Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Korean Food Truck Adventures: Chapter 7: Who Am I? Guess and you can win an iPod...


No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth and yes, I know it has been awhile.

To be honest, there really wasn’t a lot going on at the beginning of February so I was really wracking my brain to figure what to talk about. I also took on a private catering job that consumed all of my resources for about a week and I wound up with a lousy cold. Not a very good excuse I know, but I got sick on a Tuesday and by Thursday afternoon (after consuming insane amounts of vitamin c, d, raw garlic, and of course, kimchi) I was starting to feel human. Almost human enough that if I could just get to bed early on Thursday night I would be ready to write on Friday.

Sometimes life throws you a curveball, and that Thursday I got one that I knew would be coming but they still surprise you regardless. An hour before I got home from my part time job, my grandfather passed away at age 96 in Seoul. His health had been declining, particularly the last couple of years but needless to say it was still news we did not want to hear. This also meant my night of rest went right out the window as my mother and I packed a suitcase, found and booked a flight in the next 8 hours for my father to be there by Saturday.

For the next couple of weeks I really couldn’t muster the will to write anything. There was no news on the truck, nothing that I could do without it being here and a whole lot of craziness at my job that meant I went from working part time hours to full time. I did also get to have a little bit of a social life, I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it since I know once the truck is done I can kiss it goodbye.

Then, I got a call. The truck would be in on that Friday! So I only have another 3 weeks to wait while the build out finishes right? Nope. 6-8 weeks more and I can’t even apply for the licenses I need because the truck has to be done first. The good news is I have had plenty of time to get a good quote on the insurance, I don’t think it will be as long as they say, and I got work on some of the marketing stuff.

Well, kind of. I’m supposed to be writing content for the website to send to my graphic designer right now but I’m procrastinating by writing this first.

I also got to talk to Dan last week which was awesome, I wish he had been able to come north and visit but I know the next time around when the truck is up and running he will. Maybe when it isn’t as cold, although I shouldn’t complain, this time a couple of years ago we had 3 feet of snow dumped on us.

This week I’m taking my designer out to see the truck so we can finish the wrap and hopefully I’ll get that content written to have the website up and running. I also need to just sit down and button up my business plan, not exciting stuff lemme tell you, but it needs to be done.

So now we come to the fun part, as Dan mentioned on Seoul Eats, I want to have t-shirts made up to wear that are like Chipotle’s. Quirky or punny sayings relating to Korean food and maybe even culture with the truck logo on the front, saying on the back that will be our daily uniform.

Dan and I had talked about some form of contest awhile ago back so here it is;
I’m going to give you three questions; first person with the correct answer for each question will get a shirt. If you manage to get ALL three, you get a shirt and an IPod Nano. You will get a hint for each one, but I’m not going to make it easy.

1. What is my part time job? Hint- Not food related, my hobby actually, but something you find at Dongdaemon
2. Where am I? Hint- In this article, read it again!
3. I have two cats, what are their names? Hint- they both have Korean names that “pair” together.

Good luck!