Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2005
The Journey Resumes
Today was one of those rare days where nearly everything worked like it's supposed to work, knock on wood. Not 100 percent pleasant, just a lot accomplished, including some necessary evils.
There were also some very important things achieved, too, though. Our old sales person was determined that he was not going to retire, even though it was unavoidable and he'd been told countless times that it was something that had to happen. The man has to use a walker and can only use one arm. He was supposed to have surgery on the arm but refused, saying he didn't need it, yada yada. Oh, and in this condition he drives, which is its own scary thought.
He left in a snit, which was both understandable and sad but also necessary. Our new salesperson is installed and I think she's going to be a wonderful asset to the station. At least I hope so. We've already overhauled some things and established some new rules, things that should have been done long, long ago. I'd been talking to the station owner all along and telling him we were underpriced on our sponsorship rates. (Woefully so, in fact.) Between me and the owner of the other studios, that's going to move up - not a lot, at least not for now, but at least into a little more realistic realms. We were getting as little as $2 per spot, which doesn't do much more than pay the salesman's commission and for production time to make the announcement.
I also heard from T and found out that there IS a legitimate reason behind the no nights and weekends contact. It's a situation I fully understand and with which I can readily sympathize. I am also, however, glad to know that it's a temporary thing.
T called me at work this morning, then again this afternoon. As usual, there were a half-dozen people in and out of the office at my end, so I really couldn't talk much at the times that he phoned. As soon as I headed out of the door, though, I had my cell glued to my ear and we got several things cleared up. (We'd spent about half of the day playing phone tag already by that point - which worked out to be sort of a game. Before the day was out we were just leaving messages that said, "Tag! You're it!")
Found out a little more about him, likes and dislikes. I am pretty eclectic in my tastes and figured we'd find some common ground - but as it turns out, he's about equally varied in his tastes, which is even better. We both live by a "variety is the spice of life" motto. Nothing's more fun than exploring a new place or situation with someone you really like.
My book is calling to me, so think I'm going to go see if I can finish it tonight. Interesting tome but very lengthy. It's a rare book I can't read in a single sitting, and I've been working on this one for several days. It's a fictionalized account of Marco Polo's travels, called "The Journeyer." The attention to detail is extraordinary. I'm guessing that a whole lot of research went into the book, even if it is a work of fiction, at least in its particulars. I like the information on the Huns, whom I've studied before. They were an extraordinary force in their day and their influence reshaped history in a huge way.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )