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Somewhere East of El Paso.
Somewhere East of El Paso
There is a cowgirl in rattlesnake skin boots who knows what I'm talking about (for you copy aficionados)...
A few weeks ago I made an interesting post, as many have said to me, it was a request for a place and a project for a month...as part of my "death bed" recuperation process.
In August, my doctors told me to get my affairs in order. My kidneys shut down, my bowels quit working, my diabetes was out of control...
16 days in and out of the hospital, and with each visit...more and more pills, drugs and "we just don't know" from the medical professionals.
Then one bleary eyed morning a nurse tried to give me the medication for the guy in the next bed...I was the most alert person in the hospital, and I mean that literally, because the nurses and doctors work such long hours to get more days off...anyhow, I stopped her from murdering me..
and told the doctors I was leaving that day...against their opinions...
went home and threw away 9 of the 14 prescription drugs I was on. I kept my insulin, and a couple of heart meds, which I cut in half.
Then I posted here that I needed a retreat and a project, and amazingly, to my and Dien's surprise, I actually got 3 offers that weekend. One I rejected right away because of the location, the second was pending for spouse approval, she vetoed the idea and the third I accepted.
23 days ago I landed in El Paso, TX and was transported to a remote ranch just outside of Carlsbad, NM. It was as if I had been on the Starship Enterprise and was beamed down to an alien and hostile planet.
Hostile? My first day on site, I had to fight off a rattlesnake and black widow spiders. Then skunks, centipedes and the oft talked of but never seen scorpions loomed in my future. YIKES!!
GULP. What had I gotten myself into.
The project my host wanted done was a manual on a small business he had been doing for the last year, a money-maker that fits the bill of fly low and collect the dough, small potatoes, all cash venture.
It took us 21 days, a week ahead of schedule, but there is one of the most complete and detailed manuals on how to make money that I've ever been involved in.
The BOZ averages over 45 dollars an hour cleaning headlights at the local car wash. I've seen him pull in 100 bux in one hour on three jobs, which he charged 30 bucks each for and got 10 dollar tip.
Typically, he can do three an hour, but with me as his APPRENTICE, the bum he picked off the street to help him out (a role I relished)...we were able at times to do 5 cars an hour.
NOW Boz is old and decrepit, lazy, unmotivated. A former crop duster full of adventures and tall tales, he just wanted something to do to get him out of the house..actually, it was his wife who STRONGLY suggested he find something to do in his retirement other than get in her way...
Well, he was driving one night and he thought he was going blind because he couldn't see very far in front of his car. Turns out, his headlights were disgusting and yellow. The plastic lens is coated and the coating melts into the lens from continuous sunlight exposure.
Perhaps you've seen the HYPEY ads on TV for simple and easy to use products to clean your lenses...just more marketing Bull Sh*t you see, cause the Boz has cleaned many a headlight after these miracle products didn't work.
Over the year he tested several different ways, and through trial and error he came up with his Boz OFF Process which includes sanding, buffing, polishing and sealing, which takes on average about 8 minutes per lens.
He has since perfected his marketing and getting customers, which he does without expense.
He is in this relatively small town and I'm convinced if I took this back to Cuyahoga Falls or back to West Palm Beach, I could easily do 20 cars per day at 30 bux each.
I don't think that is too shabby.
My host, the Boz, was satisfied enough with my work, he asked me to stay on another month and oversee a couple of other projects, which I've agreed to do.
A year ago I was in Asheville, NC, where I met the very lovely and talented daughter of country music legend Marty Robbins...and when I landed in El Paso a little more than 3 weeks ago, I haven't been able to get his song out of my head.
I feel much better, this dry climate and crisp clean air has been good for me. I'm feeling sort of like the Gordon of old, the snidely, sarcastic SOB I'm so beloved for...
And the rattlesnakes, black widows, skunks, scorpions and untold critters of the night, have kept me on toes, also, quite literally and I'm more alert, alive, awake and aware than I have been in months.
If you are seeking a realistic way to earn some money, and are not afraid to leave the house...then you might consider this headlight cleaning business...thanks to TV, people are aware of it and the perceived value has been established and wher Boz is able to command 30 bux a car, you might be able to get 50. The TV ads show a guy charging a 100 bux, so thank you As Seen On TV huckseters for helping out the realistic business guy .
Next month I'll be chatteling,. creating another project and packing for San Diego unless someone wants me to stop by for a couple of weeks (WARM CLIMATES ONLY) and help them develop their own project...other wise, see on the beaches of San Diego friends.
Gordon Jay Alexander aka Student of the Masters, Mr. Chattel,
Snidely WhipAZZ, and "hey you, Sh*tBird....
PS. Hospitals are, in my opinion, no place to be when you are trying to get well. I'll rant about that soon, but for now, stay healthy and do something...like mama used to say..."Son get off your As* and go do something". She died in a hospice after the hospital committed their atrocities (my opinion) on her and sucked thousands of dollars from Medicare and supplemental insurance then cast her out to die. OH, is my attitdude toward big pharm big med showing? Well excuse the hell out of me. Sure, they are miracle workers now and again, but overall, American Healthcare gets a C- at best in my book. We can do much better America...much better.
Last edited by GordonJ : October 30, 2011 at 02:17 PM.