Living in the past.

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Living In The Past by Jethro Tull
“Living In The Past”

Happy and I’m smiling,
walk a mile to drink your water.
You know I’d love to love you,
and above you there’s no other.
We’ll go walking out
while others shout of war’s disaster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
let’s go living in the past.

Once I used to join in
every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there’s revolution, but they don’t know
what they’re fighting.
Let us close out eyes;
outside their lives go on much faster.
Oh, we won’t give in.

Jethro Tull and their working class lyrical roots soothes a rock and roll heart.

Lots has happened these last few years, home values which had been inflated to the point that Monopoly money was to be had by anyone and getting pretend equity out of your property was a sure thing. Remodeling in the residential arena was at a fever pitch and new contractors with no experience were handling millions of dollars in projects with little knowledge on how to do them. The stories we will tell our grandchildren, eh?

Yesterday we were like English lords on a drunken holiday and today were sober as pilgrims at Sunday mass.

2010 is here and things have changed, customers are very price sensitive and remodeling is not being sold as an investment anymore, well, at least not by me, actually I never sold remodel jobs that way.

Today’s blog entry is just to say, hang in there, be flexible and look for the good in any given situation. This is a great time to make plans and its the right time to accept that some of what made you successful a few years ago is not going to make you successful tomorrow.

Better understand your customers needs and gauge your market and provide what people are looking for. This is the perfect time for small operators to capture market share from the larger companies. So my brothers and sisters, get out there, put your face in front of the decision makers and make bold moves. Be flexible and take small bites of the pie and when the time is right you can take a bigger piece.

“Nothing is Easy”

Nothing is easy.
Though time gets you worrying
my friend, it’s o.k.
Just take your life easy
and stop all that hurrying,
be happy my way.

When tension starts mounting
and you’ve lost count
of the pennies you’ve missed,
just try hard and see why they’re not worrying me,
they’re last on my list.
Nothing’s easy.

Nothing is easy, you’ll find
that the squeeze won’t turn out so bad.
Your fingers may freeze, worse things happen at sea,
there’s good times to be had.
So if you’re alone and you’re down to the bone,
just give us a play.
You’ll smile in a while and discover
that I’ll get you happy my way —
nothing’s easy.

This is a powerful industry populated by talented and resourceful people, we are the builders of America. The first home a very in love couple share, the nursery a baby sleeps in, the bedroom a teenager does her homework in or the cozy bungalow grandma and grandpa share surrounded by family memories, we design, build and maintain all that. People need shelter and we provide it.

As for changes to our industry, they have come and more are yet to come. Change is part of life and you can make it positive. Remodel Crazy sees our industry getting better and sees the potential for many positive events. Come back and join us for news and support.

By Paul Lesieur

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