In happier news, visited my Jewish temple preschool today. I liked it - and it's not expensive - but also not cheap. So far they're the front runner, though. It's very small (no wait list), multi-cultural and non-religious, has a completely shaded play yard (a rare thing in LA), and a toddler introduction phase for kids just under two where you go along with your child for a few weeks so they get used to the idea. Of course Bumpus has already spent five-six hours at the Baby Kennel on weekends so he's with the program. He'll be there Sunday when I go to see a movie. I have about five more schools I'd like to visit before committing - one in particular that's very cheap. Hopefully I can make a decision and have a plan for when B turns two soon.
Today I was approached by a friend who makes portable dance floors about buying one from him for my event. We've been talking about this for years but I kind of let it drop because it felt too long term for me - currently I rent dance floors for my event every year and it's a huge expense (the hotel has nowhere near enough floor for me to use). He said he's been thinking about it again lately and really wants me to come to his factory and check it out and talk numbers - how much I need, what he'd charge, how many years it would take for me to pay him (I'm only willing to pay per year what I pay to rent now, which is about $12,000). I would also have to pay for maintenance of the floor, storage, and a crew to set up/tear down each year. But I've already done fifteen events - imagine if I had this paid for in a few years, one day soon I could potentially save $10,000 a year-! Not to mention have a dance floor to rent out to other people. It's a pretty incredible opportunity and I'm so glad he brought it up today. Let's hope this really goes somewhere.