Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005


I’m Grateful For …
Industry or Not, There’s Lots to be Thankful for
by Dez Farnady

In the modern media-driven world where the image of a cockroach can be inflated to look as big as Godzilla, we are constantly bombarded with bad news. They have succeeded in making it seem as if all that’s out there is bad news. We are slowly and painfully being convinced that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Thank heaven that’s not the way it really is. 

Dr. Andrew Weil, the well-known author of “Spontaneous Healing” and several other books on health, has somewhere recommended that we take “news vacations.” He suggests that we refrain from any exposure to news for extended periods of time for our mental health. So, I want to thank Dr. Weil for the periodic peace of mind I get as a result of staying away from the news and its projected images of the monsters that regularly eat Manhattan. 

A Media Break
I am grateful that most people are not like those exploited by the media. The people with whom I live and work do not appear on the pages of “People Magazine” or on “Access Hollywood.” I am thankful that I don’t know the people who appear on Dr. Phil or Maury or Judge Judy or Jerry Springer or any of reality TV’s daily nut houses. I have been around for a long time and am thankful that I know mostly “normal” people who live and work and raise families and have vacations and big Thanksgiving dinners, just like you and me.

I am thankful that my life is made easier by nice things like float glass, horizontal tempering, wave length selective energy performance coatings, automated insulating lines, multi-layered laminates, fabricating machines and automated cutting tables, just to name a few. 

Giving Thanks for...,
I am thankful for the speed and quality with which our industry supplies us with some of the best product in the world. Glass is better, cheaper and gets to us faster than it has ever done at any time or anywhere since the Egyptians or Mesopotamians first kicked the fire into the sand. 

I am thankful for the many years I have spent in this business, where I have worked with good, honest people, trying to do their best in the best way they know how; for never having worked with mean-spirited, dishonest or unfair people; and for being able to call my suppliers, customers and even former employers my friends. 

I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to this business in a small way by being able to help customers, colleagues and design professionals with information about the material that has become a large part of my life. I also appreciate the fact that friends are not reluctant to still call me on occasion for information and advice about things in the glass business that are no longer even my direct responsibility. 

Finally, I am grateful as well as thankful this 2005 holiday season for an industry that has helped to pay for raising four children to productive adulthood. It has paid for endless Barbie dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids and bicycles and soccer balls and basketballs. It has paid for sports camps and music lessons and four sets of braces and four college educations, with the extra aid of Binswanger and Glazier’s Trust Fund Scholarships. It has put food on our table and a roof over our heads. 

We have a great deal to be thankful for in a world where Godzilla is only a fantasy and there are mostly good things in all of our lives that we should be grateful for. My beautiful wife of 40 years and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for sharing the glass business with us and wish all of you very happy holidays. 

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