Blog Category: The Daily Grind


Daily Grind — September, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

It’s Greek to Me Our painter/columnist Erick Gatcomb asked if I would write something about gladiators. It’s more a challenge than a deep-seated desire, but OK I needed a topic, or at least a starting point. It’s nothing new to link professions of the present to legendary professions of the past. I know that a  … Read more

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Daily Grind—August, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

I’m Not Thinking About Paint “It’s Colorado, and with its elevation, temp swings, and bright sun, staining is often a leap of faith.” I’ve been on vacation and I made a pact with myself not to work—other than I visited a paint store you can read about in The Paint Dealer. But I still thought  … Read more

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Daily Grind—July, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Finally—You Won’t Believe This!   In a sense, here, you are your best marketing tool. If you get a call for a job, no matter how small, and do it to your customer’s satisfaction, you’ve saved that customer (and their friends and neighbors) a lot of time in looking for a painter next time they  … Read more

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Daily Grind—June, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

It’s Free Because I Say It’s Free Here’s a diner story for you, because…well, it was time to eat. It was quiet when I got there, just one other guy at the counter, but word got out that “Rabushka’s in the house” and suddenly everyone wanted a piece of the action. Behind me sits a  … Read more

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Daily Grind—May, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Dignity or Dinner, Pick One I like to think of myself as a pretty good restaurant customer. I say please and thank you and tip pretty well. As my dad says, “If you can’t afford to tip the extra dollar, you might as well stay home.” But I read various blogs from restaurant servers that  … Read more

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Daily Grind—April, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

No Car Behind Door Number One I wasn’t sure what to write about until this whopper came up: I’m sure by now you’ve read one or two articles that suggest you should know what you’re talking about when you meet with a customer. For instance, if you only paint interior, you wouldn’t spend an hour  … Read more

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Daily Grind—March, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Hoop De Do On any given day, anyone can win; folks who follow NCAA Basketball were wowed when for the first time ever a #16 seed beat a #1. On the other hand, why put 68 teams in the tourney if it’s “wrong” that one of them should win? And back to the first hand,  … Read more

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Daily Grind—February, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Good, Bad, Ugly: Pick Two I want to start by telling you how my busted furnace adventure came out but it’s so ugly I can barely stand to relive it. Let’s just say the “good contractor” fixed in an hour what the “bad contractor” didn’t fix in a week and a half. Bad Contractor said  … Read more

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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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