One of the disadvantages of being a one man business is by definition you are doing it all yourself, bookkeeping, invoices, writing, reporting the lot.
And as the laws of physics have not been repealed and I don’t own a TARDIS on the days I was entertaining Robert Stacy McCain, covering Romney, Buddy Roemer , Sarah Palin, Freedomworks and the Tea Party Express in the sun and the rain of two states I was not out finding advertisers for the show or the blog.
In fact as I type this I’m not getting the invoices out that I need to finish either.
And that brings me to the Tea Party Express and my chance to get on the bus and go with them.
It would have been rather great to hit Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia Georgia, Florida, South Carolina etc etc etc, interview the people, see candidates Rick Perry, Herman Cain and perhaps others who might turn up along the way. It would have been fantastic blogging as would have been covering the debate in person.
But every day I did that was a day I was not selling advertising or at least trying to. Every day I did meant that the bills of the show and blog not to mention the mortgage groceries etc are less likely to be paid on-time or paid at all.
So I set a threshold of $1250 dollars. Enough to:
1. Pay for a trip back and expenses
2. Cover the equivalent of a single 60 second ad purchase that I would hope to get during the 10 days I lost.
There wasn’t much time, the offer came on Sunday and the last chance to nail the bus before it is out of range was last night, or perhaps this morning in Rhode Island. (As I type this I noticed that If I left the house right now and made a mad dash for Rhode Island, I just might be able to catch them before they leave.)
I put the word out to the readers but the money just hasn’t come in. Ironically I just got a big check from one of my biggest advertisers paying for their last run. I could certainly use that to pay for the trip…
…but here’s the thing. That money was already counted in my budget to pay for two large bills due in the next 30 days. If I spend that money now then I will not have it at the end of the month when those bills are due, I’d have to borrow the money against future receipts and hope for the best in the worst economy that we have seen in nearly a century.
Remind you of anybody you voted for lately?
I have a lot of friends on those buses, beyond the reporting I could spend time with them, Victoria Jackson is re-joining the tour later, I’d love to see her again and I’m sure I’d see other friends along the way. It would be fun and I’d love to do it, and if I was a liberal I just might do it.
But I’m a conservative and Conservatism 101 means you live within your means.
So today I’ll watch the presidential debate, drop off and mail invoices and visit a few customers in the rain. I’ll work hard on the writing and the selling.
And perhaps next year by working hard and using my money wisely I’ll be in a position to catch the tour right from the start.
Update: Hey guys it’s not a big deal and that’s the whole point people do without things they can’t afford all the time. This is what is called NORMAL.
Update 2: I keep getting people saying they’re sorry they couldn’t help, This isn’t a help thing, this would have been a cool story to cover but it’s not a necessity, it’s not even an “I’ve always wanted it” thing like a season 18 Doctor Who scarf would be. When I didn’t have money to pay the actual bills and I had to ask, that’s a necessity but this isn’t the same.
One of the reasons why we have the problems we do in this country is too many people don’t know how to say: NO! No to their children or no to themselves. The reason why the federal and state government is in such trouble is people not knowing the difference between “I’ll give you what you need.” and “I’ll get you what you want”.
Take my clothes dryer, it’s a front loader and the door is iffy, so we use a pole and a block of wood and prop the door shut, 10 seconds work. Yeah it’s a pain in the rear end, but that’s $500-$600 we don’t have to spend, that’s a tax bill guys.
So choice: lose 90 seconds a day or spend $500-$800. You call that a choice? 90 seconds? Give me a break, you’ll spend that much time watching 2 bad commercials.
Compare that to a story from my travels: Fellow owns an orchid, Apples (remember Johnny Appleseed was born in the next town). Has a farmstand selling produce and fruit. Like anyone who has tree fruit there is are a number of “drops” (that is Apples that have fallen from the tree before he they could be picked). Nothing wrong with them, but drops sell for much less or are sold as feed. He knows a family with six kids young kids on government assistance and decided to save the drops for the next time she came in to give her a few baskets-full for her kids free of charge so her kids have some fruit.
When she comes in he’s all smiles and tell her he’s got a bunch of free apples from his drops for her kids. Her answer? “I don’t want those apples, they’ve hit the ground!” They weren’t good enough for her.
Forgetting how impolite that is, how ARROGANT can you get? You’ll take food stamps but you won’t take a bag of apples for your kids when you are on the dole?
This is what we have done with the “just tell me what you want” culture. And that’s why need need to teach and advance conservatism and we have to do it NOW!
Update 3: One thing to make clear, if the Bus had only one more stop say to DC I would have gone on and only needed a train ticket since I would lose only a day or so, it’s the week’s loss that made it too costly.
Update 4: The lonely conservative gets it and YES her husband does great work, BTW this is what a season 18 dr. who scarf looks like