I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 85 - Orange Kounty

Today's weird trip into the world was to meet Paul Teutul Jr -- Paulie, the older son and motorcycle designer from American Chopper, the show that surfaced on TLC at the beginning of the reality TV craze documenting the daily goings-on at custom cycle shop Orange Country Choppers. Since his loud and televised public fallout with Paul Sr, Paulie has forged a design partnership with outdoor equipment manufacturer Coleman. He is touring the country with a Coleman product display trailer and hawking his Paul Jr Coleman Roadtrip® Grill.
Armed with Noah's Orange County picture book and little tool box for autographing plus our cool sunglasses so that we would look like proto-Paulie's in a picture, we struck out for the exotic venue of Dick's Sporting Goods in Richfield.

To get to Dick's, one drives around the Best Buy corporate headquarters, a city-sized, winged building complete with daycare center, drycleaner, commercial coffee shop and, for all I know, an alchemist. Every time I drive past the building, I scream, "Let me work for you!" Porkus built twenty thousand PC's for Best Buy's flop private-labeled VPR Matrix brand in about 2002 and I interviewed with them at that time. I flubbed the coolness factor and didn't make the jump. Now that my coolness has expanded but grown more inwardly, I can't decide whether that makes me more or less a viable candidate for another shot. The yelling at the building helps, though.

Arriving at Dick's and piling out of the yellow bus like a thousand clowns, we saw the Coleman trailer and knew that we are at the right place. Then we saw the sign that said "Appearance Canceled" and let out a collective sigh. The attentive Dick's employee quickly explained that there was a death that necessitated the cancellation. Paulie is building a shop across the street from his father's company to compete with Orange Country Choppers and -- surprise, surprise -- from which to launch a new TV show. A contractor was killed two days ago during construction. Out of respect, Paulie decided that this wasn't the right time for a personal appearance. They did send the trailer, free T-shirts and a sign-up sheet to have an autographed picture mailed, so we actually had an interesting time without the necessity of lining up in front of a card table for a 30 second brush with reality TV fame.

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