The princes of tides

It’s a month after the flood. People are starting to forget. That’s natural. Although there are reminders everywhere you look. Empty businesses, empty houses, giant dumpsters filled with the remains of normalcy. The inmates at the Davidson County jail aren’t forgetting. They are on the front lines of Nashville’s recovery every day. The Sheriff’s Department…

The third chick is happy

I am happy.  I can’t explain how happy I am.  I’m used to running businesses.  Being the big cheese.  Getting things done, making decisions, fearing nothing and understanding the bottom line.  This has been a whole new adventure for me.  In a few short weeks, I have fallen in love. I am in love with…

‘Beggars can’t be choosers’

Just a little bit of a rant here. We have practically had “no used clothes” tatooed on our foreheads for the last month. It’s on the website. It’s in every listing about CRC. And yet people persist in cleaning out their attics and trying to dump their refuse on our doorstep in the name of…

Maybe I’m playing around too much…but

These are my new favorite boyfriends – John Madole and Andrew McAlister from American Constructors and Slade Smith from BEM. If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you realize that I have been playing fast and loose the last few weeks. I’ve acquired many new boyfriends and one girlfriend who are angels sitting…

Stand down

Emergency alert over. Emergency alert over. Please see previous post so all of this makes sense. So yesterday, the fabulous Yogi (real name John Ridenour – give him your business) sends in yet another quote to the flood insurance people. Miraculously, it comes back approved without the need for a Certificate of Elevation and for…

What do we do?

In the interest of true disclosure, I have gone from the low of our building flooding to the high of getting the temporary warehouse set up to, now, back to low because I’m dealing with bureaucracy I don’t understand and requirements for an SBA loan that tonight seem insurmountable. So here’s the situation. I apply…

Brief interruption from “nice”

The last three weeks have been truly amazing. The outpouring of support and donations for the flood victims has been astonishing. And most of the donations have been truly useful – personal hygiene supplies, cleaning materials, tools, etc. But, as in the best of times, there are some people who just think this is a…

Speechless

I wish I had a photo of this one. So there’s a meeting this morning at the Center for Nonprofit Management of all the nonprofits in Nashville affected by the flooding. From the time I bumbled into the nonprofit world I cannot even begin to tell you how many times the CNM folks have pulled…

My new favorite people

I got kind of flummoxed, what with all the new boyfriends I have, when Baird Dixon and Beth Phillips, met us at the warehouse this morning. I was pretty sure Baird would be my new favorite boyfriend, but I hadn’t counted on Beth.  So I’m just going to call them my new favorite people. When…

Not enough chicks in the world

We had been expecting a load of new t-shirts from California for a few days. New clothes for flood victims. The truck was supposed to come this morning. When we had some minor league baseball players to unload it. These are members of the Portland Beavers, in town to play the Sounds. A couple of…