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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-02-2015 12:25 AM 1237 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Lumberjocks that were here about 70 or 80 thousand LJ’s ago, probably still remember the Patron's ill-fated trip...
It was to be a follow-up to his trip up the West Coast the previous year, stopping and meeting Lj’s along the way…
This time, David would head up through the Heartland of America, over to the East Coast, then down into the South, ultimately through Texas and back to his Home in New Mexico, at least saying “Hi” to all of the LJ’s along the way that he could manage to fit into his time frame and itinerary… That Plan of course was scrapped, when his Vehicle broke down near Indianapolis…
Though it was a misadventure, it brought out some of the best in Lumberjocks, when many rallied to help him get where he needed to be…

Two Years ago next week, I had an opportunity to go out to see him, giving him a hand raising the first wall of his shop… We had some Good Fun doing that, and became Friends…

In December of last Year, he told me of another excursion East that he would be making in April… His Brother Star (who lives in the D.C. area) had some work for him, and was going to fly him there to do it…

Since Washington is relatively close to New Hampshire, we made plans for him to visit us in Concord…
The long and short of it is, I picked David up at South Station in Boston on April 24th and brought him to our Home, where our Guest Bedroom was waiting for him…

Our New House is (as you can see) an old one, and David hit the ground running the very next day… Our Front and Back doors needed a real shove to close (and a healthy pull to open!), so David showed how to loosen them up by shimming the Hinges, this way or that, to loosen or tighten their closing… They can now be closed with a single finger…
This place was built in 1900, so due to house settling, this will be useful on all the doors as we work our way through improvements…

Next day we cut down three Arborvitaes from in front of the house…

I’ve never liked that type of shrub and they had reached the stage where they were becoming “Tree-ish” anyway, when they can’t be trimmed without exposing branches… They made a fair pile of brush, that I’ll have to haul off next week…

We took a trip to Lowes to purchase supplies for our first Room redo, our Bedroom… Debbie and I selected the paints, while David grabbed a second cart… Well aware of our Plans, he grabbed numerous things that would prove extremely useful for them… Indeed, almost all of the new tools were used immediately in our work!
Somehow while shopping, he managed to conceal a gift for me in there too… Apparently tired of using my old Stanley “Yankee Screwdriver”, David bought me a Hitachi Screw Gun… It is much appreciated, as I was tired of using the old “Yankee too!

For the next few days, he demonstrated all of the fine points of spackling, mudding, taping, sanding, painting… Lessons that will serve me well for the all of the Work ahead…

The Bedroom (still unfinished) this morning looked like this…

The Ceiling is freshly painted, along with the walls… My plan next (and throughout the House), is to Paint all of the Trim a Light Gray and any “Details” a Darker Gray… Since Gray is neutral, it works with any color, and should work well for tying together all of the different colored rooms…

With David’s help, somewhere in the last week we also managed to flip the Baseboard heater from one wall to the next…

And also to change the door of the shed from inside-opening to out… He pointed out that the door sweeping inside of the small 8’ X 8’ was using up half the space!

Of course through all of this, there was plenty of time to tell stories, share and discuss deep thoughts, smokes and coffees, Eats and Treats… My Frugality (Cheapness) and height were a good source for some good-natured kidding around too, along with his Age (think: Methuselah) and Shyness…
He even managed to re-connect with an old Friend of his that now lives in Concord!

Anyway, I brought David to the Airport in Manchester this Morning, he should be home in New Mexico by now…
It was a Joy and a Pleasure to have him under our Roof, and I hope that he enjoyed himself half as much as we enjoyed having him as our Guest… I can’t Thank him enough for all the work and instruction he provided us…
Debbie said it better than I can… She said, “Your Friend is a Nice Man”...

I still owe you a Pencil Buddy… :)

1 May 2015

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



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 12:39 AM

David appears to be a very busy house guest! He can do/fix anything! I need to line up a bunch of jobs and invite him to come “vacation” in Oklahoma.

Your new home is looking GOOD! And doors that work effortlessly are a joy. We cut our Arbor Vidaes down as well. They are wasp/yellowjacket magnets where we live.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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littlecope

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 12:59 AM

He’s not a Guy that sits still for very long Andy!
When we were going through the home buying process, and finally got the place, David was as happy as we were and he is happy for us still… He enjoys the Work and is very good at it, but in his heart of hearts, he enjoys helping people even more!

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

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 01:34 AM

Mike, I’m the same way. Sitting around just doesn’t work for us. I’d just like to hang around to learn stuff as he solves problems. Some of his solutions are very innovative.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Lenny

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 01:55 AM

David continues to show himself to be a kind, caring and generous man. You’re something special David! As for you Mike, you need to establish a “House guests 101” course and enroll me as your first student. My house guests eat all the food we can buy and my wife and I are constantly cleaning up after them. Yours fix stuff and teach you how to do the same!

Thanks for sharing this tale Mike.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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robscastle

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#5 posted 05-02-2015 02:32 AM

Well men that is going to be one difficult hard act to follow.

Well done!! on both accounts !!
It just goes to show friendship and goodwill can provide a priceless contribution to life even if its “just” in return of favour.

Take it easy with your new tool its great for winding the heads off screws, and driving them deeper than you wanted as you get used to it !!

Apart from my Mom (RIP) I now couldnt live without my screw gun !!

-- Regards Robert

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 04:29 AM

Sounds like you guys had a great time and made a lot of progress too.

-- 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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Roger

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#7 posted 05-02-2015 01:16 PM

Good times. Good friends.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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grizzman

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#8 posted 05-02-2015 02:10 PM

im so glad you had another great visit, David has shown his big heart many times for many folks, and i know all have been blessed by his loving heart, your house is looking good and i do hope David is safely home and busy in his shop making something beautiful….

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

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patron

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#9 posted 05-02-2015 10:32 PM

glad you got some company michael
and the work you are doing looks good too

i sure am amazed at how like me your friend looks however
they sure can do do some wild things
with those 3D printers these days
(did you have to plug him into a charger at night
or have any problems understanding his speech) ?

in the spirit of things
i must say it was a great visit for me too

don’t worry about the pencil
i had one in my pocket when i got on the plane
thanks

-- 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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doubleDD

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#10 posted 05-03-2015 08:55 PM

Another excellent showing of friendship between fellow LJ’s. Looks as if you guys enjoyed the time together and I can see the both of you meeting again. Thanks for sharing the good times.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mafe

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#11 posted 05-03-2015 10:32 PM

David the tornado!
Amazing, I think we are many who will like the secret to Davids energy level.
Welcome to the new world Michael, don’t throw away the Yankee, you will need it when you have forgotten to charge the battery… What a wonderful surprise.
Clever he is the man to turn the door so you get more room in the shed.
Looks and sounds as if you guys had a wonderful time, that brings a light to my heart to hear of it, thanks.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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littlecope

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#12 posted 05-04-2015 03:41 PM

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment my Friends!

Work has slowed down considerably since the Boss left, but it hasn’t stopped…
Managed to plug a hole in the Baseboard…

Then Taped and began Painting the Light Gray Trim Color…

David and I worked on this Door too, but it’s in very rough shape (will probably be replaced)... But in the meanwhile, some Paint was applied to it and you can see the Gray and White together (without the Green Tape interfering)...

Don’t forget, there will be another, darker Gray added as well, for accent… But Touch-ups have to be done first…

Today though, I’ll be shifting gears and attending to the last of the Spring Clean-up in the Yard… Have to get rid of all of that Brush we piled up last Week too… Fun, fun, fun!!! :)

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

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mafe

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#13 posted 05-04-2015 04:35 PM

Looks like the good energy has ben passed on.
Smiles.
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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grizzman

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#14 posted 05-04-2015 08:49 PM

looks good mike, the fun of this is that this is your home, so you can enjoy seeing all your work while you lounge in your recliner at night….

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 05-04-2015 10:19 PM

Mike, One of the joys of home ownership, you are never done ;-)

David, when are you coming north? Should LJs up here start our lists? ;-)) ;-))

-- 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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