Feb 27

Enough Already!!!

Okay, enough already. I mean come on, it’s just a couple of days away from March 1 and it is now time … no, it is actually now way past time … to move on. I speak here of those sappy people who apparently just can’t deal with the fact that Christmas is over. Hey, it was over two months ago. It’s time to take down, or at least turn off, the Christmas lights. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas as much as the next guy and I enjoy putting up and using the outdoor and indoor decorations too, but there is a time to put them away and I think that time has come. And if the weather is keeping you from taking them down (we have had more snow in my area in the last two weeks or so than we have had in all of the rest of winter this year), at least turn the lights off. You’re driving me crazy!

Christmas Scenes 007

Enough Already!!!

Glass Expo Northeast

This ever popular event is scheduled for next week (March 7-8) in Hauppauge, N.Y. (Long Island). I am going to be there to give a presentation on Thursday afternoon and if you are in the neighborhood or actually attending the show, please feel free to stop by and offer to buy me a cup of coffee or maybe even lunch. If I can’t join you, I will still gladly take the money you would have spent on me just so neither of us will feel badly. By the way, it was at this very event several years ago that I got to meet Paul Bieber. Paul was working the show for his company and I stopped by to chat and the rest was history. Who could have guessed that Paul would become one of my favorite glass industry guys and that after all of these years and after having done not one dime of business together, we would still be friends? You see … you just never know. So why not stop in if you’re in the area and spend a few minutes. You just never know who you will meet, what you might stumble upon, or what new information you might gain. For more information, you can go to www.usglassmag.com/gene. Hope to see you there! 

Congratulations, Darijo

One of my favorite glass industry personalities just celebrated his 12th anniversary with PPG and I want to publicly acknowledge the occasion and also wish him at least another 12 successful years in the business. I refer here to Darijo Babic who is one of the friendliest and most enthusiastic people around. A really great guy working for a truly great company. I guess I should actually congratulate both of them!

Finding Valor Update

I love these guys!!!

I love these guys!!!

Last week’s blog contained a picture taken at the Chicago Auto Show of Finding Valor drummer Jake Newling with a pair of Blackhawks Ice Girls. This prompted a couple of people to actually ask me what was going on with the very popular band and I am happy to report that their second CD is just about ready to be released. I got a chance to hear portions of it and it is going to be good. I think the appeal of Finding Valor is pretty easily understood. They are not only very, very good musicians but they are also very, very good kids … okay, maybe not kids anymore. How about young adults? Does that work?  Either way, they are about as likeable a group as you will find and they make some extremely good music together as well.

Glass Industry Double-Digit Price Increases!!!

Word getting back to me on previous comments about the announced price increases within certain segments of the glass industry is that they are not being received well. No surprise here I guess but let me ask, wouldn’t it make more sense to increase prices incrementally over a period of time than to come out with one large (double-digit) increase? Who do you think you are … the goverment? Just asking!

The Sports Thing

You know I have to stay with the whole NHL and Chicago Blackhawks story and not just because I am a huge Blackhawks fan but because they have now made NHL history. As has been reported on a weekly basis in this blog, the Hawks have not lost a game in regulation time yet this year and have now set an NHL record for the most games played without a loss to start a season. They now have 19 under their belt as of this past Monday night.

By the way, the record for most NHL regular season games without a loss in regulation time ever (but not at the start of a season) belongs to the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers who went an incredible 35 games without a regulation loss (25 wins and 10 ties to be exact). So can the Hawks tie or beat Philadelphia’s record? Not sure, but it has really been a fun run for those of us who are fans. The Hawks have a big game tomorrow night against St. Louis that I’m worried about … we’ll see.

Can you believe college basketball this year? Indiana got burned by Minnesota … yes, Minnesota … last night in yet another loss for a number one ranked team this year. I’m telling you, this could be the most exciting NCAA basketball tournament in years because there are so many contenders and no one who seems invincible. The odds-makers in Las Vegas must be loving this.

The Quotable Thing

I had the wonderful opportunity of working for the late Joe Kellman for the first 19 years of my glass Industry career. I could go on endlessly about this remarkable man but when I received this week’s quote suggestion (from Tom Hansen), it reminded me of my boss of so many years ago because one of his favorite sayings (to me anyway) was that you can not only judge a person by his/her friends, but by their enemies as well. He thought that if a person didn’t have a few good enemies it was because he/she didn’t stand for much of anything. At the time, I wasn’t so sure, but as the years rolled by, I became convinced that my old boss and mentor was right. So with that in mind, here is this week’s quote.

 “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”   –President Woodrow Wilson

Have A Great Week, Everybody!!!

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