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quote:Originally posted by Geneo55There was a time when you walked on a lot when the term "with it" meant something. I got to tell ya this story it really happened to me. I met with an old buddy from my youth on a lot last summer. we thought it would be good to meet up again and visit some of the gang that was still on the show. Walking down the midway I did pass under the awnings, I will admit that, and the agent calls me in. I politely told him I was with it. He Say's "well let me show you how this game is played". I blankley look him in the eye and tell him I'm with it. He asks if I've played the game before. Told him I hadn't seen buckets on the lot for a long time ( is that a hint or what?). He tells me this isn't like the old game and offers to show me how it's played. I could only respond with a "no thanks" and walked on. Further on down we stopped at the shows popper ( I guess that what you call them now) and I ordered two Cokes. When I got the cokes I told the gal I was with it. She told me her boyfriend runs the tilt. Stunned I paid her the same amount as the marks paid.I'm sorry guys I know it might be a dumb question but what the hell does "with it" mean these days?
quote:Originally posted by PizzagodSadly it's not what it used to be....If I can spot a carney, I'll usually ask if they are with it. They say yes, even if they aren't working that spot, they get a discount, if not on the house. That's just professional courtesy.On the other hand....a guy is a jag, I don't care if he owns every piece of iron on the lot (I usually am on the independent) he pays, and he pays the sucker price.All I can say is that I've only had that happen once, the names will be omitted to protect the guilty, usually an owner is tickled to death that I'm giving any kind of consideration to his help-and I"m glad to do it.Ya never know when you're going to be the one on the other side of things. So to me, with it means that you've eaten enough dirt, been talked down to enough, treated like crap enough times, and still do a job that 99 people out of a 100 could not do.
quote:Originally posted by with-itI've always been one to take care of my friends and vice versa...I get all kinds of Hook ups...But the favor is ususally repaid in one way or another....I have never asked for a discount from someone I did'nt know and would'nt insult someone I did know by asking....If their help charged me the "Mark" price I pay it and don't beef...If I know they take care of me I go when they are in the Joint...otherwise it's no big deal....I've asked to be fronted once or twice until I had some stew...and always repaid.I played a fair where one day the Beef producers give out free hamburgers...I did'nt know this at the time. These other 40-milers tell everyone else but me and my crew on purpose and then all come by chowing down. Well, one of the guys used to work for me and said something about it when he walked by but I had a player...After I was done I hopped out and went over to ask him what he needed....around his joint was 2 other owners and 3 or 4 others...He said they had free hamburgers by the cattle barns....I proudly told him and the other owners that I was doing Just Fine and Don't want or need a Handout....I told him if he wanted another one I'd get one and he could have it....You should of seen the look on those Jags faces....Alot of the Carnies here in Ohio won't even Stop or even slow down if they see another one that is'nt in thier little Clique broke down on the road....Very few guys are on the Same team anymore....It's not Us vs. Them it's Us vs. Us anymore.
quote:Originally posted by Bowler RollerI used to hang an R-Key from my belt loop, and few called me in. Noawadays, I don't see anyone calling marks. Carnies have a particular lot walk. We're easy to tell apart.