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RiverCat Journal : The Missing Link?

Posted by on April 4, 2013

Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa

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Those of you who have followed me awhile know my first year on The Ultimate Journey”  has been quite a fiasco — ultimately landing me in the hospital and financially stranded here in Phoenix.  And, even though my plan was to go work in Vegas and then head east to work in Kansas for a couple months, I knew in the back of my mind that even that would be a bit risky.

I may have found the missing link.  I begin training next week for a company called U.S. Jesco.  I’ll be demonstrating products like “Mr. Sticky”at various stores and trade shows, hopefully earning fat commissions.

Actually, I have no delusions about making a fortune.  I’ve read reviews about getting assigned to slow venues or having 70-mile commutes (although, as an RVer, I can remedy that). Realistically, I’ll make “ok” money in the long-term.

Here’s the awesome part:  I can practically set my own schedule and work anywhere in the country!  The initial probationary period is 45 shifts, I believe — and that has to be completed in my region.  However, my region consists of Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico!  If all goes well, here’s how I have it mapped out in my head…

April/May:  Phoenix, continue at poker club and train at U.S. Jesco

June/July:  Las Vegas, deal*World Series of Poker and take 2 weeks off (play poker)*

August:  Las Vegas, U.S. Jesco

September:  Phoenix/New Mexico, goof off!  maybe a few Jesco shifts

October:  Albuquerque or Oklahoma, U.S. Jesco

November/December:  Kansas, Amazon

January/February 2014:  Mississippi/Memphis, Deal poker event or U.S. Jesco

May 2014:  Dallas/New Orleans  RiverCat Productions first big prospective special event in TX, deal poker event in LA

Winter 2014:  Kentucky, Amazon

In 2015 I’ll hopefully have the Jeepers* issue resolved and have the ability to fly to Las Vegas to deal the WSOP.  In that event, I could leave the rig in the Midwest and then do my Mississippi River adventure spanning about 5 months!

As time goes on, I’ll be replacing these gigs with my own special events through my new company, RiverCat Productions.  The website is almost done, and I’ve already booked my first little poker party for May 11.  However, the business probably won’t be in full launch until late summer.

I’ve added two things to my shopping list.  Solar panels for dry-camping at casinos, Cracker Barrels, Wal-Marts, and truck stops (almost-a-real-boondocker).  I’d like to thank my boondocking friends to opening my eyes to how much money I can save just in transit! After just a few overnights, I could almost pay for the panels…

The second item is replacing the furnace.  I’ve always done just fine without one.  However, if I’m going to be in Kansas during the winter, I think I’ll need more than a heat lamp to keep those tanks warm!


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