Wednesday, October 3, 2007


No, not bone marrow, not again thank you very much. I’m thinking about people, friends and clients who live here in Atlanta, but are not southerners by birth.

This morning I met with Krista, she and Jake are the owners of Tajmahound. They make dog treats and other goodies for your pet. They are about to open a new store in the Kirkwood neighborhood, in the city of Decatur. These guys have been at it for 5 years or so and growing their business at a nice, steady pace. I have worked with them before, helping build-out their first retail space. They are both from the New York/New Jersey area, but now they are living here in the south. They are two of the nicest folks you could ever meet. Doing business with them is easy and I always look forward the next time we get together for drinks, business or whatever. They truly have the heart and soul of a Southerner.

View 1 from Roof Top Bar

Now I just hung up the phone after speaking my friend Ute, she is on her way down to my place to talk about something she wants built. So I’m gonna get a couple po boys for us. She read about them on this blog and told me she wanted to try one.

I have known Ute for 7 or 8 years or so. I have built furniture for her and we have become friends. Her dogs name is Rusty and paid a visit today as well. I have also traded some custom work for a weeks stay at her home in the Basque region of France. She is from Germany. Her husband is from Spain. They seem to have homes all over the place. Their latest is in Figueras, Spain. That is where Salvador Dali is from. They are currently renovating this place.

The place in France is in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, very near Saint Jean de Luz and not to far from San Sebastian, Spain. That is one of my favorite cities in the world. If you ever have the chance to go - by all means do it. It is a beautiful, rugged town on the Atlantic coast. It is full of tapas bars and friendly, beautiful people. I want to live there and repair the old wooden boats to make my living.

Ute is a really cool person. She is also a very kind person. I think she does a lot of volunteer work here in Atlanta. And anyone who would share their home with you has to have some kind southern blood running through them.

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