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Old 10-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #1
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Hi! My name is Dan - known to most of you as RH.

I'm currently 61 years old and have been painting for more than forty of those years.

Like many of you, I started painting by doing projects for my dad. One time we had a remodeling GC come by the house to do some custom cabinet work and he asked me if I would be interested in painting during the summers. He connected me with a buddy of his who owned a painting business and so it began.

I continued to paint in the summers during my college years while I earned a degree in education. I began teaching in 1975. At that point, I broke away from working for someone else and started my own company. Eventually I teamed up with two other guys to form a partnership and I worked out of the bucket in the summers while continuing to be a part of the business during the school year by doing bids and handling most of the paperwork side of things.

Eventually the partnership dissolved (amicably), and I went back to being on my own up until about the last eight years of my teaching career. At that point my summers became more important to me than the money. Upon retiring in 2006, I started to get a lot of enquiries from previous customers and acquaintances about painting. So, after a year of pretty much doing nothing I reacquired my Oregon CCB license and formed our present business.

What I initially thought would be part time soon turned into full time. When my wife retired in 2010 she joined me in the business. She does much of the prep work which frees me to get to the painting. We make a good team - the clients love our work and together we do a good job of representing our business.

We have two grown children, a daughter 38 and a son 29. We also have two grandsons. We own two cats, and, of course, our Welsh Corgi pup, Stevie.

When I'm not out painting, or at the computer doing paperwork associated with the company (or on PT), my hobbies are model railroading, camping, and fishing. I am also a long time season ticket holder for both the football and baseball programs at Oregon State University.

Life is good.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:19 AM   #2
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Hi! My name is Dan - known to most of you as RH.

I'm currently 61 years old and have been painting for more than forty of those years.

Like many of you, I started painting by doing projects for my dad. One time we had a remodeling GC come by the house to do some custom cabinet work and he asked me if I would be interested in painting during the summers. He connected me with a buddy of his who owned a painting business and so it began.

I continued to paint in the summers during my college years while I earned a degree in education. I began teaching in 1975. At that point, I broke away from working for someone else and started my own company. Eventually I teamed up with two other guys to form a partnership and I worked out of the bucket in the summers while continuing to be a part of the business during the school year by doing bids and handling most of the paperwork side of things.

Eventually the partnership dissolved (amicably), and I went back to being on my own up until about the last eight years of my teaching career. At that point my summers became more important to me than the money. Upon retiring in 2006, I started to get a lot of enquiries from previous customers and acquaintances about painting. So, after a year of pretty much doing nothing I reacquired my Oregon CCB license and formed our present business.

What I initially thought would be part time soon turned into full time. When my wife retired in 2010 she joined me in the business. She does much of the prep work which frees me to get to the painting. We make a good team - the clients love our work and together we do a good job of representing our business.

We have two grown children, a daughter 38 and a son 29. We also have two grandsons. We own two cats, and, of course, our Welsh Corgi pup, Stevie.

When I'm not out painting, or at the computer doing paperwork associated with the company (or on PT), my hobbies are model railroading, camping, and fishing. I am also a long time season ticket holder for both the football and baseball programs at Oregon State University.

Life is good.

I like everything about your bio, except for the fact that you root for the wrong Oregon Team. Exchange the black-n-orange for some green-n-gold already. Geesh.


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You have my vote this round.
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You've done very well for yourself RH. Sounds like you've never really had to rely on painting as your sole source of annual income.
And even though that might make some a little jealous (myself included), no one handed it to you. You earned it...and If I wasn't Chrisn's campaign manager, Id'a voted for you.
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You've done very well for yourself RH. Sounds like you've never really had to rely on painting as your sole source of annual income.
And even though that might make some a little jealous (myself included), no one handed it to you. You earned it...and If I wasn't Chrisn's campaign manager, Id'a voted for you.
K started teaching in 1970 and retired from it in 2007. Since then, I've spent a lot of days teaching with her in the area schools, doing outreach. For those of you who think it's an easy inside gig with no heavy lifting, let me disabuse you of that notion. It makes a windy day grinding paint off of a 40-footer look like a day at the beach. I can still paint 6 days a week, but we decided to limit ourselves to a maximum of 2 days/week teaching. More than that and we're totally worn out...and we don't even have to grade papers.
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Jan was often frustrated that our kids would usually do what I told them to do the first time I said it while she'd have to say things several times. I always figured it was because both of them were smart enough to realize that after a day of teaching dad wasn't in the mood to have to say anything twice.
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I like everything about your bio, except for the fact that you root for the wrong Oregon Team. Exchange the black-n-orange for some green-n-gold already. Geesh.

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Boomers are awesome! Nice read RH. You're a good role model...outside of PT I'm sure. J/K and good luck!
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