GOING NATIVE in Business (lesson #82)

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I’ve been collecting thoughts for a book on brand development related to new business start ups and product launches.  I like to think of entrepreneurs as GOING NATIVE, a mind set that requires stamina and persistence to succeed. A high level of confidence and ambition to push it all the way through …from the earliest […]

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My Larry King Impersonation

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Jack, the Pineapple Hill pound puppy, likes riding in the old-but-sadly-not-vintage Jaguar XJ6 with windows and sunroof open, wind rushing in a sunny day, listening to Robert Plant sing “your momma said I cried in my sleep last night…” )  *   There’s a spot near here where wild tea grows—its fragrance on summer nights is […]

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Hammock Man with Uzi

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I’ve come home injured to Pineapple Hill, my beach house in a cow pasture in Jonesville, South Carolina, several times and, always, boredom gets the better of me. I recently found a bunch of home movies made a few years ago at about the time I began writing Blue Rubber Pool. In this one, I’m […]

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The Tuesday Morning Woody 1941 Narval

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Found another wooden sailboat for sale online. This one’s quite a looker but short on details—which is how it almost always goes when I run into a random hottie. Listing says “Legendary Classic Frers (senior) design, this cruiser-racer provided joy to many generations of sailors in argentina and brasil participating in many Buenos Aires to […]

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Koozie Donations Needed!

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Support the arts in Jonesville, South Carolina. Pineapple Hill needs your new or used beer koozies (coozies) from island and beach bars, restaurants, or resorts all over the world. Be part of this quirky “Christo-style” happening. Will be glad to mention you (or your brand) as a Koozie Donor on our little website and on […]

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Large Glass Jar Labeled Cat

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[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.] Yet another on the Harold and cats series, this one shows Harrold’s bedroom complete with desk, lamp, Chicago Cubs pennant, skull and cross bones sign that says “Harold’s Room […]

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Blue Rubber Pool In The News

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Finally getting some buzz going… READ MORE

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The Tuesday Morning Woody Sparkman & Stephens

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Here’s another wooden sailboat for sale: Aren’t Sparkman & Stephens designs sweet! Built in 1955, this S&S Pilot Sloop is described as having had exemplary care and significant structural updates in 2001 and 2010. The listing says that a 2013 survey and comprehensive work records from 2013 to present are available upon request. The boat […]

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Wineries Near Jonesville

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There’s more than a hundred wineries within day trip distance of our little town, Jonesville, South Carolina. At the dawn of the 20th century, our neighboring state, North Carolina, was the leading wine-producing region in the nation. It claims to be “home to America’s first grape” and “the only place in the world where every […]

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Was it live? Or was it Memorex?

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  “My time in the pool that summer was a Big Chill meditation covering religion, politics, subversion, capitalism, marriage, Southern culture, angst and paranoia. When I finally got out of the water, I had this book, reflecting those and other issues, half written in my head. I wove it into a convoluted mystery to make […]

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Blue Rubber Pool Excerpt #252

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The companionway is open. The doors are swung open to rest against the cabin trunk like butterfly wings. We hold our camera angle close on the companionway itself, a dark gap like the entrance to a cave, while listening to Ray and the dishes and, now, two guys talking down below. The frame is suddenly […]

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The Tuesday Morning Woody: 1952 Custom

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On a pool lounger, pampering my car wreck injury, I went looking for a wooden sailboat for sale on Boat Trader and came up with this 38-foot 1952 custom ketch. The photos alone are worth checking out the listing. Currently in storage with a shrink wrap cover, it’s built of 1 1/4 African Mahogany on […]

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