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Dennis,
Holy c**p. I don't think I will visit your town.
My wife and I order same type food and virgin Caesar
and a half litre of wine for $60 Canadian.
Gary

On 23 Feb 2005 at 16:36, Dennis S. Wish, PE wrote:

> Bill Polhemus wrote:
> 
> > I want some opinions here.
> >
> > While in the midst of the worst "work slump" I've experienced in my
> > five years in the biz, and being down with the 24-Hour Bug thing, I
> > have just spent several hours (between naps) updating my website.
> >
> > Part of this you can attribute to "desperation" but I have decided
> > to put some "sample documents" including reports and drawings up on
> > the "Project Experience" part of the site as a sort of
> > "cyber-portfolio." The advantage of the web, of course, is that you
> > can provide as much information via links as anyone might possibly
> > ever want to know, but they don't have to immerse themselves if they
> > don't want.
> >
> > But I'm worried about "liability issues," of course. Having the
> > "bug" generally ups my paranoia level beyond "normal" anyway, but I
> > do think that a picture (or a drawing or a report) is worth a
> > thousand words.
> >
> > I recall several years ago becoming aware that, at least in the
> > industrial environment most factory and plant managers will *not*
> > allow you to take photographs--or they reserve the right to review
> > the photos before you take them away. Their concern is that
> > something inadvertently might be revealed--say an OSHA
> > violation--that could cause them trouble.
> >
> > I'd like anyone here who's interested to view my site and tell me
> > what you think. Is the risk worth it to let people know my
> > capabilities? Or is it that my documents "stink" to the extent that
> > it's probably better NOT to show them? Or are there other potential
> > legal liability issues?
> >
> > FWIW, the documents are in PDF format and I've made it where they
> > cannot be altered or saved--you might want to check that out for me
> > as well. BUT they can be viewed in all their gory details including
> > client name, etc.
> >
> > I can always redact some of this stuff I suppose, but really this is
> > no different than giving "references" for clients.
> >
> > Let me know what you think. I'm really rather desperate to be able
> > to direct prospects to the site and see what I have to offer, but
> > will it do more harm than good? Running a fever of 99.5F, the
> > paranoia's definitely there.
> >
> 
> Bill,
> What medication did you say you were on for the cold? Seriously - I
> did the same sort of thing between Thanksgiving and New years when it
> typically slows down here. Fortunately, it has picked up again.
> However, let me say that there are any number of reason's why you are
> in a slump. The real question is; how are the other professionals in
> your area holding up. If everyone is scrambling for work and only the
> "old-timers" who have already developed a long time relationship with
> clients have work - then you just might be experiencing an economic
> change in the growth of your area. La Quinta California was in a slump
> in the mid 90's - we hit bottom and most homes sat. The city enticed
> new merchants and put the money into developing our shopping and
> resources for winter visitors. Ours is a vacation resort type of
> community that is slowly building into a much larger full-time living.
> The downside is that most of the newer up-scale restaurants and
> shopping are simply too expensive for most of the full time family's
> that live here. For example, we created a "new" "old town" and it is
> drawing visitors (and traffic). However, one visit to Stuft Pizza
> where we had a salad, my wife a thin veggie pizza and I a Chicken
> Parmesan and we both had soft drinks - $60.00 for the two of us with
> nothing to bring home. This is outrageous for what is touted a family
> restaurant. The Hogs Breath Inn is another new one that we found to be
> owned by Clint Eastwood. Arnold Palmer's steak house - where are the
> family restaurants?
> 
> Sorry - I'm off topic. The first point is whether or not you are the
> result of your "slump" or if it is something that is the result of an
> economic change (developers not proceeding with projects, commercial
> structures holding back for fear of interest rates or ability to lease
> properties). The website is an excellent way for each of us to "gage"
> the completeness of the work that our peers do. It is a peer
> comparison rather than a peer review.
> 
> I think we each aspire to provide as clear and concise a document as
> possible, but let's not forget that this is a business and there are
> also many out there who will streamline or be willing to walk a narrow
> line.
> 
> Finally - there is diversity. When custom homes drop off, I do
> remodels or reports or seismic retrofit and/or evaluation's for older
> cities that may have the funds to restore their communities that may
> be going through gentrification. Even the weather (we have had over
> 12-inches of rain since January 1 when our typical annual rainfall is
> less than one inch) plays into the equation.
> 
> I'll be happy to look at your site and maybe some of us with sites and
> Blogs can link our sites together so when visitors come to one they
> are more able to find the information they want on your links.
> 
> Regards
> Dennis
> 
> P.S.  - What is the link?
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