Lots of work and a little fun too.

by david on March 28, 2013

Try standing on concrete or a thin piece of carpet on the concrete for 10-12 hours and you’ll have an idea of what my knees and ankles go through.  It will wear you out.  The long days are another thing altogether.  A short day is 11 hours, and a normal one is 12-13.  For example, if the show is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, we normally arrive about 8:15 am to set up.  It is normally 9:15 pm to 9:30 pm before we can get the booth secured for the night and then think about finding something for dinner.  When everything is accounted for, our day will run from 6:00 am to 12:00 am, give or take a few minutes.  Would I consider not doing the shows?  Maybe I would when I get into my 90s, but not before.  I truly enjoy every moment of the shows, but they are a lot of work.  The shows are like everything else in life that is worth doing well.  It simply takes a lot of work to yield a lot of fun. 

            We do manage to have some fun during the shows.  Since we had an extra day in Calgary Johann and I decided to rent a car and take the Trans-Canada highway to Banff.  It was Johann’s first trip to the Rockies and he really enjoyed their rugged beauty.  All of the snow was an added bonus as there is not much snow in Namibia. 

            When we were in Toronto there was an absolute blizzard on the second day of the show.  Visitors to the show were nonexistent and boredom was running rampant.  I don’t remember which one came up with the idea but Johann and Mike Coish (owner of the Caribou Pond Outfitting booth next to us) decided to switch booths and sell hunts for each other.  It was probably lucky for them that no one stopped buy but they had fun.   


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