Friday, August 11, 2006

Got A LOT done today.......with the help of some great buddies! Removed the partition wall I've been talking about. I took "before" pictures of it but forgot to take "after" pictures so I'll post that tomorrow. We framed in the kitchen expansion this afternoon. This is the area that the cooler, caps/T-shirts and register etc. will be. I was planning on attacking this thing myself but Michael Blankinship, Bryan "Ball" Chandler & Eric Lamb came out to help me. Let me give credit where credit is due.....Michael was a ga-dang lifesaver! If I had done this myself tonight would have been a late night and I would still be working on it tomorrow fixing what I screwed up today. His experience was a tremendous help. Bryan & Lamb were a big help too. Tomorrow I'll be doing some "Quickbooks" training from Jennifer Owens........Then God blesses us with his annual fall blessing.......the Titans start the season tomorrow night against the Saints (the "Ain'ts"). We've got 4 PSL's and I'll be taking the guys that helped me tonight.....and we'll be putting down some cold beers starting around 4:00. I plan on going through cold beer tomorrow night like Bruce Lee with a pair of nunchucks! Ill post another update for y'all Monday.


Anonymous said...

Michael even has a fancy tool belt...I'm impressed.

Alpha Delta Pi - Alpha Kappa said...

Looks good man. I can already smell the Tennessee Hickory in the air. - Ellis

Anonymous said...

Hey Pat, just got through catching up on the blog and I'm even more sold now than I was Saturday night when we talked at the Zone. Keep up the good work and good luck...Lee

Pat Martin said...

Lee i appreciate that.....I'm looking forward to getting your ass out there to eat!


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