Sunday, 11 December 2011
Lying with Statistics

Our Winnebago View got lots of use this year with trips to Florida, Alaska, Baltimore, and Toronto. We drove 16,224 miles and spent 133 nights aboard. All this was at the expense of the Katy Leigh which only saw us onboard for 99 nights and cruising for only 34 hours. We were home in Nashville for just 133 nights and found our neighbors hardly know us any more. In 2012 we plan to spend more time on the Katy Leigh and less on the road. A quick and useless analysis of the cost per day spent in each of our residences shows the View is by far the least costly at $46 per day, v.s. the boat at $124 and the house at $122. Costs are for operating costs including utilities, repairs, property taxes, and storage. Our home is a better deal on a per square foot basis. If you divide the annual operating cost by the number of square feet of living space our home comes out at $7, the boat $41 and the View $60.

Posted on 12/11/2011 5:24 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 2 December 2011
December 2, 2011 Decorating Nashville City Hall

Some 17 years ago, Duthie Associates, Inc. commissioned our son Graham to paint a large pastel triptych for our West End  Office.  Graham attended public schools in Nashville for from 1977-1982 so he can be considered a Nashville artist. The concept was to illustrate Nashville as in the 90's about 80% of our business was with economic developers. The painting has been very popular, so with our office lease expiring,  I wanted to find a public place where many could enjoy it.  As the painting illustrates the many historic and newer iconic buildings in Nashville, I felt the best location would be a city owned property like City Hall or the convention center.

I talked to Mayor Karl Dean  last June and he suggested it would fit in the waiting room outside his office at City Hall. He also suggested the company could loan the painting to the city.  A loan agreement was drawn up by the city law department and approved by the Arts Commission, Works Department, and City Council. It even required a change in some legislation.  This all got done and the move took place today.  The painting was picked up in a Works Department truck and re-hung in City Hall.  The artist was here for the event and played a major role in the move.  It's now in a perfect location and really suits the space and the decor.  Graham's work will now be seen by the many visitors that come to visit the Mayor and his staff.

Posted on 12/02/2011 9:30 PM by Bob Duthie
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