Nov 07, 2016 Stand by me I was probably 5 or 6 years old when the first signs of the entrepreneurial spirit flickered. The catalyst was a roadside stand in the countryside made of old barnwood slapped together with a few nails. It had a wooden canopy made of the same wood. They were selling pies or vegetables. The memory is now a little faint but the " how cool is that" feel came back to me instantly when this summer, driving through the country, I saw a similar stand. It brought me back years, thinking about how all the dots connected from that incident. In fact, one christmas, I wanted a cash register. A real one with the round buttons that clicked when you pressed them. I had seen rows and rows of them in a used store. They were changing over to the new types of electronic registers. As we walked passed I wanted to run my fingers up and down the rows, press all the buttons, open and close the cash drawer, print receipts. I wanted so badly to take one home with me. Well, as the story goes, you can imagine my disappointment when under the christmas tree I found a purple and yellow plastic cash register. How did they expect me do serious business with a toy? Fast forward many years and of course now I realize that to do what you love as a career is very much like play. The two merge and intertwine throughout my daily tasks and that is where I am most fulfilled. So it's no surprise that this unintentioned jaunt in the country started the wheels turning again. The stand concept, I thought, would be great for upcoming shows. As a challenge I repurposed some older displays that were headed to the recycling bin and played out what I would have loved to do as budding entrepreneur. Step 1 Thought Scribbles Step 2 Rounding up the material and equipment Step 3 Et Voila! The New Stand Here you have it, the finished product. Not only will it serve its new purpose but most importantly, it will pay homage to that unassuming stand that captured my heart and imagination so many years ago and STAND as a reminder that, although my purple and yellow cash register and cardboard counters have long since been replaced, the energy and drive still come from the same place.