Some things we need are missing. My desk is a mess, and I should be setting a better example. The infrastructure requires a few minor repairs, like the front door that won’t close properly and a few dangly things that need to be secured. There are things cluttering the hallway that should be stored or hung on a wall or possibly thrown away. My commuter’s muscle memory needs to be reprogrammed to take me a few extra blocks. Empty moving boxes are rather tackily piled up at front the entrance.
But the computers, phones, Internet and email all work, and the printers mostly work, so there’s that. I can make coffee in the kitchen, and we’ll figure out where to plug the microwave in any day now. We are largely unpacked (which makes me worry about the missing things we need). People are already visiting us to do business or just look around.
All things considered, Day 1 (Monday, Feb. 1) in our new office space is going remarkably well.
We have been planning and preparing for our move from the corner of Glover Street and Second Avenue to a building on the TwispWorks campus for some time. It’s all about the logistics. Last Wednesday, the heavy lifting literally began in earnest: It was moving day. Then we had a couple of days to begin unpacking, and get our systems up and running, so we could come in on Day 1 and return to the business of producing a weekly newspaper, as if there had been no hiccups at all.
Many hands make light work, or something like that. In any event, we had many hands and heads helping us in the transition. The News staff was terrific — they pitched in on packing, moving, and whatever else needed to be done. Special commendations go to office manager Rebecca Walker, who I think would remain cheerful even if all the walls fell down and the toilets blew up, and to designer/social media goddess/tech mastermind Darla Hussey. When Darla wasn’t cleaning all the dust bunnies out of our computers, she was reversing the doors on the refrigerator so they open the right direction or using power tools to assemble or disassemble things, as appropriate. I’m sure she’s a bit weary of hearing, “Darla, can you …” On the other hand, she probably can.
Our newspaper delivery guy, Jay Humling, brought his pickup truck and ready-to-assist attitude. The U-Haul rental at Cascade Pipe and Feed couldn’t have gone more smoothly (and I got to drive the big truck, although not very far and not very aggressively, and not all that well in reverse). Fernando Velasco and crew were relentless and efficient in getting the furniture and other hefty items moved from the old office to the truck to the new office.
All the folks from CenturyLink, MethowNet and the Floyd Company were patient and persistent in getting all our communication necessities functioning so we can connect with the world, and vice versa.
We’re also grateful for the many folks who bought things from us, or carted away stuff we were giving away, and for WasteWise making sure our dumpster was regularly emptied so we could fill it again. Our former landlord, Jenn Tate, has been gracious and accommodating.
Everyone on the TwispWorks staff has been incredibly helpful and attentive. We thank the foundation board for making us welcome. We haven’t had time to wander around to meet our campus neighbors yet, but we know most of them already.
So, although there is still much to do, we’re settling in and getting comfortable and we like how it feels.
For all that, I had a few sentimental, nostalgic moments in the old space — and it’s a lot of space — as I was cleaning and sweeping and dust-mopping and getting rid of leftover stuff this past weekend. Sunday was approximately Day 1,640 for me at 101 N. Glover St., and the newspaper inhabited the building a lot longer than that. I can’t say if there are ghosts about, but the spirit of camaraderie and good work will linger in the bricks and floorboards for a while, I’m sure.
When we’re presentable, we’ll have an open house. I promise to get my desk in order by then.