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Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Joys Of . . .  

Category:  Life

. . . Business Ownership!

Well, if finally happened -- the closing on the business, that is . . .     As of late Thursday afternoon, we are now the proud owners of $850K of debt . . . oh, yeah, . . . and a business to go along with it.     I never thought the end would ever arrive -- exactly six months and five days from the time my s.o. parted ways from his part ownership in a lucrative franchise to pursue sole ownership -- and, now, we finally have the debt to prove it happened.

I had my day planned yesterday since I had been "committed" -- or is that should-be-committed???" to working all day today (Saturday) to help out at the new business.     Yesterday was going to be spent running errands (like returning those two Blockbuster movies that I've had for a week -- thank goodness for "Movie Pass"), shipping my s.o.'s brother, s-i-l, and nephew's Christmas gifts ("no comment"), and picking up a few last-minute small gifts to finish out my shopping before next Saturday.     But, did that happen?     No!     My s.o. pulled a fast-one, I do believe.

I'm lying in bed yesterday morning, enjoying the peaceful solitude of no one in the house and the prospect of a day spent alone . . . when the phone rings . . .     Yep!, you guessed it!     My s.o. was calling to say that, in the mad dash to get out the door, he had forgotten a few things, and would I mind to bring them up to him?     He said he knew I had plans for the day, so if I could just bring up the "laundry-list" of items he forgot, take a document to the courthouse, take a deposit to the bank, and go to Office Depot for a few things, then the rest of the day I could do whatever I wanted.

Is anyone else buying this???     I arrived there at 9:00 a.m. and didn't leave until 7:15 p.m. last night!     At least he bought me dinner for all of my efforts . . . or, in my case, I should say breakfast / lunch / dinner, since I didn't have anything all day.     But, I did get all of the employees added into the computer (something the previous owner hadn't done - he only had two current employees showing on the system), I changed prices, entered in some inventory that arrived yesterday, and basically tried to familiarize myself with a completely new system, specifically designed for this business.

Today, I get to actually be there -- as planned.     Yippee!    Hurray!    Ya-Hooooo!     Okay, that was dripping with sarcasm . . . could you tell?!?

In the "Be-Careful-What-You-Wish-For category, I still keep looking over my shoulder . . . because I'm not so sure that those nice, young men in their clean, white coats won't still be coming to take me [us] away . . . Hee, Hee, Ho, Ho . . .

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