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Forum topic by Monte Pittman posted 12-16-2013 11:50 PM 1777 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Monte Pittman

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12-16-2013 11:50 PM

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First let me say why that some would say that I didn’t have a good year.

1. My divorce was finalized. I end the year being forced to sell my house and shop.
2. I have had lots of unexpected expenses and will end the year losing money on my business
3. I was diagnosed with leukemia
4. My stepson who I am still close with, was diagnosed with what they originally thought was a brain tumor

Sounds bad just writing it. Well don’t drag out the hankies just yet. Here’s why,

1. Working on plans for a new shop, house and possibly a showroom. Oh by the way, I am seriously thinking that I have met and plan to marry the lady I believe will be my partner for life.
2. Will I lose money this year? Yes. I will also end the year delivering th largest group of orders I have ever had. I also believe that my next year will start with banner orders that customers are presently talking to me about now. Also because of the money I spent this year, I will have the best, most effecient, setup I have ever had.
3. Yup, leukemia is a really bad word. But it happens to be the kind that, if I take care of myself, is completely manageable. There are many LJs with significantly worse health concerns than mine. I hope that you all can say a pprayer for them. If you don’t pray, at least wish them well.
4. We were told today that my stepsons condition is not a tumor and is completely curable.

Finally, I would like to add that I had the honest pleasure of meeting a fellow LJ and his family over the weekend. Most of you know him as gfadvm, some of you are lucky enough to know him as Andy. He and his family were some of the most decent people I have ever met. It truly helped my year end on a positive note.

Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season. Mine will be.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 11:55 PM

With such a POSITIVE attitude as yours, how can anyone say it was a bad year for you Monte?

Congrats and good fortune to you in the coming new year!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 11:57 PM

Good luck ,my man Wish you the very best.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 12:00 AM

I agree with “joein10asee” You are entering a new door of life and it sounds good! Have a very merry Christmas and a healthy happy new year!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 12-17-2013 12:04 AM

All the best Monte, it’s no picnic being ill. You have plans, the best medicine!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 12:08 AM

Wow I was starting to rehearse how sucky my year was but as I read further I’m totally embarased to think my year was bad in comparison to yours .I’m very happy to hear there was an up side to you story. God Bless and may 2014 be very prosperous and full of joy for you and yours and us all.

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 12:19 AM

Whoa! I think you took a bunch of lemons and made lemonade! I always appreciate your encouraging posts and hope you have a great 2014!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 12:26 AM

Monte.. I am so very happy that Life is on the upswing for you. Life is crazy…Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people…and in your case good things are happening to a good person.
2014 and forward will be a wonderful and fantastic time for you and the negative past will be a distant memory…

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 12:40 AM

I absolutely believe that if you can trust your faith and be true to your beliefs that things will work out.
Maybe not the way you plan, but correctly for the bigger picture.
Best of luck with your plans going forward.

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#9 posted 12-17-2013 12:57 AM

All I can say is the year ain’t over yet :) Seriously, glad everything worked out for the best!

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#10 posted 12-17-2013 01:06 AM

Monte, You are welcome back any time! We really enjoyed your brief visit. We should have taken pics to share with our LJ friends. Now, GET SOME SLEEP!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-17-2013 01:21 AM

Monte, you are a inspiration to all of us. We are lucky to have a LJ like you for a buddy. If you can turn all of which has happened to you into a positive figure, imagine what you do for us. Take care and best of luck in your future plans. Dave

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 01:28 AM

Monte, you are proof that a positive attitude is the key to being happy. Congrats on the future new life buddy. Glad you and Andy got to meet. I hope to do the same at some point. Will keep you in my prayers buddy.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 12-17-2013 02:04 AM

best wishes for the new year, sound like things are starting to go your way.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#14 posted 12-17-2013 02:16 AM

gee monte, i didnt know about some of the things you listed, but i sure am glad to hear that it is all manageable, and wow you got to meet andy, that must have been way cool, i really like andy, and wish i had the pleasure of meeting him glad you got to meet him and his family, that is a great way to end the year..i hope all of your good things keep going good, and as for yer partner for life, i wish you the best and hope all goes wonderful there…grizz

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

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#15 posted 12-17-2013 02:57 AM


business losses can go forward against future profits. Sounds like a great beginning of hope and cheer. Good health to you this new year!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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