Ok in keeping with my all time favorite holiday, (Thanksgiving in the US) I am taking a different spin on this week’s blog… I am going with things in this industry I am thankful for…
– I am thankful that we have so many amazing people in this industry who care… do you know how hard it is to find people who really truly care these days? And yet in our industry the selflessness by so many people and organizations is pretty awesome.
– I am thankful for the potential upcoming merger of GANA and the NGA. Such a huge and important move for the health, welfare, and future of our industry. And kudos to Nicole Harris for being a visionary in pushing for this.
– I am thankful that Glass Magazine picks up my blog weekly. I think I have given Katy Devlin and Bethany Stough fits with having to worry that my weakening writing skills will devalue their amazing site and also whom I may end up offending along the way. But they still support me. Amazing.
– I am thankful to all of those folks (way too many to mention) who helped me along the way in our glass universe; like my brother Steve who convinced me to leave television to join the business, then convinced me to turn down a great gig hosting a TV show in Virginia to stay at it. And my late dad, who never pressured me about joining the business or even staying in it, he would’ve supported me the same incredible way if I was doing the fishing report in North Dakota or working in the glass industry. Class guy who didn’t talk much but his lessons, even 16 years after he is gone still speaks volumes for me.
– I am thankful that the forecasts for the industry look positive for the next few years. Obviously a lot can change and change quickly, but I am surely enjoying the positive wave now.
– I am thankful we have companies that are innovating even though some from outside the industry don’t believe it. Our materials have come a long way since I started in 1991 even though some days it doesn’t feel that way.
– I am thankful for all I have been fortunate enough to experience in person in our industry, including amazing float plants, great fab operations, unitized glazing setups, installations, testing, R&D, trade shows etc. So many experiences and memories I cherish and will always be on the lookout for more.
– I am thankful for my fellow bloggers who write blogs I only wish I could write. People like John Wheaton who bring up really insightful subjects and get people thinking and acting in a way that can only help our industry.
– I am thankful for GlassBuild America and for GANA BEC- two events that mean the world to me and our industry, and all I have learned at both.
– Last… I am thankful that I still have the opportunity to write this blog every week and that at least a few people and my mom still read it. I truly appreciate it and I am legitimately blown away every time someone notes they read it. I’ve been posting for 12 years and I hope I still bring some interesting items up even though I am a ton mellower than I was when I started. (Thank goodness!) I sincerely hope that every one out there in the U.S. has a wonderful holiday and to my friends in Canada and elsewhere enjoy the peace and quiet that should be emanating out of the United States Thursday!
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Next June the new Deadpool movie comes out… I am torn on this one… I know some people loved it (my son especially) and others did not. It is surely different.
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