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09-29-2011 04:28 AM

a while back i did a topic asking for help voting
for a new playground for the low income kids
in espanola new mexico

although we didn’t win
against places like new york
chicago and california
the housing authority kicked in some money
and the playground got built

it had it’s opening today

i got there a little bit after their opening
but my friend John Quintana was there

he was the main drive behind this playground
for kids that needed to go 5 miles to play in the city park/playground

so now they have this to play in
in their own neighborhood

that last picture is a joke
as i went there yesterday
(still under construction)
having read my calender wrong
at midnight after a 4 hour drive

i asked the kid there if i had missed the ceremony
he said ” not till tomorrow” duhh

anyway here they are playing

and here

this the playground without kids (well some early ones)

taken yesterday
John has plans for a basketball court
and a community center for classes and social get together’s
where the parents can get a hand too

and here is the local junior high ‘mariachi’ band
playing for the event
(the old guy might still be in school for all i know
or the band teacher and some really smart small kids too)

John went to the city of espanola for a year
asking them for help
but somehow they didn’t care enough
being to busy with their own re-elections
so this is who did help

i was doing an e-mail with a friend today
and she said i should have stayed there yesterday
so i would be there on time today


old man arrested for sleeping in the playground

judge : “what were you doing in the playground”

old man : “i just wanted to get my pick
before the good ones were all taken” lol

i want to thank all of you
that helped us in this contest
your concern and care
for your fellow man is admirable

may God bless you all

and John

your work and your steadfastness in helping others
makes you stand heads above the crowd

bless you too brother
we need more like you !

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 05:33 AM

Super NICE!

Glad it came out OK!

Thank you for the follow up!

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

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 06:23 AM

Yep! That’s our “patron” saint of LJ. Way to go Dave and John

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 06:36 AM

David, if no one in this world needed help, what the heck would you do???

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 09-29-2011 07:02 AM


This is very exciting. It is the best news I have heard in a long time.
I got realy frustrated that we did not win the contest but here it is.

The most frustrating thing is that in a great country like ours, where we waste billions on useless stuff, kids can’t have a simple playground in their neighborhoods.

Thanks to you and John, this project is done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 09-29-2011 07:59 AM

I like the Duhh part….It is really great that the local business picked up the slack in
contribution’s. But getting the park built was the important issue. Recently, my
landlord who is a contractor, had to fight city government in building a baseball
dug out here in kenosha. After the little league teams raised all the money on there
own and had the dugouts built at a cost of $80,000 dollars, the city came by and closed
the dugout because the exterior wall (which the city approved Thur permits) were not
stuccoed. The dugouts were ready in May for the kids to play, but the city barred them
until august because of wall was not covered to there liking.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 09-29-2011 11:50 AM

Great to see this accomplished! Too bad there weren’t more people like your friend John. The park looks wonderful!


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

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#7 posted 09-29-2011 12:44 PM

Great Good News David!!
Kudos to all involved (and especially your Brother John!)

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

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#8 posted 09-29-2011 12:53 PM

What a wonderful playground for the kids. Your kind heart shows in this work.
And John’s too…
We need more people like you 2 in this world.

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

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#9 posted 09-29-2011 01:02 PM

good morning everyone

the struggle goes on as usual

i was told by a friend
that in all human endeavors

there are 20% that do the work
and 80% that take the credit

this has proven true for the most part

yet i see many here that are happy to help when possible

so thanks again
you are all heroes
in my book

(just to keep this honest
there was wood shavings
in the flower beds)
and 20 folding tables and chairs
for the food offered
(which was eaten all)

then the crowd left
and the locals and the kids
got to enjoy their new playground

and the band played on

-- 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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#10 posted 09-29-2011 01:56 PM

Great story and blog, David. I knew ya’ll didn’t win but at least it got built anyways and the kids seem very happy. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 09-29-2011 11:45 PM

David: Your endeavors shine on for all to see and enjoy. You are an inspiration to us all, glad to be a fellow LJ.


-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 09-30-2011 01:30 PM

Glad it all worked out well.

The children will be forever greatful!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Occie gilliam

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#13 posted 09-30-2011 03:40 PM

you the man David, thanks for helping the kids

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#14 posted 10-05-2011 08:46 PM

this just in from phoebe
the head of the housing authority
that did this playground


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#273 posted 6 minutes ago

As the lead worker in the building of the playground for the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, I would like to thank you for all the help and support we received from the Lumber Jocks. I was rough going, but the backing of people like you made the journey worth going. You put smiles on the faces of the children of the Pajarito Community and brought fun and games into their lives for years to come.
again from me
thank you all

the children are happy now

-- 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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#15 posted 10-05-2011 10:01 PM

Dave, Please tell her that all on LJ enjoyed the opportunity to help the children. Our best wishes to the children and Phoebe.

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