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Topic: of Life, Layoffs & Kona (11 msgs / 292 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
Thanks for the notes of encouragement. While the future is uncertain I am
certain a new door will open. High on my list of possible future hopefuls
does indeed involve coffee. Gus (Head Bean of Pele Plantations) and I have
resumed our informal discussions that began as a vague idea when we visited
last January. Specifically he's looking to slow down and back out of running
their Pele Plantations Operation and just continue his Brocksengate Estate
Kona growing. Said operation taking the cherries from select Kona Estates
(including Brocksengate and of course Wood's and others), wet milling, sun
drying to parchment, dry milling to green, roasting to order (5 &12# Sivetz,
right up my alley), same day packaging and shipping the roasts, packaging
and shipping greens and other Pele offerings, back office paperwork, website
work (currently out-sourced) and "stuff". Whether just managing Pele
initially or buying or leasing or ? are things we're discussing. I'll likely
be going over in the very near future for a month or two to work with Gus
and get a total in depth feel for the day to day operations. Who knows for
sure, I'll do the footwork and leave the results in God's hands.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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2) From: Bob Baker
That would be more than way cool, to borrow one of our teenage daughter's  
current terms.
Good luck!
If you need someone to help you hold down a hammock, please let me know.
On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:22:28 -0700, miKe mcKoffee   

3) From: Wandering John
Here I sit clueless as usual.  I had no idea that your job was in
jeopardy.  I gather from the opening line that you have felt the
brutal edge of the axe.   So now for a quick review of life in general
- each job seemed to hold promise and we hated to leave - only to find
that the next level was so superior to the last!  I wouldn't have
minded the hum of the axe flying around me if I had better understood
this.  Life is a journey and you are about to make a turn.  Many of us
have quietly thought that you would wind up on a Kona coffee farm and
although its further to come - would love to see you ensconced there.
What ever is just over the horizon Mike, your vast cadre of friends
will make the trip with you.  I for one will begin saving for my Mikey
Trip next year.  The PNG will now become the Pacific Rim Gathering
(PRG) and I for one look forward to it.  Tell Debbi that she looks
great in Hawaiian attire (pictures on an early web page) and she will
become the delight of the island quickly.
The coffee business is a 24/7 kind of world, but to know that you
produced a premier crop probably more than compensates for the hours.
Looking forward to the next episode!
John - loving life in the slow (aloha) lane
On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:22:28 -0700, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:

4) From: Barry Luterman
Best of luck

5) From: Les
Three major losses in one year is too much!  I'll be praying for you
and Debi!  It sounds like you have some interesting plans.
On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 16:22:03 -0500, Wandering John

6) From: R.N.Kyle
Mike you are the man, and I know you will be OK. The part about the doing
the footwork and leave the results up to God, now I know that works. I see
you now able to fulfill your dream in Kona country, and become truely Kona
Wish you the best.

7) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Wow Mike - I am really not sure whether to offer condolences or 
congratulations, since the idea of running part of a coffee operation 
is both daunting and rewarding. Either way, I hope it is a good 
transition and a restful, not stressful time. Would this mean moving 
to HI or would you roast and distribute coffee in Oregon? Either way, 
let me know offlist if I can help or offer info.
PS: I will be in HI for the Kona Cultural Festival this year. Anyone going?
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8) From: DJ Garcia
I obviously missed an intra-topic exchange in my scanning - I'm really
sorry to hear your situation, Mike. Hopefully it means something better
is on the horizon. Meantime, let the Kona roll ...

9) From: Ben Treichel
Wandering John wrote:
Amen to that.
Same here. FYI, sweeting out a new job myself. Probably came within 2 
weeks of being out in the cold recently.
Yeah Baby!!
Most assuredly.

10) From: Lowe, David
Maybe the layoff is just the impetus needed to take the next step,
sounds like you've got the right approach and attitude:-) 
Dave Lowe

11) From: Gary Townsend
miKe, you have my support, you need anything...you got it! Aloha (
lived on Oahu from 83 - 85, when I was 19, and the drinking age was
18! Too many pretty women, too many bonfires @ North Shore. Ever go to
the 'key's to a bar called the North Shore? That place was always
packed on weekends, (think 80's-style!!!). Wow, I need to take my wife
there, just to show her around. ( I didn't meet her until After, HI !
) Good luck to you ! ALOHA !
( Now I'm back to moving, myself. 95 % complete ! Lot's of cleaning left to do!
Gary Townsend
On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 21:28:41 -0400, Ben Treichel  wrote:

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