Archive for July, 2006

Wife Says, “Gut it!”

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

DCP_3914_1.jpgAs I walked the proposed museum’s site I realized the space needed remodeling. But as you know, many times there is more than one way to accomplish a task.
I’m sure you can all relate with the arguments you’ve had with a boss, spouse or parent as to how something SHOULD be done. Well my original thought was caulk and paint but my wife said, “gut it!”

But dear, I pleaded, “it will cost too much and it will take more time than we would like.  She insisted, “Gut it!” Ok then, I responded back,  Let me ask three people I trust. I’ll give them the two scenarios and let them give us their opinion. Doesn’t the Bible state, “In a multitude of counselors there is safety?” Public opinion would win this fork in the road one way or another. So I went to the three who happen to have experience in remodeling and asked the question and guess what all three said? Gut it? No! They unanimously agreed that caulk and paint would be the way to accomplish step one of the museum’s economic renovation.

DCP_3915_1.jpgDid I gloat? If I did, it was for a microsecond, for three days later with hammer and pry bars we began gutting the space to the bone. The extra effort was worth it. Traveling the route my wife suggested and its rightness was becoming increasingly apparent as more and more of the bare walls presented themselves. So mark one down for the wife being right. This was late October 2005.

Next up: The Naked Museum.

From Dream to Reality

Friday, July 14th, 2006

75 State Exterior.jpgWell, my 500 million dollar museum had wisely morphed into a several million dollar museum but for a dream to go from thought to its physical equivalent requires more physical, financial and emotional energy than we normally imagine. Help! But, alas, many times we have to plod on alone dragging our dream kicking and screaming behind us to force it into existence. So what do you do? Do you give up? Does anyone care? Is it possible to succeed? Then you regroup and search for a new plan of attack. Struggling to make this dream even more manageable I started examining my options.

My Real Estate office is in a split commercial space. Next door there is a former retail space that has not rented successfully the last four years. It was October 2005. I had only picked up the Museum idea again about a month before and began to move forward with it. As I walked the space wondering what to do, an idea came to me. Thinking, “ John instead of raising the money for a multimillion museum to open who knows when, why don’t you open a multi thousand dollar museum now?

That moment the vacant commercial space that no one wanted became a museum. My thought from 1992 was becoming transformed to a tangible form that very day. I rang my wife, “Honey I got an idea!”

Next up: She said “gut it.” I said, “No.”