ok. Now we are Cross @hsbc_press

darlings

will you indulge us for a moment?

we need your *listeningface*

oh.

that is good.

thank you.

So back in Nov 2011 we did the right thing and set up a proper company (technically an S Corp if you want the specifics)

We paid a lawyer and an accountant and Did It All Properly.

We opened a bank account with HSBC (you can see we are not holding back with any Pretend Names today).

And waited (patiently and prettily) for the book deal and contract and eventually the first part Of The Advance. (such a delicious word)

Then tried to put it into our special small business bank account.

Which had been Closed.

Without anybody sending us a nice note.

So we complained.

And tried to set up another bank account and got all confused because now we live in los Angeles but our corporation still lives in nyc so a California bank wouldn’t take our check/cheque – even though we have banked with HSBC since 1998 darling and at the Height of our corporate career you can imagine the nice sums they saw pass through and (now we’re really annoyed – we’ve transfered our Assets Under Management there too – 401K and market funds – before-this-all-just-went-down).

Harumph.

So we went Back to Nyc with all the paperwork and the bloody.check.

It All seemed to be very complicated (and we do hate complications. We enjoy clarity)

But we signed everything and showed our paperwork and the two tax returns (remarkably grown up yes) and there were Fed-Exs back and forth and we signed more materials and it all got more complicated.

but still no open bank account.

the Advance still sits in our bureau waiting to be deposited – SOMEWHERE.

But no.

Apparently it is not possible.

We are Furious.

And so we’re going to take them on…….

Because a woman with a pen is mightier than many swords (or something like that)

And a person with a blog is unstoppable.

Especially when they have a book deal.

And we are doing this for two people who will never know.

Both we are related to.

One was locked in a bank manager’s office in the mid 70s and you can imagine what almost happened.

She didn’t get the account put it that way

And another was refused entry to the casino because she didn’t have a signed slip from her husband

In 1984.

Yeah.

Times have changed.

Really?

Because we have a blog.

*cross*

we are Pretty Sure the bank account would be open if circumstances (gender) and fiscal irresponsibility (we don’t have debt or use unsecured credit – it makes no sense – illogical) were different.

so:

a. Let’s see how HSBC responds to this blog post and tweets and the other stuff we’re going to talk about

b. we are going to get a california business license (because we need one anyway) and then talk to Banks Here.

let’s see who is the most female friendly.

because it sure ain’t HSBC love.

*veryCross*

oh – sorry – of course we can give you a picture.

here’s Dawn over Los Angeles.

oh yes, that helped.

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all you need is love and someone to help one through the bureaucracy of small business administration.

darlings

gosh!

a full day.

and before we start we have a Tiny Confession.

while we might be Rather Forthcoming (here) with you……

…….who-we-are-in-RL is, how can we put this, Terribly Shy.

so You know all about the book and the exhibition and the Plans and the dreams and the Hopes but, in RL, she is very Modest and, well, hasn’t told that many people about Any of it.

why?

you might ask….

*farawaylooktocamera*

well.

there’s Tall Poppy Syndrome (do you know it?)

and there’s jealousy and incredulity and but-you-had-a-Proper-Job-are-you-insane?

not to mention – (gulp) – Others’ expectations (which they do hate to have shattered once one is In A Category in their minds).

so while You know all about everything (pretty much – *winktocamera*) the Outside World well, doesn’t.

so when she went to a gathering at a lovely friend’s house last night where Several were well-met-by-low-lamplight and someone said:

it’s so good to see you back!

and someone else said:

why did you leave NYC? did you get a job back here?

and she said something cute (and really quite disingenuous – we had to go and get a glass of water, no ice, from the kitchen in disgust) like:

just missed it here terribly

and adjusted the pashmina round her shoulders (the AC is sometimes built for men-who-work-out and she hasn’t Quite reached the age of hot flashes as yet…..) and did a tight little smile.

well.

that did it.

when the Question came up again, we prodded her Hard and suddenly she started to cry (softly – it was actually pretty, not the running-nose-variety) and Told All – the book deal the exhibition, the literary agent and everything

writing and taking photographs was all I ever wanted to do.

it was very touching.

we were Rather Moved actually.

and everyone was shocked.

but Ever So Nice afterwards.

so that’s that.

everyone knows.

well not Everyone but more than before, put it that way.

it was such an emotional Freeing (as the Americans might call it) Moment that we took a long stroll back to teamgloria towers and saw lovely things at l’heure bleu and stopped outside several houses to admire the night blooming jasmine and, at one apartment building, when someone was playing Gershwin late into the night, we sat on the wall and just felt full.

have you had that feeling recently?

lovely.

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so back to what we Wanted to write about now that’s out of the way.

BUREAUCRACY.

actually that’s NOT what we wanted to write about but we’ve found the Magic of Putting Things Here and then they sort of sort themselves out (or people walk up to us and say “this is how you do that” which is delicious and Most Helpful).

so – having a registered S Corp in NYC (teamgloria, inc) but not Living in NYC (anymore) – and wanting to Deposit one’s Advance Check/cheque (GLORIAous abundance) into a bank account but not having (yet, yet) a business license for California and taking the Check back to Manhattan but the Bank can’t seem to open the Account (grrrrr) due to location issues but the California branch won’t do it because the Business is Registered in NYC – arghhhhh.

help.

(said in a small voice).

here’s what we’ve done –

a. told the bank we’ll take our (vast, one hopes, at some point) business ELSEWHERE if they don’t do it with the Confirmation of Incorporation Letter and 2 x tax returns filed and paid (squire)

b. made an appointment at the local “small business administration” to get Help With Forms (said vaguely and rather apprehensively because it All Costs Money).

you are lovely for listening to all that.

so we Dealt with that frustration while having a lovely day, actually.

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we got up Awfully Early for a breakfast downtown with the lovely Lanie DenslowOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

then we drove to silver lake to have a Photography Lighting Lesson with the gifted (and also lovely) Reuben ReynosoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

who let us take his portrait too (this is his arm). 
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and this is Reuben.


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and then there was More Driving and some more frustration regarding Administration matters and not a lot of work was done and we got a Blinding Headache and so did what we always do in this circumstances (well, not always, but Often).

we took the rest of the day off – resolved to work this evening (like now)

and went to the movies (because we adore the work of director Susanne Bier).

this is the Japanese official site (always Fascinating to see how different movies are presented to Different cultures and they have the Trailer) and this is the Danish site on that-strange-international-book-of-everyone-but-us.

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we felt So Much Better after the movies (we always do).

Pierce Brosnan is splendid and Nobody wears a blue shirt with such a good effect on the Irish eyes – all brooding and broken and trying-hard but needs-love.

Do see it.

it’s Very moving – there’s illness and redemption and doing-up-a-villa-in-Italy (what’s not to love there) and a wedding-being-planned and stolen kisses and buying pretty dresses and balconies and gazing into the blue azure beyond.

gorgeous.

we sobbed.

and not just because of the small business administration snafu with the Bank.