Friday, February 22, 2008

Have to work four days in a row all by myself.

Man, have I gotten spoiled if that seems daunting.

My suppliers 'lost' a box of product yesterday. This is really rare -- send to the wrong place? All the time --- actually lose, not so much.

Dave Goodman of E-musings was in before the big bloggers social -- sounds like an oxymoron. (err...the blogger social is the oxymoron, not Dave.) Blogger social. I thought that was why we blogged, so we didn't have to be social. Unfortunately, I had a prior commitment to the big Hermit's Conclave. (It's a wild hulabaloo, I tell you.)

Anyway, he was spinning off ideas to help promote Pegasus, and mentioned he didn't want to 'lose' another bookstore.

I realized, I needed to reassure him that we're doing just fine. When I STOP talking about business, that's the time to start worrying.

I was trying to explain why we were O.K. and I think the answer is -- this slowdown was predictable, thus manageable. When I've had trouble in the past was when I had a sudden, unpredictable drop; because I order so much material in advance, it can take up the six months to get orders in line with sales, and if it continues to be unpredictable, then even longer.

So, frankly, all I have to do is adjust the spending to the sales, and I'm fine.

Fortunately, I started adjusting early last year, so guessed really close to the dropoff in August.

This month looks like it's going to be a much smaller decrease, less than 10% for sure. Add in the leap day, which I just noticed yesterday, and we may even come close.



Item: Apparently, cat owners have a lower rate of heart attacks and stroke.
Don't tell my cat. I'll never hear the end of it.

Item: “Observers say Castro will either be replaced by his brother Raul, or by his idiot son, Fidel W. Castro.” David Letterman.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

When I read that last part as Fidel 'double-u' Castro, it doesn't make much sense to me.

It makes more sense when I read it as Fidel 'dubya' Castro.

Heck of a job, Duncan.