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Breaking the 1000 Post Barrier, without Electricity. What?

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 2445 days ago 928 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally made it. I remember the sweeeeet days when I was the number one posting member of the LJ community. I even won the first issuing of LJ t-shirts for active participation from Martin.

And then, I was 2nd, and I tried to keep up. Then, I was 3rd, and then 4th, and 5th, and no matter how much I scrambled, I kept falling further and further behind.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m just trying to be funny, in my dry, not-funny, style.

I am so glad that this community is growing, and that I can be a hidden part of the group now. Thanks to Debbie for her leadership, and her constant encouragement to all of us.

So, why “no electricity?”

A bad ice storm has hit our area, starting last night, and still getting worse. I just did the rounds, and we are starting to lose big limbs on the trees now, and it is still misting and getting colder. Still, I would rather have ice, than wild fires, or floods. So, we are thankful, and actually glad for the moisture, as our water well needs some filling before we run out.

We live out in the hills. There are only 3000 people living in the entire county in which we live. Which also means low taxes, no building inspectors, no permits, just freedom as our fore-fathers envisioned it. Well, maybe not that far, but it is nice here. BUT, that does make it hard when we are out of electricty, and the bigger cities need help first.

We aren’t hurting in any way at this point. I’m using my Y2K generator again (remember that one?), running it for awhile to warm up the house, get the water well working, use the computer, check my emails, watch the forecast on tv, and then we shut it down again. The weather forecast gave us enough warning that I was able to get to town and fill up all of the gas cans, get some food, cover the firewood, get the generator out of storage, get the scaffold tent built to keep water off of the generator, hook up the wiring, and then just wait. All night I waited, and about 6:30 am, the power finally went out, as expected. It was nice to be prepared and well supplied for once. Thanks to the weather forecasters.

So, that concludes my 1000th Post, hurray.

Now, back to “no lights.”

Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com



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mot

4911 posts in 2663 days


#1 posted 2445 days ago

Well, I haven’t read all 1000 of them, Mark, but for the shear volume of information contained in the ones I’ve read, you’re hardly hidden. Thanks for your participation and thanks for the great thought and detail that you put into your posts, and your work.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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CutNRun

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#2 posted 2445 days ago

Mark, given your location, I completely understand your preference for ice instead of other natural disasters. Having grown up in north central Kansas, I know what the weather can be like. Good luck with waiting out the storm. I need to check with my family and see how they are faring. I am the black sheep, having moved to the Pacific NW. The rest of my family still lives in or around Osborne. (Not exactly the middle of nowhere, but you can see it from there).

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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Russel

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#3 posted 2445 days ago

Mark, in my brief sojourn here I have admired your work and enjoyed your writings. Congrats on moving beyond the boundaries of triple digits.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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RobS

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#4 posted 2445 days ago

Well, that’s just great, suppose I had some important question to ask you right now and was expecting an answer..??! Who do I call? We need you up and running pronto…Let’s get a petition going, maybe we could get 1000 signatures, or maybe 1000 posts. :)

All joking aside, I hope your power is restored soon and stay warm.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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TomFran

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#5 posted 2445 days ago

”We live out in the hills. There are only 3000 people living in the entire county in which we live. Which also means low taxes, no building inspectors, no permits, just freedom as our fore-fathers envisioned it.” - Mark

Mark, that sounds like paradise to me! And, those ice storms can be very pretty, as long as you don’t have to go out and work or drive in it. Hang in there.

Kind of good that you had that Y2K generator, isn’t it?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Obi

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#6 posted 2445 days ago

That’s what happens when you spend too much time in the shop. What am I saying, I live in mine. I think you’re taking this woodworking thing a little too serious. Next thing you know, you’ll try to make a living with it. And then you’ll write less and spend your time making stupid things like knife Sets, and then you’ll want to bebuild your church, or even worse, somebody else’s church. And then you’re going to get a reputation…

Where does it all end, Mark? Are we going to have to do some kind of intervention?

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Obi

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#7 posted 2445 days ago

I also remember when I was number one in the rankings for the most posts… I think that might have lasted a week at most. I don’t even know where I am anymore. But then again, I spend too much time in the shop, making stupid things like tables, and chairs and now my addiction has me making guitars. And since the guy that wanted it never came back for it, I’m going to have to learn to play it. And then I, too, am going to spend more time practicing at the church (cause they’re the only ones that will let me play for free). I guess that’s where it all ends… hanging out at the local church working, playing, pimping out our good for charities and raffles…

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Obi

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#8 posted 2445 days ago

And when a big limb falls from the tree, that’s like God giving you a free stick to play with.LOL

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Obi

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#9 posted 2445 days ago

And by the time you get back I might even be at 2000…. or not.

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Karson

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#10 posted 2445 days ago

Congratulations on the 1000 Mark, and the 2000 Obi.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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DocK16

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#11 posted 2445 days ago

Mark….Milenium man. Congrats on the 1000th, Now you can make up stories and tell your grandkids about how you did your internet postings by candlelight…before there was electricity!!!! When you said there were only 3000 people in the county I had to go to the site map on your home page; man you are in the middle of nowhere even for a WV hillbilly like me that’s sparse. Used to go yearly (every December) on pheasant hunts up in Jewel Co and “Wonderful Lake Woconda in Cawker City. For all of you don’t know that’s the site of the world’s largest ball of twine. So I know it can get mighty cold there, but I never saw an ice storm the likes of what’s on the news these days. I sure you’re inventive mind is already thinking up things to make with all that downed timber. Hope you get thawed out and get the juice back on soon.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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DocK16

1139 posts in 2713 days


#12 posted 2445 days ago

Obi you keeboarding knut.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 2445 days ago

Hi Mark;

I beat you by a couple days. Man that was close!

Congratulations.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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scottb

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#14 posted 2445 days ago

a generator for the turn of the millenium, so that you could turn the blog past a millenium… pretty cool.

I still think you’ve said the most in all your posts – and with the “you know you’re a lumberjock when”... you’ve started what could now be entered as the biggest dictionary entry in the world.

Have fun with the hand tools, until the powers that be let you go electric.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 2445 days ago

Congratulations Mr. One Thousand!

I hope you ride out the storm OK.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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