Opinions are like arm pits

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Blog entry by gene posted 02-28-2008 03:42 AM 1018 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Opinions are like arm pits. Everyone has at least one. And, for some, at times they somewhat stink. Not all on our site agree at times. Thank goodness, most of the time we do. Seeing our membership grow at leaps and bounds should tell us that we have a good thing here. There are so many posts and projects here, that it is difficult to half way keep up. Some get their feathers ruffled easily and other’s seem to try and stir up sarcasm, when none is warranted or needed.
Take a look around the site and you will see that a lot of the new members are ladies and most importantly quite a few are youth. That’s what this site is about. We should be setting a good example for our young woodworkers. Spreading the fellowship and our friendship to woodworkers around the world, and to learn from the experience, should be our goal.
As I see it, if the rest of the world could get along as do most here, It would be a better place. So remember to think before getting upset. It is easier not to speak, than it is to try and take what you have said, back.
This is my opinion! What do you think?????
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 03:46 AM

I agree to an extent, but I’m curious as to what provoked this response.

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 03:52 AM

seems to me that what is important is to be supportive and helpful. That does not mean that everything said should be a compliment. It should be helpful and real. Also there is no need for meanness or sniping.

What makes this sire great is that the smart as@ guys have not found us yet. I have been on other sites where the insults fly more than the sawdust does in my shop. Lets continue to be supportive, truthful, and civil!

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 03:52 AM

Thanks for the remind.

A great place to hang out.

-- 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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#4 posted 02-28-2008 04:11 AM

I totally disagree!

just kidding ;^)

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 04:45 AM

As I fall into the ladies category and I am a relative new newcomer (57 days) I would love to put my input in as far as our youth go! I could not agree more about the importance of setting a good example for them. I have encountered nothing but kindness and encouragement here and our young deserve this same respect! In the last 3 years since I started working with wood, I am always so sorry that I did not know of the passion I feel for this art at a much younger age. MUCH!!! LoL. It’s all about encouragement. I would like to think that maybe , just maybe one of my grandchildren will be using a table,or sitting in a home that one of the youth here today built due to some kind words and encouragement from one of my fellow L.J’s. What a nice thought !

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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Richard Williams

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 04:48 AM

I am tremendously busy these days and yet when I got Gene’s email notice about this thing that happened I got mad about anyone that would be demeaning towards another one of our members. Those that would do such a thing should be just overlooked and perhaps ostracised by the rest of us. Meaningful critizcism is good and beneficial but never should be delivered in a derogatory way. I’m still not sure of what happened but being nice towards others in our organization is what membership demands. Sorry for what happened Gene. Whoever did something to you or someone you know isn’t worth the time and effort to straighten out. Take care buddy. God Bless.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 05:01 AM

When I first joined there were less than 400 LJ’s, now there are over 3000!

In the last month I got flamed and TimD got flamed by people who sought out this board just to flame.
That is really unusual.

With this many people there are going to be some that are just different – ornery, mean, lacking in some graces.
My off-the-cuff analysis of the numbers of inappropriate responses says that there are less than 1% of the LJ’s who are “inappropriate” more than once. I would hazard that there are less than 1/100% based on the total posts on this board.

IMHO because we have the unusual situation where we (proudly and thankfully) have a membership that is so outgoing and helpful to others that we credit the offbeat more than is warranted.

My $.03.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 05:02 AM

I have to say that on the whole, this site is one of the best forum/social networking sites I’ve ever belonged to. And its one I check in on every day, in fact, some days I check a few times a day. I’ve only seen a couple of examples of what I would consider bad manners, one I responded to (but that person didn’t quite get the point) and the other I totally ignored ‘cause it wasn’t worth the effort.

I love all my buddies and thoroughly enjoy spending time at night browsing through the newest posts and projects. I’ve made some new friends, and some that have given me great advice. And I wouldn’t have missed any of it for the world.

And I guess I don’t really think ladies should be treated any different from the men on this site. We are all craftsmen and should treat each other with respect. I won’t allow anyone to treat me any other way.

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 05:17 AM

“See!” I should have kept my foot out of my mouth! errrrrrrr arm pit. I wrote this blog after seeing a few different forum subject posts over the past month or so. I felt that some of the responses were uncalled for and meant to be hurtful toward fellow members. These do not happen often, but one such post I read tonight just happened to set me off. For this, I do apologize!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#10 posted 02-28-2008 05:29 AM

After all these years I still cannot understand why someone would want to purposely get out on the wrong side of the bed each morning. At the end of the day we should look back and ask ourselves “Have I made a new friend today, have I made someone smile, did I say something wrong, if I did, Lord forgive me, I hope they will forgive me.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#11 posted 02-28-2008 05:39 AM

Somewhere I read that people will try to meet our expectations, we may not always achieve those goals, but we all will always try. The only difference is if those expectations are set low, we just don’t have to try very hard. Personaly I think this site exemplifies what woodworking should be about, it may seem as some post’s have taken an unexpected direction, but such is life. Our lives have a incredible impact on our work and it’s interesting to see how people share themselves thru this craft. Although seperated by thousands of miles, I feel like I have come to know many of you thru our common passion.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#12 posted 02-28-2008 05:51 AM

Don’t apologize, Gene, I mostly agree with you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 02-28-2008 06:21 AM

I hope that the bar set early on at this forum will continue to serve as an example for all future posters.
Teaching, tolerance and fair play. Though we may not be equal in our time at the craft, or in our talents and skills, I hope it remains the case that we are all equal in being respectful and respected persons.

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

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#14 posted 02-28-2008 07:11 AM

when life seems really really crappy

watch Holmes on Homes

after one hour of that

my life seems not so bad

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 02-28-2008 12:57 PM

I once read that we should live the way the world should be to show what the world could be. People will rise or lower themselves to the prevailing environment or leave. The prevailing attitude here is encouraging and tolerant, the fact that the site has grown so fast and the attitude is still here is evidence of the ability of this place to bring out the best in folk.

-- Working at Woodworking

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