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a1Jim

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476 days ago

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Hi Friends!

I’m sure glad to be with you today after a mysterious, and what some would say, was a scary incident yesterday.
It all started when I went to the post office to get my mail. I opened my P O Box and found a package with a return address from someone I did not know, so I double-checked to be sure this is for me. Yes it’s made out to my
company Artistic Wood Studio. Was this something I ordered? Is it from some company that wants to send me samples of what they make? Neither seemed likely, given the box had been used before and some writing had been crossed out with a felt marker.

Then more sinister possibilities popped in my head, like the name Ted Kaczynski, or could it be from a disgruntled LJ member ? What to do, what to do? Should I dump it in a bucket of water? should I call the bomb squad? Should I open it slowly, trying to peek in for loose wires? It seemed kind of heavy for a small package. Should I open it outside? All of these questions swirled in my head. I then thought, I’m being totally silly, it’s not going to be anything bad, is it? My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to go for it. I slowly opened the corners, peeking in the box to see what I could see…nothing but cardboard. I had to open it more…I was totally committed to find out what this was. I dug deeper. More cardboard stacked and glued together. Very strange. Okay, I’m going in. The box is almost torn apart then I see it a shiny metal object. Could it be a devise? No, something would have happened by now. After tearing some more card board I see it a shiny metal object that looks pretty dangerous… what is it? It’s beautiful and surely someone would not construct something this pretty for negative purposes.
Then I find it…THE LETTER!! It sounds friendly enough. It begins, “Hi Jim”, then a name “Joe in 10aSEE”. Is this a code name ?

Ahhh, the rest of the story. This letter is from a Lumberjock member, http://lumberjocks.com/joein10asee. He goes on to say (to paraphrase) that he noticed that I was a positive thinking Lj member who greeted new members, including him . Then he said he is a firm believer of “pay it forward” theory of returning favors and that he belongs to a bunch of motorcyclists that collect cash and randomly pass out cash to needy people without even letting them know who their group or individuals are. He said he was having trouble with dust collection on a used planner he had bought and a Lj member had offered a dust bag to him, refusing payment. As a form of paying it forward (his tag line) he decided to send me one of his beautiful scribes he had made and had done a blog, here on LJs http://lumberjocks.com/joein10asee/blog/33363#comment-1442962

All said and done, Joe wants to promote the “pay it forward” idea and see if we can all do random acts of kindness.
Thank you so much for the beautiful scribe and the random acts of kindness. Let us all see if we can carry on with Joe’s idea and perform a random act of kindness for someone today or very soon.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 476 days ago

Great story. Scribe for a scribe ;-)

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

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bhog

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#2 posted 476 days ago

Good stuff.

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#3 posted 476 days ago

Funny story! ... and a very nice one too!! Love the ending!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#4 posted 476 days ago

Awesome!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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stefang

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#5 posted 476 days ago

Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jaykaypur

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#6 posted 476 days ago

You got a beautiful tool and deservedly so. I went to his blog and he has done some really nice work on these.

A very unique and heartfelt gift to you for sure.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 476 days ago

That is way cool…

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#8 posted 476 days ago

Gr8 story Jim. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but, I actually just 2 days ago, gave, yes gave away my old desktop computer to a woman who runs our recycle center here in town. While using the recovery disks to put it back to the original factory settings, I called Goodwill to see if they took electronics such as this, they said, no, but to check with a recycle place. I make a trip monthly to our recycle place which is about 4 miles down the hill from me. Anyway, after asking about them taking it, she chuckled and said, “I could use a new one for the center here”.......With that I replied, I’ll bring it to you as soon as I get it reset…. She was exstatic. Don’t know what came over me, but, it felt really good. She was so happy. That’s my story, and I’m stickin to it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Dez

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#9 posted 476 days ago

Cool tool!
Love the idea of pay it forward, been doing it for years now, usually with local folks.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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whitebeast88

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#10 posted 476 days ago

awesome story jim,great idea and thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 476 days ago

Well deserved Jim and well done Joe. Theres not a better feeling in the world than randomly doing something for orhers totally unexpectedly. Woodworkers are a good bunch!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#12 posted 476 days ago

nice story Jim.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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NormG

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#13 posted 476 days ago

Wonderful story and outcome

-- Norman

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Rick M.

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#14 posted 476 days ago

I am coveting that scribe. Nice work 10asee, wonderful sentiment.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Dan Krager

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#15 posted 475 days ago

I guess I was ahead of the times…groy87 posted that he needed some marking blades ground, so I asked him to send them to me and I ground them to his spec…no charge. We were both delighted.
Thank you 10asee.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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