Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Recently my husband and I decided to try our luck an outdoor venue. Considering the price and the location, we felt it would be an excellent opportunity. This was not the case. You would think I would know better, but I have been out of the game for a while, especially an outdoor event, I have forgotten a lot. I made some critical mistakes. Ones I will not repeat again. Rookie mistakes. And I am no rookie.
Number one - I let the price/length of the event cloud my judgement. I was certain I could make my money back. I didn't do my homework, ask enough or the right questions.
Number two- I did not check the weather forecast for the weekend. It rained for better part of the first day. I also broke my tent(another bad idea. Never buy a tent on sale at Kmart). EZ Up are the way to go. You do what you have to do.
Number three - I did not have the necessary outdoor equipment. Chairs, weights(the wind did not die down until 3 pm), cover sheets, extra tarp, shower hooks, alternate setup. I use to keep a bag with safety pins, small hammer, clips, rope, rubber bands, bricks, plastic. This might seem a lot, but when you are outside anything can happen.
Number four - I did not do recon on the surrounding area. Most advertising is done weeks in advance with poster, mailings, signs in strategic places.
The next time I will not be caught off guard. Never again.