My first weekend home in 4 weeks. It feels good. Doing yard work, cooking, walking - I think these are things people do on the weekends when they are not getting up at 4:00 am to set a booth up in the dark. I don't have to get up that early for every show. As a matter fact I am trying to limit the amount of shows that I do that require a morning setup. This year I only have 3 shows on my schedule where I get to experience the joy of being half awake while I try and think about how to set things up. To add to the experience is knowing that I look like I have been up since 4 am and will probably wear my sunglasses and a hat all day to hide that fact as much as possible.
All of the other shows on my schedule this year, let us set up the day before. I love this! To be able to take your time trying to decide where your panels are going to go, setting them up and then changing your mind - can be a lot of fun. It's only fun however, if I am by myself. If someone is helping me they usually start getting irritated by the third design change. It's funny how I can set up an entire booth in 3 hours or less if I have to, but give me 9 hours and I will use almost all that time to create what I feel has the best flow and presentation.
The other advantage to setting up the day before is I don't have to worry as much about getting in a situation where I can't get my van out of a tight spot. I will usually get to the site as early as possible, unload everything and then move my van and breathe a sigh of relief. My show van is a 1990 Dodge Ram Van and while I have had it for 4 years, I still have trouble navigating it around other cars, backing it up and parking it. On more than one occasion I have let other people take over. They just jump in and seem to be able to slide in or out of what I thought was a very tight parking situation. Amazing!
One other thing that can stress me out before a show is the weather forecast. I start logging on to weather.com and then accuweather.com as early as 2 weeks before a show. I do this sometimes just to torture myself. They really don't know that it's going to rain that far in advance. All it does is give me another excuse to be obsessive. Did you know that accuweather can give you an hourly forecast? Does it do any good to know that there is a 30% chance of rain at 9:30 in the morning? Can I wish it away? No - all I can do is be prepared for anything - so that's what I do. It's all anyone can do.
Anyway, I am going to go take a walk - I think that's what people do on weekends.....................