My Brother who had a thriving business that started with lawn decorations, you know, the bird baths, chickens, ducks, little bears and concrete planters; Heavy, hard work. That was my brother, we called him Jun. From the time he returned from WWII, he was going to be in business for himself, some how.
My brother Junior and his wife Mozelle
While starting that business he saw an opportunity to go into the printing business. Cousin Kenneth, in Georgia, had bought the Gutenberg Press (well it looked that old) and had it up for sale. Jun bought it. His plans were to print business cards, wedding announcements, etc. He done that for awhile, but it didn’t suit his fancy.
Thru a lot of different paths, while still working full time in a cotton mill, he ended up with a shop on the busiest highways in Shelby. He expanded into pottery, then to china. In a few years he and his wife quit the mills and went full time into the business. They were open 6 days a week, taking Wednesdays off. That day he traveled to pick up supplies. So they worked 7 days a week. I think he took one week off on the 4th.
Lots of times, Shirl would travel to Shelby from Charlotte to work with Jun, just to be with him while her Husband Jim traveled on his job. Jun loved his work, he branched out into flowers, mostly plastic then silk. He loved to work with live plants. Cross breeding and grafting, it was a hobby, and when business was slow, that was his pastime.
Before he died he shared with me his philosophy, “Jackie, if you like to do something start a business, be ready to starve for ten years, but if the idea is worth anything, you will succeed. But the trick is, stick with it.”
Jun was a wealthy man when he died, but he worked for every penny he had. Schedule was 8-7 every day except Wed. then 6am to 6pm. He sold his business; I built him a beautiful home, working by the hour.
I started all this because I received a ‘return to sender’ from the postal service. I sent out some press releases and I had an old address for the Observer at home. I received the letter back giving me the correct address. The new address is less than a mile from the PO, yet they sent the letter back over 400 miles along with the new address. That is when I thought of Jun. Be efficient!
Yeah I know there are millions of letters, I just wanted to pick on the post Office for not delivering my letter and costing me 44 cents more. LOL
I have always had very good service from the USPS. I definitely cannot complain. They have to work to get us our mail. Hahahaha
I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Remember the Lark by Studebaker?