‘Living on the fringes’
Charging into Hippos’ newly leased factory, three fire marshals unannounced, and intent on checking for fire code violations! So “who’s in charge here?”, they shout, and all fingers point to Jeff. Scanning the factory, they state that no business can operate here without a back fire exit door! Get it done and we’ll return. So nodding my head in agreement with visions of being out on the street, unable to print up the current order for Grateful Dead tour shirts, due in two days!
What’ll we do, I toss at Barry. Once again ‘living on the fringes’ circling the drain, and no solution in sight? Suddenly and magically a red fire door appears, painted on the back wall, with a bold ‘EXIT” sign hung overhead. What a fine example of trompe l’oeuil!!! A few weeks later, the fire marshals burst in again, glance across the factory, see the door, and promptly check it off the list. Approved! Done and gone! Another close call for the silkscreeners, ‘living on the fringes’ ! Now back to work, and survive another day!