Kona ate half my lunch once, including the tinfoil. I left it on the floor of my truck with the door open. I just imagine her with heat vision like in the Predator scifi films, stalking around the yard and the open door of my truck glowing white hot with half a pastrami from the Suds n' Soda in Greenland. If you haven't had their pastrami, fix that. It's good enough to eat the wrapper, just ask Kona. We look forward to helping her owners with at least one project every year for the last three.
Growing this business has been nothing like buying a new car. With a new car, you can jump in and everything is perfect. Drive it until entropy takes over and it falls apart. With the expansion of the company, it's been the opposite. I've been in business for myself since 2001, when I built the deck on the back of 230 Thornton St in Portsmouth. Over the years I've worked with people and grown relationships. To me, having a business is so much different from growing a company. There has been growth both inside and outside of this carpenter's life. It's felt similar to getting in a car at the junkyard, after it has been magically re-inflated from a crushed cube, pulling on some mismatched doors and rolling down a hill in it, soapbox style. As I'm steering this woeful contraption, the magic of movement begins to restore pieces of the machine. A crack in the windshield disappears, a tire spontaneously inflates. I believe the magic comes from The Service, The raison d'etres for having a company. That's the difference lately, I'm not in business for myself, I show up in service of a company and a public. I'm an employee of a corporation trying to do good in my community.
More and more my job becomes minding the store. Watching the overall track of the company and protecting it from people whose interests are not alligned, or whose methodology leaves no chance of success. Seeking out allies who wish for a bond in the simple act of service, and putting them in positions of agency to grow together. Nothing I have done is more humbling than the growth and acceptance I have been through with this company. We have had a year fraught with challenges. We were up to speed before the transmission kicked in and the headlights came on. We lost some sandwiches too. I believe that as long as I wake every day and put my feet on the floor in the name of Service, WE WILL SUCCEED!