Sunday, July 11, 2010
Last night, I drove over to Jake’s Cafe to get things ready for a new tenant.
Jeff Leismer, our resident inventor was in his office working late. We chatted a bit and then went on to completing the tasks we’d started earlier. I had to hang a few pictures, install a phone, repair a ceiling fan, move in some new furniture, print a member biography for the Jake’s Wall of Fame and catch up on a few odds and ends. It really didn’t seem like work to me. Quite the opposite. It felt like progress. And it also felt good to know that Jeff was in the next room making a little of his own progress too.
I’ve worked in these buildings nearly thirty years, but I really didn’t work “on” them. Now, I’m finally getting to know them. Every inch. I’m getting to know the fifty different offices, all the fuse boxes, the security systems, the thermostats, the network, the copy machines, the phone systems...all the stuff I’d taken for granted, because someone had taken care of them for me. More importantly, I’m getting to know the members...the people I never want to take for granted.
I like the members that are coming into Jake’s. Green Ideas. Dynamic Develop, Leclerc Motion Pictures, Huber Design, Steve Mech, and soon the Gallimores and others. It’s beginning to feel like a family. Granted, we all have our own businesses to run, but somehow we always find time to talk about a new piece of business we’re working on, or a new project that’s just around the corner. We always find time to share a few ideas...and from time to time share a beer when we’re working late. It’s just like I hoped it would be. The kind of place and the kind of people that make it worth your while to just randomly pop in on a Sunday night to see who else might be working late.