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Blog: Plasticweld

Five months ago to the day, I was hit by a falling tree. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or Mother Nature was aiming for me. The top of a dead maple tree snapped off in the wind. I never saw it, never heard it. I woke up in pain, laying on the ground, struggling to breath and...
The world is full of skeptics, full of those who are so guarded and cautious that they would have you to believe that you're only going to be hurt by going the extra mile or extending a hand, that you're going to be hurt and or disappointed. I recently got hurt. I went from running 19 miles...
I shared this with a close friend yesterday, he thought it was perfectly horrible. Written four years ago, it still makes me smile as well. Satire, humor Thanksgiving is a special time of year to gather as friends and family, or so I thought. I am picking up the remains of the turkey off of...
Discipline is not a common commodity. I have often wondered why some people, a small majority, seem to be able to obtain wealth while others seem to work but never really get ahead. Making money is a lot like writing, it takes tons of practice, lots of failures before you ever really get a...
A Track Day at Watkins Glen The following is an account by racing enthusiast Bob Brown of Montour Falls regarding his experience at Watkins Glen International racetrack during a Track Day -- a regular learning event for a diverse group of drivers. By Bob Brown The story is here if your...
In a frenzy he rubbed. He looked and rubbed some more. Hunched over a trash can, he reminded me of a raccoon washing his food. I felt pity for him. Grunts of despair and anguish escape his lips. The ground is littered with his failures even though he stands over the trash can. His last...
No Fear. By Bob Brown Across my gas tank are the words “No Fear.” Below is the cross of Christ. The rain beads up on the tank and water runs off it. It is raining and I am afraid. Motorcycles and rain don’t go together. Motorcycles, race tracks, and rain equal insanity. Or so goes the...
Sent using Hushmail That Little Push! By Bob Brown The muscles in my legs had just started to cramp up, just half way through my third loop. The cold steady rain a long with the temps in the 50s made this perfect running weather for me, or so I kept telling myself. My calves started sending...
This morning the snow was coming down pretty good, not like they warned us about, but enough for a lot of businesses to be closed. My wife and I get up early, we go to the diner in the morning as a ritual and today was no different...except it was closed. We checked out the other diners, they...
About two miles into my run I noticed a new set of tracks in the snow. After running through one of the many parking lots spread out long the Catherine Valley trail I spied a new set of tracks from someone who had started their journey here. As I run I pay attention to who walked where and...
Climbing Mt Everest by Bob Brown I have no idea what makes a man attempt the impossible, only that I have seen the mountain and decided, I wanna to try… I wanna to do more than just wonder, “what if.” My mountain, a 50 mile foot race through the hills and woods of Schuyler County. I’m not a...
It was a long way from the hills of Schuyler County to the muddy fields of Barre, Mass. The journey to get here involved lots of hard work and sacrifice. I was surrounded by men and women who had also put in long hours of training in an effort to prepare for this day. The sense of camaraderie...
The last week has been busy, and very rewarding. I have been training for a Spartan Race, ten miles through the woods and 30 or so obstacles. My kids both compete in them and for Father's day as a gift they signed me up. Last Sunday I ran 7 miles with Russ on woods trails, he is my size but...
The first installment of my eight week journey. I figured to share ... maybe you'll share the pain or be inspired, hopefully not be bored. The Challenge My daughter handed me a slip of paper, a wry smile crossed her face as she placed it in my hand. Unfolding...
I can hear the anguish in his voice, worn down, worn out and fed up, like a caged animal who has been beaten, he looks for any escape possible. It started out just like so many other conversations with so many other men, “Can we talk?” It’s a phrase that even puts a knot in my stomach. On...
Customers and competitors I am surprised at how many people start a business without a lot of thought given to both customers and their potential competitors. Sure we all plan and dream about how our product or service is going to corner the market and make us rich. I am often surprised at...
A long week for me, two less employees than I started out with. One due to cancer, the other due to a lack of character and grit, or just plain old perseverance. Leroy, my long time mechanic has skin cancer and is no longer able to contend with having his hands coated with grease and oil...
I have been in business for 38 years now, not always the same business but always with the same goal, make money. I have over the years made deals with both a contract and without, the majority without. As any businessman I have incurred my fair share of loses over the years, many thousands...

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