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The Notebooks of Michael Riehle Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-09-2006 01:42 PM
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My opinions, pontifications and general ramblings about Aikido
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In General Bureaucrats, hobgoblins and paint Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #10 New 08-30-2006 03:38 PM
Two steps forward, three steps back

My lease is done on my old space as of Friday. Tomorrow will be the last class I hold there. No classes over the weekend or on Monday and then...

...well...

...we're supposed to be having classes in the new space. If the city allows it. Apparently they need to be sure we're an appropriate business for the space. It's possible that they would prefer we turned it into a little antique boutique to replace the one that burned down two doors away from us*.

Probably it will be okay, but a fire inspection is definitely in order.

Two steps forward, that would be one step of progress, right?

The fire department did their inspection this morning and we did okay. There are some issues with the electrical work, but the electrician is already working on those, so it should be corrected by tomorrow.

One step back, two steps forward

The electrician should have been done by now. Why isn't he?

Well...

...his biggest customer (always follow the money...) has been keeping him really busy. This customer has also been snarling traffic on the Rio Vista Bridge by making sure it's up at least 50% of the time lately. Okay, maybe not 50%, but often, okay.

So...

...he hired some young adults to do some of the grunt work for him. They took his money, but no work got done. The rest of the story is not fit for public consumption. The upshot is that he's got someone else in there doing the work now and it'll be done this week.

One step forward, two steps back

Ordered the foam for the mats. It'll take up to six weeks for it to ship. That doesn't mean it will take six weeks to get here, that means it may take six weeks before it leaves the manufacturing plant. Which would be okay if I'd been able to order it a month ago. Which I couldn't. Because someone at a loan company was being difficult. And petty.

So, we'll be using the old mats for a while.

Waiting on the next step

Canvas. We need canvas. I've got no less than three suppliers interested, two of whom are working on quotes for me. So far, one of them is only three times as much as the other one. But the quotes are not finalized yet.

The adventure continues...

Everybody who's seen the paint job loves it. Blue with white trim. A nice, meditative blue. It really does make the place more pleasant to be in.

Footnote

*For the record, this was really a sad situation. This lady has had here business there for years. She's a wonderful person. The store had a very special charm that would be impossible to duplicate. Part of its charm came from how long it had been there. Someone from a nearby bar was smoking in the doorway after hours, though, and their cigarette butt rolled under the door igniting a superheated fire that destroyed the business and nearly destroyed the building.
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