Category Archives: 2010 July

Drew’s Kitchen- Pesto Chicken Rollitini

(4) chicken breasts, tenderized and flattened (1) 8oz. jar or tub prepared pesto sauce ¼ cup chopped pine nuts (8) slices of deli sliced provolone cheese (1) cup white wine Olive oil Place each chicken breast in large zip-lock bag … Continue reading

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Shop Talk- Why aren’t we open longer on Saturdays?

You may know that our office is open on Saturdays from 10am until 1pm for pickup and dropoff, but we don’t have any techs on duty for actual repairs.  Why not?  It seems like a logical thing to extend our … Continue reading

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Boardman Coal Plant Up For Review- Speak out now on Oregon’s chance to become coal-free

Out of sight and out of mind of the majority of Portland-area residents, Oregon’s biggest single pollution source funnels electricity into the grid that supplies the state’s largest urban area with electricity.  Meet the PGE-operated Boardman Coal Plant—the only coal-fired … Continue reading

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Reports back from Ed Schultz and Phame Academy

Last month’s newsletter brought you news about two big events on the Dwyer June calendar- Ed Schultz’ live appearance at the Bagdad, and Phame Academy’s production of Once Upon a Mattress.  You probably spent the rest of June saying to … Continue reading

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Client Profile- Lisa Collins is living a massage therapist’s dream

“Preventative maintenance is absolutely critical for your long-term happiness and performance.”  Sounds like the start of one of Tom’s rants on automotive care, but not this time.  It’s actually the thought of one of our longtime clients, Lisa Collins, and … Continue reading

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News To Make You Furious- The Nigerian Delta

There can’t be much these days that’s more depressing than being a Cajun.  Louisiana was never really on the economic front-burner to begin with, but the little it had was devastated by a natural disaster compounded by governmental inaction and … Continue reading

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How Much Is THAT Gonna Cost? Understanding estimates

Understanding estimates is key to wise spending
By Tom Dwyer

Giving estimates for the cost of a job is one of the hardest things to do in any business. A client, understandably, wants to have at least SOME idea what they can expect to pay, but the service provider is being asked to predict an uncertain future and then stand by that prediction. One Portland automotive icon, Harold Dick, would banish clients who asked for an estimate. His feeling was that you were asking him to care for your car, so you should trust him to charge appropriately and be prepared to pay whatever it took to do it. Most businesses are a little more accommodating, though, and will give some estimate of what their work will cost. Estimates can be deceptive, either through intent or by accident. I hate to lose work to an incomplete or deceptive estimate provided by another business. Continue reading

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Don’t count on corporations for your health care

  Greetings! Sadly, I see most current healthcare systems as extensions of Corporate sociopathy. When it comes to your healthcare it is best for you to realize that you are mostly on your own; don’t expect anyone else to fix … Continue reading

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