Oct 29 - Nov 4

Many years ago we use to have this couple that continually came into the Sunrise Country Waffles on their bicycles while they were plastered, and they were always so nice. One day as I was driving home I happened to see them in front of their house both sitting in lounge chairs drinking wine and smiling from ear to ear. They didn’t have a care in the world and I was so jealous. So right there I made myself a promise that one day I would lose all my inhibitions and become that drunk you always read about. That is why I planted a vineyard with the hope that one day I could achieve my dream. Unfortunately, I am one of those people that have to take care of all the problems in the world before I can have a drink, and of course, I never drink and drive. I have tried to go to therapy and I have even snuck into AA meetings hoping to learn the ins and outs of becoming a drunk, but alas I have failed, and with the fire and all my problems, I could really use a drink. Maybe, one day, I will be the guy in the rest home that everybody snickers about.

OK, what I wrote above is a little offensive and I apologize, however, if you had to deal with what I am dealing with you would understand. Two weeks ago when I said we didn’t have much left to do to open FlapJacks we had a gas pressure test. This is where they place a meter on the gas line and measure the pressure for 24 hours to make sure there are no leaks. We had some leaks and it took a couple of weeks to find them all and fix them. The inspector comes in and says he won’t do it. He wanted everything else done first. The contractors had never heard of this and when I called the County they didn’t understand. Later on, we will have an airflow pressure test, this is completely different, which would require everything being finished, and then, of course, we have our Final, which requires everything to be completed. So now we are stuck having to wait for all of our other inspections before we can put the kitchen together. The kitchen is the most difficult and important area and now we will have to do it last. I have employees who’s unemployment ran out back in August and they are struggling, and do you think anybody cares. No, and dealing with the County and the Insurance companies and the Insurance Commissioner have all been a nightmare and so now maybe you can understand my above story.