Remember the scene from the Wizard of Oz where you find out that the wizard is really just a little old guy using run-down equipment to keep up the facade of the "Great and Powerful Oz"? That's how my world is right now. I'm trying so hard to make the magic happen, but it's harder than it needs to be.
My mat cutting computer finally gave up the ghost after a looooong painful death. I put an order in to replace it two months ago and just last week found out that my order was being ignored. So I've got someone else working on it and have all fingers and toes crossed that it'll be done in time to get it calibrated etc. on Friday.
I found out that the dock workers strike has backed up all the moulding distributors, so we're all waiting for
that mess to get cleared up before we can get our back-ordered moulding.
My air compressor burst a gasket meaning I can't build a frame or cut a mat (even if I had moulding and a working mat cutter) until I get that changed out.
My fax/UPS/credit card terminal phone line is not working. I re-arranged some things and did a little dance to get some faxes out and run some credit cards from the other line, then I put an order in at the phone company (a computer took the order) for someone to come repair it. Let's hope they don't send the computer to do the job!
And now, as I try to finish up some orders that aren't dependent on either the mat cutter or the dock workers, I'm listening to my heater make some really unnerving clickety clackety sounds.
I swear if one more thing goes down this week I'm going to hang an "out of order" sign on the "curtain", pull the covers over my head and hide out for a month. Yes, I'm a humbug.
Honestly, I'm just going to take a deep breath, find another way and keep muddling through. Wish me luck.
I guess the moral of the story is that even without all the bells and whistles, the wizard still got the job done in the end. Go wizard, go.