to look at my photos.
I do not want to name names (Christina Tracey at Organic Technologies in Coshocton, Ohio). I checked out their website, it was something to do with either fish oil or snake oil. Maybe both. It was pretty boring for me and I stopped. Funny thing it was oil from a company I work with daily. I still may talk to that company about this other “company.”
I spent a decent amount of time going through MANY photos to edit out and give them the best to look at. I sent them a disc with those photos, watermarked. When I sent them I emailed them and “Christina” (maybe it is CHRIS for all I know) said it would be a couple weeks for them to go through the photos. After three weeks or so I emailed them asking if they were still interested in my photos. Now THE GREAT COSHOCTON CONE OF SILENCE descended. No word since.
I am a huge fan of FOLLOW UP. If you do not follow up, you FOUL UP. THEY came after ME. If they do not like the photos I sent, be professionally BRAVE and say that. Just be PROFESSIONAL. If you are not, you cannot. If they had told me they were no longer interested, this blog would not be written.
It is a good thing I am not desperately waiting for a pay check, or it could be very different. How much is a bus ticket to Ohio? Or a TRAIN?
Finally, even I, Mr. Amateur Photographer saw a big flag right at the beginning of this debacle. The photos they wanted could be found at any one of a number of stock photo sights. For a lot less than they were talking with me.
OK, I was sucked in. I am looking for ways to market my photos, and this “opportunity” came along. It smelt of fish, but I proceeded. I learned.
OH YEAH, I am emailing “Christina” and asking her to check out this blog...
Back to reality...
This weekend was CRAZY even for Dutch. Our container vessel was late Friday. Instead of getting our first container at 10 AM or so, it was almost 8 PM. At first we thought no boats were waiting for their food, so we were going to ATTACK at 5 AM the next day. But two boats arrived and wanted that food.
So it was almost 8 PM when we started. The containers were coming in slow, so the first boat cancelled saying they were leaving at 12:01 AM. They were still at the dock at 2 AM. The second boat wanted a 2 AM delivery. We got the last van just in time to do that.
I went to bed after 3 AM. Back at 9 AM.
The next day we were working like zombies.
When we went home everyone was talking GOING TO BED. I went to bed around 9 PM.
I got a call at 10 PM for a delivery. So I called one of my drivers and got it arranged. It was taken care of and accomplished.
Funny thing. I do not remember doing that. NADA BABY. I questioned everyone, including my driver, and he said it was me
This is the GREATEST SLEEP DISCOVERY of all time. WORK WHILE YOU SLEEP. Imagine the increase in productivity.
I am confident I will take the ZEPHYR with no buses. The ZEPHYR is the headliner train. The buses are clearly mentioned if you look at the website. The ZEPHYR is advertised as a photo opp.
Frankly, if it breaks down, WHO CARES?
I may take the return trip from Chicago to Seattle. Those are the routes I want to see most.
Meanwhile it is 9:30 PM SUNDAY and we have a urgent delivery.