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I ordered and paid for a new garage door in the first week of February this year. Last Monday the garage door should finally be delivered. It didn’t arrive, and now we’re hoping for next week.

My wife called an airline the other day to resolve some travel issues for an autumn trip. The automatic “On Hold” message said your waiting time would be 77 minutes. She decided to hang up and try another time; the problems remain unsolved.

Customers tell me that furniture deliveries take three or four months. Headlines say that new cars, when they can be found, are flying off the lots and used car prices are about as high as new cars.

Sometimes it feels like we are collectively “on hold” at the moment when it comes to consumer goods and services. In the post-COVID world, things that we took for granted, like inventory and customer service, just don’t seem to apply before the pandemic.

I could use a variety of recent economic statistics to support my point, but I don’t think I have to as most of us have now seen these phenomena firsthand.

In the post-COVID economy, it turned out to be a lot easier to stimulate demand than to restore supply. Our modern on-demand economy is a marvel of technology, transportation and logistics, but as we find out, it only takes one flaw in the chain to turn an impressive process into a closed mess, and with the productivity of productivity “Work at home” is falling through the floor, it seems as if nobody is picking up the phone to listen to customer problems, let alone solve them.

Performing Arts Scholarship Basis Honors Rising Artists | Arts & Leisure

Posted on May 22, 2021
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The pianist Noelle Hadsall won first place in the Junior Division. (Courtesy photo)

Twelve outstanding musicians and vocal artists, ages 13 to 29, applied for grants totaling more than $ 24,000 when the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (PASF) held its annual competition on April 25 at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito held.

These finalists were selected from around 25 applicants by the members of the PASF Board of Trustees, Deborah Bertling, Kristine Pacheco-Bernt, Neil DiMaggio, David McKee and Adrian Spence.

The winners are:

Instrumental category for adults: First place, Ching-Yun Chen, PhD student in piano performance at UCSB.

Singing Competition: First Place, Patricia Westley, a soprano currently transitioning from Young Artist programs to a professional opera career. Second place is the soprano Naomi Merer, who is doing her doctorate in vocal performance at UCSB.

Junior Division Instrumentalist: First place, Noelle Hadsall on piano, student at Mountain View Elementary; second place, Joseph Malvinni on guitar, student at La Cumbre Junior High; and Holly Hadsall at the piano, a student at San Marcos High School.

Honorable Mention: Olivia Barker, soprano; Grace Hu, piano; Nathaniel Hadsall, piano; Evelina McGary, piano; Zeyn and Rhyan Schweyk, piano.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the competition was held in Lehman Hall. The only spectators were the competition judges Ani Aznavoorian, Paul Berkowitz and Armen Guzelimian as well as the PASF board chairwoman Deborah Bertling. and videographer David Bazemore.

A video of the event will be posted on the PASF You Tube channel for the public and attendees to see the performances.

The Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1982 by the late Ms. Lincoln Dellar to provide assistance to deserving vocal and instrumental students with professional potential who live and / or study in the Santa Barbara area.

For more information about PASF and its annual awards program, please visit