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October 2008

Things are looking up in High Point.

We had a great time at the furniture market. Lots of cool discoveries.A few years ago, the furniture business was changing. Consumers were very happy to buy not-so-well-made furniture, since the trend was to treat furniture as disposable. Fashion was the only driver of furniture purchases. And so, if you’re looking for a sofa in this year’s color, you buy the cheapest one, right. Rooms to Go wins. High Point looses. So, retailers were becoming very price sensitive, and not too quality sensitive. As a result, many of the furniture plants in and around High Point cut back or shut…

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Really nice furniture.

Tomorrow, Anne and I have been invited to High Point, North Carolina for the fall furniture market. Our friend, and once-and-future client Eddie Merrell shot us an email a couple weeks back and asked us to come and spend the day, as his guests. I’m really looking forward to it. If you’ve never had the opportunity to go to one of these markets, let me tell you about it. This, along with the spring market, has been the cornerstone of the American furniture industry for decades. The industry has been driven by designers and craftsmen for most of its history.…

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Granny Smith.

We had the afternoon off last Friday. Time was, we would have packed up our SUV and headed to a top-secret escape location in Chattanooga, Saluda, Blowing Rock, Atlanta, or elsewhere. But times are different. So we reverted to the habits of simpler times. Jumped in the Prius and headed for Skytop Orchard to pick apples in Flat Rock. Skytop is the coolest place. It’s on the top of a mountain, off the side of a side road. One of those old-fashioned, nothin’ fancy places you used to find in the mountains of Western North Carolina—before we were overrun with…

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Just stop it!

This is not the place to talk politics. And I am going to try not to. But is anyone else really tired of the meaningless slap fight that is trying to pass for a presidential campaign? We’re going to have round three this evening, and it will be another hour or two of…well he’s not much of an American…oh, yeah, well he’s not really for change, except for the loose change in your pockets…oh, yeah, well he hangs out with bad people…oh, yeah, well he hangs out with the bad president…oh, yeah, well he has the bad former president campaigning…

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Got the NOJO workin’.

Over the weekend we went with our friends Nancy and Glen to see Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. It was some sweet jazz, I gotta tell ya. Now, there are a lot of ways to appreciate Jazz. Back in 1975, I went to see the Thad Jones/Mel Louis big band at Ohio State. They were like this tight, smooth jazz machine. Pepper Adams played this groaty old Selmer bari sax, with lacquer peeling off of it. But he made the thing hummmmm. And they had a second trumpet player named Cecil Bridgewater. I have often wondered what…

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$700,000,000,000

I just counted. That’s eleven zeros. Eleven. Eeeee-leven! $700,000,000,000 is $50,000 each to the next 14,000,000 (that would be one million x 14) people who become unemployed because of this mess. $2,000 for every American. What if we do … less … more … nothing?I don’t know the answer. I’m gonna have to ask.Of course, the one thing I’m sure we’ve done too little of regarding this crisis … is pray.

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