It’s one of my all-time favorites and I have used it more times than I can remember. But I never grow tired of it because in its own somewhat subtle way, it says so much so effortlessly. It is from the great Lewis Carroll classic, “Alice In Wonderland,” and it goes like this …
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.
“I don’t much care where …” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat.
Most of us are not sure where we’re going and especially so with our careers. What makes this even stranger is that some of us want, or need, to go quite fast to get to wherever it is we’re going without having any idea whatsoever of what exactly our real destination might be. To those of you who are like this … and yes, even to myself at this point in my life … you need a plan. Get off the merry-go-round long enough to chart a course. Ask yourself where you want to end up and then put together a plan to get there. Then again, maybe, like Alice, you don’t care where you get to so it doesn’t really matter a whole lot which way you go. But if that is your decision, then don’t be disappointed when you get to someplace that you don’t want to be. We don’t control everything in our lives but we do have some control and where we do, we need to do all that we can to shape our own destiny … choose our own course … end up as close to where we want to be as we can. Plan Your Work and then Work Your Plan! Ah, if only I would have read Mr. Carroll’s immortal story earlier in my life!
Hats Off To …
PPG on its new on-line Glass Education Center. If you get a minute, check it out at www.educationcenter.ppg.com. Keep it coming, guys. The industry in particular and the consuming public in general need all of the glass education they can get. You know, I think I like the PPG education center site almost as much as I like the PPG Polar Bear.
The Chinese Aluminum Extrusion Tariff Thing
As promised in last week’s blog, I did indeed do a little follow-up work on the Chinese tariff situation and while I will be devoting an entire column to the matter in the April issue of USGlass magazine, I did want to provide the contact information that some people are looking for in order to get involved (and offer their support). So here you go … contact John Kusper Jr. at the Northern California Glass Management Association office to get involved and, in particular, to help fund this effort. John’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His phone number is 510/428-1184. There you have it.
Who Is That Guy?
A couple of people asked me who the guy was that appeared on the March cover of USGlass magazine and while I could have simply referred them to page number two to find out, I was more than happy to report that the good-looking guy was none other than Pete Cornellier of TSI in Upper Marlboro, Md.. Pete and his brother, Thomas, are Victor’s talented sons and some of my favorite glazing contractors. Based on Pete’s smile, I’m going to guess the job in the photo is going pretty well.
Yet Another Shout-Out
Last week I mentioned that I had traded e-mails with old friend Jerry Anderson (Harmon) who I had not made contact with in several years and low and behold, just a few days thereafter I received an e-mail from Richard Voreis, one of my all-time favorites. Rich and I used to spar regularly over prices and such when he was at Kawneer too many years ago to remember who usually won. The architectural glass and metal industry has had a lot of dedicated, hard-working and incredibly bright people in it over the years and when I get the chance to reconnect with some of those that I have not seen or heard from in quite a while, it is a real treat. Good hearing from you, Rich.
The Sports Thing
I know some of you think of me as a bit of a “homer” when it comes to sports, but could I take just a moment and point out to you that it was my Chicago Bulls that beat the Miami Heat a couple of nights ago to stop their incredible 20-plus win streak cold in its tracks.
My NCAA tournament picks were absolutely awful this year but who could have predicted so many upsets, or maybe I should say so many meltdowns. By the way, I’ll pick Michigan to win it although Wichita State has gotta be a fan favorite for many. The Big Ten was so tough this year that I am figuring that any of its teams that have gotten this far are both battle-tested and hardened for the final push. We’ll see.
Okay … one more “homey” kind of a thing. Did any of you notice that both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox are in first place in their respective leagues? Just saying!!!
Absolutely free – I’ve got four good seats to this Friday night’s White Sox game (against the Mariners) if anyone is interested. Game is in Chicago and my guess is the temperature should be around 40 to 45 degrees at game time. First call after 7 a.m. Thursday morning (April 4) can have them.
The Quotable Thing
This week’s quote may have been used before … and if it has I assure you that my wonderful daughter, Amy, will not only catch it but also let me know about it within just an hour or two of it being posted … but it is one of my favorites and I had cause to remember it and follow its advice earlier this week. Comes from good old Tommy Jefferson.
“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
Have A Great Week, Everybody!!!