Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Joys of Your Own Business

Well, this has been a crazy week.

UPS lost (but later found) 11 of our 35 + boxes that were supposed to be coming to our central sorting area. As a result, we weren't able to get the books on the shelves at our DC store until Wednesdy AM, and in Fredericksburg until Wednesday PM. Not a killer, but when you consider how much driving I had to do to get up to DC and back on Wednesday (and part of the way on Tuesday when there was still the CHANCE the books would arrive on that day) it was a real pain. For you see, on a normal Tuesday afternoon, the commute to DC is no big deal. The trick is to get there, get the books, and be on the road by no later than 2:30 or so. If I do that I miss the horrendous rush hour traffic that comes out of the Nation's Capital and I am back to F'burg by no later than 4:00pm or so to begin the sorting, logging in, and putting up of the week's new books.

Given that it is the holiday season, the traffic patterns right now are a bit screwy, so you could hit a traffic jam at any time and at any place on I-95. Which I did yesterday. Further complicating things was the fact that there was a 3 tractor-trailer pile up on I-95 south which closed the interstate for several hours. Luckily I didn't get caught in that mess too much, but it disrupted the flow engouh to make my trip to and from DC a 4 hour slog as opposed to a 2 hour quick round trip. Oh well....

That being said, things here in F'burg really are going well. New people continue to come in the door every day and we are up to 6 or so subscribers with 3-4 regulars that come in each week that have yet to become subscribers (but I think they will...). Add to that the foot traffic that is starting to find the place, and I am quite pleased with where we are right now. And I think things are only going to get better. Our sign will be up on the shopping center facade within 2 weeks, which will help to drive additional foot traffic to the store ("Big Monkey? What the hell is that?"). In addition, our Movie House ad will begin running on December 30.

A good time to be a Big Monkey.

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