Fixing our broken warehouse

I am offering one of my rare simul-blogs tonight, writing the same blog post on the south in my mouth and two chicks in a warehouse. It is because my worlds intersected today. And, at the end of the day, I needed green noodles. I am in FEMA land. It is not a bad place….

Pretty things… finally

First the flood.  Then the clean-up. Finally, finally we get to the good stuff. Starting over. So Betsy and I are at the offices of Street Dixon Rick Architects. Those are my new favorite boyfriends John and Andrew on the right and my new favorite boy and girlfriend Beth and Baird to the left. None…

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…

‘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…

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…

Our man with stuff

We are open and we have stuff. This is John Moore. He is our man with stuff. He didn’t want his photo taken, but I did it anyway. He deserves some recognition. John owns M&M Wholesale in Old Hickory. Normally, we buy basic personal hygiene and cleaning supplies from John for our giveaways. He sells…