Blog Category: The Daily Grind


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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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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