Prescott Web Deisgner, Rich Charpentier

Sick in the Airstream – Time to blog

Richard Charpentier Airstream, Notes from Rich 1 Comment

September and October haven’t been kind months to the blog.  And honestly both haven’t been my favorite months this year.  So I’m hoping November shows some improvement, but we’re starting out on the wrong foot.

This morning I woke up with the hot sweats.  Headache, totally congested, and it’s currently chilly and rainy outside.  The perfect storm for getting an early season cold.  Bleh!  And believe me, I know when I have a cold!

Chicken Soup was simple…….

Gluten free, soy free, corn free, milk free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free.....and so on

Gluten free, soy free, corn free, milk free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free…..and so on

Get a cold, get chicken soup.  That’s the solution, right?  Well these days it’s not so simple for me.  With wheat added to the allergy list in a big way, the standard chicken soup won’t do it at all.  Now it’s all about fancy soups, no Campbells for me.  Fortunately with the massive push for gluten free stuff there are answers out there for me.  Gluten free Chicken Noodle Soup!  I’m not part of the anti-gluten movement here.  I want a pizza!  I crave baguettes.  I yearn for hot rolls and real butter.  But alas, I am totally allergic to wheat.

Here’s another bleh for the post.

The allergy shock in September has still been impacting my “normal” these days.  Grocery shopping has become a real chore, with so much reading to do.  And all that tiny print for the ingredients.  Man, I’m sounding like a curmudgeon today!

Suffice it to say, I’ll be hiding out in the Airstream for the day.  Maybe a nap later this afternoon, and then maybe some gluten free chicken noodle soup later.  Why is it my brain is failing to stumble across the thought, “Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Good…..”

Things to look forward to

Next week, provided the flu doesn’t totally nuke me, I’ll be headed up to the Vegas area.  Those who know me know that I’m not a gambler.  So why Vegas?

A developers conference.  November 9th through the 11th I’ll be attending a conference with people who do what I do.  Networking never hurts, so I’m going to venture out and see what folks are talking about.  The Airstream will remain behind, and it will be an interesting, “where do I dine” experience to be sure.  I’m thinking my Pelican cooler will come along with items I can have.

Hunting for new clients

Business has slowed down.  From May through the start of September I was really busy.  Now I’m just doing maintenance work for some clients, posts for others, and a lot of hunting for the next customer.  Given how much money we’ve saved current clients, and how much we improved their bottom lines (Point of Rocks has had it’s best season in years), I know the value of the work I do.  Every client we have has offered to be referrals for us.  But bottom line?  People are hesitant to do new websites, especially if they perceive their old sites to be useless.

The reason their old sites are useless is because they are.  No information, hard to navigate, not mobile friendly, no SEO work.  Yeah, you’re not going to get visitors or clients.  And that’s what we fix.  But after folks were burned once by fly by night designers it is a hard sell.

So, if you know anyone in Southern Arizona (Yuma, Phoenix, Tucson), Southern New Mexico, Southern California, or Texas (do you see a trend), pass along our information.  I’d like the Airstream to go somewhere warmer for the winter, and have work to do while I’m there.  As it stands, with the business slowdown, Airstream travel has been curtailed due to lack of travel funds.

Oh, and if you do refer us and we get a new client we pay you a 10% finder’s fee.


Comments 1

  1. I seem to recall that you mentioned in a post that you do photo repair. Now I can’t seem to find it, but the brain is a bit fuzzy after 3 days on the road driving my parents from Michigan to Florida, so I’m probably looking right at it and not seeing.

    Or I’m just imagining that I ever saw it in the first place….

    Anyway. The reason I ask is that I have an old photo that was badly damaged by a shiftless relative who took it out of its frame so he could sell the frame for beer money, then threw the photo in the trash. Add in that the photo itself is from the early 1900’s and, well, you can probably guess what it looks like. Is there any hope for recovering what’s left of this photo? I have a scanner I use for everyday stuff (Epson Perfection V330) with nothing but the software it came with. Any hope for this?

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