My everyday heroes

The day the sky fell, or at least part of the tall trees that line our driveway

The day the sky fell, or at least part of the tall trees that line our driveway

Yesterday the Willamette Humane Society hosted it’s annual Bowser’s Boo Bash. This is our third year attending and it is a wonderful event. We always have a great time and I am pretty sure everyone else does too.

We were hosting the photo booth last night. Ever so carefully we dotted all of our i’s and crossed all of our t’s. There were so many levels of technology, tethering the camera to the computer, lights, printer… my plan was to load the car and head to the convention center at 3 pm. At about 2:55 pm a huge gust of wind blew through and this popped in for a visit blocking both of our cars in.

Fortunately, Karen had the foresight to pull both cars as close to the garage as she possibly could. Not only did the tree narrowly miss the rental car, it also narrowly missed the power line that goes from the street to our house.

Like a well-oiled team, Karen and I worked out the details to get everything taken care of. Holly picked me up and Karen stayed behind to wait for the tree people.

 

Holly

Holly

Holly is my youngest daughter and is my chief of sales. When I called, she dropped everything and headed for Salem. I’m pretty sure I probably drive her to drink on a daily basis.

Joe

Joe

This guy pinch hits for me every once in a while as my assistant. Last night he was chief printer operator and he was fabulous. What is it they say about ducks? “Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” That was Joe. Changing ink, loading paper and even when we were a million prints behind, he stayed the course never panicking for a minute. The beer glass was always full for the second generation printer.

Ryan and Megan

Ryan and Megan

And these two. They were masters at crowd control. Holy smokes. The few times we had a line it was their job to keep everyone happy and then, oh so ingeniously Ryan decided to become a table runner when the printing got behind. He sent our photo guests on their merry way to enjoy the Boo Bash and he delivered their photos to them. It was simply brilliant.

Karen was able to drive her car out of the driveway by about 6:30 pm and arrived just in time for dinner.

I want to thank all of my every day heroes from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t do it without you and I certainly don’t want to. All of you put a smile in my heart.