Friday, July 03, 2009

Time Travel

I'm still not feeling great...although, as far as I know, I survived the night. Or maybe not. Maybe this is a message from the other side.

With nothing exciting on my mind, or should I say barely a mind at all...I decided to time travel through my photos and see where I was last year at this time. Surprise, surprise....perfectly fitting for my blah mood today. Last year I was in Vegas at Beatlefest.

I thought the trip was a great idea at the time. I had done the Beatlefest in New York that Spring and it was great. I met lots of nice people and sold lots of stuff...at least enough to cover the expenses of the trip, shipping the stuff out there and a little extra along the way. I was also on my way to the UK which was an even better time, indeed.

Anyway, the reason I thought Vegas was a good idea was that I wouldn't have the shipping expenses. I could load what I needed in the Jeep and take the 5 hour drive. My only expense would be the table fee, the hotel and food. I figured making a profit was a no-brainer.

My Table

I figured wrong. See those people in the background? That's about how many attendees there were. Okay, I'm exaggerating. But that's what it felt like. It is the truth, however, that the people who were there were not buying. I sold almost nothing. I didn't even make enough to cover my gas, much less my hotel and food. It was a huge loss for me - and the other vendors I spoke to there as well - and felt like the beginning of the end. Seriously.

It seemed to be the exact turning point in 2008. I was having a really great time for the first six months of last year until the beginning of July. Until Beatlefest. Where everything seemed to turn on me. I stopped making money. I lost friends. My kid got sick and ended up having brain surgery the following month. Yup, everything pretty much went downhill from there and has continued on that spiral to this very day, one year later.

Can I blame it on all on Beatlefest? Why not?

Don't think I'm just having my own little pity party here. Beatlefest Vegas 2008 was such a cataclysmic event that they're not even having Beatlefest in Las Vegas this year. And it was so cataclysmic that it continues to reverberate to this very day. Wow. It's a good thing I wasn't feeling well today. It's a good thing I thought to look back to last year for a post today. It's a freaking epiphany of epic proportions. It's my opportunity to finally purge this black plague cloud that's been hanging over me for the past year.

It's gotta go. Now. I've had enough.

Yes, this is it. I know it's over. It will now pass. How do I know this? Because a week ago I got this fortune:

The coming month shall bring winds of change in your life.

Hah! What do winds do? They blow black plague clouds away. It doesn't get any more black and white than that. Goodbye you ill-willed evil piece of shit. And don't ever show your ugly face around here again.

And to the rest of you unevil readers...have a wonderful and safe Holiday weekend. I know I will.

Bonus picture:

My very bad paparazzi-esque photo of Spencer Davis.
He's the one in the middle.