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Vern
12-01-2008, 09:17 PM
Byron, The newsletter is great, really enjoyed the articles. This has to be one of the best newsletters out there. Can't wait for the next one. Wow, from the laundry business to fly shop owner to Internet master publisher. And you married a pretty, smart, blond woman that likes to fly fish. What more could you achieve in live? Now if only you could find away to make the trout stupid, like asked for in another post, you would be my Hero.

Byron Begley
12-02-2008, 12:17 PM
Thanks Vern,

I've been lucky I guess and you are right about Paula. Thankfully for me too is the fact that Daniel has a lot of patience. Learning to use new software is not easy for me. I hope you and Giantfish are getting out on the river. Thanks for all of your kind support.

Byron

Gerry Romer
12-02-2008, 02:29 PM
And you married a pretty, smart, blond woman that likes to fly fish.

...and I've been operating under the belief that "smart" and "blond" were mutually exclusive...
;)

Great job, Byron! (as usual)
Gerry

Vern
12-02-2008, 08:36 PM
Gerry, I was wondering when someone would ask if she is pretty smart woman or a pretty woman who is smart. I know what I think, but the rest of you can decide which way to read it.

Byron it's been a slow year for us. Being in the truss business has been rough. I have been asked to let go half the design staff and go back to design myself. Lots of extra hours being worked the past few months. This doesn't leave much time for fishing. But we are breaking even which is good for the size of company we are now. We are thinking about a winter trip, but have not come up with a date yet.

Paula Begley
12-02-2008, 08:52 PM
Heh. I just noticed this post. I second the notion that the Journal is wonderful and that Byron is a pretty lucky guy but I have little to do with that fact.

In any event, thank you Vern. And thank you too, Byron.

...and I've been operating under the belief that "smart" and "blond" were mutually exclusive...

As to this, in nature there exist at times anomalies. As Vern said, you can decide which way to read that. ;)

Paula

Grannyknot
12-03-2008, 09:45 AM
The December newsletter was great. The article by Lefty was outstanding.

Great Job. Can't wait for the next one.

Gerry Romer
12-03-2008, 12:28 PM
As to this, in nature there exist at times anomalies.


I know, I know... I've seen her on TV on the Rachel Maddow Show. she used to do her own blog... basically put political blogging on the map, right? Anomalie Cox??

But she's not blond anymore. She's a redhead:cool:

Byron Begley
12-04-2008, 08:57 PM
Thanks Everyone,

I appreciate your helpful and encouraging response. I'm glad to have friends like you.

Gerry, We'll start opening until 8:00 on Friday nights next Spring unless business stays this slow. If not, maybe we'll try home delivery.

Vern, I have a friend who runs a truss shop here. I'm hoping they will keep it open. Every business connected with the home or even commercial construction is slow. Everything is slow. I have been in business since 1972. I've seen tough times. I don't know if I have ever seen anything like this. Like I said recently in the Fishing Report, we are going to have to start working harder for less and wait it out. America is going to change. We are going to change in a big way. I look forward to it. It was going to happen at some point and now seems to be the time.

Byron

Vern
12-09-2008, 12:46 AM
Byron, I attended a round table meeting with some truss companies around the area. One from Mobil, another company from Nashville and one from your area, I don't remember the name of the company in east Tennessee, but I think they were from Alcoa. But the meeting was on the future of our business and what the engineering software has do to keep up with change. We all agreed that the business is going to drastically change. Not only are we going to manufacture truss and wall panels but we will also become the primary builder to the dry in phase. The homes will become much smaller and a lot more high tech STUFF. Home building right now is pushing the limits of engineering and are real expensive per foot. This is because of the really cut up roof systems that look "good". I think in the future that homes will go to a more simple and less expensive design and Home buyers will be looking for more efficient homes. If you can survive this is an exciting time. Change is sometimes good even if it is painful.

Byron Begley
12-10-2008, 06:58 PM
Hi Vern,

The company in Alcoa was probably Anderson Truss. I would imagine the managing partner at the meeting was Joe Prospero. I talked to an engineer the other day from the largest firm in Knoxville. He told me about the new CAD type software that they are using. Building plans will be in 3D from now on. Sounds interesting.

Byron