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New Office, New Employee, New Day
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 • Posted August 19, 2009

his week, the News office welcomes T. J. Schmidt to the staff as our new advertising sales representative. We've been friends for many years and I'm excited to have her working with our crew, and know she'll do a wonderful job.

She has arrived just in time to land in the middle of our preparations for the upcoming move. Our address is changing from 110 S. Live Oak to 122 S. Live Oak, just a stone's throw down the street.

The little bit of information I have about the new office is that it was originally built around 1873, and was twice presented to newlywed couples as a wedding gift. I remember when Loeffler & Loeffler moved into it and used it for office space for more than a quarter of a century. Then it was used as Tim & Helen Dockal's office for real estate sales.

So, in the past month, I've gotten a new office manager (Gayle Smart), a new advertising rep (T. J.), and a new office space! I've got to admit, my head is literally spinning with all that's going on right now.

I've never been averse to change; but, I can usually space out the changes in my life a bit better so that I don't have to deal with it all at once. I also usually like to be able to have the changes lined out a bit more in advance than I have with all of these; but, it is enough time.

One of the things we decided this time was that we don't need everything that is currently in our office. We've got an extra desk we don't need. We've got two printer's cabinets full of lead type. And, we've got an old printing press! Elsewhere in the paper is an ad welcoming potential buyers. It's sometimes difficult to part with something you've had for a long time; but, when you're looking at reduced space, you make the sacrifices that are needed.

As Donna Nelson, Tom Kent, Gayle Smart, T. J. Schmidt, Amanda Hahn and I get our final preparations made, I do find that I'm starting to get more excited about the new space. Donna and I walked down yesterday to make some measurements and started to realize that we're going to be able to have a great deal more privacy now than we've had in years. We're so accustomed to being in one big room, it may be an adjustment to move into a building with four separate spaces. We may have to actually start using the intercom feature of our phones after all this time!

All of my friends are already tired of me talking about the move, and I know many of you readers are as well. But, after being in this pace for over eight years, we still have folks that walk in and ask when we moved from next door. For that reason, I figured it was probably best to start letting people know that the move was going to occur, and to constantly remind them of where we were going to be located.

At this point, the only entity that I really have concerns with is our Wednesday morning paper delivery driver. He still occasionally delivers to the post office rather than to our location, so getting across to him that we're moving down the street may be difficult. I suspect that, on September 2nd, I'll be in town VERY early to help direct him to the proper spot.

So,,,, one more week of carping and moaning, and then I'll move on to other topics!

It’s all just my opinion.

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