A little Box of Sunshine

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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 01-15-2011 08:20 PM 3200 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is amazing how something can brighten not only your day but also the future.

We had just got back from the clinic where I had the procedure wound from Tuesday’s hospital visit to have an IV port installed, it had to be cleaned and redressed. As we came to the house entrance, Sandra noticed a plastic bag with something in it hanging on our rural mailbox. Sandra’s first words were “Now what other tool did you order” but I told her I had not ordered anything (since she last put the block on spending) and I hadn’t the faintest idea what it could be.

We brought it into the house, looked at the address label, but nothing indicated what the package was.
I opened the package and said to Sandra, hey it’s full of snow !! What, she said, why don’t you put your glasses on idiot, that’s not snow, its white packing peanuts!

Under the first layer of peanuts I found and official looking document from non other than Karson (aka Karnack), which his private secretary had obviously enclosed and was signed by the “great one” himself.

I dug further and spotted “wood”, but wow, there was an awesome hinged lid box there, absolutely beautiful, very classy and fit for a King.

I took the box out of the package and held it close to smell the wood, mmmmmm …….hey, I recognized that smell. So I opened the lid, and would you believe it, inside was a full baggie…..... wow WEEEEED. I yelled at Sandra to go to the country store and get me some cigarette papers, but as I opened the bag, I found it was filled with – sawdust!

The box is gorgeous, made from different exotic woods and waaaaaaaaaay beyond my WW skills (ha ha). I thought to myself, who the heck did Karson get to make this jewel – maybe one of his “toy boy” buddies?

As it happens, I have an immediate use for this lidded box as I need somewhere to keep my Belly Button Cleaning and Maintenance Kit. Since the 3 surgeries last year in my abdomen area, I now have 3 “inny” belly buttons to service. As of last Tuesday after the IV port implant I now have 3 nipples on my chest. Life gets very exciting and I’m looking forward to what other duplicates and triplicates I may be endowed with in the future – maybe then a threesome will be a breeze.

OK, serious for a moment: Karson, I am absolutely stunned and thrilled by your thoughtfulness and kindness. I truly love this box and will treasure it always. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being who you are, a giant among men.
Sandra commented “What a nice man you found in the Coffee Lounge” – sigh.

Also a great “Thank you” to all LJs who have been my “Rock” during my illnesses and for putting up with my whacky humor. And to my Blockers, there is no truth in the rumor that I cut my fingers off. True I have some scratches and cuts, but my middle digit is totally unscathed and straight – imagine that!

PS. One of my cats, – Boo Boo appreciated the sawdust and made good use of it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 08:29 PM

Karson is the man!!

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

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 08:46 PM

COOL lil box…

If you can still Edit, Your 1st link of the post does not work… maybe you can fix it?

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

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 08:50 PM

nice box, and very funny post.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 08:56 PM

I’m amazed at how many woodworkers are kind .caring and giving. What a great gift and beautiful box and wonderful guy Karson is.During my recent problems with my son’s treatment karson was kind enough to call and cheer me and my family up. Great post from our chief friend and joker . I’m so glad we have such great people on LJs . May you treatment help speed up you recovery and the joy of good friends prop you up my good friend .


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#5 posted 01-15-2011 08:57 PM

Roger: You’ve made my day many times and I’m glad that I could recipicate.

He sent me a message a few days ago and said that he hoped that he could go out into the shop and smell some sawdust. Do I thought that I’d help him in his sawdust overload. You know that when you just start back on a drug, you should start slow. So when he’s able to finally get to the shop he can already have built up his resistance to the overload of dust. For the finishes he’ll have to be on his own.

Take care of yourself brother.

Karnak the Magician

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 09:28 PM

Such a touching story… started my day off on the right foot…

-- Be safe.

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 09:48 PM

a great gift
between two great men

to bad you gave that bag to the cat
karson is slick enough
to bleach his weed
so it looks like sawdust

just scoop out the cat lumps
and enjoy your smoke

”man this is good sh&”*

-- 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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#8 posted 01-15-2011 09:53 PM


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

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 09:54 PM

Great post of kindness and friendship. Loved your sense of humour!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 01-15-2011 10:16 PM

well that is a wonderful gift from karson to roger…roger has been through so much and i have wondered at his strength of being able to handle all of these trials hes going through.. your a wonderful man roger and have a heart as big as Texas...thank you karson for helping our friend…now roger i am tempted to send you a box as well…but mine will be full of sour kraut …and i know you can let the cat have some fun with that also….my best regards to you roger

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

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#11 posted 01-15-2011 10:17 PM

;0) great gift!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 01-15-2011 10:41 PM

What a wonderful surprise! And hey Roger, when you are done with IV kits, it really would be a great place to store some weed- for medicinal purposes. ;)

-- 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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#13 posted 01-15-2011 10:47 PM

A wonderful gift from a very nice person. I don’t really know you Roger, but I feel for you anyway, especially after reading the update on your home page. Life does get messy sometimes. Anyway it is good to have a positive goal, which in your case seems to be getting back into the shop. I do appreciate your humor, and you couldn’t have picked a more appropriate theme song.ø Get well fast and don’t let your wife spoil you too much in the meantime.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#14 posted 01-15-2011 11:03 PM

Thanks Gang ….. Hey isn’t Karson “something Else”?

Kelly, well at least I’m Eco-Friendly now with this new IV port. Just like the new electric autos, I too can be plugged in and recharged now. Will you be disappointed if I tell you I have never actually had any weed?

Stefang, Life is what you make it, and if you are crazy then it can be pretty good.

Grizz, thanks all the same but I’ll pass on the Kraut (as many do who eat it). I’m still in mourning of the CL, as that was my best venue for my humor and comedy…...sigh.

Lew, Jim, David, Jack, Joe and Div, You guys are almost as nutty as I am …..... nice warm feeling.

Thank you all and that Great Human Being——- Karson

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 12:42 AM

Well, I’ve known what kind of fellow Karson is for a long time, so I’m not surprised. I must say, though, picturing you and Karson firing up a nice fat doobie together has really made MY day. LOL!

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

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