Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Better living through Kumtek
I was at Euromart at 808 Dot Ave to pick up some smoked trout from the cooler but as I was entering, I ran into John Kumbalowski who was carrying out a six pack of Zywiec, the beer of choice in the Polish Triangle. We got to talking and he suggested we head over to Cafe Polonia for some kishka and cherry brandy. An order of kishka only goes for eight bucks and we were splitting a plate so I agreed.
Unfortunately, Cafe Polonia looked a bit too crowded for our tastes so we headed across Andrew Square to the Aces High Tavern. Since we were now on the Irish side of Andrew, we ordered two Budweisers on tap and John proceeded to catch me up on what's going on his life.
Though he works as a installer at Yale Appliance and Electric, John graduated from MIT in the Class of '91. He hasn't forgotten anything that he learned as a student and, in fact, he has been pursuing his own interests while off the clock at Yale. He told me he was starting up his own company in order to manufacture jet engines he's designed and patented on weekends and during vacations. He asked me if I'd be interested in investing.
I answered that I would be interested and I asked the name of the new company. John replied, "Kumtek. It's a combination of Kumbalowski and Technology but I spell technology with a 'k' because it looks more futuristic."
I agreed that the k was cutting edge but I advised him he might want to pick a different name. I suppose there's nothing wrong with the name Kumtek but it's not the kind of name I'd like to drop in polite conversation. He said he'd think about it and he did seem thoughtful as we finished our beers. When we parted company, John asked, "What do you think about Baltek?"
I told him it would depend on the pronunciation and we shook hands. I headed over to Euromart to pick up my smoked trout. John headed back to the drawing board with his six pack of Zywiec under his arm.