Who The Heck Is Cricket?

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Blog entry by Cricket posted 03-26-2014 06:56 PM 4739 reads 2 times favorited 91 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last few months I have had several members ask me if I would introduce myself to the community and why I had not done so from the start.

Let me start by saying I am not a woodworker. I wish I was because I am blown away by all your incredible projects. I especially love the more rustic stuff and anything related to the outdoors. As a Community Manager for VerticalScope, I tend to try to stay in the background most of the time and simply address site issues that need attention to help everything run smooth for all of you. Now and then you may see me pop in and start a thread because it helps me to get to know you and because I often find myself genuinely interested in the topics and discussions within the community. I also enjoy sharing your projects on our LumberJocks Facebook page because I want others to enjoy them as well.

My passions outside of the communities I manage are photography, writing, and the outdoors. I love that technology has allowed me to combine all of these. I can work from home, sitting next to the campfire when I am camping, or even in a little coffee shop.

The most common question I receive is people asking about how I got the name Cricket. I was born with the hiccups. The first time my daddy saw me, he was horrified. He told everyone who would listen that I was the ugliest baby he had ever seen and that I sounded just like a cricket. From that day forward, I have always been known as Cricket.

If you want to know more than that, feel free to respond to this post and ask me just about anything, within reason. (smiles)

-- Community Manager

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 07:02 PM

It’s always good to know more about the folks around us. Although Lumberjocks was Martin’s vision, he had lost interest in it towards the end. Glad to have you on board.

Maybe you can teach a class here in photography. Our pictures continue to be very weak for most of us.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 07:17 PM

Hiya there Cricket! It’s like we’re stalking each other! :) Not very active on here yet myself, just registered a few days ago actually.

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 07:22 PM

Hey Cricket, glad you are part of LJ’s. It’s good to see you take some kind of active part in the community. There were times before one could wonder who was watching over the us or if there was anyone there at all.
Thanks for being part of it.
ps if that is a picture of you enjoying the outdoors by the water, I totally understand the feeling.

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

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 07:22 PM

Nice to meet you Cricket, it is always good to know who runs things around here, heck, you never know, we might make a woodworker out of you yet. there are a lot of knowledgeable people that can help you in many ways, as there are many forms of WW, pick one, (or more) you are sure to find something you like.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 07:24 PM

wonderful introduction, may i ask if you are married or have children, what type of photography do you enjoy the most, my son did it for some time, he loved wildlife and the landscape type , pictures of mountains, and such, i use to dabble into it myself, i even took a developing class, black and white…i still have a AE1P….with all of the goodies, a 65 to 300 zoom, a wide angle lens and a few others, its really sad to have seen all of this wonderful camera equipment go to sit on the dusty shelf…but anyway, we here would encourage you to try your hand at some woodwork, we all started out with small projects, and only a few tools…you can make just about anything with a few hand tools…let me give my official welcome and if we can help you, let us know…i thank you for all the help you have already given to me ….thank you again….grizzman…...A.K.A….bob putman

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

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 07:25 PM

Thanks for the intro Cricket. Nice to hear your story. I hope the hiccups have slowed down!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 07:38 PM

Monte Pittman, you have made me feel welcome from the very start. Thank you!

Louis, it is so good to see you here. The first day I started exploring this site and saw the beautiful wooden pens, I thought of you!

doubleDD, it is a picture I took when I was camping. It is one of my favorite spots to hide from the world for a bit and to find inner peace. It is beautiful there, but if ya don’t wake up early the geese will knock on your tent door to wake ya up!

woodsmithshop, I am fascinated by Tiny Houses so you may hear me jumping in asking questions one day!

Grizzman, I am not married. I have four beautiful children (2 boys and 2 girls) who have already left the nest and have children of their own. Yes, that makes me a grandmother, many times over in fact. I don’t think there is single type of photography I don’t like. I explore it all. I own an older Canon XTi, a Nikon D7000 and of course my iPhone!

JL7 it still sounds funny when I hiccup. LOLOL

-- Community Manager

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 07:42 PM

Thanks for the intro .It’s great you can work were ever you are. I was wondering what state your in,your photo looks like a really nice spot. I hope your father speaks more kindly of you these days. Perhaps you could post some of your photos I know some of the other members have posted their’s in the past.


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#9 posted 03-26-2014 07:49 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. I used to be active in photography using Speed Graphic, with the old plates and
wore out a couple of SLRs, still have an Argus C44 somewhere, had use of the college darkroom as school
photographer, but as the family grew the photography shrunk. My body no longer feels comfortable on the
ground, so backpacking has also been given up. Hope you enjoy your position here, and the sawdust makers
do not give you too much grief.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 07:49 PM

yes we sure do like photo’s, a1jim has one of all of his free wood he gives away, and he usually gives away one of his routers with each picture…LOL…haha…just kidding…what goes around comes around huh buddy….we look forward to all of the managing you will do and have done here on the site, and here all aong i thought you were this young gal…i did see a picture of you you had on for your icon, but now its gone…

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

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 07:51 PM

Nice introduction. Glad to have you aboard. My dad was good at nicknames to. My lil’ sis is “Joker.”

-- 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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#12 posted 03-26-2014 07:57 PM

a1Jim, my father has almost been my hero. You can see some of my photos on my Flickr, but be warned I am currently involved in a 365 challenge (take at least one picture a day for the year) so there are a lot of iPhone shots in there.

-- Community Manager

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 07:59 PM

Hello Cricket. Thanks for the introduction. I also have been a photographer for many, many years. After retiring in 2008, I shot high school sports for several years for MaxPreps. I got to see a lot of good athletes, some of which moved on to play college ball. The Canon 7D had over 160K shutter clicks when I sold it to a buddy. I kept the 1D MKIII. It has 300K+ clicks on it’s shutter. Still works like a new one.

I also like to shoot wildlife, but recently I sold the long telephoto lens so I could buy more woodworking equipment.
These days, I shoot the grandkids more than anything else. They can be a hoot.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Nicholas Hall

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#14 posted 03-26-2014 08:00 PM

It’s great to have you here Cricket! Most folks don’t realize how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep this community great. Your work keeping things running smoothly is greatly appreciated!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#15 posted 03-26-2014 08:09 PM

Glad to meet you, Cricket. I notice that you are from Texas, one of the friendliest places in the country. Not a lot of open water there, as I remember—at least in the western half.

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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