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Old 12-22-2010, 10:22 PM   #41
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Vash, Any updates on this?
To be honest, since everything came out in the open down at the shop I've been staying out of it. My brother really pissed me off and I knew that if I kept trying to get involved that him and I would butt heads and it'd end up ugly. It has before in the past. Probably why he's keeping me out of the future plans. I still plan on setting them up with a website and doing some advertising for them though. It cant hurt, and thats more for my dad.

My dad and I have talked since then about it and he got a little emotional and told me he was sorry about how everything was turning out. I told him not to worry about me and to just keep doing what he needs to do for himself. If things go sour though, I can point my finger in my brothers ******* face and tell him off. Hopefully I wont have to do that though. lol

Since then enough work has come in that they decided to keep the ball rolling and take things on a month by month basis. I know they just did a 70 yard wall this past week which isn't too shabby, depending on how many hours my brother milked out of it that is (I shouldn't talk **** though, he's out in the cold and I'm not). My dad told me that a job they did last month turned out fucked up now though. The guy lives in the city and was building his vacation/weekend home here in CT and is having problems with the bank. Guy owes $19k and I guess they are getting suited up to take some legal action and put a lien on the house.

I've taken the opportunity to stop worrying about something that's out of my hands and start concentrating more on my own business. I also have something new in the works that is close enough to the concrete work, but far from the labor that's involved. Right now I'm just in the works of setting everything up, but hopefully by next month I'll know if there's a market for it or not. In the meantime I'm getting by with the money I make from my GM dealership liquidation sales. Thankfully sales have been picking up and I'm selling more of the higher priced items rather than the little $10-$20 sales.

Thanks for checking in man!
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:35 PM   #42
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I wanted to give an update for you guys that helped motivate me before winter.

I've taken initiative and moved into the shop. At first it was temporary to see if it could work, now I'm going full force with it. Now that I'm down here everyday I'm able to help out the concrete biz as well. I take calls while I'm here and talk to any builders that stop by. Usually they would be welcomed by a locked office door or answering service (2 things I'm going to change).

First step is taken and I'm here. Now I'm going to work on the website and get a sign made up for the front of the building. I asked around and a couple guys said they run about $500 for the size I want. Once I get the advertising ball rolling I'm going to work on the trucks when I have spare time. The '73 Autocar is in need of a complete inspection and many things need fixed/replaced.

Now that the nice weather is coming work is picking up as well. Not a lot by any means, but enough that the guys can work full weeks. I'm thinking that eventually I'll start working 1-2 days a week just for the sake of having a "set" income each week.

Thanks to all you guys for the support!
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Good to hear man.
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Hey I used to live in Ridgefield (1 town over) not too long ago...
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Hey I used to live in Ridgefield (1 town over) not too long ago...
I live in Ridgefield now myself. Right on the NY border, we're about 2 mins from 84. The landlords are gone 6 months out of the year and I get to chill on 7 acres of old farm property, so I opted to move in with the gf to save up money.

So now I'm down here at the shop in my "new to me" office trying to get some work done on the website. There's about 1000 pictures of jobs from over the years for me to go through and I'm trying to pick some of the good ones. I'll post a couple of the cool ones to share with you guys as I find them.

I also had another idea for the website. I found it through another concrete company's website when I was looking around for some ideas. There's a couple jobs that we've done that would have been awesome to have a still frame progress gallery for it.

http://oxblue.com/site/

I just don't know if its affordable right now, but I'm definitely interested.
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I totally think you need to incorporate your ebay business in with it. This way in your TV commercials you can be like "Bitches better use me to sell your **** on EBAY, or else I bury you under a concrete floor". I think you will drum up a lot of business that way.
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I totally think you need to incorporate your ebay business in with it. This way in your TV commercials you can be like "Bitches better use me to sell your **** on EBAY, or else I bury you under a concrete floor". I think you will drum up a lot of business that way.
I've heard some old school stories about some **** that's been buried under the concrete. No bodies that I know of.....lol.

My brother told me that on a few jobs the home owners would come and sprinkle their gold and silver coins in the wall while he was pouring it. Strip the forms off and any coins on the face of the wall are for the taking!!

Luckily the ebay business works pretty well down at the shop. I don't even have to advertise because the guys down there do it for me. Every week they have someone or something new they want me to look at. Moving my **** down to the shop was probably the best thing I could've done for myself.

Plus I like being around to help my dad. He was laid out in the hospital from back surgery for months just this past summer. Now he wants to load 2x12's and forms in the truck like he used to, so when I see him doing anything he shouldn't be I run out and help.
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