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    Randon Acts of Kindness Thread

    Over on Pauls Thread about helping unload a refrigerator, it was suggested there should be a Random Act's Of Kindness sub-forum. Perhaps that's asking too much, but why not start a thread and have others keep it going?

    I'll start, but remember this is not about me or any poster, its here to show that RAK exists and maybe encourage others so when the situation presents itself, they will do something similar and then share.

    My most memorable RAK happened the other day when I was grocery shopping and I went to checkout. In doing so I got in front of a older woman with only a few groceries so I said...

    "Jeesh I should have let you go first since you don't have many groceries." At which she said...

    "That's okay, you see I got all kinds of time, its just the money I lack."

    I half laughed and said...

    "Well I'm the opposite. I got plenty of money but no time."

    As I waited for my groceries to be tallied and bagged, I thought of the situation. It is getting close to Thanksgiving guys. I then sized up the womans groceries, guessed them to be about 35 dollars and when I paid, I gave the clerk an extra 50 dollar bill and said quietly, "put that towards her groceries and if its less, give her the change", and then walked off. My only regret...not being able to see her face when the clerk told her.

    So that's my RAK...any other FWWer's out there doing some RAK's?
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    That's an awesome idea Travis, and a great thing for you to have done.

    That's the kind of thing that's a Win/Win/Win. She Wins, You win, The clerk Wins, Everybody wins.... That's they way things should be.

    Way to go!
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    That's a wonderful act, Travis. Being older than you can somewhat cynical, I would have watched from some place to make sure the clerk didn't pocket the money, and that she actually got it.

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    Thats a very nice gesture mate.

    Having been around the ww forums for a while I've made a few donations to people who were having a rough time. I thought of it as my way of paying for the info I get so freely.

    When I wen't out to CA to build the first shed unit I knew I was going to be extremely tight on money. The job took longer than I'd anticipated and as I was out there building, I wasn't in front of my computer making any money. I posted a few ads on the forums to sell my festool saw and table to cover my expenses when lo and behold, a bloke off the festool forum emiled me and said he wasn't interested in my tools but he'd like to make a donation. That donation was a considerable chunk of money and it pretty much saved my arse. The only stipulation he put was to pass it on at some point.

    I got to the point where I felt I could afford to and acted on it. It turns out that I potentially saved a persons life.

    I'm not posting this looking for a pat on the back or anything but to show woodworkers karma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Henderson View Post
    That's a wonderful act, Travis. Being older than you can somewhat cynical, I would have watched from some place to make sure the clerk didn't pocket the money, and that she actually got it.
    Mike
    Yeah, I'm a cynical person too, but I've made up my mind that when I donate, I do it freely. If I get 'taken' so be it. Once you give something, you give up your right to decide how that money get's used. So when I give, I give and live in that moment. Now, if I know I've gotten taken, I will not make a repeat donation, but I try to still feel good about it.

    Because really, my selfish reason for giving is that it makes me feel better about me. Sure I like to help others, but if I'm going to be honest, I like the way helping others makes me feel about myself...
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    i put my neighbors cows back in when they get out......does that count?
    how about trying to offer the little knowledge gained from a few decades of workin` with my hands to the folks here?
    still hold doors for folks and do what i`m able for my neighbors.......
    `bout what i can do now
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    i put my neighbors cows back in when they get out......does that count?
    how about trying to offer the little knowledge gained from a few decades of workin` with my hands to the folks here?
    still hold doors for folks and do what i`m able for my neighbors.......
    `bout what i can do now
    In my book, that totally counts. Being there for your neighbors is what its all about...

    And you've probably helped more people than you know with your knowledge sharing!
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    We have a woman who cleans our house (every two weeks). She loves cleaning but hates cooking. So every now and again, I cook something for her to take home to the family. That way, she gets a bit of a respite that evening and the family gets a "different" meal. I've talked to the kids and they say they like my cooking

    I cook New Orleans food since that's what I know.

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    Thats cool Mike.

    Are you from Nawlins, or did you just adopt that type of cooking?

    Myself, I love the spicy stuff and have been know to make a mean pot of red beans and rice. I tend to stray more towards the southwest, and tend to do more spicy clili's lately, but I need to get back to some gumbos and Et-Tou-Fey (Serious spelling problems, Im sure) at some point...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Thats cool Mike.

    Are you from Nawlins, or did you just adopt that type of cooking?

    Myself, I love the spicy stuff and have been know to make a mean pot of red beans and rice. I tend to stray more towards the southwest, and tend to do more spicy clili's lately, but I need to get back to some gumbos and Et-Tou-Fey (Serious spelling problems, Im sure) at some point...
    I was born in New Orleans and grew up around there. I still have a lot of relatives there - my mother was one of 16 children (her parents were GOOD Catholics).

    As a side note, some people grow up in or around New Orleans and wouldn't leave no matter what. Others, like me, got out at the first chance.

    You may know this, but red beans and rice is the traditional Monday meal. Used to be if you went into any of the neighborhood restaurants they always had red beans on Monday - I don't know if that's still true. The reason was that Monday was wash day and red beans will cook without much tending. So you can put them on the stove on low and by lunch time they're ready. The best red beans are made with pickled pork (which is NOT salt pork), which I've only found around NO.

    For anyone visiting NO, travel a bit up river* to LaPlace to visit Jacobs and buy yourself some andouille sausage. They'll pack it in an insulated container for you to take back on the plane. It's a dry smoked pork sausage. If you don't like it, send it to me. There's a whole bunch of things you can make with andouille sausage, including a very good gumbo.

    I make a good jambalaya (among other dishes). If you're interested, I'll post my recipe (there's no measuring - but I'll try to describe how much of each thing to put in).

    The reputation that NO has for hot food is recent. When I was growing up, the only thing we really made hot was the boiled seafood (shrimp, crabs, and crawfish). All the other food was normal - very little hot stuff.

    The people of NO were (I guess still are) foodies, meaning that they looked for good restaurants, demanded good food, and talked about food. You could go into one of those neighborhood restaurants (which sometimes looked pretty seedy) and get some good cooking - different than the high end restaurants but very good food. If you go to NO, ask for advice and find a neighborhood restaurant - then order a fried oyster Po-boy. They may ask you if you want it "dressed" which means with lettuce and tomato. The hot roast beef Po-boys are also delicious. One reason they're so good is the bread - it's hard to find good French bread outside NO - and there, it's all over.

    But I guess that's a lot more than you may want to know...

    Mike

    [When I went to Vietnam, I used to tell people, "It's hot, it rains all the time, and everybody eats rice. I feel right at home!"]

    *All directions are in reference to the river. For example, someone will tell you "Go up the road for two miles and turn in at the road by Totsie's". That means "Take the river road north and turn right by the general store owned by someone who's nickname is Totsie". This is not NO but in the country outside of NO.
    Last edited by Mike Henderson; 11-09-2008 at 04:58 PM.
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