We’re laughing over here at the Cameron office. Why? Well, it’s just hard to get things done, and even when we do get things done, we certainly don’t think them through (luckily this is just on little things).
Small Town Internet
First, it’s a really good thing I had some things to do yesterday, and Mandi was sick (icky). That’s because early in the day, we stopped getting any ability to use the internet and our phones. No signal. Every once in a while something would trickle in or out, but our ability to communicate was shot. You don’t realize how much you rely on being able to text people to coordinate activities until you can’t. And you come to regret relying on “the cloud” for getting things done when the cloud is off hiding somewhere.
Luckily I managed to get all my meetings and travel done, since my first meeting was with people who aren’t all internet savvy anyway, and the other people just showed up and knocked on the door. Lee went home and sulked.
Speaking of Knocking on the Door
Here’s where we didn’t think things through. We did get a big sign to point the way to the entrance to our offices, as we pointed out recently. Lee and Mandi got it installed in a temporary way with a lot of rope that attached to the unused side door. We thought, “Well, now that will be clear!”
Nope. All those ropes made it appear that the entrance to Hermits’ Rest Enterprises was that side door, the one we pretty much don’t even remember exists. Every single person who came to the meeting we’d scheduled for the Conference Room went up and banged on that poor old door. No one even noticed the stairs or the Entrance sign down there.
So, today I made a big old arrow pointing to the stairs, to help people who are coming to a baby shower that’s being held down there (yes, we have activities at The Hermit Haus on occasion!). The arrow will work until it rains. Mandi and I will make a stencil and paint a permanent arrow on the sign soon, and maybe, just maybe, people will find the right door. We will get a sign that says “Fire Exit – Not an Entrance” or something for the side door. I’m also going to put a more permanent sign up on the front door of the Hermit Haus behind a frame, so it won’t curl up or get all wet and runny. We will eventually have a nice entrance sign.
Live and learn, right? You need to look at things from the viewpoint of someone who’s never been to your building, not from those of us who work here!
Mandi and I took things into our own hands and made a very explicit sign for the front door, too. It features arrows, instructions, and I hope stuff that is helpful to our confused visitors of the future.Hermann says please like and share!