Monday, May 11, 2009

Deluxe weekend

I rose early Saturday morning all full of Deluxe anticipation. I got ready, loaded the car, and awaited the arrival of lovely Miss Holly. We were well on our way to arrive by 10:00 when the rain started. With the rain came the stupids. I was driving the stretch of I-44 around Chandler where the number of lanes goes from two to one. Cars waited until the last minute to get over (not me, of course!), and suddenly the vehicle in front of me slams on his/her brakes. It had been raining just long enough for things to be a nice, slick mess of oil and water, so I was sure I wouldn't stop in time. By some miracle, I managed to slam on my brakes, swerve a little to the right, and stop inches short of Doofus's car. I couldn't believe I hadn't caused an accident. The car behind me followed my lead but swerved slightly left. I sighed. I didn't think I'd get out of that without hitting or being hit. Suddenly, I heard a slam, and then another, and another, and, as I watched the truck that was now behind me still moving, I felt a tap on the left side of my rear bumper. Erg! I was so miffed. I could see him in my rearview mirror not slowing down for whatever reason, but I was sure he'd notice me there at some point. Nope!

I debated whether or not I would stop. I knew that was the right thing to do, but dammit, I wanted to get us to Deluxe! My conscience won over, so I pulled off the right side of the highway at about 9:15. I went back to talk to everyone else, make sure there were no injuries, and piece everything together. Everyone was really nice and understanding, and nobody was hurt, thank goodness. The boy (maybe 17) in the truck that hit me didn't even realize he had. I think he might have been in shock. The truck at the very end was smashed, but the people inside were totally fine. All in all, the accident involved two cars, three pick-up trucks, and a mini-van. Does it surprise anyone that the two of us who managed not to hit anyone were the cars? Anyway, I surveyed my own damage and didn't see enough to worry about, but I decided to wait for the police any way. It took them an hour, I think, to get there. The officer who showed was incredibly nice and told me I didn't need to stay. As we began to leave, my battery wouldn't start! I was a little freaked and totally ticked off at this point. The combination of the cold rain and the hazard lights drained it right down. The wrecker wasn't able to jump me, so we waited another 45 minutes for AAA. Miraculously, the charge box got my car moving again in seconds. That was a huge relief. We then got back on the road and made it to the location at 11:45 -- 15 minutes before the show started!

Photo of our booth, shamelessly stolen from Holly here.

Other than the car debacle of the morning, it was a good day. The show wasn't all that profitable, but it was a lot of fun. I sold my first body scrub, so yay! I also got to meet some sellers I've spoken with online but had never met in person. Also, there is one good thing about a show at which I don't sell very much: I have plenty of stock for my next one! This weekend, I'll be selling at the Blue Dome Arts Festival. I expect December Deluxe this year to be awesome like last year's, so you'll definitely see me there.

I hope your weekend was far less eventful than mine. :)


Funkybella said...

Wow, Brigid! I'm so glad you guys made it and were not hurt! It was great to see you and meet Holly. Let me know about any goings on in T-Town that I should drive over for.
PS- I loved your outfit!

SheezKrafty said...

I kept thinking about how we should have stopped all day yesterday but then I realized that I had taken my cables out of the car to fit all of the show stuff! Wouldn't have been any help to you anyhow! It was good to meet you!

Hollyrocks said...

Man that was craaaaazy. Was it just me, or were you also extremely tired after all that excitement? I slept for 9 hours that night (totally unlike me) and STILL felt like I needed a nap the next day. This is going to make me sound like a pansy, but craft shows are hard work!

Holly Hall - Sweetheartville said...

Oh no! I had no idea any of that had happened! I'm so glad you two were okay! It was good to see all you lovely TCM ladies there, as always.

Estela said...

that was an intense journey!! I'm glad everyone was safe and I got to see your lovely faces at Deluxe!

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