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Blog entry by patron posted 11-02-2010 07:42 PM 2098 reads 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: fondue friends Part 4 of TRAVELS WITH BUDDY series Part 5: eureka ! i have found him »

hello again

just want to let you all know
i have found my family

Rand – (my big brother)
Mattie – (i ate more in 8 days
than i eat at home in a month
food so good
well you just want more)

and all the kids and grand kids
i never knew i had

but have found at last .

what a joy for me !

rand and i spent 8 days and nights
talking woodworking
and finishing a gift box i have been making
for my woodworking teacher
Mr Morinaga
(post to follow)
i found after 45 years
(thank you lumberdustjohn)
and am on my way to see now

this journey has been so good
for my soul

meeting and getting to know these folks
(and all my LJ’s friends too)

is like a prayer answered for me
here is Rand in his shop

such a kind and intelligent person
with a heart of gold
the work he does
the adaptations for his wheelchair shop
all the jigs and processes
are just mind blowing

the love in this home is boundless
this is one example i chose to show

when mattie (wife) was at the hospital
with surgery
the new wowee coffee pot started leaking and dumping coffee everywhere
Rand took the filter unit out of it
and threw the rest away
got some chopsticks
and poured water thru the strainer
into a pan bellow
it has been this way ever since
mattie knows how to please !

and of course buddy has been in doggy heaven here
every morning he chases rabbits around the yard
they scurry under a shed
and taunt him

he got to go next door
and visit the dog over there
they would run the fence together
so the granddaughter took him for a visit
well dogs will be dogs
buddy tried to get thru the cat door
and didn’t fit
wound up wearing the frame for a necklace !

thank you all for checking on us
and all your kind comments


i will come home whenever you need me
the learning i did here
and the connections opened
are so pure and feel so good

i hold you in my heart
forever !

-- 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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#1 posted 11-02-2010 07:47 PM

Your posts are so full of joy and love, that it makes my heart feel good.

Sounds like a wonderful trip.
Thanks for sharing,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 07:49 PM

What a great story, David!
So glad you are enjoying yourself.
And Buddy looks absolutely maaaahvelous in his new collar!

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 07:57 PM

Your “posts from the road” have made my days.
It’s great to hear you are having a good time.
And Buddy looks like he’s having fun too !

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 08:03 PM

Just way to cool! Thanks for taking us with you.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 08:03 PM

what a wonderful time your having…im so happy for you david…and the picture is just priceless..looks like something my dog would do…i think buddy should someday meet up with my molly…they would be perfect partners in crime…lol…enjoy very day with all of our lumber jocks friends…blessings we send from alabama

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

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 08:08 PM

I’m so glad your getting and giving so much on this trip. enjoy ever second my friend.


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#7 posted 11-02-2010 08:09 PM

Hi David, it is so good to hear that you have had such a wonderful time.
God Bless Rand, Mattie and the family for making you a part of the family.
Buddy does look funny with his ‘necklace’ I wonder what he is thinking.

Thank you for sharing your adventure David.

Have a safe journey to Mr. Morinaga, that should be a very interesting visit.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 08:19 PM

It was fantastic following your visit with Rand and his wife through both your’s and Rand’s posts. It must be wonderful to have your “family” expand this way.
I have a beagle (Snickers) that Buddy can come and chase anytime. Not quite rabbits but she’s quick too.
She is in training waiting for his visit!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 08:22 PM

Who says you can’t go home again? It looks like you and Buddy are having so much fun on your great adventure!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 08:34 PM

heartwarming story David to hear how well you connected with Rand and his family and judging from Rands comments during your visit the feeling is obviously mutual.

It’s always good to hear about nice people making connections and coming away richer from the experience. That is the kind of rich that is most important and most rewarding.

It’s wonderful that all of us here on LJ were privileged to be able share your experience through yours and Rands blogs. I’m looking eagerly forward to your next destination where you will be hooking up with your mentor, although I have to admit that I find it hard to believe that you really need a mentor. But of course I realize that we can all learn something new. If we couldn’t, it probably wouldn’t be much fun anymore. Wishing you and Buddy a safe journey.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 08:44 PM

Well Rand looks like a real nice guy Dave and we know you are. Good luck and godspeed with the rest of your travels.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 09:09 PM

hi so glad to here you are having a great time on your travels

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 09:14 PM

This whole trip was worth it just to see a picture of a dog on a treadmill. ;D

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 11-02-2010 09:22 PM

Hi David,
Thank you for sharing this with us, what a travel, what a mental tour of kindness.
You are a very special man, so life for you will always be special.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 11-02-2010 09:43 PM

Sounds GREAT David!
I’m happy for you!

Did you have cut Buddy’s necklace off? :)

Drive safely… Hope you’re doing the GPS OK…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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