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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #28: Down But Not Out

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Blog entry by William posted 05-22-2011 11:17 PM 2116 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 05-22-2011 11:30 PM

It was a great day yesterday getting to come out there for a while and have a good time filling up a pickup.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 12:43 AM

Hey I had a great time. Yall aught to see the sign in KTMM front yard, wait I got a pic.

And William thank you for the wood! Buy my guess it was about 500 board feet.

I have already used the 2/4’s KTMM gave and installed a sink with a oak top. My wife has the best garden table on the block;)
Hey William now I got this

and you keep the coffee hot. You are going to have to run me off.
Great job on the table saw!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 04:51 AM

Great inspiring post. Thanks William.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 12:18 PM

Thanks everyone.
I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed yourselves.
Well it looks like ya’ll made it without losing anything.
How much coffee did we drink Saturday?
I went to the shop yesterday to fiddle around with the carousel horse before taking these photos. You know it doesn’t matter waht time of day or time of year, the first thing I do when going to the shop is, make coffee.
I put on the pot of coffee and went to the back of the shop. I got my cup, came back to the front to find most of my coffee ground in the pot. The basket was overflowing. Hey, I got this. It’s happened before. The little doojogger thing-a-ma-bob that stops the coffee from flowing if you take the pot out from under the basket gets stopped up and causes water to overlfow. Clean everything up, including all the ground out of the pot and the doojogger thing-a-ma-bob, and put on another pot.
While waiting on that I went to put on some music, Johnny Cash.
I have to interupt this story to say that I had such a good time that I forgot all about the dance that SuperD and I were supposed to do. So I apologize to everyone. There is no video of two idiot Lumberjocks dancing. We’ll send out an extra apology to the Big Choperoo on this one.
Where was I? Oh! Back to the coffee pot square dance.
When I came back, there was coffee grounds all in the pot again. Now I’ve made two pots of coffee and haven’t had my first cup. I’m getting veeeeeeeery aggrevated. No worries though. I’ve seen this too. It’s when the thing-a-ma-bob is so far gone that it can’t be fixed. All you have to do is take it completely out of the filter basket and it’s fixed. Thereafter, you just have to be careful. Taking the pot out before it’s finished brewing will cause a hell of a mess. So, confident that I’m good now, I anxiously waited for my fist cup of coffee. Remember, I’ve now made two pots, but no cups to drink, so I’m watching this sucker this time to be on the safe side.
Eh! What the…..............?
In the end, here is what I figured out. I think the pump was going out on the pot. Instead of being a drip coffee maker, it was now a pour coffee maker. The water was coming out so fast that it was overflowing the basket, washing all the coffee grounds into the coffee. Thankfully, I’d seen this before too and knew just what to do.
You throw the coffee pot away and go buy a new one.
A trip to Big Lots netted a new coffee maker for a cheap price, so I’m back in business. I’d love to rib you guys about burning my coffee maker up, but I got to thinking about it. That old coffee maker was bought at the Dollar General, about eight years ago. So, I guess it had served it’s useful lifespan.
And you’re welcome anytime, any of you. Just don’t expect me to get on that contraption there with two wheels. The only two wheeled machine I mess with anymore is my band saw.

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#5 posted 05-23-2011 12:20 PM

Oh, and we don’t get to see the garden table?

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 12:36 PM

William my dear friend, please don’t wait to post a blog to your buddies here until you have something done in the shop. We want to hear from you and to know how you are doing. You are our friend! Whether we have met you in person or know you only from your posts here, you have become a friend. They say you can learn more about a man from the work he does than any other way. I really believe that is true, and your work speaks volumes about you, and all of it good.

As I’ve mentioned before, I too suffer from severe back trouble. It gets so bad I need to take Demerol 50 mg, up to 4 at a time, and this in addition to a fentonyl patch and over a dozen other pills per day to control the pain. I know well the depression that accompanies chronic pain, but in my case (like many others) I can’t take anti-depressants. The side effects are worse than the depression. I get severe and constant anxiety attacks whenever they try me out on a new one. No fun.

One thing I’ve learned, buddy, and that is an old saying my dad taught me. Didn’t really make all that much sense back then, but as I grew older, I “got it” more and more. “A burden shared is half a burden, a joy shared is twice a joy.”

We all know the added joy we feel about a successful project when we postr it here and get the feedback from our fellow LJs. We also know the added joy we feel for our friends here when they succeed in a project and see fit to share it with us.

Why should the other half of that old saying not hold just as true? You’ve mentioned the relief you feel by sharing your problems and seeing that your friends here understand. Nobody is getting on your case for “whining”, they are genuinely concerned as they would be by the same problem in a family member. Why? Because we LJs are a family! A wide spread family, true, and one that’s got more than its share of “woodies”, but a better behaved to each other one than most “flesh and blood” families.

My point is, we do care about you my brother, and we worry when we don’t hear from you. You’ve seen the “anybody heard from Joe Blow lately” comments here when a brother or sister disappears for a while. Why do you think we post them if we don’t truly care?

Please, sit down at the old keyboard and letr us know how your day went. Heck, if things get really bad, do what I’m forced to do often. Set up the computer on the coffee table, lay down on the couch and practice typing one handed. I’m up to over 30 words a minute that way, and find using both hands difficult now. Sharing your burden will help you deal with it, and help us keep up with what’s happening with someone we care about. You.

Be well.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 01:04 PM

Ohhhh dance what dance. I didn’t forget, I just didn’t remind you. And Ill get a pic of the table. And you needed a new coffee pot. The old one was getting to much saw dust flavor;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 01:14 PM

Thank you for the kind words Tiny.
I have a reason for waiting until I have something to new to discuss before typing up a blog entry. When I’m down I mostly sit at the computer and either read articles here and there about wood working, or lurk and answer posts on Lumberjocks. As much as I can see that some of you here want to know how I’m doing, I can’t really see them not getting fed up with me quickly if I write a blog on Lumberjocks about reposnding to blogs on Lumberjocks.
I mainly wrote this particular blog, as I have in the past, for the benefit of certain members who have contacted me privately asking if I was ok. For those that know me better though, they see me enough on here that they know I’m around, because I answer or comment on other’s posts almost daily.
I won’t wait until I’m through with the current project though. I haven’t done a blog series on it because it’s too stretched out when I’m going through a bad spell. I pomise to add a blog at certain point though. What you see in the photos above about the carousel horse are a perfect example. Normally I would start a blog series on it and add daily updates to it. However, the results you see above are a combination of about a week and a half of sporatic work. Normally, if I’m feeling well, that would be less than three day’s work. So I’m sure you can see where this creates a problem.
Now this time has been especially hard for me to post a blog entry because I like to show my work, however small, with photos. I haven’t had any photos to show though. It’s been rough going lately. I’ve been meaning to take photos, but haven’t. I’ve been stealing whatever short bursts of shop time I’ve been able to get and doing whatever my back allows me to do. Because of this, by the time I wear myself out (quickly as of late) I just haven’t felt up to going to the house and getting the camera to snap photos. All the photos you see above were taken yesterday.
I do look for things to get better in the coming weeks though. My kids will be out of school and spending a lot of time with me. It is a blessing to have them in the shop. The four that will be with me all the time are very young, but always more than happy to help Daddy. Tiny things, like bending over to pick up the pencil that Daddy has dropped is so much help that I sometimes don’t even know how to make their young minds understand it with words. One of those boys can do that with no problem and with a smile because they got to help. Myself, on my worst days, that bending over to get a pencil is all it takes to send me back home, not able to continue.
Take Saturday for example. I felt pretty good Saturday. I bent over once to get a bottle of water to make more coffee. It hurt. On a worse day though, I wouldn’t have even been able to do it at all. I kind of felt bad at one point. I had to sit down in my wheel chair. When pain starts to wear on me, my wheel chair is the only seat I have that is halfway comfortable. I guess I’m used to the way the high back wraps around and cradles my back. SuperD and KTMM thoughare the only ones outside my immediate family who have seen me actually sitting in a wheel chair in a long time. I know it probably sounds stupid to some, but I spent so much time in a wheelchair (2 1/2 years at one point) that I don’t like people seeing me in it.
I also know what you mean by the anti-depressants. The television makes it sound like there is a magic pill for everything. There is not. Some people can be helped with medication because of chemical imbalances. For some though, the root of our deprssion is our situation, not chemically related. For us, the situation has to change to help the depression. Medication does nothing to help. It only masks the problem. For me, the medications they tried to keep me on didn’t help my depression. They were trying to keep me so zoned out that I was like a zombie. It was not helping me depression. It was taking me out of life so that I was basically brain dead and just didn’t know I was depressed anymore. At one point they had me taking two zoloft a day and three wellbutrin a day. I stopped one day and questioned what the hell was I doing.
Nowadays, I take a knew medicine. It’s called woodwork. It’s this wonder drug I found. It doesn’t completely eliminate deprssion, but it is much better than anything you can get at the drug store. For people with pain issues like me, it is real useful. When you’re not able to get to the shop to do the actual wood work, all you need is an internet connection to read up on and learn new skills right from home.
Once again, thanks Tiny. I’m going to tell you what I’ve told a few others. If you ever want to talk, or want to know what I’m doing if I haven’t posted a blog in a few weeks, you’re always welcome to send me a PM. I am glad to talk privately with fellow Lumberjocks. I check Lumberjocks almost daily. I like private conversations because I sometimes get to talk about other interests too that would probably be frowned upon in the public areas. I’ve been wanting to ask lately if there is a allowed place here to talk about completely off topic things. I’ve not done it though simply because I already know the pot that will stir up and don’t wish to go there. So I have come to realize that that is what private messages are good for.
How’s the plans for your trike going? You can answer with a private message if you wish.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 01:15 PM

You just didn’t remind me.
I see.
I’m going to post a note on the wall right over the new coffee pot for your next visit. You aren’t getting off that easy.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 05-23-2011 02:06 PM

I am glad to see you back here too, William. I think you have a lot of valuable information to share with all of us and I am with Paul in that we just like to hear from each other.

The last week where I had the muscle spasms in my back was something that reminded me of what you go through probably most days. I know several of the LJ’s here have chronic back problems and I really feel for you all. You are right about the depression. I found myself feeling very depressed just because of those couple of days of pain. It sucked not being able to even sit at the computer and I felt like my body was betraying me. I really missed talking to my friends here and I thoroughly appreciated the wonderful thoughts and PM’s from my friends here and on facebook. I believe that it helped me get better faster and gave me a purpose. It is nice to know that you have friends all over the world. And I believe these are real friends.

Some days I don’t know what to write for my blog and I don’t think I have anything interesting to say. I am not one of those who has to write every day, but I like to because by the end of the post I usually give myself a direction of what I want to accomplish for the day. It is funny, but it seems that when I write about nothing at all, those are sometimes the posts that have the most responses.

I like that people here aren’t “all woodworking” and I think that the off topic stuff is what helps us get to know each other as people. We are all more dimensional than just our woodworking side and I think that is why we are so inspiring to each other.

In any case, I am happy you posted and I agree with Paul – you should post anytime you want.

Oh – and here’s my view on coffee . . .

Have a great Monday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 11:41 PM

That poster is a little inaccurate. For some of us, we have become so immune to caffeine that it doesn’t phase us. I usually finish off my last pot of coffe at night right before I go to bed, and I sleep like a baby as long as my back isn’t hurting too bad. What hurts me I think is when I don’t have enough caffeine in my system. Sometimes, with health problems, I have to go in to have test run on me. Some of these tests require me to get up and wait until after these tests are done before eating or drinking anything (sometimes ten or eleven in the morning), including coffee. I get cranky going that long without my coffee. I have a two cup rule in the mornings. That means don’t make eye contact with me until I have at least two cups.
I do try to contribute when I have nothing to write about. However, I sometimes can’t get enough to make an actual post. I can usually find other’s posts that I can comment on though.
As for the off topic conversations, there have been problems on this site with it in the past. We won’t go into that argument. I think management is alright with it as long as it’s mixed in with the regular, on topic, posts though. What I was talking about in my response to Tiny though I don’t think management would stand for. I think Tiny and I could start up a quite lengthy post just on the planning stages of his trike that he wants to build. Lord help us when he actually starts the build itself. I think management would want us to keep that in private conversations instead long public posts.
If there is a place that his trike build would be acceptable, I wish someone would tell me. I think others would be interested too, but I’m not willing to chance stepping on other’s toes to find out. I know there’s other sites we could talk publicly on. Somehow though, I like keeping my Lumberjocks buddies on Lumberjocks. You may notice that I seldom stay on topic completely. I’m a rambler. I’m always rambling off on one tangent or another.
I am glad your back has gotten better though. I don’t wish back pain on anyone. Years ago, before I broke my back, I was one of these manly men who thought I could handle pain. I know now though that there are three things that will bring the strongest man to his knees. Those three things are back pain, toothaches, and by stomping his toes hard enough.

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#12 posted 05-24-2011 01:51 AM

I know another one. Sabotage his coffee maker. Oww did I say that. Luke did it. I told him not to. Gata go;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#13 posted 05-24-2011 04:10 AM

Yes I had to buy a new coffee pot.
If I hadn’t have happen to had the money at the time though, I have another at the house.
And a perculator that I could put on the coleman stove.
And if all that fails…...
I’m coming to your house and stealing your french press.
So take that.
There WIIIIIILLLL be coffee!

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#14 posted 05-24-2011 04:17 AM

Get Luke’s press, he has one to, plus he is closer. Just ask the ole gezzer next door!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#15 posted 05-24-2011 04:39 AM

I’ll come get your’s and his. If ya’ll are that intent on sabotaging my ability to make coffee, thus turning me into a crazt man who own more than one firearm, then I’ll need spare coffee making abilities.
So next time ya’ll come, I expect my coffee pot to work the day after.
I could have kept the old worn out coffee maker and served ya’ll coffee full of coffee grounds next time.
See?
I was only thinking of my buddies when I went and bought the new maker.
This new one is black, so you can’t see the saw dust buildup on the sides of it as easily.
It has this knob that turns on the top of it. Since I can’t read chinese, I couldn’t figure out what it was. I went over for a little while today and made a pot. That’s when I figured out what the knob is. It somehow adjusts the coffee strength. Turn it all the way clockwise and it makes coffee that tastes closer to tea than coffee. Turn it all the way the other way though and that coffee is GOOOOOOOOOOOD.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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