Friday, November 25, 2011



I would like you all to meet my friend Wendel.

"Hello, Wendel."
Wendel is on something of a journey. 

He met a streak of bad luck recently. First he lost his job. Then he lost his house. Then he tried his hand at being an apps developer renting an office in my office suite.

He failed.

So, now he's moving. From Seattle to Arizona. 

In this:

Is that a firetruck at the top of the pile, Wendel?
This is Wendel's ton of crap in the back of his truck. And when I say a ton, I mean a literal ton. (As measured by a certified truck-stop scale in Jeremy, Idaho.)

At the beginning of the week, Wendel called me. He said that his truck fiasco was drawing a lot of attention. People at gas stations and stores were pointing, laughing and even taking pictures. And that's when he proposed a business arrangement: He would advertise for The Weed on his truck for $20.00.

Being the shrewd business man that I am, I asked "will people be able to click on the truck and get through to my website?" Wendel explained to me the ins and outs of "computers".  I was still a little bit uncertain--iPhones are quite powerful. Couldn't they just click on the truck with their iPhone and get to my blog using their iPhone? But "no," said Wendel. "You cannot click on a physical object and have it take you to a website. It will just draw attention to the name of your blog. And then some people might search for it. Nobody can click through to your blog from a physical truck with an ad on the side. Unless the truck happens to also be the world's largest iPad. Which mine is not."

Then he sent me these:

Oh, I get it now. It's like a billboard. A billboard affixed to a literal ton of crap in the back of a pick-up truck driving across the country. 


Well, if you are one of the many many visitors sure to flood in, then hello!!! Thanks so much for seeing an ad on the side of a pick-up truck and then searching out my blog on a computer later.

Publicity is amazing!!!

Also, Wendel wants to meet you. And I mean you. So if you live in Utah or Arizona and you want a picture with the The Weed pick-up truck, follow my Twitter feed. Later on today, Wendel will be tweeting his locations so you can get a picture with The Weedmobile. (If you send me your picture, I'll definitely post it here on the blog. Because that would be awesome.)

(Nobody will do this.)

In closing, BEST $20 I'VE EVER SPENT!


  1. Too funny! I live in Tucson. Should I be on the lookout for a visual of this within the next few days or is he not coming this far?

  2. did he stop at kinkos & get the thing printed while under way or did that get planned before he headed out?

  3. Wow! Welcome to AZ Wendel! Are you prepared for the summers here? :)

  4. These are the days that I hate that I am all the way on the east coast.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I will link this to my blog, which will in turn post to my Facebook and Twitter, and I do have peeps on that side of the country.

    THIS is genius! I want a pic with Wendel and the Weed truck, dangit!

  5. If he was stopping here, I'd get a picture with him! just how far out of his way is the UK? no chance? sure?

  6. First, I swear I already responded to these comments. I must have done something brilliant like written it all out and then forgot to press publish.

    All right.

    @Wilma--he's ending his journey in Phoenix, and according to my calculations that means that he will not be in your neck of the woods. Tragically. Perhaps worth a small jaunt to Phoenix? The sign is really pretty from what I can tell on the photos...

    @Sherilin--No joke, he called me up, proposed the idea, then made it happen en route.

    @AZ Larsens--I'll speak for Wendel. He says "thank you" as well as "I plan to die of heat exhaustion".

    @musingsfromaworkaholic--I would love for you to do that! Thanks so much! The journey is nearing its end, but any publicity is good publicity. Unless it involves Penn State.

    @Caitlin--Um, a stone throw, from what I understand. It shouldn't be that hard to make it happen. Right? ;-)

  7. I have…I blogged about your blog on my blog (see? blonde roots, LOL):

    Links also went up on my FB and Twitter.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!


  8. This. Is. Amazing. I wish I had a friend like Wendel.

  9. Haha, if Wendel pulls off the freeway in Spanish Fork and comes over to my house, I will take a photo with him, put it on my blog, Facebook and twitter, and throw in $20 of my own :) I haven't seen that Wendel in almost a decade!

  10. @Jules--you are awesome. (I already commented on your post, but I really appreciate the shout out so I'm letting you know here as well ;-). ) And I did have a great weekend, so thanks!

    @Miss Sassy Pants--Yeah, I gotta agree--this was pretty awesome of him. Not many people can say they have a friend that would come up with and then execute such an awesome and hilarious plan

    @Tamsin--Well, lamentably, the journey has ended (successfully) so I think you're out of luck. Maybe next time!

  11. Not sure if I said the word "awesome" enough times in the above response. So... awesome awesome awesome awesome.


    You're welcome.

  12. impressive, Wendell, that is a true it sad that I wouldn't dream of tarnishing the paint on my 8 year old Explorer to attach one of your bumper stickers, but he will plaster it all over his "ton of crap"? yes, Wendell, you win: "Best Friend of the Weed." and Most Creative Packing award also.

  13. I really think you should give him another $20. That's pure genius.

  14. Also I see you getting super close to 400 followers. I vote some cool giveaway again:D

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  16. @Katie--I agree. He wins several awards for this feat. Most importantly, the award for being the most likely to make me steer off the road laughing if I were to have seen his truck pre-seran wrap not knowing him. Also, best advertiser of the decade. And perhaps most loyal The Weed fan?

    @Kerewin--You know what? I think I will. You are absolutely right.

    @her daughter--Hmmmm.... methinks it might be time. Though I told myself in my brain during last year's that I would do it at 500. Worth contemplating. It might be hard to wait for another hundred to trickle in.

    @Jessica--Haha. I know, right?

  17. I feel Wendel's pain. I was laid off from my job in August, my boyfriend and I broke up 2 weeks later and I've been sick as a dog but without health ins. until yesterday. (And promptly went to the dr's today.) I could go on... but good for Wendell for being brilliant! To counteract my depression I started a crazy sick & twisted blog which has been a lot of fun and helped me keep my sense of humor through all this.

  18. oh the link is but it's not for the faint of can be pretty offensive to some but it's been a great place to be creative and vent and people seem to like it.

  19. love this post! my most favorite so far is when your daughter drew the picture of you...that looks like a rocket ship...or something else haha

    as promised i have added you to my side bar blog list on my oh so lame blog.

  20. Don't disappear for December!! Miss your humor :) Have a happy holiday to your and your family!!

  21. Love this and LOVE Wendel!

  22. That is hilarious. It's a miracle his exhaust pipe wasn't sparking down the road.

  23. Woah,I just realized (yes nearly a month later... don't judge) that this post was published on my birthday. I feel so special, the Weed published a post on my birthday hah :)

  24. Josh- I think you *could* make the truck click-able! You just need a MaKey Makey!

    (I'm Wendel's sister, btw)

  25. Oh, and Vienna- it was published on my 17th anniversary!

  26. Wendel blue did that truck drive?

    1. That is supposed to read "Wendel how did that truck drive?" Another victory for autocorrect.