Taurus 28° (May 17)


Okay so today needs to be a real Sunday. I clearly overdid it yesterday and I now must spend the day licking some of these wounds. There is so much to process and so much to accomplish and my ability to fudge my schedule has begun to wear very thin. This will be the last day I can do this and tomorrow must function as a complete catch all. My skin, she crawls. I’m being more nostalgic than is comfortable. I feel that I have to now really embrace the age I’m at and stop acting like some kind of child starving for attention. It is a chance to start over. All is opportunity. My get up and go got up and went. It’s okay I will catch up to myself. It won’t be that hard really I will work eight hours a day just like any normal human. I have the best diet on the planet. I have the beach at my disposal. I just need to stay well and not freak out. I will for sure fix the website and get information out to our sponsors and also to the artist community. I will put pleas out on social media. Meanwhile I am going to cut and paste things I’ve written to people lover the course of the last several days because I do have limited time-energy and need to make this as focused as I possibility can. I have word from the VSB and to them I say:

Why is this meeting not happening in advance of July 1 as was previously mandated?We have been working steadily on the upcoming season only to find out that we will have to postpone the event (but our usual hires have already done the bulk of their usual work).At this point we are pivoting and commissioning works by artists and otherwise helping Provincetown artists make ends meet. We typically pay for our marketing, web, graphic, pr and the like in just a months time after submitting our invoices on July 1 of each year. How can there be less budget and not surplus budget? That is my main question. The grant money you allot for FY21, which begins July 2020, was raised with tax money from hotels this past year. You know how much budget you have which is how you determine the amounts you allot.The money you do or don’t get from (hotel) taxes this summer would be for FY22. If an event is schedule for July, August, September 2020 the work would already be underway for months now.  When we find out from your office what we were alotted, as you did March 25, we will have made our plans accordingly. 

 MC alerted me this weekend to the fact the Art House will be closed this summer. Meanwhile, despite my cautions to the contrary, he had been telling me week on week for months that Art House was full steam ahead. Having a contract in place with the venue we had no choice but to prepare for the festival happening, which meant having people work. And those people will need to get paid, whether or not there is a festival in September. Your policy for FY21 should reflect what you said in your group email about FY20. My organization and others will expect to collect the VSB funds that were designated to us as this money is already in your coffers and earmarked for us. Events happening later in FY21 who have yet to do any work might be able to forgo the grant money. We cannot. 

Those were just some of the things I was getting of my virtual chest. I cannot take myself out of the game. I must stay vigilant and fight the good fight. That will be the spirit in which I approach things today. It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon of getting this information out there.

I realize that nothing is “official” until the Town votes. The town should be voting BEFORE the start of FY21. I am sure mine is not the only organization to have already done work that was planned to be covered by the VSB grant. Perhaps you should change the schedule moving forward to remove the hedging of bets aspect for non-profits functioning on shoe strings. Maybe we should be applying in November for the summer after the next, not the one immediately, so we know in plenty of time whether or not we have funds before we pull the trigger on all the many hours of work and materials without a guarantee of this being covered. It’s already a hedge to find out in the spring of any given year. Those of us working non-profit do not have the luxury of covering all the necessary costs of our endeavors without guarantees. It’s one thing to lose time and energy in a Force Majeure situation, it is quite another to then owe money out to people who work in good faith. So yes it isn’t “official” until the Town approves, but that has never been used as an argument in the past and approval of FY21 should be happening BEFORE FY21 itself begins not after three months of FY21 have already blown by.

Someone at the Tennessee Williams Festival has established an email group dating back a few weeks. It is my understanding that they were attempting to create some kind of inter-organizational support system, feeling a need for some kind of solidarity. I suspect I will be hearing from leaders of these other groups as the news reaches them. I do know that mine is not the only organziation to have already done all their planning, graphic, press releases, posters, brochures, programs and the like. We do not present in a town-run or public place so we don’t get permits from the town in any case. It is the Board of Health who has contacted the venue who then contacted us. The Afterglow Festival is the only non-profit programming on the Art House schedule each season.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me about this. I urge you and Anthony to make the case to the Board of Selectman that people are already out of pocket for FY21 even though they don’t feel the need to meet and approve the budget until the year is already a quarter of the way over.

The following blocks of texs are exceprts from my first year of  Blagues, nos. 286-290  I am reading through all my Blagues, five per day, and posting some samples here. Now, in my sixth year of writing this Blague, but the time I get to my seventh, I will have through all the daily Blagues of my first five years. If that’s confusing I apologize:

Once again: There was nothing worth posting from the five older Blagues I read today. It has been really helpful to get an idea of what the content has been over the last five years. The first year was very much about the Sabian Symbols (see below), the bulk of that material I don’t want to post in this slot. And I’m nearly through that year so, once I get into the Blagues from 2016, there will be a lot more to post here (which is a good thing because I won’t have time to write a lot à la minute as we just got a new book deal and that is where my effort and attention is going!

To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree point of the Sabian Symbol may at times be one degree higher than the one listed here. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°,  for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360  degrees spread over 365/6 days per year—so they nearly, but not exactly, correlate.

Typos happen. I don’t have a proofreader. And I like to just write, post and go!
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