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Year End 2014

23 December 2014

 

Yearend 2014

“Peace on Earth”

 

OK, I’m going to be honest here. I think the coolest part about “End of Year” blogs is that I get to post them a few weeks before the year actually ends and then take the rest of the year off! Of course, the other part of that equation is that typically I’m up to my ears in alligators by this time of year, so I still have a lot to accomplish before turning over the calendar leaf and beginning the cycle anew.

 

This year has been a very hectic and stressful one for me, which is why these blogs have been as sporadic as they have. The biggest problem was repainting the house by hand, along with all the repair work entailed by such an extensive project. I have also returned to work on a much-delayed Home Theater and am now charging towards the finish line.

 

One of the virtues of doing so much of the work on our home is that it enables me to actually test out some of the products I write about in these blogs. Formica is certainly a case in point. I have written several blogs about the durability of the product and will surely do more in the New Year. Part of that revolves around the ease with which it can be installed by one with cabinetmaking skills. It’s a wonderful product that makes a terrific countertop, and after I’ve made a substrate for it, the Formica itself can be installed in just a few hours. What’s not to like?

 

The other aspects of the blogging I especially like are the new products I learn about and the people I meet, albeit mostly online. In February I attended KBIS in Las Vegas and was able to meet some of the people I’ve “known” for years but only online. One of the things that has really astonished me about this blogging venture over the years is what a giving community it is. I first noticed that when Joe Dusel and I visited Delta Faucets in Indianapolis, Indiana back in 2010. We were part of a group of thirteen bloggers, and I really thought they would be working to preserve their secrets and so forth. Actually, they were all just the opposite, willing to share any knowledge they may have acquired over the years and to give any advice that applied.

 

And, finally, I suppose we should talk about how thoroughly I get to scratch a huge intellectual itch by writing some of these blogs. The one I posted last week on JoAnn Locktov’s new book “Dream of Venice” is very much a case in point. I did do a little bit of online research to help me fill in some of the blanks, but the bulk of what was in that blog came from JoAnn’s book. She introduced me to an entirely different world, a most fascinating place about which I knew next to nothing. I’m now reading a second book on Venice, will surely pick up a third I have that deals with Venice only in part, and have my eye on a detailed history of the city!

 

I think this blogging thing is the kind of job that appeals most to those who are curious. It’s the one attribute I doubt I’ll ever lose. It’s a fascinating world at so very many levels. Truthfully, I was not sure I could sustain my curiosity for so long a haul when Joe Dusel and I put this site together in 2008, but I’m still here and still writing because there is still so very much that is fascinating and new. With that in mind I will be attending KBIS in Las Vegas in January of next year. As usual they are featuring much that is new and exciting in the world of kitchens and baths. I will be writing about the latest finds in the New Year, along with the many other products and concepts and ideas and methods and designs that people are forever developing and that advertising agency people are kind enough to send to me throughout the year.

 

Finally, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Maybe if we all pray and wish very hard for Peace in the New Year, 2015 will be the year that it actually happens. Failing that, of course, all those good wishes certainly won’t do us any harm. And if all that positive thinking helps us treat each other just a bit more kindly in the New Year… well, that works too!

 

Joseph

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