Yet another visit from St. Nicholas

(Back by popular demand, round 6)

It was the night before Christmas, when the whole town,
The FCNews team celebrated, nothing was shut down.
Drink champagne, pop the cork,
We must be in a red state, certainly not in New York.

The stockings were hung with care on the chimney,
In the hope that Dr. Fauci would come out of our hair.
Reggie and Megan were nestled without masks,
Completing Surfaces stories is their only job.

Dustin behind his computer and looking at our earnings
Steve chides non-advertisers, which he finds disturbing.
Krystal and Jacqui lysolate the buds,
Ken wished he could relieve Antifa gangs.

Then there was such a clatter on the grass,
I jumped out of bed to see what was going on.
Locked up my valuables, including my computers
You never know these days, they could have been looters.

It was a frustrated St. Nick standing in the snow
When he began to tell me a long tale of woe.
He was stuck at the North Pole, toiling alone
His white-collar elves worked from home.

Others simply said, “Don’t hire us;
Thanks to the virus, we can live off the free money.”
Those who were left in the toy store had little to do,
With disruptions in the supply chain, they couldn’t make anything new.

And as for the reindeer, they were all gone.
None of them left to pull Santa’s sleigh.
Dasher and Dancer were quarantined,
Prancer and Vixen refused the vaccine.

Then there’s Rudolph, the one most affected
With his shiny red nose, they think he’s infected.
And even with his sled, St. Nick couldn’t get very far;
Any boundary to be crossed needs a new PCR.

He was about to ask me who had been naughty and nice
But this year my feelings should suffice.
There are some things that rubbed me wrong
Especially the subsidies, which have lasted too long.

One thing that drove me crazy
People took free money and refused to work.
Talk to your friend, talk to your neighbor
Everyone’s challenge is to find good workers.

Here’s an area where I’m in conflict—
Or people who skip rent should be evicted.
I totally understand when reasons are legit
But people are milking the system, you have to admit that.

Instead of paying rent, some went on vacation
In case you’re wondering why there is inflation.
Fed Chairman Powell called the spike ‘transient’
And for most of the year he stuck with that story.

But the biggest thing that hurt us all
Were all those problems around the supply chain.
No people in the ports to unload ships
I guess they hadn’t returned from all their free travels.

The price of containers rose to new heights
Some said they actually tripled overnight.
Companies then had to pay to transport that container,
Shaw chartering two ships was a definite no-brainer.

“Many challenges”, said Santa with a grin
“It’s amazing that this industry continues to win.”
We’re very lucky, but that’s nothing new;
Let’s move on to the annual review.

As we kicked 2020 to the curb and 2021 would arrive
FCNews would celebrate 35 years.
We’ve come a long way since Wahnon and Blick
A great collaboration was the trick.

Mohawk challenged the status quo
By moving forward with its Momentum Roadshow.
When it came to precautions, they did everything they could
While we present new innovations such as UltraWood.

As the year progressed, live events would return
Retailers hate virtual, as we would all learn.
The turnout was large, but not for commercial purposes
Designers are overly cautious, if I may be controversial.

When it came to AHF, I was not aware
Thought they were residential but bought Parterre anyway.
Than US OEM so they grow in phases
A company their size should include more pages.

Stainmaster sold its brands to Lowe’s
Dealers were mad, but that’s the way it goes.
They’re doing great last time I looked
They’ve even found ways to replace Pet Protect.

Max Holland joined FEI to help run the day-to-day business
Along with Howerton, Hogan and Allison Rea.
Their convention was great, but was one thing missing?
It would never be the same without Dave Gheesling.

Tim Baucom was raised as we parted ways with Vance
He was hired in 1981 and made the most of his chance.
He led Shaw Industries through good times and hard
Products, purchases and all that beauty.

Kevin Jablon Scored $90 Million
By selling his beloved Spartan to Floor & Décor.
A commercial distributor that is highly valued
Another example of the American Dream.

Surfaces returned, albeit in June;
I covered the show in one afternoon.
The number of exhibitors was unimportant
Reuniting the industry was essential.

Flip or Flop’s Christina has her own brand
The announcement was met with immediate question.
The Coast 2 Coast people have really big plans
While she touts the rule to millions of fans.

Our 35e anniversary issue garnered much acclaim
I’ve left some people off the list, I’m taking the blame.
Tribute to the past, celebrated today
If that’s okay, we’ll do it again soon.

FCIF’s Gala in the Rainbow Room
Brought the industry together and not on Zoom.
It was the perfect cure for COVID fatigue
As we honored Brodsky, Matson and Dana Teague.

FloorForce’s Todd Saunders Became Groom
After purchasing RLM to improve Broadlume.
A few months later it was the FloorCon event
Everyone who came said it was time well spent.

Ashlie Butler threw a party
Finally showed up, just a little late.
People came from far and wide
We were there but not Kemp Harr.

St. Nick then thanked me and sat down to rest
“This is all a lot to digest.
I never knew there was so much to floors;
Who ever said this industry is boring?”

And like a Christmas miracle when the reindeer appeared
Eight negative tests meant they were all cleared.
Santa jumped into his sleigh and drove out of sight
“Get your vaccines, my friends; Merry Christmas, good night.”

Since this is the last column of 2021, we are switching up a gear. From all of us on FCNews, Thank you all for your support and friendship throughout the year. Our readers. Our advertisers. Without all of you we have no publication. Your trust and belief in us is humiliating.

Last but certainly not least, I am blessed with the best business partner and team anyone could wish for. They make this job so much easier and all worth it. This company and this industry has become my life, and it’s a damn good life. The friendships I’ve forged are priceless. Some are like family. You all know who you are.

Happy holidays and see you in 2022 – and not on Zoom.

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