Jul. 6th, 2006

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So, lets see....... I live in a house that we're remodeling. While that's stressful, I'm happy with the changes that are happening and it will increase the property value, so all in all, it's a good thing.

Work/business is going to get real interesting, real fast, unfortunately, in the Chinese sense as the old saying goes.

Last summer, my medical assistant of 15 years moved to Phoenix, leaving a major hole here. She's still missed bigtime. The only silver-lining to that cloud was that her sister was available to step right in and take her position 4 days per week. I'd worked with her sister years ago at a clinic in Healdsburg and loved it. She's been a good fit. Today, I find out she's leaving at the end of August, to open her own business as a cosmetician. This doesn't come as a total surprise. She hasn't worked on Mondays for all this time, as she's been in beauty school, down in Oakland. I just didn't expect it so soon. I know she's excited about it and so I'm really not at all angry. I know it's what she wants to do. The timing however sucks, to put it mildly.

Then there's the issue of my receptionist. After three years of being here, René has moved on. Last Friday was his last day. He's partnered now and has moved in with his significant other, down in the Bay, and I believe he starts his new job in the city, next week. His commute would be a long one, were he to continue working here. I'm actually very happy for him. I was his age when I partnered, something I've never regretted (especially given that we mark 25 years later this month). It just feels to me like it was time for him to do this. However, we're still stuck trying to replace him. We found someone who's absolutely dynamite, but she's only willing to work temporarily, as she's 'with child'. Talk about timing! We've "auditioned" several other candidates, none of whom have been appropriate. My other front desk person doesn't want the main position; too stressful in her book, so the search continues.

Then, there's the little matter of my office manager, who's leaving for Romania in a week and a half, for four weeks. Her mother-in-law was supposed to come visit and meet her new (and I believe only) grandchild, but was denied a visa by our State Department (or whomever it is that grants tourist visas). So the person that I need to do interviews for a new staff person at the front desk, will be on the other side of the world. (I can feel my blood pressure rising as I write this, and unfortunately it's only getting worse.)

And now for the icing on the cake. This complex was purchased by a consortium, roughly 4 years ago, with the intention of turning these units into individual medical condos. I bought in at that time, and own slightly less than 3% of the entire complex. Interest rates were lower then, and the head of the consortium estimated that my current unit would run approximately $600,000 when it was turned into a condo. Now, four years later, and Lord only know how many hoops the city has made the group jump though, we're looking at $750,000 and a much higher mortgage rate. There's no way I'm going to be able to afford the monthly mortgage on that. On the bright side, my $50,000 investment will probably fetch me double that. So the options are now, a) go into a smaller unit within this complex that I purchase, b) purchase this unit and try renting part of it out, c) purchase another unit in this complex, that has been subdivided already, keeping the larger side for my practice, while renting out the other side (and a situation like that does exist), d) move somewhere else totally different, either renting that space or purchasing it, or e) consider committing hari kari.

I am surprisingly, not feeling panicky right this moment. I'm sure that this will be subject to change, we'll just have to see where things evolve. LJ doesn't know it yet, but I'm going to ask him to come in here to the office Monday morning, to meet with the head of the consortium with me.

Having folks out there hold me in their thoughts right now and in the months to come will be most appreciated.


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