From the fabricator: Eye of the storm

I had a great blog already written, but due to Hurricane Irene I decided to change it up. Because I post this blog on Sundays, the full force of the hurricane and its aftermath will not have played out completely when I post this. Obviously, my thoughts are with everyone in its path. Hopefully, everyone is staying safe.

Given the circumstances, my normal batch of commentary, snark and kudos is just not appropriate. All I can say is that a hurricane is bad wherever and whenever it hits, but the fact that Irene is hitting places that normally don't get hurricanes makes this even worse. Compounding the problem is that so much in our world depends on what happens in cities like New York. Basically, if New York sneezes, the rest of the country can catch a cold. So, it does beg the questions: how much of an economic effect will this hurricane have, and how far will it reach?

It has been a very good summer for the glass and construction industry (especially compared to the winter and spring). Will this derail or lengthen it? No matter what the result is, hopefully everyone  hangs in there with as little issues as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

I will close with some levity though: specifically, this story on what the folks are hoarding in Brooklyn ... and it's not water. I guess we all deal with things in different ways!

I'll be back next week with a regular post. 

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Hi Max, I don't have your current contact information unless you are still with Vitro; however, CONGRATULATIONS on the announcement regarding your new affiliation with RavenBrick.  It's great that you are with a company that offers new technology... it will take awhile before all the masses of fabricators try to jump into that market.  I trust all is well for you.  I wish you the best of luck.  Maybe we will see each other at GlassBuild. Best regards,Bob 

Bob Thank you- having my new venture hooked up with RavenBrick is a tremendous honor- they are a great group of people and I am excited to be involved.  And I will be at the show and look forward to seeing you there!!Thanks again for the comment!Max

You make it entertaining and you even now manage to help keep it wise. I cant wait to go through additional from you.