TRAVELS WITH BUDDY #2: lost on a mission

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Blog entry by patron posted 10-23-2010 05:05 PM 1786 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: work in california Part 2 of TRAVELS WITH BUDDY series Part 3: fondue friends »

well folks
the work in rob’s timber world finally finished
with an hour and a half to spare !
buddy and i spent that time packing
and cleaning up the motorhome
we we’re privileged to use there

our thanks to rob and his lovely wife colleen
for the help and hospitality

rob was just getting started on the second shift
on a friday night to complete one of many orders
he has using reclaimed timbers
quite the operation !

we set out for the great trek north
to the sounds of Vivaldi

on a bright and sunny(?) afternoon
at 4:30

into the wilds of sprawling los angeles
(it has grown since i was last this way)
and by the first town temecula
at friday rush hour traffic in the dark


san diego and los angeles
were going home

freeways in every direction
5 lanes just to chose from
the slow lane i was in doing 75 mph
and us a stately 55

well i had been getting some pm’s from an LJ there
so i stopped at a 7-11 to call for directions
phone was busy
so i looked at my computer on battery power
and drove thru this madness
hoping and praying for deliverance
gated community
pulled in behind another car
and got thru when he opened the gates
and found LJ’er Eric Childrees
and his gracious wife Soffia

who fed and watered us and helped me get directions to my night stay
an hour and a half away

eric has a thriving breadboard business
from his garage
and had some very interesting jigs

and a lazy susan (?) he had made

after lasagna and some coffee
(thank you both )
buddy and i drove thru the night
and getting lost twice again
arrived 6 hours late
to our next stop
and found this to sit on

more to follow
(and yes that is Sam sitting )

as we continue our exiting journey
and meeting face to face
with our buddy’s from LJ’s

thank you
have a great week end

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

23 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 10-23-2010 05:17 PM

Sounds like a great start to what I hope is a very fun trip we are anxiously waiting your visit up north Enjoy your trip bud.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View BertFlores58's profile


1698 posts in 2979 days

#2 posted 10-23-2010 05:18 PM

I can show you the best route going to Philippines..
Got here around 5 Ljs… Benji, Armand, Rico, Bill, and I,
There might be others I forgot to mention.

The fastest route is drilling a hole in the earth
pass via the diameter
don’t use the circumference way
as it will be 2xpi longer than diameter

There is a problem,
I could not hire somebody
who could drill the earth.

LA, and going to ….
Take care and be guided..

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 05:19 PM

Hi David, Did you ever escape from L.A.? I did 39 years ago and again 31 years ago. I haven’t been back since being worried that I might not be so lucky the third time! You are lucky to be visiting so many LJ members and they are lucky to have you visit. Have you trained Buddy to retrieve boards for you yet? Have a good trip my friend and thanks for allowing to share your journey.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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1698 posts in 2979 days

#4 posted 10-23-2010 05:20 PM

By the way,
Eric works and workshop are very well kept. Excellent parquetry on the lazy susan.

-- Bert

View rivergirl's profile


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#5 posted 10-23-2010 05:22 PM

Glad you are having fun, getting fed and arriving to your destinations! We are with you in spirit!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 06:03 PM

May God watch over you on your continuing journey, as you transverse the thriving multi-lane, clover leafed freeways of southern California…....take lot of pics…........and enjoy your visits with many of our LJ friends.

Did you get the box done for your mentor?

Take care

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

View childress's profile


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#7 posted 10-23-2010 06:04 PM

Glad to hear you made it ok, David. I was hoping it wouldn’t turn into a late night journey too much.
It was fun meeting you and talking with what little time we had. And Buddy is a gentleman :)

BTW- that is actually an end grain butcher block. It’s going to be built in somebody’s kitchen down in Uruguay! Sorry no roller bearings under that one…

BoiseJoe – Check out my blog,, it goes into detail on why I set it up that way

-- Childress Woodworks

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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 06:20 PM

Well David, I hate to drive thru any large town durning rush hour, you are a brave man!!!
I prefer to drive 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. lots less cars on the road and you make better time.
It is great that you and buddy have the time to visit fellow LJ’s, wish that we could be with
you. :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 06:54 PM

It’s not fair!!
When is “Travels with Buddy” going to tour the East Coast?!
Or do we have to wait for the 2011 “Dog Nuts” Tour??? :)

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

View rivergirl's profile


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#10 posted 10-23-2010 08:50 PM

I agree littlecope. Patron can come to the river house here in PGH. I will feed him well, take him on boat rides and he can help me figure out how to build a workspace. What are you throwing in the pot of enticement?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

View degoose's profile


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#11 posted 10-23-2010 09:20 PM

Next will have to be a quick swim… to the land Downunder…
Have fun on your journey and enjoy the scenery…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 10-23-2010 09:48 PM

David, it certainly sounds like you are having fun. It would be great to be tagging along with you but, with posts like this, at least share in the fun.

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

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#13 posted 10-23-2010 11:19 PM

Enjoy yourself… you deserve it!
Eat hardy and laugh loud!

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

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 01:15 AM


I’m glad that the trip nis underway. Good luck and safe travels.

-- 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 10-24-2010 01:31 AM

great to see you find heavey traffic funny….....LOL
thank´s for sharing your joy
take it slow and arive safe my freind :-)


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