Tuesday I get a frantic call from the contractor building the new store at Morgan Crossing. “I’ve done all I can do”, Stephen says, excitedly. “They’re not with the program”.
With lifts in his shoes, he could pass for a young Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. “Who’s not with the program”, I ask, knowing full well I’m going to have to stick handle something minor that’s a hair trigger away from being something major.
“We don’t have a building permit. I’ve done all I can do. I’m framed and all roughed in, but I need to call for inspection. I need that permit”. He speaks with a soft slur, as if his mouth can’t quite keep up to the volume of information his brain is asking him to dispense.
Apparently the good folks at Surrey City Hall are on a program that broadcasts on a channel we’re not subscribed to. I call the Chief Building Inspector. I learn that our drawings were misplaced for two weeks. Someone else was on holiday. I’m left with a promise that a plan checker has it on her desk and a review is forthcoming.
I relay this information to Stephen. “That’s unbelievable”, he says. “This isn’t just fun and games for us. I look after my clients. They’re not with the program!”
I agree with him. Building a store is like going to Playland, eagerly anticipating the front seat on the roller coaster and finding the ride closed for repairs, and no rain checks being issued.
I look at my calendar. It’s completely arbitrary, but I try to imagine a revised opening date. What was originally contemplated as April 15th is now looking more like early to mid-June. I’ve got to delay the arrival of some equipment, reschedule the training program.
My phone rings. It’s Stephen. He’s agitated. I tell him not to panic, that Qantas has never crashed.
He doesn’t get the joke. That’s OK, I say, it’s someone else’s program.
Mink Chocolates Inc.,
Mink A Chocolate Cafe Ltd.
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Nine out of every ten persons say they love chocolate. The tenth lies.
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin