It seems like I had always before seen a corner bar somewhere for rent, and it seems like I always see them these days, but at the time I couldn't find anything. That's partly why I opened a convenience store. There's more to this, but that's a whole 'nother story.
It was slow there, guys. It was in an office building, it was the lobby shop. I've seen so many of these before and they were always so successful, but mine wasn't. I know why now, but I didn't know them. I invested everything I had and it looked like it wasn't going to work. I was devastated, but I had no choice but to press on.
I tried small ideas. I had a few big ideas, but those ideas were gonna take some money and I was running out. And I wasn't looking like there was any more coming in.
One day I made a few sandwiches for the store, and also some soup. While I was picking up some inventory at Costco I bought a big tub of soup and put them in little single size servings. I stuck all these things in the bottom of the display refrigerator. I sold out, it wasn't a big deal only had about a half a dozen soups and the same number of sandwiches.
The next day I brought in some soup and sandwiches, the same amount, but this time I sold out early, before lunchtime. And I had at least a dozen people stick their head in my door and ask if I had any more soup.
So the next day, the third day of this, I decided I would make the soup instead of buying it, as the cost would be lower. And I made a bunch of it, because people seemed to want it.
And I sold most of it, but someone gave me an idea, a simple idea. He said all the girls in the office were microwaving the soup because it had just come out of the refrigerator. He said if I serve the soup hot, I might really have something.
I locked up and I left early and went straight to a restaurant container service and I upgraded the soup containers and I upgraded the coffee cups while I was at it. Then I went to a restaurant supply store ( unbelievably, these were completely different stores, even though these appear to be related items) and bought one of those soup urns.
I was in business. That first soup was black bean chipotle pork loin. I sold out. I sold out pretty much every day after that.
Soups were about 90% of my sales. I couldn't get anyone interested in my cigarettes or candy bars. Before and after the lunch rush, my store was a ghost town. I would just read all day. I read so many books that first few months. Couldn't look at a book anymore. So I got an Internet connection. Or at least, I got another Internet connection, as I already had one for credit cards.
I got myself a laptop too.
I started surfing the web all day, something which I hadn't done before. This was before everyone have a smart phone. Within a short time I started posting on the forums. That's what started it all. That's why my screen name is Megasoup. Think I try to couple names and they were already taken, and I just came up with that... because my life was all about soup. I spent hours thinking about working with soup, buying the inventory cooking it in the morning, ringing it up all day for customers, and washing all the pots when I get home.
I posted Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM and that was it. I had a family. I couldn't spend all day talking with people on the Internet. Back then there was a lot more talking than arguing. There were a lot more posters, too. This forum has changed.
I'm just a regular ole guy, man. I'm not terribly successful. I went to college, paying for classes myself, but I didn't finish.
I'm divorced, which is fairly normal as more than 50% of marriages end in divorce. I looked up what the average income in America and that's pretty much exactly what I make.
My job sucks, my life sucks. That's also fairly typical...'round the world.
I've never sold drugs and I've never stolen anything. I got in a couple fights and I went to jail.
About the only thing special about me is I used to box a little and I took a few fights. I spent some time in some MMA gyms and I took a couple of those too. I wasn't half bad. I don't really have much to be proud of, but I have that. I'm a big fan of the UFC. I don't always get to watch the fights, but I keep up on the news. That's why I post here.
I live alone. I'm bored. I'm bored and I'm lonely and I don't really feel like a winner. There's a few things in my life that aren't as they should be and I haven't been able to resolve them, and I feel stupid. I haven't tried to get in touch with people I used to know for a while now, because I don't feel that great and I don't have much to be proud of anymore. So I've been posting more and more here these last few years.
There ain't anything special about me, man. There ain't no reason for any of you to get as worked up as you do. For those of you who get out of line when you post, that's on you. There's something wrong with your emotions or your personalities or something.
Mozzez, you need to spend some time with your family, man. If I had my family intact, I sure as hell wouldn't be spending all my time on the computer. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Cashflow, I don't know what your deal is. I think you're all alone and you're just a nasty individual.
Ozpride, for crying out loud, you're a young guy. Sounds like you have your life together, too. What the ****, man? You need to get out more.
America, you're hopeless.
There's more you guys, I'm not going to single out every one of you.
I don't think I'm going to post here anymore. I can't start a thread about fight gear? I couldn't think of a more appropriate thread for an outside the UFC section. I can't give a normal, straight-up answer to someone asking about whether or not it helps to be in shape for jujitsu? Ridiculous.
Ozpride, you're right. There are other places I can post. Or I don't have to post at all. I'm not killing time in a dull, idle convenience store anymore. I can do anything I want. You all can gripe at each other without me.
Edited by ReturnoftheSoup, 05 September 2018 - 01:16 AM.