Tuesday, June 13, 2006

How to Make a Living in Spite of 85% Unemployment: Pt.1

A recurring series dedicated to the heroes of the informal economy. Get that paper.

Become a Butcher:
1. Save up enough money for a pack of hot dogs.
2. Open hot dogs.
3. Go door to door all day yelling "Sausages!", selling individual hot dogs for mothers to dress up the evening rice dish with a little meat.


Anonymous David Chaffin said...

Dateline: Temple, Texas, 1956...One of the main local small businesses available to anyone with a few bucks to spare was one of the seemingly ubiquitous watermelon stands, never more than a few blocks apart. A bin filled with watermelons and ice, some shade, a couple of rudimentary picnic tables, a hose connected to a hose bibb, a long knife, and a couple of salt shakers...voila! The real high class stands offered napkins as well as the hose for face and hand cleaning, and it was essential to wash down the tables after every diner to keep the yellow jackets at bay, and you felt like you were at the top of the world, man...the top of the world. A big old smiley slice, ice cold, for a nickel. Watermelon economics. Make a dollar how you can, where and when you can.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, these fruit sellers are still common in San Francisco's Mission District. They sell papaya and mango slices, along with melons.


6:52 PM  

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