More than once I had stressed out friends say they wanted to quit their jobs and become hot dog vendors. The statistics don't make it look particularly good or bad. The guy that was interviewed in the current New York Magazine says he has been at it for 7 years. He scrapes by with a two bedroom apt in the Bronx for him, his wife, and four kids.
Here are the stats from "A Day in the Life of Hakim Elnagar, The Kebab Man of 42nd Street" by Michael Idov in New York Magazine (June 25, 2007)
Annual income: $35,0000 working 6 days a week
Per day: Hot Dogs sold: 28 Kebabs: 12 Pretzels: 6 Sodas: 28 Water: 22 Total sales: $140 Profit for the day: $70
Parking at the Hot Dog Cart Garage on 39th Street: $2400/ year
City vendors license: $3000 / year.
Oops, you accidently peek into my laptop/ recent documents folder: ...and see that it is definitely the last week of school because I have used Microsoft Word to type "Students who are banished cruelly from taking the final exam because they lack the neccesarry New York Regents lab minutes" as well as "kids who think the textbook now belongs to them or who never remember getting a textbook because they willfully ignored it for 7 months". This negativity and authoritarianism embarrasses me a little, because it is the truth, "recent docs" doesn't lie. I wish my recent docs showed that I was a teacher who issued a "Top 10 Greatest Students" or "99 Fun Things We Will Do Next Year" or "Summer Reading List for Enthusiastic Scientists ". But it doesn't.