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.