Dave Hakes' – A/V Life


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Kickin’ Back…

Posted by delta on June 28th, 2007

The number one question I get from the guys I work with is: “When do you take time off?”

Well, the answer is “NOW”…

I usually get a month or two off during the summer. This year it looks like the season will be starting up again in August, so I have 5 or so weeks to play…

The second most frequent question is: “What do you with your freetime?”

I get a jump start on the ” busy season” by catching up on cleaning up my rental gear, check out and buy new peripherals that I may need when we start up again, contact people for shows that are coming to the island to answer any questions they may have, and I work out like a mad-man…

So basically, even when not working, I’m working. I’m just doing it from home…

Why work out like a mad-man? Try loading a truck at the docks, unloading the truck on site, setting up the show, putting a D-35/D-50 on your shoulder for 2-3 hours, then striking the show, and loading the gear back into the truck. That is what we call a one-off (set,show,and strike in one day)…

I do a lot of one-offs – I had one run that went for a few months one time. Your typical “Roadie” does this all the time, but they do it with drugs, I don’t take drugs. If I hadn’t have been in shape, there’s no way I could have done it…

Another thing I do on occassion is double/triple “dip” – which means working for 2-3 companies in the same day. This year alone, I’ve done a few of these which kept me up for 3-4 days at a time…

I wanna be in this business for a long time to come – so being in shape is kinda important…

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