As my tool collection grew, I began to run out of places to mount utility hooks in to the walls & doors of my Econoline Van. I found myself once again on the search for a bigger vehicle and ended up purchasing a 1991 Ford Box Truck that I found for sale on Craigslist. Get a personal “vehicle tour” in this week’s video, “The Ford Box Truck”. Click here to watch it now. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday.
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Once I started doing remodeling work, it didn’t take long for me to realize that there had to be a better vehicle to work out of than the 1998 Ford Taurus I had at the time. So I got online and started looking for a van that I could pick up for around a grand. In this week’s video I give you a personal tour of the work van that got the Utica remodeling party started. Click here to watch the video. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
One day I was taking a side street through a busy part of town to avoid traffic when I spotted an old 1979 Flat bed Ford truck parked in front of a house. It didn’t have a for sale sign on it, but I was curious to see if the owner would be up for parting ways with it. Visit Uticaremodeling.com to see the video (featuring music by And There Stand Empires) and learn the story behind the coolest vehicle I have ever owned. Thinkpierce, Something new Every Friday!
Ever since creating the new business card for thinkpierce.com, I’ve been reminded of all of the business cards I’ve had from my remodeling days. At the end of 2007 I was wrapping up two years of operating www.thinkpierce.com. I was frustrated. I was producing a lot of content, but I was also wearing myself out. I didn’t know it at the time, but I needed a better balance, clearer direction and more business and technical insight. All I knew was that I was overwhelmed with my own goals and needed a break. In hindsight, if someone had slapped me around a bit and sent me back in to the ring, I probably would have kept going. But that’s life. In truth, because of what happened next, I gained both the technical and business insight I needed that helped shape the new direction my wife and I are headed in now.
Shortly after I had thrown in the towel with thinkpierce for the time being, I was working for a woman named Betty Turner. I had first met her during my early real estate days when I was interested in purchasing one of her properties. Did I know exactly what I was doing? No. But the books I was reading at the time sure made me feel like I did! Lol. I had run in to her again a couple years later at a local event and after one thing led to another I was helping her re-open a resale business she owned which sold furniture, collectibles and antiques. One day I was walking with her down an isle of Home Depot picking up some supplies. I still remember the words she said to me, “Jonathan, you know what you should do? You should start doing remodeling work and charge $30 an hour.” I don’t know why it clicked with me, but it did. During those early real estate years, I had gotten my first taste of remodeling work when I bought my first three bedroom two bath investment property. (There’s more to that story but I was 20 years old, as green as it gets, and didn’t make any money! ha ha). None the less had gained a hand full of remodeling experience.
Ironically, a few days after Betty’s suggestion I received a call from someone that had known me in connection with that first residential investment I had done, asking if I did any remodeling work on the side, which I didn’t. But after having the recent recommendation from Betty, my response was “Yeah, I charge $30 an hour”. And the rest is history. Starting with a Ford Taurus and some hand tools, I went from starting with next to nothing to owning 3 work vehicles, adding 1 helper, and obtaining $10,000 + in tools a couple years later. Throughout that time, in addition to completing all kinds of remodeling jobs, I had personally completed four total home remodels, all including full kitchen and bathroom tear outs. Do you think I had the camera running during those remodeling jobs? You bet I did, and it’s all headed your way in future thinkpierce.com posts!!
When the economy took a turn I was also getting ready to get married. I was already beginning to change gears with a new idea, and after we got married, I sold off my vehicles and tools and we began working on some brand new ideas. One of them was the reconstruction of thinkpierce.com. Having a remodeling business was the only thing I’ve done other than thinkpierce that I truly put myself in to and it will always be a part of me. I have many more remodeling stories to tell and am excited to share more pictures and video footage with you. For the time being, take a stroll down memory lane with me and get a kick out of all of the business cards I had while remodeling, including the new thinkpierce business card I pass out today. I’ve even included pictures of me on the site of that first remodeling job mentioned earlier that got it all started. I have some exciting things headed your way next week! There’s always something new every friday at thinkpierce.com….stay tuned and get ready to laugh with next week’s surprise…
Here is the first of many photo shoots that will be available on thinkpierce.com. In the previous version of thinkpierce.com, the photo gallery was a big part of the site and it will be in the new version as well. The photo shoots are a great way to depict something funny or creative under the Thinkpierce umbrella. In addition to new photo shoots like this one, I’ll also be re-introducing a smorgasbord of previous Thinkpierce photo shoots as well, each one with an inspiration all their own. This particular shoot titled “The Cruiser”, came about because up and coming photographer Sara Christian asked me to pose as an “angry customer” for a photo that was to be part of a school assignment. When approaching me, she had no idea that I would instantly brainstorm another photo shoot of my own that we could do immediately afterword!! Luckily, she agreed.
My inspiration came from a couple of old Honda Accords I had purchased roughly 2 years ago. I had always wanted to do a photo shoot with one of the Honda’s in particular because it was so “classic”. I brought Justin Kila in to the mix and what proceeded to be captured was the very essence of testosterone and adrenaline acceleration that occurs when two guys get around an awesome vehicle. Our shoot which was in a parking lot across from Woodland Hills Mall, wouldn’t have been complete of course without a visit from mall security. Fortunately, after receiving an explanation that satisfied their concerns, they didn’t have to get the Feds involved. But if you ever want to light up every walkie talkie from the entrance of Macy’s to the exit of Dillard’s, just park your car across the street, get out a couple of ridiculous props, start posing like a rockstar and then wait for a concerned parking lot attendant decked out in a helmet and Oakleys to pull up in a Segway. Many more photo shoots are ahead. Look forward to something new every Friday on thinkpierce.com…