Observations #9: The Spirit of LumberJocks

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Blog entry by Russel posted 12-28-2008 01:33 AM 1185 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been said by others at various time and diverse places, that the folks on LumberJocks are the best to be found on the internet. Here’s my take on that.

Today I had the opportunity to share a meal with Marc and Nicole Spagnuolo.

It was nothing like I expected.

With Marc being an internet celebrity and Nicole being a national beauty, I was at first surprised that they would be willing to meet and spend time with a silly old man. This surprise was seeded by the fact that last time I made the trip from Detroit to Phoenix they were conveniently “out of town.” Nevertheless, through constant badgering and basic begging they consented to meet at a neutral and public location.

I expected them to be cordial and polite. I expected conversations about the weather and travel. My expectations were met. Then things got interesting.

As it turns out, the Spanuolo’s are cordial and polite, AND downright friendly, pleasant, easy to talk to and quite interesting. After asking to meet Marc, I had second thoughts figuring he might be busy this holiday season and my personal request was a bit of an intrusion. Yet, Marc and Nicole said something along the lines of, “Hey, how ‘bout we meet up for lunch?”

Conversation covered pretty much anything, and it was fun and intelligent. The time went beyond cordial and polite to friendly and personal (not too personal, just enough). As time went on I enjoyed their company more and the encounter became my best experience in Phoenix, second only to spending time with my kids and grandkids.

Today I had the opportunity to meet Marc and Nicole Spagnuolo and it was nothing like I expected … It was worlds better.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 02:43 AM

awe shucks Russell you made me blush :) It was really great meeting you too and I’m really glad you asked us again! (I wonder where we were the first time you came through town) Hope you have a great new year and thank you so much for lunch!!!

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 02:47 AM

I have to say, I was really hoping I would be considered the “national beauty” Damn…. :)

It was a great lunch with some great company. Thanks again Russel. Keep the wood chips flyin’ my friend!

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 06:28 AM

Russel Glad you got to meet up with a couple of LumberJocks. I wonder if that qualifies as a picnic.

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

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#4 posted 12-28-2008 01:38 PM

Russel . . . even though you have strayed far from home, you have not stayed far from LJs. :-)

Karson. . . I would vote yes. Any time more than 2 LJs meet and there is some sort of food involved should be considered a picnic. :-)

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 04:13 PM

Karson, BBQ was involved, so unless a game of horse shoes is required I’m pretty sure this could fall under the picnic category.

Zuki, with LJs all over the world, it difficult to anywhere without finding one. It’s been said before and worth saying again, the sun never sets on LumberJocks.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 12-28-2008 04:18 PM

Yay! :^D

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 12-29-2008 02:06 AM

Well then. Maybe the last LJ picnic of the current year.

I’m meeting Greg3G on Friday at a woodworking show along with a few other people. So maybe we’ll be the first picnic of the new year.

Of course I ended today with a Christmas meal with 6 lumberjocks. All in the family of course.

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

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 04:30 PM

You hit the nail head on Russel, when you said LJs are a great bunch of people.


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

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