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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-03-2009 03:03 AM 1238 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I got up last Thursday, as usual, day off, having a coffee…fired up the computer to see what was going on in the great wide world…check the E-mails…Yahoo has me the morning headlines from our version of a newspaper up here in NH, the Union Leader…the News was all bad…nothing new there…Hotmail tells me I can look at photos of sexy Latinos in my area (for a price)...yawn…
Gmail I always save for last…that’s where I have LJ’s mail sent to…there was the usual 4-5 from the watch list, a couple of new entries from my Buddies list…And a PERSONAL MESSAGE from this Patron character, says he’s got some wood for me for my Birthday, needs an address to send it to! How did he know that my Birthday was even approaching? It is indeed on the fourth, but how did he know?!
I’ve since found out that the Patron Man’s Powers and Skills are very great, and it is not at all surprising for him to know this, and many other things both seen and unseen…
Shocked, I nevertheless accepted this most gracious offer, thanking him effusively, and gave him my folks address in a reply…Quicker than thought, I got a reply back, asking what size I would prefer! Told him in yet another correspondence…Within seconds, there were pictures on my screen of the wood which, you must have all guessed by now, is the fabled Rosewood!! Cut and Planed!! To be shipped the following day, he assured me!!
Well the weekend passed slowly as I anxiously awaited…
On Monday I read a1Jim’s great story and of his good fortune and I thought, “Aha! The Patron Man can work his magic in many places!”. Yesterday I went up to the folk’s house to visit and there…on their porch…was my own “Mystery Package”!! Like a kid on Christmas morning, I eagerly opened the box, and inside, packed so carefully they would have survived had they been made of glass, still dropping sawdust from the Master’s hands, were thesePatron's Gift Rosewood from David
When I got home, I sent an E-mail off to the Patron Man, thanking him once again… I asked “Why Me?”, in a self-indulgent moment, not feeling worthy, and he told me why…and more besides!! Great wisdom is his…
Again, I say Thank You to you, David!! May there be many Jewels in your Crown!!
Now, I just have to come up with something appropriate to make with this wonderful gift… MC

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 03:18 AM

that is wonderful…...i hope you pick something really worth of such beautiful wood…..i wont embarrass David , but will say he has a wonderful heart…..enjoy the rosewood…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 03:23 AM

im not getting in a red dress , grizz !

now a red tonga , well ….......?

-- 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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#3 posted 09-03-2009 03:28 AM

That David what a guy ,as good as they get . Congrats on the great gift Mike it’s beautiful wood.

David you add what all communities cherish selflessness, caring, and all around goodness.Thanks for you giant contribution to LJs and Mankind.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 09-03-2009 03:35 AM

Mike: You have been blessed. And David you are a man of many blessings.

-- 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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#5 posted 09-03-2009 03:42 AM

o.k. , enough of this touchy fellie stuff

we were all brought up to be responsible and caring ,
somehow this has gotten lost to many people .
i think it’s a shame and very hard on all of us .

if you want to have friends ,
you have to be friendly ,

for me LJ’S has opened up that possibility .
here we are , a bunch of strangers ,
sharing who and what we are ,
openly and freely ,
and the results are stunning !

if you can’t say hello to a stranger ,
we can all forget world peace !

its all about


-- 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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#6 posted 09-03-2009 03:48 AM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 09-03-2009 04:10 AM

Very well put David.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 09-03-2009 04:14 AM

Nicely said David. This is a sharing community of LJ’s and you just make it that much better. That is some beautiful wood.

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

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#9 posted 09-03-2009 04:14 AM

Mike, you and David just made my day. Mike that is some gorgeous wood that David sent you so you have every right to be on an adrenaline rush. But to tell the truth I think that David gets as much out of the giving as you do in receiving this wonderful gift. Sounds like a win-win situation all the way around.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 09-03-2009 04:43 AM

You are correct, David. The Good Things that happen here can spread everywhere, if PEOPLE want them to.
Despite the mad rush that people think “these times” are, to the Trees, Rocks, and Flowing Waters nothing has changed in ten thousand years. Our needs have not changed since the beginning, only our wants.
Despite the nightly barrage of dire emergency from every quarter on the news, the sky is not falling.
It is up to us, who share this beautiful world, to help each other in this all-too-short occupation we call life. To help, with the same civility and respect that are displayed here, on a daily basis…
It is Possible…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 09-03-2009 06:05 AM

the most wonderful story i’ve read in a while. random acts of kindness are the very best kind.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#12 posted 09-03-2009 06:20 AM

Happy Birthday Mike!! Nice to hear your story :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-03-2009 08:31 AM

Happy Birthday Mike. We are very lucky to have you as a part of this wonderfull community.

David, You are the most generouse man I know. Very nice gift.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 09-03-2009 12:40 PM

David and Mike,
The best thing about LJs is not just the beautiful projects and help… but all the wonderful friends made across the miles.
Happy birthday Mike.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 09-03-2009 03:45 PM

Very well said Mike. Spoken like a true deadhead.

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

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