CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Auction Day 2009

Thank God (truly) that I feel much, much better today! (And many thanks to Marilyn mistressmarilyn for insisting I stay home ALL DAY yesterday, so I could rest and feel better. She's the best.)

I seriously couldn't have worked yesterday, even if I'd wanted to. My fever wasn't that high (only just above 101°), but I was so miserable I would just sit or lean without speaking. I ached all over and was stuffed up and had a bad headache and a sore throat. I ate oatmeal in the morning and didn't touch food again until after Marilyn got home (around 9:00-ish, I think). One of the good sides of being sick is having no appetite (smile), but no food in means no energy, so...

My blood count was back in a normal range this morning, happily (it was sky high yesterday and I never even took it the day before).

Anyway, Marilyn and I were at the festival office before 10:00 a.m. and on site at the venue (Montgomery Park) before 10:30 to meet with the company we're using this year to provide our Auction computers, Northwest Auction Support, Inc. (with plenty of time to stop and get Starbucks between the two stops). Jon (the company owner and principal consultant) is AWESOME. He had Tony with him, who is training -- which means he was explaining things in detail to Tony about how it all works. That was cool by me, meaning I got to hear every detail of how they work! (Tonight we'll have both Tony and another tech on site, so that's very cool...)

I can't say how WONDERFUL it was to just sit there and watch them do the entire setup without having to really do a thing. Marilyn and I brought over the big (huge and heavy) surge protectors, and I got the auction software CD and transferred the data from the Server on to a jump drive, but that's ALL I really had to do.

I'd checked with Marilyn yesterday to be sure we had the check to pay Jon today (she was literally running Madhu down in the parking lot to pull her back to run that check) -- I'm glad I remembered that. (And considering how out of it I was, that's saying something.) It just takes TIME to set up the credit card machines that AuctionPay provides (that work with their software), plus to install the software and set the data one the machines (plus network) are set up. We've never had three printers on site before, so that's a plus! They use laptops, so that works great (less pain that our big old towers). I couldn't be more thrilled than I am, truly.

Last year was a nightmare. Kent couldn't be there and David was useless. I had to run for things and ended up doing much of the actual work -- so I was annoyed that we had to pay them just because he was there. I mean, if I'm setting up and breaking down and doing the networking and install and data transfer, then WHY am I paying YOU??? That's crazy.

I only looked at the Silent Auction part while I was there. But I found a couple of things I'd like to bid on. (smile) There are two more of the Tribal Cat dishes (that I recently showed HERE), so I'd love to have them, which would give us a set of six (nice for when people are over). According to Arthur, the artist can't do the work anymore, which is a shame. There are several pieces of her stuff and to be honest I'd love to have ALL of it!

Well, I need to go and sew the tiara on Marilyn's cowboy hat (grin) and then I'll take a short nap. I still need to iron my clothes for tonight, but that should be fine.

We're ending up using my personal laptop for the PowerPoints tonight. Marilyn said the Appeal PP wouldn't play worth a damn on the 'Presentation' laptop. It was donated to us and is pretty much crap -- though it can certainly end up being used as our Audit laptop (to go on site for parade band results and WFV auditing...). Marilyn and I want to buy yet another of the laptops from Buy.Com to use for future PowerPoint Presentations. At that price, why not?

I'm excited for people to see the PowerPoint tonight! And I'm also excited that we're going to play it at our Fall Board Meeting. I figure we should be using these for more than just the Auction, considering the amount of work that goes into them.

Well, that's probably it for today. We'll soon be at the Auction and probably won't get home until past midnight. (Marilyn discussed it in her entry HERE.)

And, as Marilyn said, I hope we make a lot of $$$ tonight -- because we need it! Please keep your fingers crossed for us, will you? Non-profits count on things like our Auction to make budget and keep on keeping on...

I'm so happy I feel better. What a difference a day makes! Let's hope this remains true. It's a tough and busy night, but I'm hoping it will go smoothly and I won't get worse after this. Thankfully I can spend tomorrow in bed, if need be.

Tags: 2009, auction, festival, it-manager, it-related, madhu, marilyn, october-2009, powerpoint, sick, work

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