Monthly Archives: July 2004

What Keith did on his summer vacation

Damn. Am I prolific today, or what? Brother Keith in Kentucky has been keeping me abreast of his “big dig” for a while.  First slated for use back on July Fourth, an unusually wet Jun and July in Louisville has delayed everything.  But… wetter times are on the way. To wit: With that little hose [...]

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We call it a conversation

It started out innocently enough.  I opined a couple of days ago that a cost/benefit analysis should be conducted in advance of the City placing a $20M Coliseum Complex bond before the voters.  The comments to that post haven’t abated yet. Jim Capo, Libertarian candidate for the District 7 County Commissioner’s seat, raised objections to ANY [...]

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Letters

Two N&R “Letters to the Editor” caught my eye this morning. Vanquished at-large school board candidate Garth Hebert hasn’t figured out that sporting a sign or sticker in one’s yard or on one’s car doesn’t translate into votes.  With all of the ABC o Guilford County signs and stickers that popped up around town calling [...]

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The “Maria Treatment” continues

I’ve missed having my N&R shadow around this week, but reporter Maria Johnson has definitely been busy compiling information for an upcoming article on moi.  Starting late last week with a “girls-only” kitchen table interview with my lovely and talented wife Jinni, she has been contacting people I have mentioned during our many interviews.  How do [...]

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Conversation with Mike

“I want what you’ve got“, explained County Commissioner Mike Barber during yesterday’s lunch meeting at Elizabeth’s.  Following some great political and personal conversation I asked the Democratic candidate for the District 7 seat why he was seeking my support for his campaign. Barber continued: “I admire the community you built on-line during your (City Council) [...]

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We need more salesmen in politics

During my sixteen-year sales career, much of my success came when I sold the ”features and benefits” of a new product.  No matter what the product might cost, if I could assign enough of the product’s features, and the benefits those features provided to the end-user, I could usually get the sale.. According to the front page article in [...]

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Doing lunch

County Commissioner Mike Barber and I finally were able to connect today after previous attempts by intermediaries and some phone tag.  We are getting together for lunch tomorrow. “Where?”, asked Mike.  “My favorite place for a power lunch“, says I, “Elizabeth’s Pizza…  Summit Avenue“ I haven’t spoken to Barber’s opponent - the Republican Mike – yet, but [...]

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Progress

School Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier called back with some good news regarding the prospects of getting a running track and football/soccer field installed at Aycock Middle School that I wrote about earlier. The total cost for the track and field facility at Hairston Middle was $195,000 back in 2002.  This price included grading, drainage, fencing, paving, [...]

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Film at 11

Oh yeah… we went camping.  More on this, the Saturday night deluge, and pix of all will follow shortly. We usually look forward to carrying much lighter packs on the way down Roan Mountain, but not this year.  Water weighs more than food.   They call such adventures a “character building experience” for the kids ************** [...]

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The next step for Aycock

During a joint meeting between the Greensboro and Guilford County Parks & Rec Commissions back in May, Guilford County’s Community Development Director Rob Bencini gave those assembled a summary of what was going to be included in the proposed $20M Guilford County P&R bond offering his department was hoping to get on the November ballot. [...]

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