Well Grif, you'd be a fool not to have such feelings given the PAST performance of ITRI.
Is Chesser all that slow given where he's coming from and where Itron's at?? I mean that Board at Itron has really got to be suspect. I'm sure Chesser has to interact very carefully with them. Being an outside shareholder with no internal info sure has its RISKS!
I had formal training as a chemist and also some experience as such, as far as starting an analytical services company. That was years ago. I haven't been "employed" for over 30 years now.
I would guess selling a non-standard product has its rewards as well as risks, even though they may be somewhat hedged. Commodity products also have their drawbacks from a competitive point of view unless you have a standardized monopoly.
A lot of engineers, heck most engineers, don't necessarily make good businessmen because of their technical and problem solving approach to matters of a more humanistic nature. Maybe we can just agree to disagree on this point.
As far as further investing in Itron is concerned, I haven't done any recently[well maybe a thousand shares]and don't plan on doing so. There really has been a lack of communication as you mention. Anyway, I will accept any luck offered as I do realize the risky nature of my current position.ggg skep