Hooray for HOLLYWOOD

Yes, that’s right. When I was a young girl living in Portland, Oregon, I dreamed of working in Hollywood. I never considered what talent I might possess, I just wanted to work in Hollywood.

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I pictured myself as a mousketeer or maybe on The Lassie Show, The Roy Rodgers Show or even Rin-tin-tin. The nostalgia of remembering these shows is amazing, if you are old enough to remember them. (SD)

Think of all the stars that got their start on the Mickey Mouse Club. Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few. Well, obviously my name is not among this group.

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My destiny was headed in a different direction.

There is a movie and now a common quote: “Be careful what you wish for”. Well, you see, my childhood wish was rather non-specific and I never knew there was a Hollywood, Florida!

Yes,, I ended up working in Hollywood, Florida, not Hollywood, California. In 2006 I began a 10 year working relationship with Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.

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Looking back, it is interesting to me that I was sure I did not want to work for a woodworking company. But I came on site to help them with a software implementation and literally fell in love with the people, the work ethic and the beautiful creations they produced.

This relationship was a career high for me.

The job of Controller for Hollywood Woodwork had it’s challenges. The biggest hurdle was that I wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest and this job is in Florida. I was grateful to be living in a time of improved technology and working with a team that understood the potential value of a remote employee.

So, I lived in Vancouver, Washington and worked in HOLLYWOOD. I commuted between the west and east coasts and over my tenure, we grew a great team of accounting and IT professionals. At the same time I made life long friends.

In April of 2017 I made a difficult decision to retire. This decision was supported by management and made possible by the incredible team that we had built. And what a team. From Top to bottom, this group is dedicated and committed to SUCCESS.

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Our inspiring CEO, Yves

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The fabulous Business Operations Team: Sebastien, Leo, Doreen, Eileen, Ruben, Gina, Connie and Janice

Since April, I have let distance come between most of these relationships. It is a piece of my life I miss but I am working on building my “retired” life in Vancouver. It is important for me to maintain this connection and  with the encouragement of my “boss” (SD), I will be visiting Florida at least once a year. This means so much to me and I look forward to keeping my ties to HOLLYWOOD alive.

And just one last very important mention of my Florida Wine Therapy Group, meeting regularly to solve the problems of the world with a glass of wine or two! We used to call this “ladies night” out but “Wine Therapy Group” sounded so much more appropriate.

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Lois, Doreen, Connie, Sofiya, Melissa, and Sharon. Missing from the picture is Eileen. These are truly ladies you can count on!


Hooray for HOLLYWOOD Woodwork and everyone involved in transforming inspired designs into extraordinary projects. There are many more stars on the Hollywood Team than I have mentioned. It is an honor to have been part of the entire group.

Sleep at 38,000 Feet

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It’s a long night, traveling to foreign destinations as we are doing tonight, flying to Munich, Germany, As I walk through the cabin, I marvel at the different ways my fellow coach passengers attempt to find sleep in a sitting position.

There are the standard travelers who utilize the little white airline pillows that pop out from under your head every time you shift. We can send a man to space but not improve this pillow.

Well, there are the pillows you can purchase at the little airport stores. They come in all colors and shapes. I call these the “nod and bob” pillows. They are soft and cozy around your neck, but when you fall asleep, your head will bob with a potential risk of whip lash. I don’t find that restful at all.

Tonight I saw several seats with people covered completely, head to toe with the little airline blanket. There is a zombie type of appearance that makes me chuckle as I walk by.

A few folks tonight are using black masks to create darkness to promote their sleep. I have not tried this method but when you wake up in the middle of the night with a masked man sitting next to you, it can give you quite a start!

During my business travel days I often flew the red eye to the east coast. On occasion I would get an upgrade, I recall one night sitting in first class when a very handsome, well dressed man sat down next to me. Although we never spoke, I still remember that intimate feeling of waking up and seeing him with his mouth hanging open and a little drool in the corner of his lip. It was a one night stand, we never slept together again.

As I sit here now at 38,000 feet, I am pretty sure my collective traveling companions in coach will agree, we were not designed  to sleep sitting up, even in mild turbulence.

Our final challenge will be to arrive at the equivalent time zone of morning but really it will be in the middle of the night for us. Our bodies know this and our brains can sense the confusion. To make a good transition to our new reality, we try to stay up and active until bedtime so our second morning, we wake, somewhat acclimated to the zone and thankful for a good night’s sleep in a soft bed.

Happy Travels