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tell story: I STARTED THE MAGAZINE BUISNESS ON A SUMMER DAY AT HOME IN CHICAGO.ME AND MY FRIEND WERE LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT IN THE NEWS PAPER.THE NIGHT BEFORE WE STARTED I SAW AN ADD THAT SAID LEARN EARN AND TRAVEL.THAT LOOKED INTERESTING.THE NEXT MORNING MY FRIEND CAME OVER MY HOUSE WITH THE SAME ADD.MY FRIEND MADE AN APPOINTMENT DOWN TOWN CHICAGO,AND WAS SCHEDULED TO LEAVE IN MAYBE A COUPLE DAYS,BUT WE WANTED TO LEAVE AT THE SAME TIME.SO,I GOT HOOKED UP WITH ONE THAT WAS RIGHT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SO WE BOTH WENT.WHEN WE ARRIVED THERE WAS WHO TURNED OUT TO BE OUR MANAGERS WIFE WHO WAS ALSO OUR MANAGER.SHE HAD A GROUP OF PEOPLE ALL IN A ROOM RECRUITING.SHE TOLD EVERYBODY WHAT THEY WOULD BE DOING,BUT MADE IT SEEM PRETTY SIMPLE.EVEN THOUGH SHE EXPLAINED WHAT WE WOULD BE DOING YOU REALLY CAN'T VISUALIZE WHAT THE MAGAZINE BUISNESS IS LIKE UNTIL YOU WITNESS IT.SHE THEN ASKED EVERY ONE WHO WAS WILLING TO GIVE IT A TRY IF THEY WERE ABLE TO LEAVE TODAY.MY FRIEND AND I WAS LIKE LET'S GO.IT WAS ABOUT 10am AND SHE WANTED US TO BE ON THE GREYHOUND AT I THINK WAS 1 OR 2pm.WE WENT HOME AND QUIKLY GOT EVERYTHING WE WERE BRINGING.WE HAD A FRIEND DROP US OFF.WHEN WE GOT THERE SHE WAS THERE WAITIG TO PUT US ON THE BUS.ALL EXPENSES ON THE COMPANY. THE FIRST CITY I SOLD IN WAS OKLAHOMA.WHE ARRIVED TO THE GREYHOUND STATION IN OKLAHOMA.ALL WE HAD WAS A PHONE NUMBER SHE GAVE US TO CALL.WE CALLED IT AND ONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS CAME FROM THE MOTEL TO PICK US UP.HE WALKED IN THE STATION AND SOME HOW WE IDENTIFIED EACH OTHER.WHILE ON THE WAY TO THE MOTEL HE BEGIN TO TELL US ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU CAN MAKE IN THIS BUISNESS.WE GOT TO THE MOTEL AND MET A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SEEMED FRIENDLY.WE WALKED INTO A ROOM WHERE OUR MANAGER WAS SITTING BEHIND A DESK LIKE AN OFFICE BUILT IN A MOTEL ROOM.HE SHOWED OFF A PICTURE OF HIS CAR.I GUESS TO MAKE US BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF MONEY IN THIS BUISNESS.AT THE TIME WE SORT OF WENT FOR IT LOOKING AT HIS CAR HIM DRESSED IN A SUIT AND A CREW MEMBER CONSTANTLY RUBBING IN HOW WE CAN GET PAID IN THIS BUISNESS.THEY BOUGHT US LUNCH AND LET US RELAX CAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE WAS ALREADY LEAVING FOR WORK.LATER THAT NIGHT WE WERE DRILLED BY ALL THE CREW MEMBERS ABOUT THE BUISNESS AND WHAT TO SAY AT THE DOORS AND WHAT SHOULD WORK.THE NEXT MORNING WE WOKE UP SO EARLY IT ALMOST MADE ME AND MY FRIEND CRY.WE WERE SPLIT UP INTO DIFFERENT ROOMS WITH DIFFERENT TRAINERS.WE PUT ON SHIRT AND TIES LIKE LIL'BUISNESS MEN WE WENT TO A MOTIVATIONAL MEETING WHICH IS EVERY MORNING TO KEEP AGENTS MOTIVATED TO GET OUT THERE AND MAKE THEM SOME MONEY AND YOURSELFhahaha.THAT LAST A COUPLE OURS ON THE CREW I WAS ON AND SOMETIMES 3.AFTER THAT THE USUAL ROUTINE IS TO GO TO A RESTARAUNT TO EAT AND AFTER THAT EVERY ONE IS GIVEN A SECTION IN A NEIGHBORHOOD TO WORK.WICH IS CALLED TEA ON THE CREW I RESIDED.I HAD A OLDER GUY TRAIN ME WHO WAS I THINK 35 YEARS OLD.I WENT TO THE DOORS WITH HIM AND HE SHOWED ME WHAT TO DO.I WAS ANXIOUS TO TRY IT ON MY ON EVEN THOUGH I WAS NERVOUS.MY FIRST DAY I MADE 2 SALES AND FELT I COULD DO THIS AND MY FRIEND MADE NONE WHICH DISCOURAGED HIM MORE THAN HE WAS.ABOUT A WEEK LATER MY FRIEND WENT HOME AND I STAYED.I TRIED TALKING HIM OUT OF IT,BUT HE JUST COULDN'T SEE IT.IT WAS ALL GOOD BEING AROUND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY LIVING WITH THESE PEOPLE.I DEVELOPED SOME CLOSE FRIENDS THERE.NEXT CITY WAS SALTLAKE CITY WHERE I WROTE MY FIRST 10 SALES.AFTER PARTYING WITH SOME GIRLS ALL NIGHT AND MAKING IT JUST IN TIME FOR THE MEETING SEVEN THIRTY IN THE MORNING.THAT WAS THE DAY I NEW I COULD STAY HERE FOR A WHILE.I HAD GOOD DAYS BUT MORE DAYS WHEN I DIDN'T GET MY QUOTA,WHICH WAS NORMAL.WHEN WE TRAVELED TO OREGON I WAS PRETTY TIRED OF KNOKING ON DOORS PRATICLY BEGGING PEOPLE TO BUY FROM ME.AND I'M NOT GOOD AT THAT.IT RAINED ALOT THAT TIME OF YEAR IN OREGON,SO I WOULD OFTEN GO LEFT WHICH IS A TERM USED IN THE MAG. BUISNESS.PEOPLE HOUSES THAT I OFTEN WENT TO WOULD TELL ME THAT THE COMPANY IS USING YOU,AND WHILE I'M WAKING AROUND OUTSIDE IN THE POURING RAIN WHO COULD BLAME THEM FOR THAT COMMENT.CAUSE IN THE MAGAZINE! BUISNESS YOU WORK 6 DAYS A WEEK NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER IS LIKE,AND IF YOU CLAIM TO GET SICK THEY TELL YOU EITHER WORK OR THE HOSPITAL.SO IN OREGON I WAS READY TO LEAVE.ONE MORNING WHEN WE GOT UP I DECIDED I WAS LEAVING SO MY MANAGER GOT ONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS TO DRIVE ME TO THE GREYHOUND STATION,BUT WHEN I GOT THERE I HAD PLANS OF A GIRL I MET TO PICK ME UP.I CALLED HER AND SHE CAME AND PICKED ME UP.TO MAKE THAT STORY SHORT THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT.PLUS I BEGUN TO MISS THE MAGAZINE CREW,AND ALL THAT TRAVELING.I CALLED MY MANAGER AND TOLD ASKED HIM IF I COULD COME BACK AND HE SAID YEH.I GOT BACK AND THE NEXT DAY I THINK WE WENT TO SEATTLE.FROM THERE WE WENT TO CALI.THE BAY AREA WHERE I SAW AN AGENT I WAS WORKING WITH THAT DAY GET LOCKED UP FROM US SOLICITING,BUT WITH HIM IT TURNED OUT HE HAD A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY.I NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN.THIS ORGANIZATION STILL IS NOT JUST XCRIMINALS,IT'S SOME OF ALL BACKGROUNDS OF PEOPLE.SO,AFTER NORTHERN CALI.WE WENT TO ARIZONA AND SPENT NEW YEARS EVE IN LAS VEGAS,WHERE I WENT TO ONE HOUSE AND TRIED TO SALE THIS MAN AND HE GOT MAD AND THROUGH MY CREDENTIAL BACK AT ME.AFTER LAS VEGAS WE HEADED BACK TO CALI.TO THE SOUTHERN PART IN LA AND AROUND LA.SOME CREWS BROKE OFF AND WENT IN ANOTHER DIRECTION AND FROM THERE WE WENT TO DENVER COLORADO.COMING FROM THERE WE WENT TO KANSAS BREAKING OFF FROM THE REST OF THE CREWS WHILE IN DENVER A GUY HAD A DISPUTE WITH ANOTHER GUY AND GOT UPSET WITH HIS GIRL CAUSE SHE DIDN'T HELP HIM FIGHT HIM I GUESS.SO HE CLIMBED UP TO THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE MOTEL WE WERE IN AND BEAT HIS GIRL.AFTER DENVER WE WENT TO KANSAS ON THE LEVEL OF OUR MANAGERS STARTING THERE OWN WITHOUT THE BACKING OF THE OLD COMPANY,I CANNOT SAY.IT WAS SAID THAT THEY ASKED FOR A HIGHER PERCENTAGE FROM THE HEAD MANAGER,BUT HE WOULDN'T GIVE IT TO THEM AFTER ALL THE HELP THEY SUPPLIED FOR YEARS.SO WE LEFT THAT CREW AND WENT TO DO OUR OWN THING.THIS BUISNESS WAS LIKE BEING WITH A SHADEY RECORD COMPANY.SO ON THE WAY TO KANSAS WE WERE STILL IN COLORADO,AND THE ROADS WERE SLIPPERY.THE REST OF THE CREW WERE IN A VAN IN FRONT OF THE ONE ME AND ANOTHER CREW MEMBER WAS DRIVING.WE ALL STOPPED AT A GAS STATION,BUT BEFORE WE PULLED OFF I ASKED THE GUY WHO WAS DRIVING,CAUSE IT WAS JUST ME AND HIM IN THE VAN BEHIND,IF HE WANTED ME TO DRIVE AND HE SAID THAT'S ALL RIGHT.ABOUT 5MINUTES OF DRIVING THE VAN SLID TURNING SIDEWARDS AND THE VAN LOST CONTROL AND TURNED TO THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY AND SLOWLY BUT SURELY TURNED OVER DIRECTLY UP SIDE DOWN.WITH THE BLESSING FROM GOD WE DID NOT GET HURT AT ALL,NOT ONE SCRATCH ON OUR BODY.THE VAN OF THE REST OF THE CREW MEMBERS HAD ONE PERSON IN THAT VAN THAT JUST HAVEN'T TO TURN AROUND IN TIME TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED BEHIND THEM.IF NOT THEY COULD HAVE ROAD FOR MILES AND NOT EVEN NOTICE WHAT HAD HAPPENED.THEY PARKED ON THE SIDI OF THE ROAD,AND RAN BACK.I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THEY WERE THINKING WHILE THEY WERE RUNNING UNTIL THEY SAW US STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE VAN.WHEN WE GOT TO KANSAS WE HAD AN INCIDENT WHERE OUR MANAGER GOT TORE DOWN DRUNK WHILE WE WERE AT WORK.HE STAYED BACK AT THE MOTEL AND GOT TORE DOWN DRUNK.WE HAD A NEW GUY JUST JOINING WHO CAME IN FROM WORK CHECKING IN THE OFFICE AND OUR MANAGER GOT OUT THE BED DRUNK AND ASSAULTED THE NEW GUY FOR NO REASON.THAT CAUSED ALOT OF CONFLICT THAT EVENING,SUCH AS FIGHTING.OUR MANAGER CAME CLOSE TO LEAVING US STRANDED IN KANSAS,UNTIL SOMEONE CONTACTED HIS WIFE WHICH IS OUR MANAGER WHILE ON HER WAY OUT OF TOWN.SHE CAME BACK AND GAVE US SUPPORT THROUGH THE SITUATION.AFTER THAT WE WENT TO INDIANA.ONE DAY WHILE ME AND A FRIEND WERE WORKING TOGETHER ON LIKE THE SECOND OR THIRD PICK UP OUR CARHANDLER INFORMS US ABOUT A SITUATION THAT SHE HAD TALKED TO OUR LIKE HEAD MANAGER AND HE SAID THAT IT WOULD BE SAFER FOR US TO GO BACK TO THE MOTEL AND QUIKLY GET OUR THINGS AND GO HOME OR JOIN HIM.HE SAID THAT OUR MANAGER WAS BROKE AND CAN'T EVEN PROMOTE US AND THAT HE FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY.THE CAR HANDLER SAID SHE WAS GOING TO JOIN BACK WITH HIM,BUT WE HAD FAITH IN OUR MANAGER SO WE STUCK AROUND.WE WENT BACK TO THE MOTEL AND TOLD HIM WHAT WAS SAID.SO TO AVOID ANY ONE CALLING TO THE MOTEL CONVINCING ANYONE ELSE TO LEAVE,OUR MANAGER QUIKLY MOVED US TO A DIFFERENT MOTEL.NEXT STATE WAS WISCONSIN.MOST OF THE CREW WAS GONE UP UNTIL THIS POINT,BUT WE WERE LIKE A FAMILY.ANOTHER GUY WHICH WAS A MAJOR PART OF THE CREW WHO HAD BEEN THERE A LONG TIME LEFT AND TOOK HIS BROTHER WITH HIM.THERE WAS 4 OF US LEFT,AND WE BEGUN TO WONDER CAUSE OUR MANAGER HAD US STAYING AT CHEAP MOTELS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY.AND STARTED SELLING THINGS LIKE HIS MOVING TRUCK,AND TRIED TO COME UP WITH AN INVENTION TO MAKE SOME MONEY BUT IT DIDN'T WORK OUT.THEN WE STARTED TO TAKE OFF OF WORK ON WEEKENDS GOING FISHING AND SLEEPING IN LATE

DURING THE WEEK DAYS,WHICH I HAD NEVER SEEN IN THE MAGAZINE BUISNESS.ONE DAY HE CALLED THE CREW OVER TO HIS ROOM AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO SEND US TO ANOTHER CREW WHILE HE GET SOME THINGS TOGETHER.SO WE MET UP WITH SOME CREW WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE.ONE OF MY REAL CREW MEMBERS WAS EXTRA CAUTIOUS OF THIS CREW NOT PAYING US CORRECTLY. THAT MADE THEM A LITTLE WORRIED CAUSE HE WAS OLDER THAN US AND THAT WAS A THREAT BECAUSE ALSO HE HAD BEEN IN THE BUISNESS FOR A WHILE.THESE CREW MANAGERS HAD STRANGE RULES LIKE NOT LETTING MORE THAN ONE AGENT IN THE OFFICE DURING CHECK IN.ONE DAY I WENT INTO THE OFFICE AND THEY HAD A GUN SITTINGIN THE DRAWER OF THE DESK,WHICH AT THE TIME I BELIEVED WAS THERE TO SCARE ONLY THE CREW I WAS IN CASE WE TRIED ANYTHING.CAUSE THEY REALLY DIDN'T KNOW US AT ALL.WE TRAVELED AROUND WITH THEM THROUGH ALOT OF MIDWESTERN CITIES TIL SOONER OR LATER WE STARTED GETTING CALLS TO OUR ROOMS FROM OUR MANAGER ASKING US TO COME BACK THAT WAS ONLY SUPPOSE TO BE TEMPORARY.AT THE TIME I THINK 1 OUT OF THE 4 OF US HAD WENT HOME JUST FOR A WEEK OR 2,THAT GUY SOME HOW GOT IN CNTACT WITH OUR REAL MANAGER AND KNEW NOT TO COME BACK TO THAT CREW WHICH WAS SMART.ONE NIGHT ME AND ANOTHER CREW MEMBER PLOTTED ON LEAVING AND TOLD THEM WE WERE GOING BACK TO OUR OLD MANAGER.THEY DROVE US TO THE GREYHOUND STATION IN A UPSET STATE.WE MET BACK UP WITH OUR MANAGER IN WISCONSIN AGAIN AND ENDED JOINING WITH THE CREW HE WAS WITH WHEN HE FIRST GOT IN THE BUISNESS.WE TRAVELED WITH THEM FOR A LIL'WHILE THE 4 OF US WAS BACK TOGETHER AGAIN,SUDDENLY THE CREW WE WERE TRAVELING WITH SEEMED KIND OF RACIST AND THE MAGAZINE PRICES WENT UP AND IT BECAME VERY HARD TO MAKE A SALE.SO ONE DAY I DECIDED WHILE GOING DOOR TO DOOR THAT THIS WILL BE MY LAST DAY.AND I CAME IN AND TOLD EVERYBODY AND ANOTHER MEMBER HAD STRANGELY TOLD HIS SELF THE SAME THING THAT DAY WHILE WORKING.THE NEXT DAY WE WERE BOTH DROPPED OFF AT THE GREYHOUND STATION BY OUR MANAGER.MY CREW MEMBER WAS GOING HOME TO CALIFORNIA AND I WENT HOME TO CHICAGO.THAT LEFT ONE PERSON LEFT ON CREW.I DON'T KNOW TIL THIS DAY IF HE STAYED AFTER WE LEFT AND IF HE DID HOW MISERABLE THAT MUST HAVE FELT.I NEVER KELP IN CONTACT WITH NO ONE ON THE CREW,EVEN THOUGH THE PERSON I LEFT WITHGAVE ME HIS NUMBER.I WAS GOING TO CALL HIM,BUT I LEFT THE NUMBER IN A CAR THAT GOT TOWED AWAY.NOW IN THE YEAR 2000 IT'S A MYSTERY OF WHAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE DOING TODAY...