Sunday, August 30, 2009

Week one down! Way too many to go

Well folks, I've made it a week so far in Iraq and it is not too shabby out here.  My routine is as follows:

1. wake up/shower
2. go to work
3. act like I'm working...just kidding if there is work to be done I am on it!
4. eat
5. go to the gym
6. shower
7. return to cell block "G" for the night

Overall life could be much worse.  The hardest part of my day is figuring out what to do with it.  When I'm not working, I spend a lot of time researching for Skate Dog Studios, advertisement, blogging, things such as that.  For instance, today's adventure has been setting up my Skate Dog Studios fan's awesome you should become a fan
and then I twiddle my thumbs and think...because I might just be one of the most impatient people you have ever met.  I think about things such as "did I just waste my time on this fanpage?" "how are things going at home in North Carolina" "will people like my product" "how can I make my product better?" "how can I make my product better while I'm stuck in Iraq" etc.  the list goes on.  Sigh, I just hope the time passes quickly!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm Here!

Well after a long and drawn out journey I'm finally here in Iraq! It's a lot different than the last time I was here, that's for sure. The best way to describe it is that it is very modernized, which is nice because now I don't have to use a port-a-john (if you have never experienced it for months at a time I don't suggest it). There are fast food places, a movie theatre, and even a coffee for me in the next six months will be alright I think.

I also found out in transit that I sold my first Skate Deck Pet Feeder! That was the highlight of my trip, but I found out very quickly that it's sometimes difficult to convey exactly what needs to be done via email...everything is going fine, though, I have fantastic friends for sure! My sister also got the skate decks that I sent her in San Francisco, so I hope everyone has a positive response to them on the West Coast as well.

Finally, is also up and running, thanks Deke! I wish I would have taken better pictures of the boards, my fault I was in a hurry to get everything done before I left, but overall it looks great and offers more options on boards that you can buy. Now here's to hoping I can get over the timezone hump out here and get a decent nights sleep.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ellis Airport...take two

So I'm at the airport to leave for Iraq...again, yesterday I got rained out. This time I go over via Germany, so I'm pretty excited about that. I had my fifth going away party last night and I am not sure my body can take anymore!

I also might have my first sale on very soon, super excited about that. It seems to me that I'm going to have to buy bigger legs for these decks because the people that like them have big dogs.

Here's to hopin the flight and the next six months go well, more to follow, it should be interesting.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Good news!

Sorry it has been a while, but I've been a busy busy bee. My Etsy site is up and running and my regular website is about to be . The boards are cut and my sweat shop is in full effect, thanks to my lovely drill press! Things are looking up for the Megster.

I also got an email today from Leigh from the Maryland SPCA asking for me to donate a Skate Deck Pet Feeder. Of course I complied, I love animals and will do anything to help out. Check out their Shop-a-Paw-Looza auction site at and make a donation today!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

We got a first timer here!

Skate Dog Studios blog...take one. So here we go, it's day one of my new blog and new business, Skate Dog Studios. I make elevated pet feeders made out of skateboard decks, my dogs seem to like them well enough. It's a lot more work than I ever expected, that's for sure. Right now I have about 25 skate boards laying on my kitchen table and more in the garage I just sanded down...did I mention that I also have a day job as a defense contractor that is about to send me to Iraq in a couple of weeks? It complicates starting a business just a little bit.

I've never written a blog before, I'm a first timer, so bear with me. I thought it would be interesting to not only record the ups and downs of starting an online business, but to outline my adventures from a far. It's going to be a busy next couple of weeks for sure...more to come.