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Old 08-31-2011, 03:37 PM   #41
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I was probably posting for a year or two before anyone realized I was female
I thought that for a long time. And you kept mentioning a guy named Rob and I remember thinking to myself...."Man, I never seen two painters that were so close?" Exactly what goes on in S Utah? Lol
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:39 PM   #42
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Welcome aboard. I live approx 30 miles north of the other Portland up in Washington state.
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I hope you were replicating my kind of humor, dufus humor

- she's from the EASTERN Portland.

Did you know that when the first settlers who settled that town 30 miles south of you, they were mostly from Boston (MA) and Portland (ME). To decide which city they would name their new town after, the flipped a coin. The Mainiacs won.



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I realized shortly after I posted my reply to Bill that I didn't understand all the ramifications of the "quote" button--when I saw "originally posted by" TJ Painting, I got sort of confused and thought Bill was operating under a separate alias, for some reason. But apparently you were both merely separated at birth. In my universe, anyway. And it made everyone's tails wag, so it's all good in the end
Holly, you're gonna fit it very nicely here

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Mike,

I hope you were replicating my kind of humor, dufus humor

- she's from the EASTERN Portland.

Did you know that when the first settlers who settled that town 30 miles south of you, they were mostly from Boston (MA) and Portland (ME). To decide which city they would name their new town after, the flipped a coin. The Mainiacs won.
Thank you Bill. Yes, I realized she is in Maine. Thats why I said "The other Portland". And yes, I was also aware of the coin toss when the named Portland Oregon.
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Thank you Bill. Yes, I realized she is in Maine. Thats why I said "The other Portland". And yes, I was also aware of the coin toss when the named Portland Oregon.
Well you see, I AM a DUFUS. I wouldn't lie to you.

I missed that all important word "other"





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Hey! I was gonna tell Mike that story!

And Bill, I really enjoy reading your posts. And thanks again for the warm welcomes! If there was a Click and Clack of painting, you're like the Click to everyone else's Clack.

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Hi Holly. Good to see you here. ( I worked for Holly years ago one summer to help her get her business going) Not sure if I was any help but she kept me busy!
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Hi Paintfolk,

I have been lurking about on this site for 2 months or so, and have gotten lots of useful information, the most recent on painting oak cabinets. I thought I'd introduced myself here before, but I think I must have done it on the sister site for contractors, instead. Hello!

I've just begun reading the new postings here this past week, as opposed to just scanning threads for answers to technical problems, and I've been learning a little about some of the more regular contributors' personalities. There are a lot of generous characters here willing to share their experiences, know-how, and wise-guy comments. Thank you!

As for me, my name is Holly, I run Handy Gal Painting in Portland, Maine. I've been doing minor repairs and painting on and off since 1986. I started Handy Gal in 2002 doing handy work on the side, quit my library job to do it full time in 2004, and was almost immediately interrupted for about 2 1/2 years with a surprise (although very much wanted) new addition to our family. Handy Gal has been in its current incarnation since 2007: a painting business with workers, now officially payrolled and workers' comped for a little over a year.

I've been finding Brian Phillips' "Getting Out of the Bucket" program pretty helpful for getting a handle on certain issues,and I see things beginning to turn around a little bit. I just lined up about $40K worth of work to carry us through the next two months, with several more leads and waiting-to-be-scheduled jobs in the pipeline, so I am very relieved and excited about that. And nervous. Marketing hasn't been a problem for me so much as being able to train and manage reliable people so as to keep work commitments. I've previously held back on sales to make sure I could follow through by myself, if necessary. I've got a reasonably good set up at the moment, which is why I could accept so much work! Yippee!!

I really want to spend less time painting and more time running the business and fine-tuning it; maintaining good relationships; and also want to be freed up enough to spend more happy, meaningful time with my six-year-old son. I want to pick him up right after school sometimes, join the PTA, and volunteer in his class once in awhile! (Actually, I think I might hate the PTA)

Do I get the prize for the longest introduction submitted? I am a talker, for sure. I look forward to participating in the group.

Be well, wear a dust mask, and thanks again.

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Hi Holly. Good to see you here. ( I worked for Holly years ago one summer to help her get her business going) Not sure if I was any help but she kept me busy!
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Hey Marlow, I should have known you would be on here! I've learned some good techniques from you, and not so very many years ago, either. I have changed the face of the business a great deal since we last crossed paths, learned a lot more skills, and have lots more to learn. I finally have a pretty good group pulled together on payroll, and just turned a corner this month--was able to line up over 40K worth of work for mid-august through October, with more in the pipeline, and feel confident about the follow-through! I know we're still a little business, but some of the focused changes I made over the summer are having an effect; it's exciting.

Thanks for saying hi. I'm thinking your little girl is not so little anymore. Are you making kayaks still? Gold leafing? I hope you're well.
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