So you want to go pro #17: Ahh ... Steps in the Fool

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Blog entry by odie posted 06-11-2008 03:30 PM 2243 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi …. O, an “artist’s” story unfolds ….......

Hell done broke loose at North Tahoe Arts. Remember, I told you about that place earlier. It is a non-profit artists association, I’m afraid, run by artists. If you put 20 of them in one room together, they will do nothing but disagree until they are all unconscious from bitch slapping each other. I’m a Tim Taylor Tool Man kind of guy. These people are unreal. Remember my phrase “common sense isn’t so common”? Well it really applies in this case.

Also, remember when I said they all look to the one that has his head on straight. It’s true and that one was me. What a guy, what a guy, what a guy …. There was an election to elect a chairman in which I ran (why I don’t know) for the position. Sue, my wife, was really pissed. The place really needed direction and leadership. They asked for people that wanted to run for (voted upon) chairman. I was in a weird mood and put my name in. I was the only one for two weeks. So, that meant ….. no you’re wrong and so was I.
For some reason when “odie” is the only one willing to do the job, panic is the name of the game. Common sense … “we can’t deal with that”.

When the true artist ran, she won. There is much, much more to that little story, but I try to be a gentleman. That was just fine with me after I gained my senses. So, we all lived happily ever after, right? This artist and her partner in crime ran everything with an Iron fist. No decisions were made as a group. She made them all for us. Many enemies were made, including the main board of directors. After turning that place into her dream and pounding on too many desks, she was asked (told) to leave.

Now, in steps the fool. There was a quarterly gift shop meeting coming up, the work schedule was a mess, and we were down to 20 artists instead of the 26 we should have. Our reputation in the community was, to say the least, not too good. I told everyone I would chair the next meeting, emailed an agenda, and took over our schedule on Google calendar. I told everyone they will need a new chairman after the minutes were mailed out about a week after the meeting. That added up to about three weeks of hell. It was something that needed to be done, and everyone really appreciated me stepping forward and taking the reins.

The conclusion to this little “artists dilemma” next time …......

Web site with held due to popular demand

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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View Russel's profile


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#1 posted 06-11-2008 04:02 PM

That’s sounds like it was a good time, NOT! You gotta love those folks who don’t want to do the job, but don’t want you to do it either. And yet, they still want the job done. Makes my head spin just thinking about it. Geld the horse and put him out for stud … sounds almost corporate. I’ll be waiting for next time to see how this story continues.

-- Working at Woodworking

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 06-11-2008 04:16 PM

I nominate Odie for pres of the Lumberjocks rules committee.

View odie's profile


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#3 posted 06-11-2008 04:53 PM

Russel you’re right … dennis you’re a trouble maker.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

View Allison's profile


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#4 posted 06-11-2008 06:43 PM

Now I know what you have REALLY been up too!!!
No Habla engles!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#5 posted 06-12-2008 04:10 AM

Couldn’t have happened to a “NICER” guy – not!

Love you Odie.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-12-2008 04:30 AM

LOL… Ya gotta love it!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 06-12-2008 11:38 AM

Before you get elected President and all your time is taken up in the poiticial arena. How about fixing your link to your web site, so it will let you return back to Lumberjocks. You keep talking about doing it, and I keep trusting that you have fixed it, and I keep clicking on it, to see what new maybe on your web site!!
Is NTA only a venue for artist to sell your works, or do you also have studio space. It sounds like all the other organizations there are where 90% of the work is always put on the shoulders of the same 10% of the members. Good Luck on your future position that is going to be thrust upon your shoulder’s

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#8 posted 06-12-2008 01:29 PM

You will notice that the term “we should” at a co-op meeting really means “you should” when it comes time to do the work.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#9 posted 06-12-2008 03:21 PM

EdC, I thought I had that fixed it this time. Did you click the blue area above?

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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