Friday, August 5, 2011

Often Boring, But Rarely Dull

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

"Is your job fun?"

"Do you need a special license to be a carriage driver?"

"Animal abuser! Why don't you get a real job?"

"Do you meet a lot of interesting people doing this?"

FRs (Frequent Replies)

"Is your job fun?"

Sometimes. The day Ro and I did this gig was fun.

But not always. For example, Tuesday night when it suddenly poured on us for twenty minutes straight, I would not describe it as fun. I would call it painful, awkward and moist. My customers, who were safely ensconced in a carriage with the top up during the downpour, called it fun. Of course they got to go home and change; I remained stuck working outside with a raging case of what we fondly call swamp ass.

"Do you need a special license to be a carriage driver?"

No. The requirements in Utah are as follows: you must be twenty-one and hold a valid Utah drivers license. We teach you everything else you need to know. However, I do believe you need a special license to drive this:

"Animal abuser! Why don't you get a real job?"

Here is a video of some horses who were running "free" in a pasture (out of the public eye, and under the control of only a few people)

One of our horses… no starvation or neglect here, plus hundreds of people see our horses Every. Single. Day.

"Do you meet a lot of interesting people doing this?"

I guess it all depends on your definition of interesting… This guy was hitch hiking around the country asking people what their American Dream was. He used to have a website, but it was shut down because he couldn't afford the hosting fees. I don't know why he hasn't gone with Blogger or another free blog site, but if you're on facebook, here is a link to his page.

This guy was not as interesting:

In fact we had to get Temple Square security to chase him away. But it does make for some lively conversation. And no one has a collection of photos from their work quite like I do.


Dreaming said...

I bet you have seen some very interesting people and animals in your 'travels'!
Sorry about the rain - that sucks! As you described that I thought of Black Beauty and her driver who were stuck in the cold on New Year's Eve. What a terrible life!

Serena said...

Love that apple-bottom pic! :)

Mackenzie said...

Okay, so I just found your blog and it is *ridiculously awesome*. I kind of love you right now.

I'm moving to Salt Lake at the end of the month and have driving experience... I don't suppose your outfit is hiring? And if not, can I just come and hang out with you anyway? :D

Lisa Deon said...

Mackenzie; either or. We do hire throughout the year, but depending on when you want to apply, we may not be able to get you on. But you could try. Email me at .

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