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An exciting day, today. My wife went to the post office and found a package addressed to Heirloom Woodshop, (one of my businesses). I hadn’t ordered anything lately other than a book and this package was not the appropriate size and was way to heavy. My wife and I looked at it and wondered what it could be. After a long time of feeling its’ weight and trying to determine what it might be, we were suspicious of its’ contents because of years gone by when packages show up and all kinds of horrendous problems occurred for the people who received them. We listened to see if there was any ticking… none, and it didn’t smell funny. What should we do,.. open it? Call the authorities? I decided to open it, but I also thought of calling my neighbours, just in case they wanted to evacuate, then I fashioned a kind of plywood suit with a small slot to look through and a plywood kind of vest. All I had for hand protection were a couple oven mitts. All right, then I had my wife gather the dog, cat and bird and head outside to the other end of our property. Now I proceeded very slowly, trying to hold up my homemade armour and had trouble opening the package with two oven mitts on, as the sweat rolled of my forehead. If I find wires, do I quit or like in the old movie scenario, wonder if the blue or the red wire get clipped first? My next thought was, I don’t have any thing close by to clip the wires. If I bite the wires, would that cause a reaction? It’s been 5 minutes already with not much progress…I could have sped things up if I had grabbed a knife or scissors before I started, but all I could come up with was a near-by spoon. Finally more progress.. the paper is finally loose on one end. I hold my breath, so as to not wiggle it any more than possible. More progress.. it looks like carpet pad is in the next layer. Why would something that seemed so solid, need padding? I tear more open v e r y slowly. I see a black substance… is it some kind of plastic or worse? It’s coming.. it’s coming off! WHAT IS IT?? It’s wood?! Thank God it’s only wood, but what, where, from whom? There’s a note: “Jim, Enjoy!”, and thanks for being such a good Bud! and signed, “David” !

It’s from one of the nicest guys on LJ’s, “Pattron”, or, David Mitchell. After we’d had a little visit, when we PM’ed, he said he was then off to go pick up his rosewood that he had ordered and had a long drive to and from, to get it. I mentioned that I had wanted to buy some also, but things had been slow this year, so I had to pass, but I was glad that he was able to get some. So here this kind, wonderful person finds my address, packs a very nice piece of rosewood off to me without a word and it shows up today, when I had an unexpected day at home.

David, THANK YOU SO MUCH!... you’re a king among men. I will have to find a very special use for this rosewood.

Oh and everyone, please excuse my “story” about the whole episode. Now you know I can spin tall tales!

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 1693 days ago

so who get’s to play us in this version of the movie ?

enjoy my friend !

you deserve that and more ,

for all you do for us all !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1693 days ago

I agree with you that the patron is a man amoungst men.
Nice one David.. it is always nice to get a surprise in the mail.
Jim I look forward to something special with the rosewood.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 1693 days ago

That is the kind of Buddies you need, I have him as a buddy too he is a very nice man to chat with. Good for you Jim….your a good buddy too.

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#4 posted 1693 days ago


Thanks David!

and Jim- can you smell the roses? ;) enjoy the friendly grains.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 1693 days ago

Easy to see that we have lots of good people here….another reason to love LJ!

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#6 posted 1693 days ago

Hey David
Your Tom Cruise and I’m Walter Matthau . Larry can be the mail man and played by Brad Pitts.
Hey David I really do thank you for your very kind thought and kind gift or you most treasured rosewood

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1693 days ago

Very cool!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 1693 days ago

Some guys have all the luck….........

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#9 posted 1693 days ago

that’s a great tale , jim .
i like robert de nero for me ,
or maybe spock .
cruise is an o.k. actor ,
but i’m not into all that space stuff he’s into .
harrison ford is a woodworker ,
he could do larry .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 1693 days ago

I like the story, but if you really want to share, I’ll need pictures. You are a very giving individual on this site and your contributions are appreciated.

you picked an excellent recipient as I’m sure you know.

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#11 posted 1693 days ago

Way to go David. You always show the true spirit of LJ—-that is helping people any way you can

Jim – Congratulations, It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy
Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 1693 days ago

That’s what I call a real Buddy.

Congratulations Jim.

David is a great friend to have.

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

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#13 posted 1693 days ago

Jim, this is a really nice story. You told it well and you could not have put two better characters in the lead roles than you and David. You both made out well on this exchange.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 1693 days ago

Sorry for the bad first version after (trying to)read it I went back and cleaned it up.
I thinks that I’ll switch To Robert Duvall for my part at least he’s still with us.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1693 days ago

Good story Jim, It is for this reason that I am a proud member of the elite force called LUMBERJOCKS. We are always there to help one another out.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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