Call me crazy! I Dare you! 420k PRIZE! & maybe Big ToA (in Contests)
So I have taken up a new job! Call me crazy but I have taken up a job as a traveling salesman! It sounds crazy but all I do is walk around and sell magazines. I'm sure someone here has known someone that has done something similar to this. This company is available at integritysale.com. I have heard mixed results on people that have done similar things to this ranging from huge success to becoming trapped in a cult like situation. I have enough money saved that I have covered all of my based to get myself back but not only will they pay my bus ticket from MI to Reno, NV, but after two weeks they will buy me a ticket anywhere I want to go.
A lot of this decision is based on the fact that I just got out of a long relationship, where she just became cold and moved on. I hadn't gotten a cat yet and my lease just came up. I get the chance to travel the country with a big group of other young adults and rent is free! I don't have to maintain a vehicle, pay rent, utilities, cable, insurance. All I have to do is eat. And no matter what my performance is; If I never sell a single thing, I get $25 to eat and do what I want with everyday. I get one day off per week. We get up at 8am, meeting at 9am. Drive around and get food, scout places until about 11am. Get out, sell some magazines until 5, 6, or 7pm if it is really bad. Pack up, party all night and start over again.
I have always been good at marketing, advertising and getting people to like me overall. I have a knack for talking to total strangers, and it's not like I am ripping them off. They get the magazine subscription out of it. Plus it helps me out. I have the opportunity to travel the country for free, and worst case scenario, It winds up being a paid vacation and I am in the same boat I am in right now. It seems I could save a lot of money and see the countryside.
So my reason for posting this is simple. First I want to know people's initial impressions. Am I crazy? Would you do this? Maybe you wouldn't do it at this time in your life but when would you have? if at all....
Now onto the contest part!!!
What would you take with you????
You get one very large suitcase, (approx 40 in H X 20 in D X 28in W) And and shoulder bag you may have seen vietnam vets carrying (like a duffle bag but just a strap for your shoulder.) Bear in mind I have a whole household that I am accustomed to... (I have 7 different scents of shower gel) Also bear in mind that I will be living motel to motel, so the more expensive the item the more likely they are to disappear when I am not there. (Ie. anything of value must be kept on your person constantly) so size, weight, and value are a huge determination in what you bring with.
Here is the contest part. Since my huge suitcase will hold my wardrobe and little else, you are stuck with figuring out what you would bring with that you could hold in the shoulder bag (twice as big as a standard backpack), and keep in your pockets without going insane walking miles everyday. Tell me everything you would bring and where you would pack it rather pockets or your huge shoulder pack. Either the closest to what I actually pack, or the person that has the best idea will win the 420k. This is based upon my judgment only, so base your answers on what you think I would agree on.
There are two secondary prizes, the most complete home away from home kit that fits the requirements will win 50k.
The most comical (again my opinion) will win 30k.
If I bust a gut or someone gives me a really good idea I overlooked, that seems vital I will transfer a 160k level ToA, worth like 3m or something, but that will only happen if I get a reaction that seems worthy. That could be any post, so keep it creative.
This post will last until the day before I leave (saturday) so lets get crackin! What would you bring? How would you pack it? Both serious and comical comments are welcome, I will award prizes sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. If no post is satisfactory (due to a low posting count) or just crappy posts. I will revoke all prize rights, and just keep it. So keep it fun/good/goofy/funny/cunning/etc, and you could win big!!!!!
No CM's post it all here!!!
BTW I am feeling giving and I have other equipment worth something so a large response may require me giving away everything on my char. I am starting over so make it worth my while.
Well, I know that first thing I'd have with me constantly is at least a bottle of water or something to drink. Just a small one that can fit in your pockets (I don't know how big your pockets are, but you should be able to fit _something_ in there). I'd keep, in my other pocket, something to keep the aches off of my feet. I don't know what would do that, though.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you're leaving the shoulder bag in the motel, instead of carrying it around all day.
The stuff in the bag would be tough, though. I'd probably keep a few books in it. Maybe a map or two, some magazines, and things to keep me preoccupied when nothing's happening. A picture or two of my family, of course. Some things like sun screen, sandals, and those kind of things, assuming that you're going to warm places all the time, and you didn't already pack those. Toiletries, a portable music/MP3/CD player, a few of your favorite CDs and movies. That's about all I can think of. :/
Have fun with it, though. It sounds like a blast. If I wasn't so horrible with other people, I'd love to have a job like that!
Ok youre crazy but good luck anyways and sorry to see you leave... i have always wondered what it would be like to be a door to door door salesman... so maybe magazine salesman is close and you can come back sometime to let us know how things are going(i dunno maybe it would be fun)... and as for what i would pack, since i have clothes and food, maybe some items to help convince people to buy my magazines *wink wink*
March 29 2007 2:52 AM EDT
Pack that stray cat that's always knocking over your trash can and procreating in your front lawn with the other neighborhood strays. Then you'll be assured wherever you go will have that home-y feeling.
i would take a labtop with wireless internet so you can still play cb everywere you are
well if you're bringing a suitcase and planning on bringing 'valuable' things, make sure your suitcase has a lock with a key, not some cheesy-fork-pickable lock. Personally when putting out flyers for the person I work for, I bring a backpack and in it I have the flyers (you're selling subscriptions, so I don't think you'd need that) and drinks. Soda's, gatorade, stuff like that (no milk). Not really much else you'd need to bring unless it's your wallet with your cash.
Take one of those little black lights they use to check for fake bills and check the beds you use ! Heck use it to check your bills too ! Pack at least one thing that isn't suitable for children . Forget to pack any Moslem reading material . Wear steel toed running shoes to hold open those doors with a mind of their own . And last but not least a pamphlet entitled " Informers guide to the cult you are spying on " !
I would bring your computer in your bag so u can look at all those files you have saved on there (Your know the ones) and while you are walking around trough the day you have to have a big screen phone for your pocket so you can still view those files :-) well thats all i can think of mate
i think it is crazy and spontaneous and after talking to you for a few hours one night i think this is the best thing u need to clear your mind and move on with life i hope u still keep in contact as i would love to hear from u and i will one day travel to america so we can go out and have a balla
There are some awesome responses here, keep it up! I am not giving up any clues to my favorite comments yet because the contest still has a few days to go. By the way, I am almost done packing the shoulder bag, help me find what I am missing. /me chuckles and says "bag of cats"
March 29 2007 4:06 PM EDT
6 pack 'o' beer
Signed David Hasselhoff poster
Best of luck, buddy :)
March 29 2007 4:23 PM EDT
Well, what to bring with you, I have no idea.
But it sounds a lot like Office Space, life must be great!
Whatever you do, bring a towel.
A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar [magazine salesman] can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-[magazine salesman]) discovers that a [magazine salesman] has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the [magazine salesman] any of these or a dozen other items that the [magazine salesman] might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can [traverse] the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with."
Oh and to be practical a roll of electricians tape, a good bit of thickish string,one of those multi-tool pliers things and wrap five or six energy type bars up in such a way that you can protect them and only use them if you really have to.
March 29 2007 9:21 PM EDT
You're not crazy. In a way, I envy you, though for reasons that I can't say in a PG rated environment...
I would take:
1. A laptop with a wireless connection.
2. My DS with games.
3. A notebook and a pen.
5. Tums and allergy medicine.
6. A Walkman/iPod/CD Player/portable radio/etc. The iPod will save space though, so go with that.
8. A book.
9. Chips, jerky, popcorn, or something else to munch on.
10. Cell phone (but that probably wouldn't be in the bag).
I'll probably come up with more later.
March 30 2007 2:54 AM EDT
Duct tape and WD-40.
You can fashion clothes/blankets with duct tape to stay warm, and probably use it as rope and all other sorts of useful things. Heck, wrap yourself in it and then unwrap to find yourself completely clean.
WD-40 could probably be used as mace, and may help if you get thirsty. Cover yourself in it, and you can slip out of any predicament you get caught in. Also, you look completely inconspicuous carrying such items.
Remember, Duct tape holds the world together, and WD-40 makes it spin round!
March 30 2007 6:46 AM EDT
Let's not forget our famous friend, the cable tie ;)
March 30 2007 2:06 PM EDT
I second the duct tape.
March 30 2007 4:05 PM EDT
Please remember... underwear can be worn in four configurations (not including those on your head)...
Right way, backwards, inside out and inside out backwards.
Take 2 and you can make it 8 days.
Socks only give you 2 days a pair unless you need to use them for gloves first before you put them on your feet... in a pinch they might work as earmuffs.
What do you mean ? I can get a week out of a pair of socks before they get too crusty to wear .
If you wear your socks for longer than a period of 3 days, I recommend turning them inside out and scraping all of the deadskin/fungus/growth off of the cloth with a butterknife, then, ask one of your roomies if they want a PB&J.
March 30 2007 11:30 PM EDT
Wait. Are socks supposed to bend?
Well. Pet0osh that brings up another point of usefulness in socks. If you lose your shoes, you'll have your rock hard socks to wear.
Man, is that cool or what.
Don't take a thing. Grab your wallet and a change of underwear then hit the road.
April 1 2007 1:48 PM EDT
I would suggest more than one change of underwear.
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