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Teen opens mobile shower for grimy N.D. oil workers (he built it)
Bismark Tribune ^ | September 3, 2012 | JAMES MacPHERSON

Posted on 09/06/2012 6:16:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

ALEXANDER, N.D. — It took little more than a day for 18-year-old Evan Jensen to smell opportunity in North Dakota’s booming oil patch.

....The mobile venture, called Better Showers, rolled into an RV campground in the heart of the oil patch in June. A shower costs $10, with a half-price discount for residents of the RV park where the business is located. Towels and washcloths are $1 extra. The water pressure is strong, the soap is free and there is no time limit.

The business is parked along U.S. Highway 85, the busiest two-lane highway in western North Dakota, where about 100 trucks pass by every 10 minutes. The showers are open from 4 to 11 p.m., the time when most people are getting off work.

.....He passes the time between clients cleaning the facility, playing guitar and writing letters thanking friends and relatives for graduation gifts. And he contemplates other businesses.

“I brainstorm and think of what’s in demand here,” Jensen said. “I’ve got a bunch of ideas. All it takes is guts, really.”

(Excerpt) Read more at bismarcktribune.com ...


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KEYWORDS: business; capitalism; economy; hebuiltit
This is a great story.
1 posted on 09/06/2012 6:16:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I fear the EcoNazi whackos in the enviro agencies will have him ticketed before dinner tonight.


2 posted on 09/06/2012 6:20:12 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; onyx; STARWISE; SE Mom; penelopesire; null and void; LucyT

And he built the business himself.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 6:20:19 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He didn’t build that.


4 posted on 09/06/2012 6:22:39 AM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of freedom only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Having worked in the oil patch myself during my younger years and having to sleep in the field bunkhouses I can attest its a dirty and grimy job.
And its this kind of thinking that made America strong and the very kind of thinking that Obama, Clinton and all the cronies DON”T want to transpire, because they want YOU dependent upon the Federal government.

I would not be surpised to hear in the near future of this person being told to shut it down unless he pays an excessive fee for “permits”.


5 posted on 09/06/2012 6:22:48 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: GladesGuru

...”the benign neglect of the authorities in western North Dakota and the lack of existing bricks-and-mortar businesses to gum up the works helped Evan Jensen’s entrepreneurial shower venture become an exciting success, while the opposite doomed Nathan Duszynski’s hot dog stand to failure.”

http://reason.com/blog/2012/09/05/teen-entrepreneur-launches-mobile-shower


6 posted on 09/06/2012 6:22:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

HE DIDN’T LATHER THAT!


7 posted on 09/06/2012 6:23:22 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Excellent! And this isn’t a snark, but this just shows that success and prosperity doesn’t necessarily come from having “opportunity” as defined by the Democrat Party to be free education, free student loans, and a liberal whacked-job of a school curriculum. Sometimes all it takes is ingenuity, basic skills, and a little hard work.

Not a lot different than what Mitt Romney did at Bain Capital.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 6:25:04 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
$10 for a shower?

More power to him.

9 posted on 09/06/2012 6:27:49 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: bigbob

He’s saving from this to PAY for college. What a concept.


10 posted on 09/06/2012 6:28:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: smokingfrog
$10 for a shower?

I read the article. (assuming it's correct....) The closest shower is at a truck stop 60 miles away.

This kid is a frickin' genius.

11 posted on 09/06/2012 6:29:52 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Older homes in this area have what are called “Pittsburgh Showers”. A simple spigot suspended over a drain in the middle of the basement floor. Back in the day guys would come home from a mill or a mine covered in grime, and the lady of the house would never let them through the front door. So they’d go round to the back door and shower off in the basement.

It looks like history is repeating itself.


12 posted on 09/06/2012 6:30:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

we had one of those when i was growing up near Pittsburgh, my dad worked in construction. I never heard that phrase for them though. cool.


13 posted on 09/06/2012 6:31:41 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

What back door? You enter straight into the basement. I have a shower and a toilet in my basement. But not a bathroom.


14 posted on 09/06/2012 6:36:23 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

yes, you had to go in through the garage to the basement and there was no bathroom, this was freestanding.


15 posted on 09/06/2012 6:39:39 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: sickoflibs
great story until the epa and zoning and taxman etc start beatin down the doors...

once the queers realize the no time limit in the stalls, he'll be overun too...

16 posted on 09/06/2012 6:41:43 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: xsmommy

I’ve seen them in Philly row homes. In a friend’s house, it was in the converted coal room.


17 posted on 09/06/2012 6:42:29 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“I brainstorm and think of what’s in demand here,” Jensen said.

Which is the single most important thing, if you want to feed a family and make a lot of money. This kid's daddy taught him well.

I wish Obama was this smart.

18 posted on 09/06/2012 6:43:14 AM PDT by Kenton (I love the smell of the Democrat flop sweat in the morning. it smells like... VICTORY!)
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To: smokingfrog

Maybe the OWS movement could pick up on ideas like this..... become part of the “1%.” Oh that’s right, their patrons are the “poor.” We’d have to foot the bill.


19 posted on 09/06/2012 6:45:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Needs to head over to the Democrat Convention.


20 posted on 09/06/2012 6:46:16 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is a great story.
This IS a great story; thank you.. I -lol'ed- at this line: "That’s when the idea for a mobile shower hit him harder than the reek of his own B.O."
21 posted on 09/06/2012 6:46:57 AM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: Kenton

Obama is working a different angle — the one where we go down the drain.


22 posted on 09/06/2012 6:47:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mlizzy

Yes! “Necessity is the mother of invention.”


23 posted on 09/06/2012 6:49:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I applaud this kid and his creativity. I am afraid, though, that it won’t be long before some Eco-Nazi realizes that there are traces oh hydrocarbons washing off these workers and flowing onto the pristine soil


24 posted on 09/06/2012 6:50:40 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: xsmommy

Pittsburgh Showers were generally accompanied by Pittsburgh Toilets (a bowl sitting oddly out in the open in the middle of the basement near the shower).

My wife grew up in Michigan. When we bought our first house she thought this was the weirdest thing she’d ever seen.


25 posted on 09/06/2012 6:54:03 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Not so fast son....The revenuers just got wind of this and will tax your ass to death. Bend over.


26 posted on 09/06/2012 6:58:20 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: SoothingDave
I have a shower and a toilet in my basement.

Throw in a utility tub and a guy's essential needs are covered !     :-)

27 posted on 09/06/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU hussein)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I remember seeing PUBLIC SHOWERS available years ago when my dad worked in the mining and oil industry out west back in 1954-1956.

Then they disappeared as hotels and apartments became more modern. I learned that the word “modern” in a housing advertisement meant it had an indoor toilet and bath.


28 posted on 09/06/2012 7:16:59 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He sounds like the next Mitt Romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


29 posted on 09/06/2012 7:17:28 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great job!!!!!!

I love the smell of success and ingenuity in the morning.
;-)


30 posted on 09/06/2012 7:19:26 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: tomkat

Of course there is one of those.


31 posted on 09/06/2012 7:20:38 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: hoosiermama

Good for the kid. He has profitted from a great idea. Now that the environmental wackos know that he is wasting water because of unlimited shower duration and pressure, he will probably be taxed into bankruptcy and then stoned for all the transgressions he has made against others who didn’t have the same opportunity.


32 posted on 09/06/2012 7:25:38 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I remember seeing PUBLIC SHOWERS available years ago

Some of the old Carnegie Library buildings had these too (for mill workers too poor to have indoor plumbing)


33 posted on 09/06/2012 7:34:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

In Pittsburgh we don’t have “show-ers” we have “shours” which rhymes with the former Stillers coach-Bill Cour


34 posted on 09/06/2012 7:39:19 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: hoosiermama

I LOVE this story pen- thanks for ping:)


35 posted on 09/06/2012 7:44:14 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

LOL Pittsburgh Showers, funny growing up with a dad that worked as an electrician at either the coal plant or refinery, we just called that daddy’s shower!


36 posted on 09/06/2012 7:48:57 AM PDT by Docbarleypop
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To: almcbean

Yinz need ta go dahn da celler an redd up after yer shour n’at.

(Thanks, Mom and Dad, for staying in Ohio until after I had learned to speak)


37 posted on 09/06/2012 7:53:29 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ronnyquest

If not for the road then there would be no one passing by. If not for the oil in the ground the workers would not be there. If not for the RV Park where would he get his water from?

Sarcasam off.


38 posted on 09/06/2012 7:59:36 AM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: hoosiermama; Black Agnes

Yes, it’s a wonderful story and he built the business himself!


39 posted on 09/06/2012 9:13:48 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How long before this administration tells him ‘he didn’t build that’!!!


40 posted on 09/06/2012 10:59:45 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Between the IRS and the EPA, that kid doesn’t stand a chance. Some government drone has his number.


41 posted on 09/06/2012 11:23:23 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

After you shour and redd up and ‘at, then you warsh the dishes.

If you want a good laugh go to Youtube and search “Pittsburgh Dad”


42 posted on 09/06/2012 11:33:03 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great job by this young man! That’s the American Spirit at work!


43 posted on 09/06/2012 11:39:00 AM PDT by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That boy will go far!


44 posted on 09/06/2012 11:55:48 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Five story, 20 family, 3 room, tenements , in NYC’s “Little Italy”, had a small sink and an enclosed toilet in the kitchen. The one shower was in the basement of the tenement. Used by anyone in the building After going to the beach (Coney Island) the girls(teenagers) would go down to the basement to shower and the boys found a place to “peek’ into the area. This was not ancient history, it was 1970.


45 posted on 09/06/2012 12:29:36 PM PDT by capt B
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Older homes in this area have what are called “Pittsburgh Showers”. A simple spigot suspended over a drain in the middle of the basement floor.....”
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I remember our house in central Pennsylvania had one of those in the basement opposite the “coal bin” (for you “culturally deprived folks” that’s where the heating coal went when it was slid through a chute placed through the basement window). As a child, it never occurred to me that Dad used that probably because my Mom made him when he came home from work. Good idea Mom!


46 posted on 09/06/2012 5:17:24 PM PDT by House Atreides
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