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Brick walls

Posted on by zach

I started a post last week while at SFO airport on my way back from visiting my family for Easter but was not able to finish it before I got on the plane. I was extolling the wonderful benefits of quality family time and segueing that positiveness into the fantastic news that our mustard seed had finally arrived at our production facility after a two month delay.

Even though I didn’t finish, my boasting must have angered the mustard gods enough to rain down punishment with great fervor. As the plane touched down in San Diego I powered up my phone to find a voicemail from James. Apparently the production facility we choose to manufacture our mustards and with whom we have been in constant communication for the past two months does not have the capacity to heat and/or cook anything, which was news to us, rendering them unable to manufacture our mustards (not to mention we had already shipped all of our ingredients and jars to their facility). One might say that their equipment does not cut the mustard…

Sooooooooooooooo, long story short, the second we cleared the first brick wall (no mustard seed) another was put up in front of us. But as Randy Pausch said, “Brick walls are there for a reason.” When I told this to a couple friends, the usual response was, “That sucks.” And indeed it did, but more importantly it’s nothing unexpected. That is, this particular issue was unexpected, but the fact that something major like this would come up is unsurprising. That’s just the way business goes, and it’s all part of the ride.

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