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April 2015

Counting to Ten

I’d always known him as a steady, quiet man of few, but powerful words. Unfailingly polite and professional, I’d never seen him lose his cool—until last Thursday, that is. As I heard his voice rise way above its normal corporate cadence, my head snapped around in response. “What,” I thought, “had this longtime C.R. Laurence employee so upset?” If you attended Glass Expo Northeast ’15 on Long Island last week, you know what had CRL veteran Doug DeRusha so animated. And, as many things are, it was all about money—money left on the table by our industry. “We miss a lot of business opportunities,” DeRusha said during his seminar. Though… Read More »

Lessons Learned

It was to be a very lazy Saturday morning, just a month ago now. At least that’s how I thought it would go. Except that it didn’t. The week ending was a busy one, as it included the Glass Expo West™ show in Irvine, Calif., which had been exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. But it was Saturday now—the show over—and I could sleep in a bit in my big, fluffy, hotel bed. Then the phone rang. At least I thought it might have, because I heard it while in that semi-conscious state that bops back and forth between asleep and awake. I bolted up, even though I had… Read More »

Next Year is Here

In baseball, it’s always, “Wait ‘til next year.” Well, no more waiting. Next year is here. It started last night, in fact, with a win by the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs. Which brings me to this week’s blog. It’s short, real short. In fact, this is the whole blog. And that is because I am continuing a tradition of attending the Washington Nationals’ home-opener. I have done so every year (… except for the year I was stuck right outside the stadium because President Obama was throwing out the first pitch. Security would not let anyone into the parking spaces, even though people had bought them online, and… Read More »

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