I couldn't love and respect three guys more than I do Ed Beaulieu, Brian Helfrich and Chris Hanson. Last week we pulled off the impossible, once again, by building a Pondless® Waterfalls for some very happy kids at the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Again herculean logistical efforts were required, along with long days and nights to get the project done. The results speak for themselves. There may be a team somewhere on the planet that could pull off such a feat as was required with this project, personally though I can honestly say I haven't met them yet.
Tomorrow, our new reality show, Aquascape Pond Squad debuts digitally to the world. It's a work in progress and truly a labor of love for all of us. Filming our original reality series took more out of me than just about anything I have ever done. It also gave me something I never thought I could get, and that's a deeper love and respect for my co-workers. I've worked with Ed for 22 years and Brian for 21. Together we've created a business from a dream, and an industry from what was formerly just a lifestyle. As for Chris "The New Guy" whom I've only known for two years, he's done something equally powerful. Chris has restored my faith that the next generation can be hard working, intelligent and even respectful to boot! That's saying something in this day and age.
What we had to go through to film our old reality show and what we are doing to create our new one reminds me of the words of a totally out there artist and author Hugh MacLeod in his book, Evil Plans.
We might be proverbially killing ourselves creating our own show, but it's our show and nobody else's! It's why I changed the name from our old show. And in the end "Our Hunger" will only be fed by stepping back as we always do and evaluating what we just did and how we are going to make it better the next time. In other words, you gotta always stay hungry!
We love and respect each other too much to do it any other way.