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Thanx guys, appreciate it very very much. I've been a story teller all my life and greatest thing for me is now the ability to share those stories with everyone. My wife says I have the gift of gab and should be on radio. LOL, it should be the curse of the mouth, because I can get into as much trouble since I can't keep it shut... LOL

 

Thanks again, and you can count on more stories from old Gonzo. If ya think about it, I write at least 52 stories a year... one a week, plus tech articles, product reviews, book signings, etc.. etc... Oh, and run my repair shop... busy busy busy

 

Gotta get back to work. Thanks again Gonzo

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It's easy... around midnight I plug myself into a wall socket and recharge... ha ha ha. Just kidding, I make the time, I'm not one to sit around. My drive back and forth to work is my thinking time for my next article. I plan 3 nights a week to work on stories - 1 night is family ONLY night (thursdays) Saturday morning I listen in on a radio show out of DC, (I'm on once in a while) and post my story for the week. Saturday is also the day to work around the house and Sunday is my golf day, while Sunday evening I do another radio program (2 hours long) and I finish the night doing my Coast to Coast live Car Chat on my website.

 

Somewhere in there is a couple of cold beers and big cigar... LOL

I'll slow down one of these days... My wife says that some days I get going so fast that if I would stop suddenly, I would run smack-dab into my own shadow. LOL

 

It's fun, the money part isn't the greatest. (yet) But, I'm enjoying this a whole lot more than running a crew at the repair shop. My shop is still there, still busy and slow like it has been for years, although, scaled down from years past... which gives me the time to work on all of my other interests.

 

As far as the fishing, that's easy... it's right out my front door on my pond. Come on down to Oklahoma and see how this old country boy gets it all done sometime. Don't worry I'll slow down for ya. FYI I'm a 7 handicap golfer too. LOL

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If there ever was a weekend tournament for ASO members, I'll bet you would be crying and begging for me to be on your team... LOL

One of these days we'll have to have a ASO convention somewhere... and if so... Golf has to be included.

What ya say Joe, how about it... Let's do it!!!

 

Ain't gonna play golf with you. You are too good for me.

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We can have a special prize/trophy for the "worst shot, worst golfer,etc..." Sounds like you've got spot picked out on the mantel for the trophy Joe... LOL

Seriously, though, the idea of a Independent Shop Convention ain't a bad idea. We should think about it for real...

 

 

I am the worlds worst golfer, trust me....just google "worlds worst golfer" and my name will come up.

 

But, it does sound like fun!

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I'm starting to like this golf tournament idea more and more. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe, I bet I could compete with you for the worlds worst golfer. :) Love to "play" really suck at it.

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      Got your attention? Good. The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect technician pay plan. There are countless ways to create any pay plan. I’ve heard all the claims and opinions, and to be honest, it’s getting a little frustrating. Claims that an hourly paid pay plan cannot motivate. That flat rate is the only way to truly get the most production from your technicians. And then there’s the hybrid performance-based pay plan that many claim is the best.
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