Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's the deal...

Ok to clear up confusion… I am not ending my blog (or leaving my current job either)- this will continue and to find it you need to either bookmark it as a “favorite” or click that little orange button up in the top right hand corner to get it as a feed. (If you use Outlook- the feeds are great) It’s just time to move on from the past and start fresh. And for the conspiracy theorist out there (and normally I am one of you- see NFRC) I made this call after the business issues in my life were done and this move has nothing to do with that. Simple as that… Anyway I hope those of you who enjoy this weekly banter keep with it and those who don’t, thanks for reading when you did. At the end of the day this will always be therapy for me, no matter the venue.

Elsewhere…

-- Speaking of therapy… I probably need real professional therapy for bantering on message boards… man it’s just too easy and inviting. Gotta quit giving voices to those who can’t stand behind it… to me the bottom line is we all have skeletons of some sort in our closets- some of us choose to deal with it and others like to toss stones run hurriedly away.

-- Major Congrats to Dr. Helen Sanders of SAGE. She just got a new job at SAGE that will continue to utilize her talents well. One of the big reasons I respect Helen and SAGE for that matter is they care a ton for this industry. They could easily stick their noses up and let us all battle away, but they’ve stepped in and added a tremendous dimension to our presentations and perception out there. You want a company like that to do well because they are truly golden in trying to protect and further our industry.

-- Did you see the Green Police commercial during the Super Bowl? Any thoughts? I have seen all sides hitting it from all angles- right, left, green, anti green- and there’s no clear path. I thought it was cute- I like Cheap Trick (and not surprised they sold out for a paycheck- they probably need it) and I did not read too much into it.

-- To me the best commercial though is below in my video of the week.

-- Unless I am missing something I LOVE the changes to the Buy American Act to include Canada. What happened on the World Trade Center was criminal to me and comparing a Canadian company to a Chinese one is just plain wrong.

-- Still bumming on the Zeledyne deal. I know the job market is tough but there's some serious talent that is or will be available because of it... hopefully everyone will land in some good spots.

-- If you didn’t get a chance to check out the Division8report.com blog, do so HERE. The insight on NFRC was very interesting especially the part where it’s noting its struggles. As been mentioned here many times, this process could’ve been done so much better but that was never in the plans. (and as noted here I believe if John Lewis came on a few years earlier- it woulda been better). This week I heard from several people frustrated and confused because they have no idea what needs to be done. It’s sad that this process came into being the way it did and the havoc it will wreak for years to come.

-- This winter has been bizarre… when Washington DC and surrounding get 50 inches of snow that is odd… (or what our friends in Minnesota call.. “spring”)… Amazing also is that when massive storms hit DC or NY they get a cool name like “Snowmageddon” or “Snowacane” while when we’d get it in Detroit or Buffalo the name is Tuesday. Anyway if you live in DC and you had a snow blower at the ready you are looking really good right now…

Off to the links…

Not sure if Link Chick is following me on my new start and path- hope she does but considering that I haven’t told her yet, I have no idea. Plus I think like the rest of north she's snowed in too I think…
It’s the Olympic edition of the Links.. I love the Winter Games… Speed Skating, Skiing and of course some seriously epic Hockey…

-- Here are 21 reasons why you should watch…

-- Awesome story about a skier from Ethiopia… see again it’s this sort of stuff (like the Jamaican Bobsled team and Eddie the Eagle) that make the Winter games great…

-- Speaking of Bobsled… how about a team from down under? Australian Bobsledders… wow.

-- They are trucking snow into the games since Vancouver is not getting the snow they need… there’s no truth to the rumor that the latest truckload of snow came directly from Kim Mann’s driveway…

Video of the Week

A lot of solid commercials this year during the Super Bowl… but to me this one was the best… I love the whole concept, but sadly I enjoyed the commercial so much that when someone asked me what it promoted, I had no idea… (also note growing in Pennsylvania this whole ceremony was HUGE- so I loved the take off on it)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

For those not in the know - just what WAS the rumor you started out debunking in the first line?

Max Perilstein said...

In some of my haste/frustration it came across on the message boards that I was quitting everything- which is not true... just taking the blog independent.
Thanks for the post and reading.

Garret said...

Max-
Glad to hear you are still going to rant and rave about our industry. I for one, need your blog to catch up on educational items / lots of humor / and some great debates.

Make sure we all know where your link is.

And by the way, I have 30 some inches of snow in yard here in MN and it doesn't feel anything like Spring....

Brrr,

GH

Max Perilstein said...

Thanks for the post Garret.. The blog stays right here- just won't have a link at usgnn anymore...
Only 30 inches of snow? Do you even break out the snowblower for that?

Thanks again for the post and support!
Max

Pete Chojnacki said...

Max,

We will miss you on the US Glass blog roster. However, I will still follow your posts.

See you at a national event soon. Hang in there,

Pete Chojnacki
Full disclosure - from Cleveland 28 inches of snow over the last 2 weeks and no snow days. Just another Tuesday/Friday

Garret said...

Max,

Move the MN marker up to 32" (we got 2" more since my last post). Yes I broke out the snowblower, much like I found it more relaxing to use the all-in-one remote control for my TV, the speed dial on my phone and the supercharged turbo riding lawnmower...

Thank goodness the technology for a snowblower was introduced. I always hated the snow shovel. It's a race between the neighbors to see who can clean their driveway the fastest, who wants to do that with a shovel??? Anyways, I always lose to the guy two houses down that bought the nuclear powered super-duper blower, but I never stop trying.

I do beat the guy that bought the Toyota ultra clean solar powered Prius model though... What was he thinking?

I digress

All the best,

GH

PS. Did you see the 'Great One' watching nervously as the cauldron was slow to lite last night?

Max Perilstein said...

Pete- thanks for the comment it was obviously an honor to share a blogroll with folks like you, Paul, Chuck, Arlene and the rest of the gang!

Garret-
Gotta agree on the snowblower vs. Shovel... Thank goodness this technology is here...I remember growing up we got our first snowblower and it was electric- so you had to deal with the cord! Insane...
And yes watched it all last night got a kick out of the "great one" and also the entire bizarre show... Still amazed they spent 40 mill on the whole ceremony though...
Have a good weekend!