L.E.D.’s Lead the way . . .

by on Oct.27, 2009, under Uncategorized

The MASH Bus is taking the leap to improve safety by converting existing incandescent lighting to L.E.D. lighting.


Soon we will be sporting new 7″ diameter LED tail lights, turn signal indicators and clearance lights.

The old incandescent lights are approaching 40 years of service and as such have surpassed their life.  The old lights are deteriorating at an alarming rate to such a degree that many of the fixtures are falling apart.  The colored plastic on the clearance lights is cracked and faded.  The lamp sockets are worn and loose.  Wiring on existing fixtures is beginning to wear, crack and deteriorate.

Originally we looked at replacement, new and new old stock incandescent fixtures but many of these lights are so old they are now reserved for restorations and the price many times is as much or more than new LED replacement fixtures.


Power is a premium on the bus as the electrical system usually works overtime to power all the existing incandescent lighting.  Converting to LED lighting only makes sense as the current requirments of LED lighting is a fraction of that needed for incandescent lighting.


Another bonus of LED lighting is the life of the L.E.D. components.  On average LED’s have an average 100,000 hour life as compared to a few hundred hours life for incandecent lamps.  The LED’s are also uneffected by shock, tempature as well as the elements and weather.

Keep watch for the MASH Bus as we will be sporting a new safer LED lighting sytem in the near future.

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November 2009

by on Oct.19, 2009, under Uncategorized

MASH Bus and the crew will NOT be in attendance at the November 2009 First Saturday sale.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause but we will see everyone in December 2009.

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MASH complements

by on Oct.08, 2009, under Uncategorized

Well we have finally finished securing litter/stretchers for the MASH Bus.  With the overhead racks we now have six litters that mount overhead.  These litters are to be used as additional tables for the bus when we are set up.

We have a Singer 111W Industrial sewing machine and we made our own straps using 1″ nylon web tubing.

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The 8th Month – 2009

by on Aug.18, 2009, under Uncategorized

Well everyone was in attendance this month at the sidewalk sale.  It was an interesting sale to say the least.  The MASH Bus did not make one sale, while the table that occupied Dale’s space was the main attraction.

We miss Dale but as he would want we move on and we continue to pray for his family.  Any and all leads that might help the police would be greatly appreciated.  The Reward is still in effect but to date has not yielded any results.

We at the MASH Bus are looking at all options and if sales continue to be non-existent we may have to suspend operations.  We will keep everyone posted.

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Sidewalk Sale Grieves Loss of Brother

by on Jul.07, 2009, under Uncategorized

The Sidewalk Sale Fraternity mourns the loss of one of their own.  A veteran vendor of the Sidewalk Sale Herbert Orsburn, affectionately known to all simply as “Dale” was gunned down in the early morning while selling his wares at the July 4th, event.


Dale, 51 years young, a resident of Lewisville, Texas is survived by his wife, Kathryn Orsburn.


Many vendors and customers knew Dale as the “light guy,” as he always had lighted items such, globes, plasma balls, rope light and equipment that would brighten any room.  He always set up in the same spot (Slot # 306) selling from the back of his van on tables facing Field Street.  In the middle of the night coming down the aisle one could not miss Dale sitting on the back of his van usually commiserating with customers and vendors.

The Sidewalk Sale is an entire culture of its own, words cannot explain the event, to understand it and appreciate it you must experience it.  A family venue, catering to all young and old – violent crime is not a part of the Sidewalk Sale event.

About this time last year the MASH BUS crew traded in their sales tables and cash drawer for Grills and a Margarita machine.  Instead of selling we set up to cook and serve.  We threw a big party for all the vendors of the Sidewalk Sale and I can remember sharing a hamburger with Dale as we visited and talked.

We refuse to let the memory of Dale be that of this senseless act of violence – instead we choose to remember the friendship and laugher of a kind and gentle man – a member of the Sidewalk Sale family.

The Details:

Early in the morning, an unknown gunman driving a “mustang/coupe,” style car with stripes entered the Woodall Rodgers Freeway from Field Street.  As the gunman drove up the on ramp he opened fire into the crowd of people attending the monthly First Saturday Sidewalk Sale.  From news reports and witness accounts the gunman randomly fired at least 5 shots from a .40 caliber handgun into the crowd of vendors and shoppers.

Many dove to the ground for cover but Dale, fell to the ground as one of the bullets struck him in the head.

Dale was rushed to Parkland Hospital where he passed from his wounds.

The MASH BUS crew did not attend the July 4th, 2009 sale due to conflicting commitments but we were called within minutes of the shooting from other vendors inquiring if we were ok.  Vendors at the other end of the sale could not see the area of the shooting and people were concerned we might have also been hurt.  Sadly when all was said and done only Dale was injured.

Schepps Dairy and the North Texas Crimestoppers have posted a $15,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

The MASH BUS crew cannot stress enough that if anyone has any information they feel might assist the Dallas Police in their investigation, please call.  One of our friends and family members has been taken from us.  We know that someone somewhere knows something – please help us catch Dale’s killer.  In the mean time, our thoughts and prayers will be with Dale’s family.

If anyone has information that will help locate the gunman please call Dallas Police Homicide at (214) 671-3661.

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Dale – Family Details

by on Jul.07, 2009, under Uncategorized

Services for Dale were held on Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Dale’s name be made to:

Christian Community Action
200 South Mill Street
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-219-HELP (4357)

 Christian Community Action Website

The OFFICIAL Sidewalk Sale web site has a forum open to all that may wish to post or read about Dale.  The forum can be found here: Sidewalk Sale Forum



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