My wife once said to me that a trained monkey could do my job.

My wife once said to me that a trained monkey could do my job.  You would think that might hurt my feelings.  But, I’m thick-skinned.  Plus, she might be right.  
Well, we’re about to find out.
You see, I’m going to be gone for the entire run of our next show, “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner.”  
It opens on Friday and we have sold out seven shows.  
So, things are going to be a little hectic around here for the next couple weeks.  There are hundreds of reservations to follow up on.  
There are reams of paperwork to complete.  
There are dozens of volunteers; box office workers, ushers and more that have to be scheduled and coordinated.  As you can see, this is not just a fun time swinging through the trees.
So, in preparing for my absence I had to reach out to someone that I felt confident could take on the Awesome and Challenging responsibilities of theatre manager.  
Someone who knew that my wife really doesn’t understand the complexities involved and the dedication necessary to make sure that all of our fine patrons have an impeccable experience when they come to Stone’s Throw.
I thought and thought about who that person might be.  Finally, it came to me.  So, I reached out.  
“Are you kidding me? You really want me to do your job while you kick back and sip pina coladas on the sandy beaches of Florida?”
OK, on to my second choice.  
“Yea, right,” was all I heard before the dial tone.  
Then it dawned on me.  The one person who was not only capable but rarely says no when asked to serve the theatre ... Linda Bailey.  
She didn’t hesitate.  “Of course, I’ll stand in for you, Tom.  I’ll come in and you can train me on what it is you do and what needs to be done in your absence.”
So, we held a lengthy and in-depth training session.  
Linda was a quick learner and I feel confident that all will go well in my absence.  
So, thanks, Linda.  To show my appreciation I am leaving you a bowl of bananas.
Thanks for reading.