Giving thanks -
Nearly a month since last update, I thought it might be a good time to chime in again as the holiday season comes roaring toward us. First, I want to address the giant art-table-not-yet-in-the-room: We are working to get your tables to you as diligently as we can! Current tally of tables shipped: 350 end-tables and 25 coffee tables. We receive messages daily, and public comments on occasion, saying "it's past Oct. 2017, when is my table coming?" Some are more pointed than others - but we understand. The more tables we get out, the more those of you who haven't received yours yet get both excited and disappointed. We get it. Here are the concrete actions we're taking to improve "output":
- We've hired two more full-time employees (that brings us to 11 total, including Micah, Bev, and me).
- We've modified the shipping box for the 3' metal tables (we had to slow down shipping these because the rate of box "trauma" was too high during the first shipments).
- We are under full production of wood table furniture and their servo-driven Sisbots. We receive the shipping crates this week and are finalizing "white glove" delivery service arrangements.
Today is the second Thanksgiving since our launch. And just as stated in our Thanksgiving update last year, we have much to be thankful for now. I closed last month's update by sharing a backer's heart-rending report of evacuating his home during the disastrous fires that ravaged parts of Northern California. Bev and I are out here now near that area, to be with family for the holiday. We made a visit to Coffey Park, one of the areas hardest hit by the fires. We'd seen pictures and video from numerous news reports - but they did not prepare us for seeing it in person. Block after block with essentially nothing remaining of homes but their chimneys; melted remains of car windshields; solidified aluminum puddles from wheel hubs.
At least two people did not get out of Coffey Park that night. But the same thought was in all our minds after seeing it: fire swept through the area so fast, it's a miracle more people didn't perish. Numerous shelters opened in nearby areas immediately. A massive clean up effort is well underway, and rebuilding will start soon.
Witnessing such a scene jolts me into remembering how lucky we are, and how precious and uncertain life can be. I have reason to give thanks for many things, but right now I am thinking of the the first-responders, the organizers of shelters, and providers of clothing, food, and supplies. #SonomaStrong #SonomaFires
I would also like mention how thankful Bev, Micah, and I are to have such a wonderful bunch of people working with us on this project - they feel like family.