Non Wood Working Blog #1: Lonely Night

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Blog entry by MichaelAgate posted 02-02-2013 05:58 AM 1923 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone,

I’m sitting here in a hotel room in Down Town Toronto. Being from a small town in Newfoundland, Toronto is just a rat race. It’s close to 12 am on a Friday night and the activity outside my hotel is equal to that of a thousand Christmas Eve’s back home.

I live a simple life, on a simple Island on the North East coast of Canada. Though my work often takes me to places like Toronto, Manhattan, Indianna and the like, there really is no place like home. Sure, back at home I can’t run down the road for certain things that you find in a big city, yet, I am content in that small town with it’s small ways.

Tonight as I type this, I think of my beautiful pregnant wife. She is well asleep now as her clock reads 1.5 hrs ahead of mine. Matthew and the other kids all tucked safe and sound in a quiet town where you can sleep at night with your doors unlocked. This gives me solace while being so far from home.

I don’t often get this lonely while being away; Yet tonight, I feel as if I am worlds apart from my family. I guess I will never be a suitable for upcoming Mars missions. grin

I know we all get lonely from time to time; tonight is my turn. It’s been a long day with plenty of stress. Plenty of stress and plenty to follow tomorrow as well. I will be happy when this trip is through and the airport is my next direction of travel.

That being said, I have relieved a fraction of loneliness as well as stress just from just typing this note. Thanks for taking time to ready this Non-Shop Talk message and hopefully this finds you at home where you’re kids are within earshot and your wife is within hugging distance.

Best Regards,


-- Michael and Matthew

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 07:02 AM

I have NO wife, NO kids & home alone! But I’m not lonely. I rather enjoy my alone time, as there is now dissenting opinions!!! Lol.

You know what they say…
Absence makes the heart grow fonder!!! If you weren’t away from home, you’d never know how much you miss your wife & kids!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 07:13 AM

Some see work trips as a perk, I think they are to be endured. I’m sitting in front of the fire the kids and my wife tucked safely and cozy in bed…I know where you are coming from. Hope that trip home comes before you know it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 09:13 AM

Makes home that much warmer
Hugs that much dearer
Just think of the welcome your going to get on your return
And all the questions about your adventure.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 10:47 AM

Stay strong Michael! There are those times when your heart just aches for home. Here, I have learned on thing for sure, you have many, many friends, and a home away from home:).


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 02:19 PM

Nothin wrong with feeling like that. I agree with with all above

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 06:48 PM

Just command your feelings to feel happiness. It can happen instantly. It’s your heart-control of your environment. Nobody should have to put up with negative feelings if they don’t want to.
Have a great trip!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 06:51 PM

Hey gus,

Thanks for the notes above. Currently sitting in Toronto Pearson Airport. The stess I was supposed to face today disepated with almost devine intervention.

My flight leaves in 7 hrs lol so I have a bit of sitting arround and walking todo to pass the time but I’m fine with that. Just trying to keep the credit card in my pocket. I think I wiill end up getting a new HD cam corder for Matthew and some videos when the shop warms up. Also, we want to get a video of his new SUV 14 that is to arrive when I get home. Its already in NL just need to get delivered from the vendor. Its so easy to spend money when bored. Especially the money you don’t have yet Visa entices you to say yes you have. Lol.

Mark Shymanshi – yeah it is a perk to travel. I think it was the stress that got to me last night. Thank goodness its over and I’m preparing to leave :) tonight I shall do what you did last night and be right there in the moment at home knowing everyone is safe and sound.

DIYaholic – thanks for writting. If I were single all my life I guess it would have been allot easier. But you are right the abstenance doees make the heart grow fonder My last trip was 4.5 mths ago. Let me just say from the night I got back to right now – my wife is 4.5 mths pregnant. :) that being said. Perhaps when I arrive home tonight we could end up with twins. Lol.

Jamie Spieirs – you said it. Can hardly wait to wrap my arms around that wonderful family of mine tonight :).

Nate – you are correct. LJ’s is the home when away from home. It was your latest LJ post that gave me the idea to share my little message above. Though we are mainly here to talk shop, its nice to see the other “human” side of a jock. That’s what I enjoyed in your post. I thought I would try the same with a mUch less important topic. Just writting it hellped clear my mental levels back to semi normal as I’m not sure if I was ever 100 percent normal :) Thanks for taking time to jot a message.

Roger – Thanks for writting. My wife calls me sentimental. I tell her its more of a semi-mental :) though I feel comfortable with it. :)

So, not only did I get to reply, but it helped me pass some time. Thanks again guys for taking time to read and leave a message.

Kindest Regaurds,


-- Michael and Matthew

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 06:56 PM

Richforever – thanks for the message. I was able to fall asleep shortly after the LJ psot last night so that was commanding enought :).

-- Michael and Matthew

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 09:28 PM


Did not see this earlier.

By this time you’ll be back home on the Rock. After hugging the wife and kids, have a good feed. Maybe salt fish and drawn butter? Or my mother-in-law always want to just have a boiled dinner with all the trimmings. And don’t forget a cold bottle of Black Horse or India…

Though I was born in Alabama, I’ve been truly screeched in and have kissed the cod fish. I’ve been married to a fine Newfie girl for the last forty years (come this May…). It’s been years since we’ve been home, but I’m trying to talk her into the trip this summer.

In the meantimes, stay where yer to til we comes where yer at!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 02-04-2013 09:46 PM


Oh yis, me son, some nice being back on da rock by’, Wife didn’t ave any jiggs dinner ready fer me as I never got in till Half past 4 or 4 tirty.

I tell ya by’ nuttin like being home wit da wife and youngsters. Shur, tis good as ett’in.

In all seriousness – HerbC – If you married a girl from the Newfoundland, you married yourself a hearty woman with a heart as big as the sea. Which part of the island is she from. I’m thinking you may have gotten tangled up on the Argentia Naval base? If so, that is minutes from my house. I am a product of that base as my mother met my Father there.

Kind Regards,


-- Michael and Matthew

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#11 posted 02-04-2013 10:02 PM


I was stationed at Argentia in 1972-1974. My wife, Carol, is from St John’s. You’re right, she’s a fine one.

We used to have friends who were a couple of older couples from Long’s Harbor. There was Ann and Pete King. He had worked on the Base and was retired. There was Mary and Jack King. He had a fine fishing boat and she could sure get you rolling on the floor laughing at the tales and jokes she could tell. We used to go out to spend the weekend with Ann and Pete, they sorta adopted us…

We hope to make it up there this summer. My M-I-L lives in Mt Pearl. Ya never know, might make it out your way, almost certainly will take the ferry to Argentia instead of Port aux Basque…

Take care of yourself and watch out for the moose, expessially if you’re driving on a foggy night. We almost got hit by one one night on the TransCanada.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#12 posted 02-04-2013 10:24 PM


I don’t know the family you speak of… No doubt they are wonderful people. My family here in Placentia/Argentia were pretty well known. My Grandfather was a Barber who used to cut hair on one leg as the other was amputated. His name was Gus Greene. His wife was a Scotch Lass – Jean Greene. She used to sing and entertain quite a bit in the area. My wife’s Grandfather is Joe Brooks. He used to manage the Navy Exchange back in the 70’s. Not sure if he was there during your stay. In the event you remember him, Joe is still alive and doing well. He’s 87 now and visits our home every Friday.

Next time you make it to Newfoundland, by all means, shoot us a message. We’d love to have you. We are in smack dab in the middle of Placentia.

Kind Regards,


-- Michael and Matthew

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