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December 27, 2010

So at the crazy, swinging by the chandelier, office party we had last week, I made a comment that our blog was losing a little of the charm because we aren’t making many mistakes anymore.  After making that comment I knew I should have knocked on wood.  But I didn’t.  So I’m happy to announce, all the charm of the blog is back!!!

You see a few things that had previously “fallen into place” had decided to come crashing down to the floor.

Case in point, our factory.  We are deciding on which factory to proceed with for production.  Yes, believe it or not, we actually have 3 different options.  You would think this is a good thing.  Well we finally decided on the factory we want to go with, and they aren’t returning our calls.  Not to be deterred, we keep calling them.  Because we KNOW they want to do business with us.  Well we’ve called them so much they disconnected their line.  I’m not sure what that means exactly, but can’t be a good omen.

Then there is our fabric.  Now we spent months upon months researching, testing, agonizing over the fabric.  Everyone loves the fabric — us, clients, consumers in testing — everyone but the factories.  Seems that there are all kinds of technical issues with working with this fabric.  All that can be solved for the small price of  a second mortgage.  Funny that NO ONE mentioned this months ago at our prelim visits at the factories, seems like this “issue” only popped up now that we are under the gun.  I’m not going to worry about it so much, seeing as the factory isn’t calling us back anyway!!!

Getting a little nervous, we contact our second choice factory and go through our list of materials again.  When we mention “stretchy thread” the owner exclaims, “You don’t need that.  Don’t waste your money.”  Now we have been told by others in the industry that we absolutely need it.  But this factory does manufacture a lot of national branded tennis apparel, so I’m not sure who to believe.  We tell her that stretchy thread is important so when the garment stretches it won’t rip.  She takes our sample (which costs $100s to make) and rips it in half.  “There,” she says, “stretchy thread doesn’t work.”  I’m working on a restraining order to keep her away from future samples.

The straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back, was that  we wanted to change our name on FB to include “tennis and golf” so that more people could find us.  Apparently we have “too many fans” and so therefore cannot make the changes.  Can something be easy today, people?!?!?

The optimist in me tells me all will be well by 12noon today.  It always is.  That’s when Buzzkill reads my expense report and starts shooting off angry emails — that always brings a smile to my face.

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