Just who the hell is Dan Gardner anyways?

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  1. Mikey P
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    boy, 3 hots seats in one week...

    I must be bored..

    Chavez was asking what I knew about you and other than the obvious (into music, engines and MSDS ) all I could come up with is what a great member you are.

    a Google inquiry only came up with a post on that other forum from 2009 where you introduced yourself as a new part timer with a portable...

    so..


    • What have you done with your cleaning business since 2009 that allows you to be on MB so much during the day?
    • No Website?
    • Tell us about the current size and scope of Dan's Carpet Care..
    • Phoenix is a highly competitive area for this racket. What are you top five new customer generators?
    • Still on the other forum?
    • Favorite vacation spot?
    • How does MB help you?
    • Why the MSDS interest?
    • What ten songs do you want played at your funeral?
    • Cars, bikes?
    • Death Row meal...?
    • Wife? Kids? Pets?
    • JW or Mormon?


    Thanks Dan!
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    You think you're bored now - wait till you wade through my response! I will work on it - stay tuned....
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    Before I type my story out, your title reminded me of a (supposedly true) story I read a couple years ago:

    There was a long line of passengers waiting at the check-in counter for a particular flight, and tempers were getting short. An executive-type was obviously in a hurry and just forced his way to the head of the line. The ticket agent feared there would be a riot. She told him "sir, you need to get in line and wait your turn like everyone else". He turned red and said " I need to get on this plane NOW! Do you know who I am???". The ticket agent picked up her microphone and calmly announced "ladies and gentlemen - we have a problem up here and we are asking if any of you can help. We have a gentleman here that DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can identify him, please come to the podium!"

    The crowd applauded, and the man quietly went to the end of the line.
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    You asked for it..... ;)

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    You both deserve an award!

    Well done, Dan. How did you end up in AZ? The wife and I lived in Scottsdale for about 4-5 years, loved it!
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    We went from Pocatello, Idaho, where dad was in the Navy in their nuclear propulsion program, to Virginia. When he got out, we moved to Cali (North Hollywood, not a bad place back then) where he worked as a nuclear instrumention engineer on a research reactor in the private sector (probably why I'm a techy). He quit that racket and moved us to Phoenix where my uncle lived, they partnered up and opened a body shop together. I spent summers sanding cars while all my friends worked at McDonalds, thus my interest in cars/mechanics.

    Some of the best restaurants I have ever been to are in Scottsdale!
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    well hells bells, that was one of my favorite hot seats yet, honestly.



    and here I thought you were a David Gargan type running 3 or four trucks.


    Very cool story.

    So are you socking away all your CC income or tithing it all away?


    When you were fearing for your day job, how did you pick CCing? Did another brother mention it to you?
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    It's the first question anybody asks in AZ or CA, where you from?

    Be happy you got some of dads brains! Holy cow, bet it was nice to go work on cars after all that crazy stuff!
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    Oh, it manages to get spent somehow - a little fuzzy on that one.... :dejection:

    The how is a little bizarre - I do everything I can myself, hate to hire others if I can learn how. My wife tried and tried to remove a stain and couldn't get it out - asked me to help. I started Googling to see if I could figure out the 'secret sauce' the pros must have to tackle the problem and read up on Bridgepoint, CTI, Prochem - anything I could find. I paid $20 for a stain guide from Jeff Cross I think - which I later found for free. Anyhow, after reading up I ordered a tube of Power Gel. I gently worked it into the stain and it magically disappeared before my eyes! I sprayed clear water on it from a spray bottle and vac'd it up with a shop-vac. Hey! I can do this and people will give me money! It was during my research I found the boards. After more reading I bought a little equipment and the rest is history....
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    Interesting history. Thanks for sharing, Dan.
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    Nicely done Dan.

    About the welding: Do you weld a lot? I love welding too...I am certified with Oxy/acetylene and stick. I used to weld pipe lines (gas and water) even in place with mirrors in corners.
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    Zee, yes, I seem to weld a lot and enjoy it greatly. I've done a little structural welding, but no piping to speak of. A lot of fab around race cars, small tanks, etc. I'm currently trying my hand at fittings like Greenie used to make (only in stainless) as part of my TM project. Great fun!
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    :icon_rolleyes:
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    After reading this I figured you'd be building your own TM rather than purchasing one.
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    I am working on a design - not in a huge hurry though.
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    Thanks for sharing!
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    I take it you are a technical scientist of some sort----Ill be picking your brain from time to time---It's good to have you on MB raising the standards.
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    Yeah - that's me.....
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    I'm sorry about your son. Been there.

    Yes, I read that far.

    You goober.
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