Meeting jockmike2

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 02-22-2010 05:50 AM 944 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the fortune of meeting Mike (aka jockmike2) and his wife Kris this last Friday. Mike and I had corresponded back and forth (with a little mis-communication thrown in for good measure ;) and we finally were able to meet up at his house. Mike truly is a wonderful guy and I was touched by the hospitality that he and his wife provided. When I found out that Kris had, at one time, participated in the baking of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, I barely was able to suppress the urge to cut out my heart, hand it to her on a platter, and offer my worthless mortal existence as sacrifice to the cookie goddess.

Ok, maybe I am exaggerating just a smidgen. But I do have to acknowledge that thin mint cookies are the best cookie in the universe and anyone that has, or had, a hand in making them deserves a shrine of some form.

Mike showed me his shop and some of his work. Even let me use his lathe for a few to get a feel for it. I have read his blogs, seen his work projects, and read his reviews, so picking up some of the vessels, platters, bowls, etc. that I seen on the web was kind of like holding on to a piece of family lore. Conversation was easy, friendly, and enjoyable. It felt like Mike and I went way back and it was just another meeting with an old friend, rather than two guys saying hello for the first time.

Mike lives fairly close to me and I think him and I will become good buddies (well heck, I would say we are good friends already!).

Thanks Mike for your wonderful hospitality and give my thanks to Kris (aka. cookie goddess)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 06:20 AM

That’s great you and Mike and your wives were able to spend time together. I always enjoy when LJs folks can stop by and say hi.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 06:47 AM

That is a great story.

I have had a similar experience with the LJ members that I have met. It was like meeting an old friend/

That’s just the best stuff:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 07:19 AM

Fantastic story. Now I am craving a cookie. :-)

-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 12:53 PM

isn’t that awesome!
what a wonderful opportunity

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 01:45 PM

Speaking of cookies think of poor Kris selling cookies in this mess today. They are supposed to get their cookie delivery today, that is semi-loads loads of cookies that are delivered cookies and they must be unloaded by her membership. I don’t know how they are going to manage.
As for David, what a guy. I was so glad to connect with him and he is so right, just like at the LJ picnic, it seemed like we had always known each other. We got on greatly. He’s a great guy. We shared our past, our work, what drew us to woodworking, my wife made us some pizza, we ate, swapped stories and it was like meeting old friends as he said. I hope our friendship can bloom (he promised to help me organize my shop). But he is one great guy. My dog really liked him. I tried to get him to go with him but he would’nt go. Anyway a great evening, he agrees, I have too many tools. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 02:09 PM

Mike, I wish your wife much luck today. Ugh, what a Monday for her.

I see I forgot to mention Mike’s tendency to make unwitting accomplices into a partner in crime…”Honey, David drank all the beer…” “Honey, David agrees that I should order this dust collector…”

I did promise to help organize the shop. But for the record, I never said he had too many tools. Sheesh Mike, you might as well tell everyone that I believe in Leprechauns…


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 02:12 PM

i’m happy for the two of you ,

putting a smiling face and an open hand ,

to the virtual connection is priceless !

enjoy , there is surely more to follow .

-- 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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#8 posted 02-23-2010 03:45 AM

Good for you guys, keep it up.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 07:40 AM

Great to hear of LJ’s getting to spend time together.

Keep on meetin!


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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