The New “Freelance” Adventure Begins
It’s been a bit over two months since Cay Health Foods was closed. I had hoped to post a little more often than this, but quite frankly it has been a very busy 60 days. Just to bring you up to speed, I’ll briefly recap. I closed the store on the 16th of August. On the evening of the 22nd, a friend and I left for a week in Colorado to attend a Campdraft horse training clinic. He was taking a horse to train and I was covering the event for an Australian magazine. It would be a 24-hour drive. We drove straight through with just a quick catnap here and there. The Campdraft event went off without a hitch. It was a great experience and a lot of fun. I got a lot of great photos and it was my first time crossing the Rockies. The Australian Stock Horse Society Journal published my article and photos and goal number one was accomplished.
Now I’m realizing just how much stuff I had accumulated over the 30 years at the store. Going through everything, throwing out things I had no business keeping in the first place, and just cleaning up has filled most days. Max and I are up and out of the house by 7:30 am and spend a full day working. While it is taking a bit longer than expected, I hope to have a “fixtures” sale soon, followed by the transfer of our neon “Cay Health Foods” sign to the Kern County Museum. Then we will rent out the old store. There’s certainly more to closing a business than I thought.
We (Max and I) have rented an office at the Haberfelde on 17th St. I am calling my new venture John Harrer Freelance Services. I have a client who needs some web design and video editing help. I chose the Haberfelde because it was close to the store, downtown, and they had no problem with me bringing Max. The reason I have time to write this is that the phone company cannot find a way to get me connected to the internet. Not a good situation if you are trying to be in the website design business. I am hoping it is just a temporary setback and things will get back on track soon. Although it’s eleven am now. The tech promised he would be here at 10:30. Customer service is dead, especially at AT&T.