Grumbles from the shop #9: Happy ThanksGrumblings Day!

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 11-27-2009 03:04 AM 5124 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ya I had to work today! Finely got a job and the contractor screws me on the schedule. But damn it was nice to play behind the saw. Grumbling done right has to start with the knowledge that I’ve got it made. One of the few independent Americans left. I get to do what my skills and talent direct me towards rather than deal with the legal/corporate/bureaucratic, anything for the mighty dollar, world of business the rest of America gets to suffer with. I sometimes grumble about how many people have lost their farms and businesses. Their independence. Their chunk of the true American dream. Which isn’t money Damn It! It is the right to work for yourself, or to work with dignity. To be a craftsman and not just another body on the job.

I haven’t grumbled for a long time, because this economy thing hit me square in the gut. One of the few Americans who avoided a mortgage and credit cards it just felt like I was paying for your mistakes. I knew the nature of construction when I started decades ago. I thought I was prepared. It is amazing how fast all my savings dried up when there was absolutely no work. Now things seem to be picking up.

Actually I’m pretty jazzed about this kitchen. A true custom job. Inset doors, soft close under mount slides, actual panels on the side walls instead of 1/4 inch skins. I’d forgotten how much fun cabinets could be.

So enjoy your turkeys all you nine to fivers. I’ll be stuck in the shop. Happy ThanksGrumbling!

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 03:12 AM

well done … gotta make money to keep after the bills,... Happy Holidays

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 03:45 AM

You go dude. Optimism compounds like interest.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 03:57 AM

isn’t life fascinating. You just wanted to build custom, build quality—and here you are doing just that!!! Life is good!! :)


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 05:28 AM

Wow…that is SERIOUSLY the best part of my Thanksgiving day…seeing this post…you truly deserve to grumble once in a while but it is soooo nice to hear you with some good news…I hope this job leads to another and another and just keep them rolling along…

Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 05:44 AM

Best grumble I have heard all day….....thanks for the grumble (-:

I’ll go to bed feeling good…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 11-27-2009 01:17 PM

Always interesting to get your perspective on things. And, it’s always appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving Dennis, whenever you get to celebrate it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 11-27-2009 03:37 PM

Nice to see you working and grumbling Dennis. Happy Holidays.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 11-27-2009 03:42 PM

We’re happy for you Dennis.

We’re a day late, but ”HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY”.

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

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#9 posted 11-27-2009 04:18 PM

Another day above sod is a good day. Pleased to hear that your stop-gap gig has it’s pleasant aspects. High-five, Brother.

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

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#10 posted 11-27-2009 04:40 PM

your right working on holidays isnt to bad if its for your self good luck with the job

-- gagewestern

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#11 posted 11-27-2009 05:26 PM

Way to go Buddy. I’m sooo happy for you. It’s just good hearing from you, but getting good news is way cool. Happy Holidays to you and the Sig. Other. Mike

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

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#12 posted 11-27-2009 05:35 PM

working is good ,

being happy is priceless !

glad you are getting some of both .

-- 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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#13 posted 11-27-2009 05:55 PM

Glad to hear things are picking up.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 11-27-2009 06:29 PM

Dennis Congratulations on the work. I hope that your recovery deepens and that work will continuously be found.

-- 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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#15 posted 11-27-2009 06:59 PM

Way to go Dennis glad your on the up swing again

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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