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Ed_Millis
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It's not like it's a huge problem in my part of the Az desert (I get even less rain than JR in Phoenix). But I can see the day coming when I have to unload my car outside the venue and take everything inside when it's pouring rain. Props, sound system, etc.

Do y'all just carry tarps and such? How do you prevent making a mess inside? Ya, I know the kids will make a mess too - but *I* can be pressed for cleaning and damages!

Ed
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Ed,
Yep, here in Portland, Oregon, I use a towel. I also have waterproof covers, but the towel is pretty handy because it can wipe water off props and cases. It's a mainstay of my car load to each show.

People here are much more used to people tracking rain inside their house, but I'm still careful. Some people have everyone remove their shoes, which I do a lot.

It makes you think twice about how many trips you take from the car, how many cases you use, what the cases are made of, etc.!

It doesn't make for a fun load-in, but you get used to it!

- Kevin
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I hate it mostly when I am outside in the middle of my show, then it rains.
bowers
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I had that problem today.I loaded up
for the show in the rain.Unloaded at
the house I was to perform at in the rain.
And loaded up after the show in the rain.
It doesn't happen a lot thank goodness.
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On 2014-01-11 21:19, Ed_Millis wrote:
It's not like it's a huge problem in my part of the Az desert (I get even less rain than JR in Phoenix). But I can see the day coming when I have to unload my car outside the venue and take everything inside when it's pouring rain. Props, sound system, etc.

Do y'all just carry tarps and such? How do you prevent making a mess inside? Ya, I know the kids will make a mess too - but *I* can be pressed for cleaning and damages!

Ed


Hello Ed....

I hope life is treating you well!!! Although it is rarely a problem in Arizona, I may remind you that I lived in London for many years doing hundreds of birthday parties a year, and most of them it seemed to be raining for the unload. What did I do? When it was bucketing down, I simply asked the client to hold a large umbrella over my props as I unloaded into the home. Many of my clients in Kensington had a butler/footman/Nanny or servant, and they were frequently assigned the honour. It was never a problem. JR
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I live in Wales in the UK and here it rains a lot . I have a cover permenently on my roll on table and amp/sound system . The rabbit is in a plastic carrier so that's ok , I won't take a booking without parking . I do not want to carry my kit too far phil
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I run!

But I like JR's idea. We should all hire butlers!

I have often thought about having a fitted tarp that would go over my case but I never did it.
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I wear a hat and my show fits in my pockets. Though I could go for a butler.
Ed_Millis
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I was thinking of something like this:
http://www.samsclub.com/sams/folding-wag......vAction=
I saw something like it for kids that had an awning. It was also three times the price.

JR: I've never been in a London downpour (closest was a layover at Heathrow!), so I surrender to your experience. Though butlers seem in short supply in Yuma.

Tony: I like that concept. But I also like my table and some of the props I use. Maybe I need an "in case of rain" show.

pbj: Never had any luck specifying a parking spot. As long as I show up and perform on time, they really don't care where I park.

Starr: The fitted tarp sounds like a great idea for protecting the gear. Probably just need to get one big enough and cut two eyeholes in it, too. =8>0

Ed
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That folding wagon would never hold up to daily use. I use a heavy-duty gardener's wagon, but I sold my van last month and it no longer fits in the new vehicle!

Tony - Seriously? You fit a show in your pockets? I mean, not a close-up strolling show?

I always ask for a parking space. Don't always get, but I always ask.
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Pbj: Never had any luck specifying a parking spot. As long as I show up and perform on time, they really don't care where I park.
The idea of having parking provided handy to the venue includes 1. having a place to park rather than having to search for one. 2 to reduce the carting of gear and in the rain that would be a good start to reducing the amount of rain landing on your gear/rain cover. 3. Umm....
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Ed_Millis
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MagiCol - I get the idea. But some ideas just don't seem to fly well in certain areas. And then again, you pull up to an apartment complex and you are not going to get a curbside parking spot. Comes with the job.

Ed
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I carry a pair of black house slippers, old bath towel, and a thin black doormat in a foul weather gym bag. I leave my wet shoes at the door. I dry everything down with the towel. I place my Lefler table on the mat on the clients carpet so dirt doesn't transfer from the wheels. The kit is stored in the rear wheel well of my Element so it's always available.
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Ed_Millis
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Hi, Skip. Good to hear from you.

Do you physically carry the Lefler from the front door to the performance area and then set it on the mat?

Ed
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On 2014-01-12 19:14, MagiCol wrote:
Pbj: Never had any luck specifying a parking spot. As long as I show up and perform on time, they really don't care where I park.
The idea of having parking provided handy to the venue includes 1. having a place to park rather than having to search for one. 2 to reduce the carting of gear and in the rain that would be a good start to reducing the amount of rain landing on your gear/rain cover. 3. Umm....



Hi,
Mostly you don't get if you don't specify I tell them I need parking if it is a venue that I know is a parking nightmare I will clearly tell the client if I cannot park I will not be able to do the show!
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On 2014-01-12 19:03, Starrpower wrote:
Tony - Seriously? You fit a show in your pockets? I mean, not a close-up strolling show?

I carry two puppets in a bag as well. But the rest of the show - about forty minutes - fits comfortably in the pockets.

I saw the perfect solution recently - a little hat with an umbrella springing from the top of it. Brilliant.
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