The hurdy-gurdyMan oh man. I'm stressed... ever so slightly. The closer we get to opening, the more things need to get done. At times it seems a bit overwhelming, but I'm getting used to that feeling. It's like when you leave home for an extended vacation, and in the back of your mind you're thinking, "I know I'm forgetting something." That's pretty much how I feel all day long. I used to have a memory like a steel trap - I could remember names, numbers, appointments, and even a few recipes (i.e. spaghetti, cereal, and tortilla sandwiches) - but now... I can't even remember where I was going with that last sentence!
Perhaps I'll make a list of things that need to get done; I've heard that can help when you're feeling stressed. So, if you wouldn't mind indulging me for a bit, I'm going to squirt a few lists out of my head. I'll keep the list focused on BIG events, because a list of all the minutia would literally take me 14 years to write out.
- Acquired building
- Filed and received all pertinent business and taxation licenses
- Building permit was approved
- Filed and received liquor license
- Purchased a splicer
- Purchased the digital projector
- Purchased the popcorn popper
- Buy 2 refrigerators
- Buy prep room equipment (sinks, etc.)
- Finish building the Cinebar
- Order the movie screen (air ducts must be moved first)
- Drive up to St. Louis and pick up 35mm projector, et al.
- Create custom P.O.S. system
- Build official Moxie website
- Determine an opening date
- Coordinate testing dates with volunteer audience
- Make initial inventory purchase
- Recreate a first year budget and projection sheet
- Screen employees
- Filter through submissions to determine an opening artist
- Determine our film schedule for the first month of operation
- Create fliers... distribute fliers
- Have projection equipment installed and calibrated
- Clean and paint, and clean and paint, and clean some more
- Get our chairs from Ken and install them
- Activate our insurance policy ($$$)
- Set-up trash service
Ok, I have to stop there. I'm starting to get a headache. There's a lot more stuff that needs to be done, but the thought of it is making my elbows tingle. I need to figure out what needs to be done today... and then do it.
On a good note, I think I figured out a way to build our menu for the Cinebar. Here's how:
- Take a 4x8 piece of plywood and cut it into an interesting shape.
- Sand it and apply magnetic paint
- Buy several packages of printable magnetic paper and start printing out menu items and other fun objects
It's simple, efficient, and leaves plenty of room for creativity. I can already see it now...