Saturday, August 21, 2004

A Day in the Life

Friday, August 20

Highlights of the Day: Went with Janet to benefit dinner for Bahama Village Music Program at Coco Palms on Front Street . We were comp'd two $50 tickets to the dinner as a "thank you" from the Board of Directors, for "my patience" while the selection committee made a decision about the Business Manager position. I applied for the position, a 20-hour/week, $10-12 per hour job that partly met my speifications for part-time work several weeks ago, sat for two search committee interviews, and was ultimately "not selected". The job went to a wonan who was already Programs Manager in the BVMP, and one of several applicants who the selection committee gave serious consideration to. As between her and myself, I think that she was the better choice for the position. She's already knowledgeable about the workings of the organization, and she appears to have the better personality for the job

However, I am now a candidate to join the BVMP Board of Directors. I had a call from the Board President, a part-time resident of Key West, who is currently at her other home in New York state. The board of directors of this organization consists of from nine to fifteen members. It has the usual complement of officers, President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer. There's a set of by-laws, amended as recently as April 2004. The Board meets regularly throughout the year.

We got to meet some new people at the dinner last night. Our "celebrity server" was Monica Haskell, President and Executive Director of the Florida Keys Arts Council. We were seated with Shirley Freeman, former Mayor of Monroe County and widow of Sheriff Billy Freeman, the man who cleaned up the corruption surrounding drug smuggling in the Keys in the 70's and 80's. Janet's 'bosses', the owners of the Key West Butterfly and nature Conservatory were among the celebrity servers also, as were several other KW 'notables'. The turnout was good, in spite of last night also being the kick-off of the Fantasy Fest King & Queen pageant.

All in all, I'm happy with the way that this situation is developing. It can become a significant part of the contributions I make in the future to this community, and to my own satisfaction. There's a certain synchronicity to it all. It is quite like what happened to me in Dover with the Dover Adult Learning Center -- apply for a job, get invited to the board of directors instead, and make a substantial and self-satisfying contribution. The mission of the BVMP intersects with my interests in the teaching of music and the betterment of the community I live in. I'll have more to say on this, probably a lot more.

Other significant moments:

COMCAST showed up this morning to install our high-speed internet. We're now on-line all-the-time. Now when I go to the Coffee Plantation or to Schooner Wharf, it will be mainly for the social interaction, and only secondarily because there's wireless internet available there.

I spent a couple of hours at the Chicken Lady's house sorting out a few more computer problems that she was having. I wound up taking her iBook home for a couple of hours to upgrade its operating system to the latest versions, including upgrades to the iMovie and iTunes applications that she'll be using to make her magnum opus, a movie about a rooster who goes to Washington to learn more about how government works.

We took the rest of our money out of the credit union in NH, so everything liquid is now here in Key West at the Keys Federal Credit Union. Where we can keep an eye on it. On the internet and in person.

I met Ken Sullivan, the COMCAST service tech who came out to install the HS internet connection. He's also the manager of the Elks Club around the corner on Whitehead St. Its a largely-black lodge, and seems to play a significant role in the life of the Village. I intend to find out more about it.

All in all, it was a productive day.

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