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Deirdre Doherty: Team Ryan!

Yes, Jeff Lewis is really that crazy.

By Ryan Brown

Jeff thinks our office is neat and organized! I'm taking that as a serious compliment people, especially since he was sitting at my desk when he said it. As far as Jeff not believing that we all actually have fun working together, that is hilarious. Laughing is a serious priority since work can get hectic at times, but everyone pitches in, and we work our butts off to get everything done. I am lucky enough to share a desk area with Ryan and love it because we have the same wacky sense of humor.

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Going out to lunch with Jeff and the crew is always fun. I must say that when I asked Chris about his iPod, I really was curious about what he was listening to and not trying to get him in trouble. Rap, reggae, house, learning a language? Don't you want to know too? I still feel like I never really got the answer. I obviously hit a nerve with Jeff and it started an uncomfortable argument making me wish I never asked the question.

I have been working for Ryan for about a year now and can tell you honestly; yes he really is that nice. I can also say that,yes, Jeff really is that crazy, but he also has a wicked sense of humor and is very intelligent (traits that Ryan also shares). It is a pleasure to work for both of them and I work even harder for them seeing how hard they work themselves.

Valley Oak was almost finished when Ryan left for a well-deserved vacation (let it be known he easily works a 10-12 hour day) with odds and ends to finish such as paint touch up and accessory installation, something the team is more than capable of working on while he was away. It's pretty funny to watch Jeff say Ryan and I were slacking on our work. Just a note on the towel bars -- we had met with Frank the contractor about the towel bars a week earlier. I specifically hid them under the sink in the bathroom so they didn't get thrown away during an overeager cleanup that happens so often on the job sites. But it wasn't on Jeff's To Do List, so I'm sure he thought we forgot about it.  I have seen the To Do List in person -- it is real, it is long, and it is numbered by importance and definitely puts my own To Do List to shame.

Valley Oak is almost completed. I can't wait to see what everyone thinks about the finished project!

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