1015/66 = 15.38 - Maybe I do Have a Problem

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Blog entry by Don posted 02-22-2007 11:41 AM 1306 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy Shawn pointed out this statistic. It represents my average number of posts per day since becoming a LumberJock in December ‘06.

He accused me of being addicted, and I responded with, Maybe I do have a problem.

First, I want to apologize for being a blog-hog. Now that Shawn has brought this to my attention, I can hear the collective LumberJock groan every time I make a post.

I can hear my Buddy Mark DeCou protest that if I only posted something with content, and my arty/farty friend Frank suggesting that if I took time to connect with the ‘spirit of the wood’ or our lovely Canadian ‘Sheila’ encouraging me to be working towards the Summer Woodworking Awards, or my Mate Obi telling me to just finish that box for your Californian friend, maybe my British Buddy, Philip, suggesting that I learn how to make hand tools.

I know that I can hear Dr. Dave from Oregon putting an absolute positive spin on my addiction. (You’re such an encourager Dave.) And there is no doubt that our senior statesman (sorry Dick, but I think that’s you) is sitting back wondering when the Aussie/Canuck (can you think of a worse combination?) is going to run out of gas. Then there’s the collective muttering of N.H. Scott, Woodsong Dennis, Chubby Karson, Louisiana Mark, Big Mike, RHM Ethan, Arts & Crafts Dusty and all the rest of you great blokes and bloketts.

Yes, all of you are to blame for my condition. I’ve been blogging on an Aussie site for about five years. My posting total is not even twice what I’ve done here in a little over two months.

So just what is the problem? Well, the answer is very simple – you people are addictive. I’ve met about the greatest bunch of woodworkers since I’ve become serious about working wood. There is more talent here than I’ve previously met. And although all of you enjoy an occasional giggle, the thing that I like most, is that it’s woodworking that remains the focus of this community. People with the highest levels of talent, respect people of all skill levels. I’ve not once detected any animosity from the pro’s as we learners ask sometimes inane questions and/or make ignorant comments. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

So to all of my LumberJock Mates, I salute you for being great friends and a pleasure to know, even though only vicariously. So I know none of you will protest when I send a collective invoice for my asylum charges. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 02-22-2007 11:56 AM

If I didn’t see your name on the left, and read your input on several things each day, I’d think you were sick. To be honest I read your blogs more than anyone else.

I was reading everyone else’s yesterday and wondering where yours were. There may come a day when one of our Lumberjock buds doesnt come in here anymore. ANY one of our lumberjock buds… and it would be a sadder day. I’m glad it’s you at the top of the list instead of me. This is kinda like a chat room, where everyone says what they want, or doesnt say what they don’t want.

Keep it coming…

And by-the-way, since when is communcating with friends a sign of a problem?

My computer was shut off, and I could hear it telling me that “Don just posted something.”

So I woke up at 1:44 a.m. to reply

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#2 posted 02-22-2007 12:32 PM

Hi Don;
—-well hey, what the heck….I think your just full of ‘ebullience’ Don and doing a great job of showing us your woodworking greatness….(‘ebullience’—-another great word to chew on….) Actually I think you are a great testimony to your love of God and family and woodworking by your greatness-of-’ebullience’....!

But then what am I supposed to do, since by the sounds of my talking, I’m probably just passing a gaseous fart….ha! Keep those postings coming Don, as things could sure get quite around here if you remain silent too long, besides I long ago decided that the numbers just don’t count—-whether in the short hand or the long hand.

And so to quote you; “So just what is the problem? Well, the answer is very simple – you people are addictive.” Yes, you hit the nail on the head….”glad it wasn’t my finger there’, but we are woodworkers, ‘workers of wood’ and where else can you go and find folks who are ‘full of talking about wood and how it fits into their lives. This is what makes so great and then there is that freedom that comes with the knowing that we all are addicted to making sawdust in the many shapes and forms. And then we also have times when we even spill our guts out before all and then sit back knowing that somewhere out there in this community of woodworkers….someone is praying for us. WOW!!!

Keep those words and pictures coming Don, as speaking for myself….you have a way of inspiration that keeps me on track with ‘wood art’!

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 02-22-2007 12:46 PM

e•bul•lience ɪˈbʌl yəns, ɪˈbʊl- – [i-buhl-yuh ns, i-boo l-] –noun
1. high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance.
2.a boiling over; overflow.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 02-22-2007 02:08 PM

Now we’ll all have to buy some larger hats. Just think of his totals if Don’s computer hadn’t crashed. It seemed like a month of silence from down under. I was waiting, waiting, & waiting some more, for Don to get back in action again. He also keeps this forum running while we’re sleeping. He’s our night patrol.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 02-22-2007 02:11 PM

Yes, and now that the sun is coming up over the east coast of the Americas, it’s time for me to turn in.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 02-22-2007 04:09 PM

Hi, my name is Mark, I’m a lumberjockaholic… all started for me in May of 2006…..

Glad you are here Don, and keep blogging. I have found that each of your entries are thoughtful, encouraging, meaningful, and individual.

I must confess, there have been times I have thought, “hmmm, if I want to catch up with Dick and Don, I could just copy/paste some meaningless comment and add it to every project and blog.” But, what is the use?

It takes leadership and vision to get something like this community going, and you are providing it, and I, for many, appreciate you. I even like it that you speak Aussie, it is sort of cute. ha.

I’m glad you are writing and investing your efforts with us. If you think about it, 15 times a day is only 1 entry per 1.6 hours, which doesn’t sound bad at all! It is all in the perspective.

Mark DeCou, not Mark, nor Marc

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 02-22-2007 04:20 PM

Hi Mark Decou, not Mark, nor Marc welcome to L.A. HAHAHAHAHAHA

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#8 posted 02-22-2007 05:16 PM

Don, don’t you dare quit blogging! I enjoy your blogs. They are full of information and wisdom. Besides, competition is good for the soul.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 02-22-2007 06:09 PM

We enjoy your postings Don. Don’t ever give them up.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Martin Sojka

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#10 posted 02-22-2007 06:19 PM

Hey Don, congrats to #1000 and keeeep them coming. Almost always, you’re the only one online I see when I wake up here in Europe and what a great feeling it is ;)

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#11 posted 02-22-2007 07:57 PM

Problem, I probably wouldn’t still be checking this site if it wasnt for you Don, keep up the great work, we love you buddy.

-- Cheers

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#12 posted 02-23-2007 07:28 AM

Addicted… yes, I suppose we are. It’s 12:30 and I should be sleeping, but after working all day (one of those computer-less days) I have you lot to “catch up” with first… I spend more time here than on all the other blogs & websites than interest me, more time here, than e-mailing, some days I let the RSS feeds pile up, save for all my LJ buds!

How nice of you to get up so early and get us all started Don… and then keep us going (here and in the shop).

Thanks for the cheer, encouragement and good humor!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 02-25-2007 09:01 PM

I think I am catching the same disease. I look at my postings today and feel like I am taking up all of the space from others. I just hope my postings are as useful as Don’s.

Don’t stop posting Don!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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