#1 - Hearing the thunder and rain at 4AM yet feeling calm/peaceful about how this would affect the market today. It was still lightning when I got there for set-up, but within a half hour it ended and the light intermittent rain was nice. I was filling in at a different market than usual. The head of the board of directors at my market is affiliated with both and asked me if I was available to do so. Since I don't really know what I'm doing there it's incredibly helpful to have two teenage boys that help with set-up and tear down there that know exactly what to do.
#2 - The former mayor of the city also is at the market every Sunday on an entirely voluntary basis which is also quite appreciated by me because she knows what is going on. Like I didn't know the face painter should be paid $25, so when she asked for the money I looked at her a bit blankly. The former mayor said, "They didn't tell you about that part huh?"
(Asheville, NC photo)
#3 - The woman who runs the market told me she'd email me the lay-out on Thursday night and asked if I could print it out, "Sure." When I checked my email yesterday I still didn't have it. I wasn't going to go off and on the computer looking for it all night. I just got up a little early.
When I tried to print it at 6AM - of course - it wasn't working. I actually kind of just shrugged, things don't work for me at the last minute, so I wasn't surprised. Luckily I knew the market would be rather empty for the holiday weekend so having vendors in specific spaces wasn't going to be critcal.
Then I got the printing to work.
#4 - The morning musician played the keyboard for 3 hours. His music was happy and lively and a woman I recognized as a nearby librarian started dancing the polka with someone.
#5 - I saw the woman who hit my friend when we were jogging last week. She was stopped at a red light, turning right. We started jogging through, she didn't see us. It was low impact at a low speed in a small car, but still a car vs. a person. I imagined the woman feels pretty awful, but I didn't have her number to let her know how my friend is doing. Anyway, there she was in front of me, so I spoke with her briefly.
(My friend, by the way, is handling the whole thing amazingly.)