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April 2012

A Sure Win

This never happens, never, ever happens, at least not to me anyway. But it has. I can’t believe it, but I have found myself in the proverbial “Can’t Lose” situation. And this time it’s a sure thing. I am referring of course to the Stanley Cup playoff round now being played between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. No divided loyalties here. I will be happy no matter who emerges victorious. Here’s why. I grew up on hockey. My father was well-known to family, friends and the entire universe as the world’s greatest New York Rangers’ fan. Now, lots of people say they are fans, but my father… Read More »

Well Seated

It was my own fault and I was seething. I had done this to myself, even though I knew better. Now I was going to pay the price. There was nothing, absolutely nothing, that could make me feel better. And I knew it. The object of my scorn was me, myself and I. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get more angry with myself than I ever do with anyone else.  Even though I knew better, the stars had aligned in such a way that I had booked an outbound flight for late in the afternoon—from Dulles Airport no less. As someone who flies to and from… Read More »

TEXtravaganza!

Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Glass TEXpo ’12 last week in San Antonio! Texas is such an interesting paradox of small-town familial relationships combined with a “bigger and better” attitude. I have lots of memories from last week, but have to share with you my absolutely favorite one. We will have more TEXpo coverage over the next few days. It was just great fun to see some of the Texas glass industry greats … like Jerry Wright of AAA Glass, Bob Lawrence of Cristacurva/Craftsman, John and Teresa Mammen of M3, Donald Day of Texas Glass & Tinting in Victoria, TX, and, of course, Lou Green of Beaumont, TX…. Read More »

Creative Thinking, Bad and Good

I got a shudder when I saw the news report come across my desk last week. “Oh no,” I thought, “It’s déjà vu. And the last time it happened, it ended up costing the glass industry millions and millions of dollars.” Here we go again. The object of my dismay was a little-noticed news item that ran on our daily DWM e-newsletter concerning a $112 million settlement among hardware manufacturers in Europe for alleged price-fixing. In it, nine hardware manufacturers were fined for allegedly fixing the pricing of window mountings (hardware) for eight years. I’m not defending price fixing, and, if the European investigators are to be believed, these incidences were… Read More »

Thing One and Thing Two

The big news this week probably wasn’t all that big in the grand scheme of things, but it opened up old wounds and debates about safety glazing and the law. And it has the potential to change our codes again, so, hey wait a minute, maybe this is one of those little things that is going to balloon into a way bigger one

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