Many people ask me if it’s not expensive to be visiting Missouri all the time. Well, it would be, but unfortunately I don’t fly there ‘all the time’. Even the few times I do, yes, it can be quite costly. So what does one do? Work. That’s what I’ll be telling you about, because this week I’m working at the Amsterdam Boat Show, the HISWA. While most people on the fair sell boats, I’m limited to boat accessories. More detailed: I sell anti-slip mats. Remember those informercials on tv selling stuff that seemed to work to well? Yup, that’s my thing. It does work, actually, but many people either don’t believe it, or use it the wrong way. Maybe we should go American-size disclaimer, because I keep explaining to people how the brochure clearly states you cannot use it on the dashboard of your car.
The funniest thing about selling the stuff, however, is couples that walk by. Every couple has a wired balance when it comes to shopping. One of them will stop to inspect our amazing product. The other will make a move as if they were walking on, but then stops to annoyingly wait for the inspection to be over. When a woman starts asking me questions, the man will join the conversation and either start playing down the use of the product (“These are controlled conditions darling, it doesn’t work like that in real life.”) or complaining about the shopping need of his wife (“It may not be expensive, but not buying it is cheaper. Let’s go.”) You’d think all my problems would be solved when a man gets enthusiastic about the great potential my anti-slip mat has, but in those cases, he is corrected by his wife (“Are you sure you’ll use it? Remember the race bike in our garage you haven’t touched in years?”). I think it’s really funny how this always balances out, either way.
If you’re half of a couple, what role do you play?
Are you very disappointed I didn’t do a normal Missouri blog?