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The Last Word

June - 2014
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For those who have been with us since we started our newsletter way back in 2001 it will be obvious that a lot has changed. For starters - I haven't released a newsletter in nearly 4 years. Sorry about that - life has its funny twists and turns and sometimes we never know which way we’ll land.
I ended up landing in a pretty good place though (Gracias a Dios). I moved to San Miguel de Allende in Central Mexico after selling my other companies in NC to one of my best friends. While I was trying to find my new way, I made the decision not to publish the monthly newsletter for the time being. Really I was too busy learning about tequila to write much - and really I wasn’t sure if I’d stay with the industry at first. But it didn’t take too long for me to realize that I needed to find something to do because if I didn’t my tequila research was going to kill me.
So a couple of years ago I came back to see old friends at Sur/Fin. The first question they asked me was, “You are living where!! Are you crazy??; Then the next thing many of them said to me was “We’ve been trying to find a way to do business in Mexico - can you help me?” So in short - now I’m back into it and up to my ears just like the good ole days.
That brings me back to the Finishing Talk newsletter. This is something that I thought about a lot while it was idle, but I just wasn’t ready to invest the time that it took to publish this thing each month. Sharing this kind of information with the Surface Finishing Industry has always been a passion for me but as you may or may not know - you really can’t make a living publishing newsletters (or at least I never figured out how).
That’s where our new editor comes in. Cathleen Brainerd - up in Connecticut offered to revive our newsletter in her free spare time and for now will be publishing every 3 months - and I gladly accepted. In the beginning I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out - but felt it certainly was worth a try.
Now that we are about ready to publish (with the exception of this editorial that I’m currently working on) I can honestly say - Cathleen did an amazing job. She took this bull and ran with it all the way to the Corrida. I look forward to seeing her work over the future and hope you do too. Please feel free to reach out to her if you have any article you want to have published, advertising you want to place or any of the other day to day matters of our humble grass roots newsletter. You can find her at and she’ll be happy to hear from you.
Gracias y Saludos a todos. Paul Fisher
(AKA Pablo Wablo)