Blog Category: The Daily Grind


Daily Grind—January, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Flame Without the Moth You’ve probably seen (and screamed at) advertisements where someone can watch a five minute video and suddenly…they’re as good a painter as you are! I thought of an answer to “how to paint like a pro.” “Spend a whole bunch of years working 8-10 hours a day, training, learning, climbing, making  … Read more

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Daily Grind—December, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

Talking Myself Into 2018   It’s December! Time, usually, for year in review or resolutions and predictions for the next. Or not, because we could simply resolve not to do that. But it’s a good time to reflect. One thing I want to avoid doing in 2018 is wasting space in this magazine praising a  … Read more

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Daily Grind—November, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

When Yellow Isn’t Mellow Something different for a change: I’ll write about paint. I didn’t even realize it was about paint, I just knew something was wrong. There’s a family-owned diner near the office that’s known for ice cream and fried chicken. It has some typical diner features such as old time pictures on the  … Read more

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The Daily Grind—October, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Go West Young Man…Oh Wait, You Can’t Pet peeve #1: You’re at the donut shop with a friend—just work with me—and he dunks his donut but you don’t, you just bite. The conversation shifts from something interesting to: Why don’t you want to dunk it? Have you tried dunking it? What are you so  … Read more

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Daily Grind—September, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

  We’ll Never Know What It Costs Tarron Alexander, the painter on a recent TPD Project, was doing some late night touchup. He wanted to pick up a quick refreshment so I suggested the shop across the street. “They’ll probably ask you to name your price,” I said. He thought I was kidding until he  … Read more

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Daily Grind—August, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Mugs, Pubs, and Ink. Another Day, Another Party. We’re always celebrating anniversaries here—not sure how any work gets done—this time it’s my 25th year of working at Mug Pub Inc. If it was a pub, I’m sure the celebration, and the mug, would be a lot different. The day before I started this job  … Read more

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Daily Grind—July, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Diamonds, Aluminum, Daffodils, and Sapphires So we’re ten. We started as a quarterly insert in The Paint Dealer in the summer of 2007; I snapped a cover photo of a guy fishing a mini roller out of Walker Lake in Kirkwood, MO. Next we had a cover of a waitress pouring red paint out  … Read more

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Daily Grind—June, 2107

By Jerry Rabushka,

  What Disappears Is Still Here Time for a new topic. How do I know? (All together now…) I still have the plumber’s watch. This month some contractors left a switch blade and some tape at our office and haven’t come to pick it up. We can’t figure out how to close the knife and  … Read more

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Daily Grind—May, 2017

By Jerry Rabushka,

  Don’t Forget The Mouthwash So the good news, for those following my contractor odyssey, is that after four months Shad the plumber came with the part to fix the shower. My shower is so old, he says, that there’s one part for it left in the entire US of A—and now I’ve got it.  … Read more

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Daily Grind—April, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

I need to see a man (or woman) about a horse…. So this is different—Jerry and I were talking about what I wanted to write for my PrimeCoat editorial in The Paint Dealer this month. I had a project in mind that I will be starting to work on soon, and felt it was best  … Read more

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