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Blog entry by Phil Brown posted 07-05-2007 04:42 PM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks. I haven’t been active on LJ for some time but I do try to view the site from time to time. I don’t get near the computer for days at a time it seems. Been so busy with Jim’s casket and trucking at night, and the million other things that come along.

We had to put our Old’s Cutlass to rest and buy a van, our neighbor’s passenger van which she gave me dirt cheap. All it needed for safety inspection was one rear brake drum and a rear wiper blade. The van came at the right time as we had to take a lot of family members without vehicles to a wake, funeral and graveside in another town.

My wife’s daughter’s husband dropped dead at 36 years old. His family has a history of heart disease and his older sister recently had heart surgery. Carl went to the doctor complaining of chest pains and was dismissed because he was a smoker, although in good shape. That was on Friday. On Sunday he fell to the floor, gone. The doctor was questioned about the visit and denied that Carl said anything about chest pains.

It seems that when you have important things to do, many other things try to take up your time. I put a dining table refinish job on hold to do Jim’s casket, a table that was out in an unheated, damp porch, in pieces, which needed much care and attention. The client had balked at my price, one third of anyone else’s price, so I worked on it as a fill in. In the middle of Jim’s casket the client called, wanting it finished in one week, regardless of Jim’s condition. I wont repeat the client’s comment. It was hard to bear. For some of you folks wanting to be in business for yourselves, you might have to endure the worst treatment by people paying you their money to take advantage of you and say unkind things to you as if it’s their privilege because it’s their money.

People have been coming out of the woodwork with work for me but I’ve had to decline or put on hold a number of paying projects until I get Jim’s casket completed. He went in for brain chemotherapy yesterday but we haven’t heard how he’s doing.

It’s funny, when I take stock of what’s left to do on the casket, there’s only three days work left to do on it, but it’s been like that for two weeks now with everything that’s been going on. Fortunately my trucking run has changed and I now park the rig at home, eliminating the 50 miles each way to and from work every day. I drive in on Monday and pick up the rig and bring it back to the depot Friday night, saving me $100 a week in gas and 10 to 12 hours of driving time which I put into the woodworking shop now.

Thursdays and Fridays I have to keep my hours down in the shop to save my enrgy for the night run. Today I will finish up the artwork for the casket and trim the panels to their final dimensions to fit the frames, Basically all I have left to do is clearcoat the casket, install the handles and the interior.

I better sign off and get into the shop. Hello to all and bye for now.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 07-05-2007 05:16 PM

You are in our thoughts Phil.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 07-05-2007 05:25 PM

Hi Phill,

Good to hear from you. Hopefully you don’t have to put up with that often. Think of the folks that you’ve been happy to work for and ignore the idiots.

It would be very gratifying to have a table bonfire on that customers front lawn.

-- Bob

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Phil Brown

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#3 posted 07-05-2007 06:09 PM

The table “had to be finished” by the end of June and its now July 5 and he’s nowhere to be found. Go figure. Oh well. I get more than enough satisfied customers to make up for the couple of negative ones I encounter each year.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-05-2007 07:31 PM

Good to hear from you Phil. Take care of yourself.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-05-2007 08:23 PM

Phil -

I had missed your input on LJ so it was very good to hear from you. It sounds like you have been very graceful in the face of some very difficult times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


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Phil Brown

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#6 posted 07-05-2007 10:44 PM

Thanks folks.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#7 posted 07-05-2007 10:54 PM

thanks for checking in and keeping us up to date!
The highs and lows of running a business… argh.

Very sad about the family member. You really have to push for medical care these days—if you think something is wrong, don’t take “no” for an answer.

Sounds like the casket is coming along really well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 07-06-2007 12:37 AM

Phil, las others have said, you have been missed. I intended to drop you a private message to you today, but your posting beat me to it.

Sorry to learn of the sad news of losing a family member.

As for your rude client, well who knows what’s in his life to make him so unhappy and unkind? Just think about all your satisfied and appreciative customers.

Will we get to see photo’s of the casket?

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

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#9 posted 07-24-2007 07:44 AM

Phil, I just found this thread. I was wondering why you had not been posting lately. Glad to hear that you are o.k., even though you’ve been busy – at least it sounds like the health is good. Sorry to hear about your son-in-law passing. Looking forward to you returning to the group soon.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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