market stinks. The stock market brings constant pain. The financial bailouts
grow more insane by the day. Manufacturers are struggling. Nonprofits are
laying off staff. Retailers are filing for bankruptcy. To all of this I want complain loudly and shout, “Bah humbug.” But I can’t.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have a few weeks before
the Christmas spirit peaks and we have to be nice to people. Now is the perfect
time to take advantage of people and make some easy money for your company. Here’s how to do it...
Woke up at about 4 am one day last week to the sound of a
“fog horn” in the house. Went to the bathroom – where the tub was a sub-woofer.
The noise was even louder in the kitchen. and even worse in the basement...
Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department released
October stats indicating that new home and apartment construction have dropped
to an annual rate of 791,000 units, a 4.5% decrease from
September. Certain to receive unwanted focus is the fact that this
total is the lowest national annualized rate since 1959, or nearly a
As I was waiting for my wife after a show recently, I gave
the “nod” to several other guys, also waiting, and wondered about the
woman experience in public restrooms. I never
knew, after being together for more than 25 years, that one of my wife’s
horrors in life is the road trip and the dreaded required trips to the public
In business, I subscribe to the theory that you
provide the best products and services and let the market dictate who wins or
loses. But it’s also wise to know your competition in order to articulate your
advantages to the market.
“Go West,” ASPE members were told this year - so
I did in late October, spending two days in Long Beach, CA, at the American
Society of Plumbing Engineers’ biennial Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition
When I took my first trip to California in 1982, the state’s
sunny skies, palm trees and ocean views entranced me. With the Mamas and the
Papas’ “California Dreaming” playing in my head, I understood why people were
moving there in droves.
For many in the construction trades, California has
indeed been a dream location.
Who wouldn’t love to discover hidden treasure? Personally, I dream of appearing on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow
with my grandfather’s coin collection and hearing the expert say: “Mr. Fausch,
this is a stunning collection, filled with the rarest pennies ever assembled.
It’s easily worth $5 million.”
It’s been fascinating watching the world turn
green, i.e. “environmentally sensitive.” Because BNP Media has published Environmental
Design + Construction magazine
since 1997, we’ve been able to watch the recent “green rush” from a position of