Saturday, November 3, 2007

So why am I here again?

Oh, yes, because the boss made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Ha! The desert. 2.5 hours away from EVERYTHING. They must be kidding! This was back in April when I agreed to "check it out" and said "no". I had made the trip on a Saturday morning....2.5 hours in the car...just driving and driving and driving. It was never going to end. Finally, the wind turbines appeared and I knew I was close....You know those turbines....they're in every Hollywood movie that has a desert scene (Less Than Zero, to name one)...windmills in the middle of nowhere - hundreds of them on the landscape...maybe thousands. I was close to a town....Yay! I saw an exit ramp to a town...then another, and another, and there it was....Palm Desert. A little jewel in the middle of nowhere. A green oasis with Palm Trees and lush landscaping. The sky was clear, the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day!

(See the sprinklers watering the grass? That's the real stuff. The grass in the median is synthetic, but the plants further up are real. Go figure.)

I drove directly to one of the apartment complexes that I had checked on over the internet. It was a great place, Tuscan style, only five years old. The manager must have spent an hour with me....showing me every floor plan they had, telling me all about how she moved out here from OC when she was 50, didn't know anyone. Traded in her old life in OC working as an executive secretary at McDonnell Douglas, to live out here and work at a low paying job at the Marriott. Now that took guts. She was great...made me feel right at home. I had a friend in the desert! I actually knew someone in the desert, someone from OC like me that was...shall I say...mature? So without looking back, I headed home and told my bosses that I couldn't do it. No way, no how. Too far. Too remote.

Two weeks later I was still thinking about this little place. A new office, a new home, a new outlook....and sun....yes, sun. Oh, and did I mention money? Yeah, they offered me every time.

So here I am. I opened the new office in a small industrial area. I have one technician, a warehouse, and ten accounts in Riverside County that we were handling from OC. I would sure like to get some new business but it's going to take time. Things are quiet but my day sure goes by fast.