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Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-29-2012 02:48 AM 905 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craftsman on the lake

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02-29-2012 02:48 AM

1. I had a bunch of wood scraps, oak, maple, pine, some plywood. About four barrels worth. I was going to haul them to the dump but I decided to put a listing in Craigslist in the free section. I specified that it could be for people who turn or build smaller items like bird houses or toys. It’s good stuff purchased from a supplier for cabinet wood.

2. Mainers heat their homes with No1. Oil mostly. It takes about $1500-$2500/winter to heat a home depending on size and how warm you want to be. Our new Tea party governor wants to balance the budget. Of the many things he’s done, one is to cut in half the subsidy of heating oil to the poor and elderly. We have to control spending at all costs. You may have seen him ridiculed on Colbert. His famous quote is “They can kiss my butt”.

I get an email from a guy who says he wants the wood for someone. “Come and get it” I tell him. He arrives with his wife with a 20 yr old station wagon and a small trailer that looks like it might not make it home. They look like something out of the Grapes of Wrath. An older couple. Thin with old clothes. Even holes in the gloves. I come to realize that my 4 barrels of scraps are his heat for the upcoming week. I smiled and helped him dump the wood into his trailer. I hope he finds some wood for next week too. I envision that they travel the roads looking for downed branches and such. It must be rough for them to have to use gas for the car to get it.

I feel both gratified that he has the wood, and sick to my stomach at the same time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 11:14 AM

This is such a sad situation, Dan. We have taken little responsibility for those less fortunate than we are. Seems it is all about the rich getting richer and to hell with the poor.
At least you have some satisfaction that you have helped.

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

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 11:38 AM

Politics aside, a very nice gesture on you’re part! We are living in tough times and people are hurting.

Democrats and republicans both have plenty of blame to share with this “depression”. They are too cowardly to act on the hard issues, and want to create a split among the american people.

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