A Thousand Posts Later... #2: 2K

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 04-19-2012 03:05 PM 1908 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I guess I’ll never challenge for the title of most prolific poster, but I topped the 2,000 plateau recently…
On the occasion of my thousandth I started this series, thinking that it would be easy to write an appraisal, or recap, or summary every thousand posts…
Such is not the case… at least not easily…
Reading the first one over, and the things that I wrote, seems a life-time ago. While much of it still holds true, much has changed…
The site has nearly tripled in size since then, and I often don’t have the time (nor the inclination) to “catch-up” with it anymore…
There is also a level of meanness and ill-will here that simply wasn’t here then… I usually avoid the political type of discussions, but decided to read a couple just to see “how far” things had gone… the discussions left me feeling almost “dirty” and sad. It is a testament to how well the “powers that be” have divided us, that we are so vigorously consumed with being angry at each other, rather than at those self-same “powers” that cause all the turmoil in the first place…
I’ll steer clear of the talk, and try to keep my own life in order I guess… There’s little else I can do anyway…

My conditions and circumstances have changed too, of course… dramatically…
But I keep rolling along… Woodworking for me has come in fits and starts. Still enjoyable, but not very much of it…
I’m sure everybody will be shocked, but I’ve been working on another box…Projects 020Cutting and Fitting top and bottom...

That’s about four hours of work, but it was spread over two months…
I’ve done a few quick fixes too… attaching a turnbuckle to the porch door, to keep it from dragging the floor…Put a Turn-buckle on the Porch Door...

The bathroom door didn’t shut and I took it outside and took the circular saw to it… Hollow core doors chip out real bad, especially when they’re dry as dust, but it didn’t look any worse than it did before, after it was painted… and it closes now…Got the Bathroom Door to closeDoesn't look as bad after a little paint...

Like I said, quick fixes…
Debbie and I have planned on moving from here, into something of our own, and after a false start it looks like we’ve got a place lined up. That’s good, but doesn’t start until May 1st, so we’re attempting to patiently wait…
At least the Weather is nice… :)The Forsythia in bloom...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 03:26 PM

The journey can be as much fun as the destination! Some things come and go, but I have and still use boxes and shelves trhat I made 25 years ago and I’m still proud of them! (at least they have held up). You should take up whittling….much cheaper than golf and a wonderful way to waste some time, when the weather is so pretty!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 03:28 PM

and things go on
at the pace of life

crawling at times
and streaking the next

we stand in awe
and wonder

then go have some ice cream

looking forwards to the next home and shop

well thats it for now

burma shave

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 03:44 PM

Thoughtful comments that I agree with Mike. I have always enjoyed your posts and looked forward to them. I know we have a few members using LJ as a soap box, but it’s only a very few actually involved in that. It’ easy enough to stay away from it.

I lost interest in LJ for awhile too, but I missed the dialog and the whole experience, so I came back. I hope you will find renewed interest when the time is right for you. Sometimes we just need to take a break.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 03:52 PM

hey mike im glad you and Debbie are going to get something of your own, waiting is hard, but patience is a…yes there are bad spots here at the sight and i just ignore them , i post my projects and look at others , but dont engage in any of the bad threads, no interest what so ever, and the spirit of ill will will always be around until certain things happen, but good will is everywhere also..and its the good that i look for…glad to see a new box coming along,im just finishing 2 of them myself…well good to hear from you and i wish you both the best…as mike said if you need a break take it, but there are still friends of yours here, so dont leave us all together….grizz

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

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 03:57 PM

Glad I ran across this, Mike. There is so much activity on the site these days that it is way too easy to miss the good stuff.

I, too, miss the old days when it was almost like a small group of friends around here. But, as we all know, change happens. And it’s not what happens to us that defines us, but how we react to it.

I know that you, my friend, are a survivor. You will take the changes and challenges in stride, and flourish as a human being.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 04:19 PM

Hi Mike
Fortunately there are lots of nice people here, too. I hope the new place works out for you.
I collect blue and white china, so I enjoyed seeing your third photo (but not for the door!)


-- ~Julie~

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 04:21 PM

Hi Mike
Congrats on the 2000 mark
I too miss the days of the kinder gentler days of Lj, but for the most part it’s usually one or two people that cause the discord, so I just try and ignore those kind of comments from folks that enjoy poking the hornets nest.. I kind of think of it as moving from a small town to a larger city where folks don’t know each other that well or who to look out for in some cases.
It looks like your box came together Very well. A tip on cutting doors with veneers is to use a straight edge and cut on the line several times with a utility knife on both sides and then use your circular saw to cut it off.
Thanks for you Blog it’s good to see back on Ljs

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 04:27 PM

I am with the other here, Mike. I always enjoy hearing from you. While I post here almost every day, it is rare that I go seek out topics to read and comment on. It seems that I barely have time to keep up with my buddies here and I think that is a good way to see what they are up to. But I don’t scour the boards (even the project ones, I admit!) and just mosey around. Like you, I hate to see the disharmony in places such as this. I have been accused of being a ‘pink cloud’ person, keeping my eyes focused only on the good things. But I ask you – what is wrong with that?? I like seeing the good things that people do (like projects and stuff like you are doing in this blog) and I stay away from the debates and topic forums of that nature. That way I still like everyone and enjoy my experience here.

This site is here for us to use as we wish. I am happy you choose to keep posting here and I admire you as a woodworker and a buddy. I am sure you will have lots to offer us all by the time you reach post 3000. I love seeing how you are doing personally, too. Thanks for the first 2000! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 04-19-2012 04:42 PM

Hi Mike, well I almost fell over with surprizeness to see another box:)
The wood hollow core door is better than the tin plated hollow core door we have, the bottom strip was dragging across the bottom of the carpet, my wife got sick of waiting for me to fix it and she used my packing tape to prop it up…7 months and still holding. Good to see you found another apartment, look forward to seeing your new shop set up. Keep smiling!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 04-19-2012 05:57 PM

You have spoken wisely about the “new” LJ. It is sad to see the site become negative. I too try to just read the posts that have something to do with wood.
Your life is still evolving and I’m sure everything will work out for you. We are all students of life as Patron would say!

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

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#11 posted 04-19-2012 06:16 PM

Mike , Keepin’ on keepin’ on is little more than I can do too ! Wish I had something to post to show that I have been productive, but cleaned gutters aren’t much to show. I’d photograph the old recliner I finally disassembled so I could stuff it in garbage bags, but my fellow LJ buddies would probably call the funny wagon on me, so I didn’t do that ! Glad you are still working my friend !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#12 posted 04-19-2012 07:47 PM

Mike I’m sure the box will have amazing hinges as usual. Congrats on the 2000th post and keep them coming.

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#13 posted 04-19-2012 08:54 PM

Glad to hear you’re still kicking and making boxes. I always look forward to seeing what you are up to.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 09:17 PM

It’s good to hear from you Mike even though with comments about the changes in the LJ site. Glad to hear you’ve found a better place to live. Best wishes to you & Debbie.
PS: keep on making those boxes!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Stephen Mines

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 10:56 PM

Hey Mike,
I’ve only been here on the LJ site a year or so I can’t recall the ”...gentler, kinder” days. You were one of the first to say Hi…and to warn me about “the mean boys that live in the town” when you saw me stepping in something.
Natural, I guess, to try to right a wrong…set things straigt. But who’s wrong, and by what straightedge?
Our internal filters are the lights we see by, and it helps if they are grounded in ‘niceness’.
Along with many others here I really enjoy your musings and cogent comments. . . yeah, so, you work a bit with wood…THAT’S iciing on the cake!
Here’s a little thing that might seem in keeping with the ‘free’ spirit attitude:

I think I’ll tell you what I’ve done.
(You needn’t believe it…)
Just for fun I went down to watch the water run
Its siliver stream across the land,
Gathering Poplars in a band.

Just nature and I, hand in hand.

You sometimes begin your musings with something similar to the ‘Just for fun’ line, reminds me of the poem!

Life’s good! Thanks for helping to make it so.


-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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