I work at Spencer's, I'm just chillin' when this lady comes up and wants to buy some of the energy drinks we carry; Not a whole lot of people buy them because they're $2.49 a can, but this lady was buying NINE of them...which is the most energy drinks in one-fell-swoop I think anyone's bought from this store...In particular, they were nine of the "Nintendo Power Up" energy drinks, which is pretty much a Mario sponsored energy drink.
I was curious...
"Plan on taking a long road-trip or something?"
"Oh no! It's for my son's birthday, he loves Mario."
"Ah! Awesome, Happy Birthday to him! So, are these gonna be for the kids?"
"A bunch of five to seven year-olds running up the walls on Energy Drinks? This'll be for decoration."
"...Huh...that's odd. Maybe the adults can drink 'em or something."
"Oh they'll be drank, don't worry...I was thinking about putting five balloons tied to the tab of each can, all the cans on the table; Do you think that's a bit much?"
Thinking creatively, I knew that wasn't going to look too great; I told her with all of them on the same level, the Balloon level will get crowded unless you put them at different heights; Why not stack the presents in such a way that it looked like Bowser's Castle, and put pairs of cans on each level of them?
To me, that was just an ordinary suggestion, but she was amazed by this; "Oh my God, I would've never thought of that! How do you think of something like that?"
"Well, I was raised on Super Mario Bros. and I'm an artist; I draw in my spare time."
"An artist? Do you think you can draw Mario for me?" and out of her purse she pulled out a printed picture of Mario (I recognized from Super Smash Bros. Brawl because of the detail.)
I grabbed the nearest pen, flipped the picture over, and doodled Mario wearing a Birthday Hat, eating some B-Day cake....once again, to me, kinda average, but she was blown away. "Oh my God! Can you make this for him? Like, on Posterboard for the Party?"
"Sure, why not."
"What do you want in return?"
"Erm...I dunno, you could pay me?"
"Excellent. I'm going to run to Michaels and get you the Posterboard now! I need it by Saturday, is that okay?"
So she got me the posterboard...this was two days ago; she needs this by today, and I work 12-7 pm...currently it's almost 4, I got work in 8 hours, and I'm just now penciling in what I'm going to finalize for Mario on the posterboard...then I got to color it with my markers, and then I got to cut him out...and maybe sleep before I work...MAYBE.
I'll post pics when it's finish, 'cause I want you guys to see this.
Edit: Finished...completely... it's 8:23...I'm exhausted and my eyes are blurred...I got work in 3 hours and 30 minutes...got done taking pics of it, so all I need to do is wait for the lady to swing by work...I hope the kid likes it...I'm getting an Energy Drink on the way to work...what's more, when I get off at 7, I'm hanging out with my friend Matt who's here for a week before he goes back to Kuwait...there will be no, "Augh, I'm tired, maybe some other day" bullshit...No. Fuck that. We got stories to exchange...so maybe I'll dip out of this lag by then...I'll let you know in the Edit.
Edit: Shavin' my head woke my ass right up...Yep. Waiting on laundry now. (9:28) I don't know why I'm treating this like a log now, like you fuckers care. lol
Edit: I knew she'd love it! Got 20 bucks out of it; and considering all of the material was free, that's one-hundred-percent profit right there...She says she has more projects in store; We shall see.