Blog Category: The Daily Grind


Daily Grind—December, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Maybe Some Other Time… Years back our city’s classical music station made a midnight move and sold itself out from under its loyal listeners. I’m not even sure the staff knew of it until it had been sold, signed, and sealed. There was a lot of hollering of betrayal and the like, but things change  … Read more

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Daily Grind—October, 2018

By Jerry Rabushka,

Going Away Party I wasn’t planning on doing this until August 2027. I was going to write my 35th anniversary column and bid the industry farewell. As it stands, I’m not sure if I’m bidding farewell, but as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher for The Paint Dealer and The Paint Contractor, farewell will be finalized after  … Read more

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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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