Saturday, March 08, 2014
We needed to pick up some extra work for a short period of time and had exhausted all of our regular avenues when we remembered we had found work previously using CraigsList so we gave it another attempt.
The ad read that they were in need of Concessions Help for the weekend in Downtown Dallas so we applied. We interviewed over the phone and were hired. They had never heard of people like us, who travel around the country working as we do, so we gave them the websites where to look for future workers since we know how hard it is to find good help for these short term positions.
This company is based throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas and operates tons and tons of different shows. This particular one we worked was for the NationalCheerleaders Association. We had never been to this type of event and soon realized it was loud, but we also noticed and each and every one of these cheerleaders and families were very respectful and polite.
We had long, long lines for Smoothies, Cinnamon Nuts, and where we ended up for the entire weekend, Dippin Dots. Jerry had tweaked his back so this area was the best for us to work together where I could pick up his slack when his back would lock up and he had to leave his area. Even though we were not at our top percentage, they loved our work ethics and how well we did what we did. We worked 15 to 16 hour days but it was only for 3 days but we were spent by the time this weekend was over. We are definitely getting too old to work those long hours but we do and we would do it again.
The full time people he has in place for these events are the greatest people we have met, they work hard but get paid well and do a great job. That being said as we know it is hard to find good help for short term positions and the few they had to hire to put in place of such a big event were almost useless. They whine after a few hours of being on their feet, they take off for long periods of time without saying a word to anyone and then they become a bit nasty with customers. But, as we know there are times when a body there is better than none at all.
Our biggest dilemma about the weekend was finding a good place to camp, there were several RV Parks (using that term very loosely) in the Downtown area but none of them would answer their phones or return messages so the one that did was about 5 miles from the Convention Center so we opted to stay there and thought we would ride our bikes into work.
Things went bad right from the start…
It was in a very rough part of town and on our first bike ride I was terrified and knew there was no way we could do this at night since our schedule was going to be until 11pm or later. We were going to take a cab which of course would dig into any profits and we were already spending way too much for our site. When we were discussing this with Jason Sorrell, owner of Sorrell’s Enterprises, he set up a driver for us, one of his full timers who could pick us up and drop us off each day. What a lifesaver Chris was and he is the most considerate and kindest person we had ever met before.
We have several avenues in where we find work for us regularly but sometimes we have to go outside of our box and find new ways. Very rarely do we use CraigsList but we have before and will probably do it again. We highly recommend this company for any of our readers if you are looking for temporary, part time work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They also do other shows in other areas too and are considering branching out further so send us an email and we will send you the contact information.