Wednesday, July 16, 2008

On the llth I posted about what I wanted to do on Saterday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. It turns out, on Saturday, by the time I got to the fax machine the property I was looking into had already been sold twice. I did get to talk to Jenny about business plans, and I had already talked to Colin so I feel like I have a good idea of what I need to do. I'll do some research and then see if the universities have a non-profit specialist that could help me out. Monday, I did work on my bike, but it was far from fixed. I built up a wheel with the help of my friend Steve on Tuesday, and my bike should be ridable tomorrow when Kraynick's (the local bike shop) is open. That will be really good--not having a bike has held back my progress on this project more than you would think.
[Kraynick's Bike Shop]
So, I didn't end up taking over the world on Tuesday, but I did manage to design business cards, finish Philip K. Dick's Scanner Darkly, email back and fourth about a different property, talk to Susan about meeting to discuss using the civic center's non-profit umbrella, and a bunch of other little things I can't remember, which was pretty good for my day off.
Perhaps the most important thing I did was lay under the Bloomfield Bridge next to the rusted mountain bike me and Sara have been sharing. While laying there I thought of a new angle for the business side of the project. Working as a roaster predominantly might be the ticket. If we could get a number of already successful businesses to supply our coffee (which will support Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh writers) in addition to their other brands, we will have an income that is easy to research and put into a business plan, and may be more reliable.
I'm writing up a list of questions that I will use to go around to Pittsburgh coffee vendors, to see if it's a viable option.

Alright, I need to go to volunteer at the Big Idea book shop now. I know this entry is a little dense, but this is what I'm working with right now. I'll talk to you later.

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