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Kind of a followup & mostly about Skiguy -

Musicman is actually at work because they asked him about a month ago if he'd be willing to work today. He'll be working on Saturday, too, because a co-worker begged him to. This gives him a good shot at getting the number of hours he wants over semester break. He works holidays because he likes to and since we live acorss the street from Panera, he's not missing anything at home, even if he closes on Christmas Eve.

About time with family - these are now 18 and 21 year old young men. We see them for a few dinners a week in the summer and they live here. They have friends and at times, girlfriends. Neither of them seems to suffer from a lack of free time.

Skiguy has never been taken advantage of. The very expensive bikes he built gave him experience on components and brands he might not get another chance at. For summer 2004, they scheduled him around a class he wanted to take in the summer. The bike shop also has a profit-sharing plan for everyone. This summer, his monthly profit sharing was usually more than a week's pay. He also asked for and received a raise this summer.

This job is not just something for him to do. He's finishing a degree in mechancial engineering and hoping for a job designing bikes or components when he's done(although if Zabriskie needs a mechanic, he's available). He literally just got home from school. The head mechanic called him this week to see if he would be willing to work after Christmas because he needs him to run the repair shop while the head mechanic takes vacation. Now there are other mechanics who do work year round. This, to me, shows they value him and his skills.

For both boys, the opportunity to make some money during the school year is something they appreciate. They need the money for books, personal expenses, savings to set themselves up when they finish school and to fund their Roths.

These kids reflect our values and, yes, I am proud of them and of their sister.

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