I think the year was 2007 that I was doing a copious amount of work for a newly founded company that needed to tell the world (mostly the medical community) about a new, non-narcotic treatment for neurological pain management. Company was named Calmar Pain Relief. My other half had an interest in the company at the time so I dedicated a whole lot of time and all my skills to get it up and running.
One of the tasks I had to do was to scour databases to pick a group of specialty Doctors and organize soup to nuts presentation dinners with audio visual, hand outs, everything that goes into a successful event. It was just me and my “Art Guy” friend who did it all so well (Boy did I appreciate him!!). I was also up late, late nights writing what I understood to be the medical directors life story. Since he still had his practice during the day, my late nights and early morning hours were dedicated to him. I have that kind of dedication and work ethic.
So anyway, I’m at one of those presentation dinners and the night was wrapping up. I was sitting next to a very successful, smart lawyer that I’ve always respected. I did one of those hand gestures around the room and asked him, “look at all I do for him. Since I wouldn’t justify the expense of getting married, how can I be assured that I will reap some benefit and security for what I do for him?” This particular fellow knew of the many projects I helped with. I was his right hand plus more.
Our mutual friend said, “Buy real estate together”.
In 2008, we bought and began renovating what was to be our dream home. I told him that I would continue to work with him in every way possible if instead of traveling, fine dining and gambling, he would provide us safety and security for our future.
I never would have thought that my “dream house” would end up being one of my worst nightmares. These were my “house updates” in 2009. Wait till you see the 2019 update…