The elections are over! All done! We can all breathe a sigh of relief that it’s finished.
Let’s just hope people don’t start running ealier like they did in this last cycle. Can’t take constant campaigning!
Other things wrapped up for me yesterday. Things that were higher up my ladder of thoughts as they directly affect my day to day life.
While I was working yesterday Jantina gave me a quick call. I saw her name pop up on the phone and I knew what the call was about. I picked up the phone and told her, “I’ve got 30 seconds, that’s all.” Her message was simple. The printer was just dropped off.
She also told me the delivery guy apologized for how dirty the box was. Jantina thought that was funny and told the drop off person that there were no giant holes in the box, etc., and the dust was fine.
The rest of my day at work had me waiting to head out. I needed to get to the gallery. My side of the equation in this new partnership finally made it, and I wanted to get as much done as I could. It was great when 5:00 hit and I could leave.
I didn’t drive home to change into something more comfortable. No stop by the Airstream for a little dinner. The gallery was the first stop. I had some rice with me for dinner (there’s always rice in my car), and I grabbed 1 Sierra Mist to go with dinner.
Jantina was right. The box was dirty. But it was also packaged the way I expected it should have been the first time. A pallet was under the box, band straps wrapped the cardboard to the pallet, plastic wrapping went all the way around the card board. It looked right. The last box? No pallet, giant hole in the side, crushed top, crushed software, and some items missing (verified that last night).
Ian arrived shortly after I got in. My rice was just being finished off, and we were ready to get started. Assemble the printer. Get it going! Try a test print!!!
On one of the sites that reviews printers I read about the assembly of the Z3100. The packaging made it simple to assemble, and two people could have it up and ready quickly. They also said that once the printer was setup you could start printing quickly. Quick is of course a realative term.
Here’s the thing. Everything in that review was accurate. The packaging was laid out brilliantly! Everything came together quickly and simply for us. In no time (over an hour) we had the stand assembled and the printer on it. We then threw away the junk packaging and got back to work.
Ian stayed through the insertion of all the inks, and the insertion of the print heads. Yup, that stuff takes a lot of time! After getting everything put in to the printer I had a long wait. Each print head had to be tested. 30 – 40 minutes passed…..that’s still pretty quick.
Shortly after Ian left Sadira popped by. I was just setting up to print test patterns, and then one test print. She stood by and watched as the printer ground away, made crazy sounds, and sounded like it was getting ready to launch. It was all pretty cool.
In the end, a little before 9:00 p.m. I had my first 20×30 print on a glossy paper. I compared it to a smaller version done with my Canon i9100, and I compared it to a print that I’d received from MPix. A perfect match. Everything was perfect!
Folks, we have a printer!
Tomorrow I’ll update further, and I’ll include the whole story behind B&H’s effort to get this to me as quickly as possible after our initial issues. B&H Photo Video really stood up and did the right things, and I’m grateful. Thanks for helping to get this out here guys!
By the way, the photo in today’s post is the test print I ran last night! 😉
YAY! Your printer is in and working!
I’m glad B&H came through. Maybe good customer service isn’t dead…
Good news for today.
Congrats! At long last business can start ramping up. 🙂
Yes Tom! Already have client prints to do. First I need to do some more testing on my own stuff.
Thinking about a 24 x 36 for some fun tonight. Woooo-doggie, fun time at the gallery tonight!
If you have a second, could you drop me an email…gotta camera question for you…
Oh…the printer is a sight to behold. It’s HUGE…all black and gray and it shakes and wobbles and makes all sorts of weird noises…
It’s very cool 🙂
Congratulations on the new websites! I was wondering if you could contact me directly or via the blog discussing how you came to choose zenfolio versus the many other choices. Smugmug, Flickr, Photobucket, Etc. Appreciate your feedback.
Thanks Jaime. I’ll post something tomorrow on Zenfolio. It was an easy choice once I explain it! 🙂
HAY RICH. HAPPY TO HEAR YOU GOT THE PRINTER! I’M SURE SADIRA IS RIGHT, ” THE PRINTER IS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD.” I WISH I COULD BEHOLD IT TOO.
I ALSO MISSED JOHN MCCAIN:-(. SORRY JOHN.
I’M JUST GLAD ITS OVER. AS THEY SAID IN THE PAPER T.G.I.F. OR THANK GOODNESS IT’S FINISHED