Monday, September 26, 2011

ace is moving

WELCOME to the "Ace is Moving!" new blog!
I'm well into my project so I'm going to have to re-cap details as I go. This is my first blogging experience and I have some reservations about the whole deal. So why do it? I'm on this incredible journey, taking on a project WAY beyond my expertise or experience and I want to share it. I also want all the incredible students at ACE to be involved and as excited about our new home as I am!! It is YOU who inspired me to reach outside of the box.... and here I am.... way, way, way outside of the box.....

I signed the lease on Sept 13th. When I did I asked the real estate agent if he had any leases take this long..
 "Not many" he said.... "first time we spoke you were on your way to Tahoe for the July 4th holiday". Guess it did take a long time to get it signed. This is Peter Cliff, the agent, he and his brother Dan were wonderful to work with. Kathy McNamara's husband Dick spent hours and hours going over the lease with me.... 43 pages of single spaces legal sized paper, not for babies!!! and I know every BIT of it thanks to Dick!! He was a big part of getting this deal DONE!!

This is what it looked like when I got the key, these are pallet racks. My mom said not to take the place with all of them still in there but I had an idea for them!
  I don't consider the lease signing day one, that would be Sat SEPT 10th when I was having coffee with my friends from Tahoe, Nanci and Rick and we decided lease or not, lets take down some friggin' walls! Thats what can happen when you give some one the key before they sign the lease.
This is my friend Rick who worked super hard all day, we took down several walls and I was totally encouraged by what could be accomplished in a day!

 I took it all a step farther when I started selling pallet racks on craigs list. I had 1300 bucks in pocket, sore arms from slinging a sledge hammer but still no lease. I wondered if I could go to jail, decided not and kept on going. This is Jonathan, skinny kid from Santa Rosa,  he worked like a dog all day taking them all down.
Originally I had gotten an estimate to PAY to have them taken away! 

This is my office (mom will be in there too) it was last originally occupied by the late Bill Graham. This is David scraping stage hand passes for the Stones and Madonna and Snoop Dog off the wall
(NO! we did not keep any of them!)

this is the end for week one, I will catch you up to last week soon then try for daily stuff as some of the key players have not been introduced yet!!


  1. Way to go, Sandy! Blogs are totally cool--you'll be happy you started it, and we look forward to getting all the updates! Congratulations!!!

  2. New home for ACE!! So exciting.

  3. Congratulations!!!!!!

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  5. Hi Sandy, I just saw the Facebook post with the address and tried to Google Map and Mapquest it, however both of those map sites do not have the "Place" street listed. I'll try to send a request to have it fixed, but as a business owner you might have more clout in having the map sites correct their mapping. For example, Google Maps doesn't show it off of the main "Street" at all..only showing the address appearing on the street even if you type in Place, while Mapquest shows the little squared off portion, but lists it as also "street". You might also check with Post Office for precise address...