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Hot Dog Vendors / On the subject of rebranding
« Last post by on January 05, 2018, 05:00:37 PM »
Some of you know my history and rap. I got into this business for a way to have my woman and the kids to do something together. It was my best idea for to tell Susan to not get a job.

Yeah go get a job Suze but that means you have no time for the kids. How about we get a hot dog cart and at least they get to be together with you. Don't get a job honey, let's make one!

And it worked OK for a few years but...I kinda left them to run it and let's face it, not every kid in the world wants to grow up to be a slinger.

So the company that bore my name kinda went into the weeds. It got neglected. Run down.

So the next thing that happens is I semi-retired which is a fancy word for being sick to death of being a computer and systems guy and I have had just enough of the stupid corporate world and anybody in a Polo shirt and I figure hey, now I can just be the hot dog guy!

And I walk into this total disaster scene. The little business was broken. My name is broken. The patient is on life support but there is no detectable cranial activity. PULL THE PLUG!

Pull the plug on this one, it's beyond rehabilitation. So I aggressively rebranded.

Now all of this entails getting registered as a new LLP or LLC or whatever, it involves throwing out all of the old business cards and getting new ones, it involves websites and new logos and designers and all that stuff. All that stuff.

But taking a page from our Native American past, what it really means is going out onto the earth, our mother and asking the plants if they can help. Specifically one plant: the yucca.

If a yucca plant dies and offers itself, you can make a whip. Not just a whip, a freaking flexible saw blade that is literally designed to rip the meat off your bones. And if your vision is in accordance with the earth, you take this whip and you flay the people, you turn over tables, you hurl dust into the air and you are the face of terror. We knock down every door, we overturn the couches, we break all the dishes, screw these dishes we're getting new ones. And everything you thought about life or comfort just radically changed.

That's right, daddy came home and he brought a closet full of warriors with him. Here are the nations of our people. Here is mighty Chippewa, Llenappe and Eastern Cherokee. And just about every nation of Europe. We gotta lotta killas and they don't use mops. Maces, axes, tomahawks, swords both long and short are more their style.

And we militantly dedicate ourselves to being THE BEST.

THE BEST! And that makes the yucca whip seem benign.

There is only one way to be the best. Keep trying. If that takes re-inventing yourself from the ground up? That's exactly what we do.

Now if you can do all of this with humility? The grace like Dugg that passeth all understanding?

If you can do all this and just be happy with who you are? No matter how great or small?

You win.

Know what I like about us?

We know that winning small is still a win.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Booze Dogs wants to sponsor/re-brand me!
« Last post by on January 05, 2018, 04:11:47 PM »
Ditto above and further. Let one or two of us review this contract.

I hearby declare as an officer of to hold any and all proprietary information you may disclose to me in confidence in a 5 year window, excluding any aspect held as "common knowledge" among practitioners of our craft. In return, you hold any and all proprietary information I may disclose to you in the same 5 year window, and disclosures to third parties are permissible with our informed and mutual consent.

I call this the "bilateral NDA". It protects both of us equally.

DO NOT POST ANY ASPECT OF THIS CONTRACT ONLINE OR IN PUBLIC. That would be a breach of trust right off the bat with your new partner. On the other hand, if your new partner wants to bind you to NDA or non-competitive clauses? Anything with the word "exclusive" in it?

That we're gonna want to very calmly review. And remember who we are. We're slingers. The first offer is never the last offer and if they are talking to us that means we're in a negotiation.

We all have your best interests at heart on this one.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Cart Give Away
« Last post by on January 05, 2018, 04:03:27 PM »
Hey that is pretty cool guys! W00T W00T to Ben! Yay!

I'd buy a Ben cart in a second except for the fact that we're doing a retro Victor cart style. We got this matching carts and umbrella thing going. I'll buy a vintage Victor series II cart any day for ready cash. But I do steer people towards Ben carts.

When you guy a Ben cart you get Ben, Duggs (Good Good!) and all our advice that we can heap on you.

Now get out there and sell. Make us all proud. Best Christmas present ever.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Overwintering a cart in frigid temps
« Last post by on January 05, 2018, 03:54:30 PM »
Two words:

propylene glycol.

Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in any food service environment.

Purge propylene glycol with water when the cart is in use. 2 or 3 rinsings is enough for your hand wash lines.

And guys, I do feel for your freezing butts just now. Keep moving. Stomp your feet. Good time to invest in a pair of bunny boots.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Overwintering a cart in frigid temps
« Last post by Super Weenie on January 03, 2018, 05:19:09 PM »
Thanks, buddy!
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Cart Give Away
« Last post by Blue Pig on January 03, 2018, 05:16:26 PM »
   I'm glad too that someone who needs a cart won it.  It amazes me DD how many people I meet that view this business as a get rich quick venture. I'm not talking about the people that see the hucksters trying to sell carts. I'm just talking about customers who try to run figures in their head while they order from me. Mostly the college students from the university down the block. Not one of them realizes the hours put in just on the day we set up. Forget the hours put in for bookkeeping menu building permitting etc. 
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Overwintering a cart in frigid temps
« Last post by duggsdoggs on January 03, 2018, 03:04:22 PM »
Food Grade Antifreeze, put it in your fresh water tank and pump it into your lines till you see it come out of your system, problem solved.  There are a lot of videos out their about food grade antifreeze.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Cart Give Away
« Last post by duggsdoggs on January 03, 2018, 03:01:06 PM »
it does not matter what you do, if you make a lot of money your are going to work for it, period.
Hot Dog Vendors / Overwintering a cart in frigid temps
« Last post by Super Weenie on January 03, 2018, 12:32:00 PM »
Now that I have two carts, I have to overwinter a unit in an unheated garage for the first time. My concerns all come down to one thing… The water pump. My pump does not require a flooded inlet, so I was able to run it for a good while and pump almost all of the water out of the cart without disconnecting things. I got all of the water out of my instant hot water heater, as well as most of the tubing and both of my faucets. That's all good!

However the outlet for the pump goes into a line that immediately heads straight up. Because of this, there is a small amount of water in the outlet, and I am assuming also inside the pump housing.  Should I be concerned about this? It would be nice to leave that line connected because it in a bit of an awkward place; however, I'm not about to let my pump get wrecked because I don't want to disconnect a drain line.

Anybody got an opinion on this one?
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Cart Give Away
« Last post by Super Weenie on January 03, 2018, 12:21:47 PM »
I'm glad to hear the cart went to someone who is already working hard at this and will REALLY benefit from it, instead of someone who already had at least one cart.

As usual, I agree wholeheartedly with your second point. This career isn't a good fit for everyone. I think I recently saved a fellow in my area from making a huge mistake by getting into this. He bought into the sales pitch of working 3 hours a day, taking off any time he wanted, and still making big bucks... I introduced him to the truth and now he isn't going to buy a cart. I had no plan to scare him off; all I did was break down a workday, a summer month and the ups and downs of a year. He also mistakenly thought that I was seeing success after only a year in this; his eyes got pretty big when I told him that I've been at this for about 7 years. After that, he knew he didn't want to do this and he's exploring other ideas that required less hard work. Good for him; he knows himself and now knows that this career isn't what the sales pitch says it is.
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