All I'm seeing is several times saying no my divulging that he has no money. You know what his secrets are? He has no money and probably won't get any.
Meanwhile the amusement park you work for could just as easily be catalog shopping but, they want something different. They still do get quite a bit from a catalog and there is nothing wrong with that but, fitting exact pieces into exact themes is not always a match.
If it is competition he also fears he might be right. An article I just read said of many towns that have gone down the tubes the two most catastrophic exodusses by population in the US were Pittsburgh and New Orleans.
I'm thinking you should find the inspiration to make your current employer a force to be reconned with even more support. I know you were thinking this turd would be great to add to your resume but, believe me, no one has really respected him for 50 years. It might actually work against you.
Anyone can self promote and you can too. I never found that haunt run by any big name that had any money to spend so I had to create my own no money making haunted house.
Build it one glob at a time. Squirt a little silicone in your pocket every day and smear it on something being built in the trunk of your car. 400 sticky pairs of pants later you will have something.
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