where did the year go?

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Blog entry by kiwi1969 posted 12-24-2009 12:07 AM 1826 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Is it just me or do the years get shorter as we get older? It,s been a unusual year to say the least. I started the year with food poisoning and pnumonia with barely a cup of rice to feed myself and no work and i,ve ended the year with good health and a couple of kilos of rice and my own workshop so things are certainly on the up. Along the way i,ve lost twentyfive kilos, grown a beard, met more con men and thieves than i,ve ever met in my entire life, found God and received a serious lesson in humility. I,ve quit drinking and smoking, finally got married, so i,m now an official resident instead of an illegal alien, been given the usual shake down by the cops looking for some extra xmas money (it happens to most expats at some point) and discovered my hand tool skills are often as rusty as my hand tools, but through all of this,when my head starts spinning, at least Lumberjocks is just a mouse click away. There,s not been a day where I haven,t found something to marvel at, something to read, something to remember or something to inspire and to improve my woodworking or just make me feel better. Hopefully my own contributions have been interesting enough for others and in the coming year I have a couple more series in mind that may be interesting and this year a lumberjocks picnic in manila might be possible, all are welcome. As for what the coming year holds for me, only God knows best but at least I have some small orders now and a move to Medina in saudi has been talked of, but only in passing so we shall see. I still want to move back to Davao city in the south if that can be possible but at this point it,s just a matter of keeping my head down and making some sawdust to pay the bills and make sure my son continues to stay fat and happy. Asallam alaikum ( peace be with you) and everone have a safe and happy new year. God bless you all.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 01:30 AM

Sounds like a great turnaround in your life.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 04:58 AM


A fascinating read.

May your good health continue, and the sawdust keep flying!

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 05:28 AM

I couldn’t think of any more things happening in 1 year! it’s been a heckuva year for you. Good for us that woodworking is still part of your life. All the best for the next year!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 06:05 AM

From how I read it, things are turning up rosier.

Yes the Philippines can be rough. Especially Manila. You really have to be on the look out everytime. What is good is you have taken all the challenges that life can give and you come out of it with your chin up high.

All the best for the coming year!!


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 09:55 AM

Sounds likke yoiu’re on a roll now!! But, year? where’d the last decade go??? it’s 2010!! the new century is 10% gone!! :-((

-- 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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