It’s probably all consumed by now.

The baskets in front of us hold the engraved bottles not yet claimed by those who purchased them for engraving.  In my hands…and Jason’s, the department manager at the Frisco, Texas, MARKET STREET…are the reams of order forms for the customers who have already taken their bottle(s) for the day.

December 9 was a record-busting day with 300+ wine bottles engraved in just over 9 hours.

With one department manager, three assistants, and one engraver, all perfectly choreographed, the results were beyond any previous team effort for such an event.

Yes, I’m here.  Digging out from a month or more accumulation of emails, snail mail, critiques, local jobs to engrave, and finding my way back to some degree of normalcy after an unequaled season of messages on bottles at dozens of stores in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Georgetown, and the Dallas area.

Our 2012 Seminar schedule in being stitched together with the great possibility of a new venue and some new information to share with this year’s crop of students who should be out there making their own tracks for the 2012 Christmas season.

And…for those who join our numbers early, there is Mother’s Day, Father’s Day to be ready for.  And countless other personal dates before and after those special occasions for customers’ gift needs. Those include births, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, and divorces.  They all call for a toast and when the bottle from which the refreshment is poured has a poignant message of love, congratulations, encouragement, hope, or good riddance….you could be there collecting the toll for putting those messages on selected bottles of wine and spirits.  Easy money you can learn to make come your way.

For those of you on this list who may have noticed an absence of smoke signals from here in the past 6 weeks or so, the fire is being prepared and the blankets are soaking.  Stand by.

And…as I go back to the accumulated photos, notes, and mountain of information to share, please continue to be graciously patient.  It’s all coming together.



  1. Dave January 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Missed ya Ken! Was wondering where you had gone! Glad you had a prosperous 6 weeks. Happy New Year.

  2. cheri January 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm #


  3. Tom January 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Welcome home, Old Friend. It is always great to find a message from you. One never knows what you have come up with. Please convey to Thee annd Thine best wishes from Me and Mine.

  4. Chris January 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Here here!

  5. Jim McDaniel January 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Hi Ken, Missed your postings. Thought I had been dropped.
    Wish you a very happy new year.
    If I am not to late I would like to pick up where I left off in my course.
    Think I have finely gotten my shoulder back to normal after much therapy
    If I am to late I understand.
    Jim McDaniel

  6. Ken Brown January 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Look at your calendar, Jim, and plot some dates for your target completion times and let me know when you want to begin and take it to the end.

  7. Cand'e Cannon January 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I’ve missed you, too. Glad to see you are doing good. Hope you and Gail had a great Christmas and I know you are planning an AWESOME 2012. Best wishes. Love you, Cand’e

  8. Clint Appelt January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Glad u had a great ending year. Things are exciting for me. Really looking forward to the new year. Thanks for everything. Say hi to your bride foe us. Clint

  9. Ken Brown January 11, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Hi Cand’e………..Thanks for your sweet note. Always good to hear from you and look forward to seeing you one day soon.
    Love and best,

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