Wishing you every good thing

As we wade into a new year I have a lot of wishes.  I would like to finally retire from the sign business.  Maybe move to a different local.  Start back at the gym.  When you are making money you buy stuff.  Many of us never really think that someday we will have to get rid of most, if not all of it.  Our cabin at Callaway Gardens has been wonderful.  A place we can go to relax.  But when we go there we end up working our tails off cleaning and fixing so that the renters can enjoy it.  We don’t have to sell it, but it is just a complication we don’t need at this stage in our lives.  Twenty years ago we bought the 6,000 sq. ft. building that houses SignPrinters.  When we had 9 employees we used almost all of it.  Now we can run the company in 1/4 the space.  Just a complication.  Finally our big house.  Who needs a 3,000 sq. ft. house?  Five acres of grounds to keep and heating and cooling the house is time consuming and expensive.  We could fit nicely in a house half the size.  But when we make these purchases we rarely think about getting rid of them, and that is something a few years has brought into focus for me.

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Home again

We loved our third trip to Branson.  The Sight and Sound Theatre production of the Miracle of Christmas astounded both of us.  For 2013 Jonah is the show in Branson so we hope to find time for a trip during the year to see it.

We had one day with a temp of 8F but the rest of the time it was 30s and 40s, pleasant.
We shopped and ate and just enjoyed the stew out of each other.  Watched some real estate shows to get a handle on the prices.  Maybe this will be the year.

Our place at Stormy Point.

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Branson again, Naturally

We arrived at Stormy Point Village about 2pm on Saturday, the 28th.
It was cold but not bitterly so, in the high 30’s.  We had sought
out Big Cedar Lodge for lunch and had shared the chicken livers which
are served on a huge bed of mashed potatoes, surrounded with a moat
of peppercorn gravy.  Two can split this, and we did.

Enjoyed the viewof Lake Tanycomo from our table.





After checking in and arranging our quarters we lounged about for 2
hours then dressed for Sight and Sound’s production of Miracle of Christmas.

Sight and Sound Theaters exist to spread the Gospel
of Jesus Christ by bringing the Bible to life.  If you are
ever near Branson, MO, make it a point to see one
of their productions.  You will be astounded.
Jonah starts March 22, 2014.

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Coach Jimbo Fisher – Free Advice

You are doing a great job.
The last three games Auburn played all contained at least one trick play.
A Kipling poem you have heard but bears repeating.

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle—
As old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
But the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk,
The Law runneth forward and back—
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
And the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

Wishing you every success.

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Branson or Bust!

Two days after Christmas we are off to Branson, MO for our third visit there.  We have tickets for Saturday night to see The Miracle of Christmas at Sight and Sound.  Last year we were blown away with the production of Joseph. We are planning to ask a great many questions of the locals, furthering our desire to move to Branson.
Carolyn and I were both born in Florida and have lived there almost all of our lives.  Once the sale of our business, house and cabin materialize, we both would like to spend our last 20-30 years living outside Florida.

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Eye for an Eye

My wife has just had eye surgery to repair a macular hole.  To speed the repair the surgeon placed a gas bubble in her eye.  This to me is astounding!  Could they have done this even 10 years ago?  The advances in medicine are amazing.  Doctors during the Civil War knew nothing of antibiotics and their sincere care for the wounded aside, spread germs from patient to patient. How could they know.
What if you had been a young doctor just following the Civil War.  You may have been
aware of advances in medicine that your older colleagues knew nothing of.  How would you
have explained it to them.  Could you have explained it to them?

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The Leadership of Moses

I came across this great piece comparing Deming’s
teaching to Moses leadership

The Moses Story by Sheila Sheinberg

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Ship2Shore is more

Getting away for Memorial Day was difficult. Finally we decided on a re-do of a trip made last year to Fernandina Beach, FL. Our one night stay was in Kingsland across the river in Georgia. We landed for dinner at a place called Ship 2 Shore.
What a treat. On the menu was baked stuffed flounder.Carolyn had made up her mind. They offered medium fantail shrimp in lots of 15, 20 and 30.  I went for 15 with a salad and baked potato.  I will gripe about the time for delivery, which came in around 20 minutes.  I would have to guess it was getting the flounder to hold still while stuffing.  In any case the food was fabulous!  I would not hesitate to recommend Ship 2 Shore to anyone traveling
in or around Kingsland or St. Mary’s Georgia.

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Second Worst Movie Experience

Off to see the new Bond movie with the wife on Saturday.
Skyfall had finished it’s run at AMC and was playing for $3
at our local Movies 8.  We arrived 10 minutes early but
were soon enough treated to the first of the previews.
A lot of previews.  Eight in all, plus they ran the preview
for JANGO TWICE!  Then the screen went black, and
stayed black.  Music started playing, the screen is black.
Finally a manager pokes his head in and just says, “It
will just be a couple of minutes, folks.”  Okay, five
minutes and Skyfall starts.  But wait, it is already into
the movie.  So a patron goes to the manager and asks
that we be shown the movie from the beginning.  The
movie stops.  The screen is blank.  Music is playing and
the pre-show slides start to run again.  More than 20
minutes have passed since the start time.  Finally the
room goes dark, the music stops, and the previews
start again!!!  We are all holding our breath but at the
end of Previews II Skyfall starts.  That is when everyone
realizes we were only 1 minute into the movie the first
time through.  It took the first 30 minutes of the film to get over the
experience.  And that is not all.  When we finally exited the
theatre, standing in the lobby were 40 people expecting the
film to be starting again. WOW!  The lesson here is that when
something like this happens you can expect a ripple effect.
Could they have foreseen that?  Planned for it?

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Fine Food in Branson

This is our second trip to Branson, MO for vacation.
Because we can only close the sign business for this
week of the year, many of the restaurants in Branson
are closed for the rest of the year.  Thankfully not
T-Bones Steak House.  We just stumbled upon this
place last year looking for a meal on a Saturday night.
You hear me talking about Dr. Deming’s “Joy in Work”.
Here you can see, and taste it in action.  From the moment
you cross the threshold you are cared for in a most
uncommon way.  We told the lady that seated us we were
returning from last year.  She became almost teary eyed
as she told us she had worked there for 5 years and that
she “loved it” and that everything they did was done with
an attitude of caring and passion for excellence.
When traveling Carolyn and I usually split meals so it was
on Wednesday. Here, like in many restaurants, there is a split
charge, $3.25. this includes an additional side item.  Our wait
told us this was optional and we could fore go the split charge
and stay with the 2 side items included with the meal.
This is what we did. We settled on a Kansas City Strip 12 oz.
with baked potato and steamed veggies.  Three rolls added
starch and still there was room for Bailey’s infused cheesecake.
Total cost of this belt loosening meal, $28.49.
Processes are good, systems are needed, but remember, they
both should serve to deliver, not hinder, the kind of customer
service that has people bragging about your product or service.

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