Monday, 10 May 2010

Everyone - Cross your fingers!

Its amazing how one day just flows into another here in Maz.  When I came back down last time on April 6, I thought I would just be here a couple of weeks and go back.  I needed to come down to pay April's rent in cash but thought, well, its spring in Alberta, I won't feel the need to stay in Maz as much as I do in mid-winter.  Plus, I thought no-one else would be coming down and I would get lonely since all the snowbirds were heading home.  But here it is a month later!  The days just fly by even when I'm not doing much.  And now Mike "thinks" he will be able to squeeze out a week down here, starting Saturday.  Ditto one of my sons, Tim.  So, I'm content to be here.  It really is a great pleasure to me that I can wake up and do whatever I feel like, eat when I want to, cook or not cook (mostly not cook) and not have to consult anyone else.  I wouldn't want to do that forever though.  I love being married to Mike, and being with him is almost as easy as being by myself.  I must be some kind of weirdo to love my solitude so much.

My writing project is cancelled.  Lets just say personality conflict and leave it at that.  I found a book recently that I have ordered online called "Nothing to Lose" by a young, serial entrepreneur who has started 6 businesses by the age of 30 and has made multi-millions.  The book is his autobiography and a "how-to" book.  I haven't read it yet so I can't attest to whether its any good, but his story certainly impresses me.

One day, I am going to write a book called "Everything to Lose".  To my mind, starting a business with nothing to lose is a lot easier, especially when you are young.  Mike and I have everything to lose.  Such risks are not for the faint-hearted.

Tomorrow, Mike is presenting to a group of angel investors after toughing out the criticism and feedback from the workshop guys.  On Thursday, he will present again to another group.  All of them are Albertans.  He has been before these group before, 2 years ago, and got nowhere.  Still, our hopes are high.  Its a different business and we have "matured".  To these guys, the fact that we are still around to take another run at them is very positive.  We have also submitted the Executive Summary to a group in Silicon Valley, California which runs annual events to bring startups and investors together in a marathon of presentations.  Only 30 startups are chosen to present.  Two years ago, Qtility was chosen as one of those 30 and Mike went down to attend and give a  presentation.  Again, it went nowhere - BUT, like this local group in Alberta, the fact that we are still here and re-submitting should garner some attention.  We'll see.  They haven't finished choosing the 30 yet.


  1. really hope that it works for you guys!!!!
    cathy taylor

  2. Susan - Rereading my comments to you is confusing so Ill just do without apostrophes because I think they translate wrong. Anyway, good luck to Mike on his presentations. Maybe this is the one!!! Also, lucky you to still be enjoying the life in Maz. But I know youll enjoy having both Mike and Tim visit. Our weather here is in the 60s and pretty sunny except rain today. We are good and hope you are two. Gail

  3. I know! I could not figure out the gobbly-gook but i see its the apostrophes! Thanks for commenting!