After 2 years and 2 weeks of being unemployed, I started a part-time job working with my neighbor the art installer today. I've worked with him on a couple of one-day jobs, but his helper quit, so I'm the new helper (until something better comes along). My neighbor has built up a good clientele, and he works for some pretty major players. The job itself is pretty much a no-brainer...hanging pictures and mirrors. (Well, that and a surfboard we're hanging at the Fox studios later this week.) I'm also the official driver, freeing up the boss to do computer work in the passenger seat of the truck as we drive around town. The truck is nice (extended cab Toyota Tundra with a shell and all the bells and whistles), but driving it in LA traffic will be a bit of a challenge.
We did three installations today...we hung a single picture at one house, went to an insurance office and hung two more, then went to a law firm and hung 40 or so pieces. The house we went to was in Bel Air (one of the more affluent neighborhoods in LA), and the boss warned me that the parking might be tight, since there is usually an assortment of people working at the house. (Like the floral guys...apparently the owners go through about $1000 worth of fresh flower arrangements every week.) Anyway, today the driveway wasn't too packed, and the BMW M5 wasn't in the way, but we did have to get them to move the Porsche Carrera and the Ferrari back into the garage in order for me to have room to turn the truck around. Must be nice.