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Travel heavy; Vendor light

 It was a wild and wacky day at the Santa Fe Pride Fest yesterday attempting to sell my Pride bumper stickers and T-shirts and "Rainbow" jewelry a fellow Kosmic Trading Post friend made.

What was even more wild, for me, was how I got there and transported all of the stuff I needed to participate in this event. Everything you see in the photo above is what I brought with me from Albuquerque. The rolling cart is courtesy of a local friend and neighbor, Mr T. He is big on car-free travel, choosing to walk, bike, ride public transit to get where he can to as many places as possible. If he needs a car to travel to a place which he can't get to without a car, he reserves a car from one of the local car-sharing groups.

Thursday night I packed most of what I needed for this journey to Santa Fe in that rolling cart, and Friday afternoon I took the Rail Runner train to Santa Fe. It was pouring rain and cold when I arrived, so instead of walking the half mile to the hostel, I waited for the next bus.

Early the next morning, I was able to get a decent free meal at the hostel, do my little chore of vacuuming my sleeping area, then catch the bus to Site Santa Fe, where the Fest was to take place. That big cart rolled right along the journey.

The only problem I foresaw was that vendors were told to set up their booths between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The earliest bus running Saturday morning arrived at the hostel's bus stop at 8:31 a.m. Thankfully it didn't matter. The organizers were really nice, probably because I had so little stuff to set up, I was able to squeeze in between the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance/Santa Fe Pride host booth and the Albuquerque Pride booth. See photo above, again.

Over the T-shirt I was already wearing, I pulled on one of the "I'm gay, and there's nothing anyone can do about it" T-shirts. Someone had to be the model to catch the eyes of the crowd. Yes, it was awkward wearing this T-shirt, but I was fine with it. I didn't announce what my sexual orientation is. I was a little bit misleading about it when talking with some people, which I don't feel good about. Though I did mention my husband a few times. People seemed to be O.K. with me. It was fun hanging out with a seriously fun group of people. The T-shirt also lead to fun comments. A small group of lesbians zipped past me, one shouting, "You're not gay!" I didn't realize she was having fun, and replied, "How do you know?" She replied, "I don't know." I replied, "O.K," and we parted ways. 

What also was great was that this festival took place in a beautiful, and historic, area. And I actually sold a lot of stickers and two T-shirts. Oh, and a ton of jewelry!

In the afternoon, the ABQ Pride people left their booth empty, so it became a spot for Pepper Mashay to sign autographs and sell CDs. She has an amazing voice, even though she says she's getting old.

Once the festival was dying down, I decided to take the Shakespeare train back to ABQ. Every Saturday, the Rail Runner has actors perform scenes from three Shakespeare plays between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in the very last car. One train up to Santa Fe and one train back ABQ.

Who needs a car when you've got this kind of transit?

What I brought with me:
• Small box of less than 1,000 stickers
• Ten T-shirts
• A small display case of 15 pieces of jewelry
• Plastic grocery bags to put sold T-shirts in for customers
• Small collapsible table
• Collapsible camping chair (too low to use effectively)
• Light-weight drafting board to hang signage on
• Pen and receipt book
• Fanny pack for mula and making change
• Business cards
• My shoulder purse filled with a myriad of essentials ... wallet, lip balm, hand sanitizer, keys, iphone
• A hat
• Sunscreen
• Small overnight bag with change of clothes
• An umbrella for when it got too sunny ... used when it started to rain lightly at Fest
• Paperback copy of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
• Binder with all my business documentation

Seriously, what more does one need?

I hope I can do the same for future festivals of different themes ... rail transit, for one.

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