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Dennis Peacock
02-06-2006, 9:30 PM
Greetings to all my friends and neighbors at SMC.

I've been seeing some hints about the "Weekend Accomplishments" posts that I do each Monday morning and wondering "what is it all about?".
Well, here goes nuttin'.......

A long time ago, there was a woodworking forum called "Badger Pond". All of us on Badger Pond called ourselve "Ponders". Badger Pond was an experiment belonging to Mr. Wayne Miller, who used to be a forum moderator on Compuserve years ago in the Crafts/Woodworking section of Compuserve. Without getting too much into details here, I'll simply stick to a quick summary of history.

Badger Pond was around for several years and was well known for being a highly moderated, but yet friendly place to share and learn all about Woodworking. Each Thursday or Friday, I'd see people posting about plans for woodworking for the up and coming weekend. The idea hit me to see if other people were like me.....making plans for woodworking over the weekend but never really getting "around to it" for one reason or another. So-o-o-o, I started YEARS ago, posting on Monday mornings the "Weekend Accomplishments".

The Weekend Accomplishments proved to be a very good tool for bringing people together more closely than the usual "Hi how ya doin', kinda thing", and invited folks to step in the water just a tad-bit deeper to share a little more about themselves and if they got any woodworking done over the weekend or not. Many didn't get to do much woodworking, while others cranked it out over the weekend, while the remainder of folks simply got to work on the "honey do" list. :rolleyes: ;)

This began to be a fun post for many, as it was a time to post what you "thought" you'd get to do over the weekend verses what you "got to do" over the weekend as it either directly related to woodworking or not. A little "share" time as it were then and still is today. We all learn a little more about each other as each Weekend Accomlishments is posted and we have a friendly opportunity to share a little more about our selves and our hopes for shop time over the weekend.

For a while Mr. Bob Lasley, no longer on any WW forum, used to post on Friday's as a complimentary post to the Weekend Accomplishments the "Weekend Doins"....to post what you have planned to do over the weekend. Everyone got to see in the Weekend Accomplishments if you got to do what you had planned to do or not. Some were really funny, while others showed real planning and goal oriented weekends.

You learn about "people" this way. It helps to develop camaraderie, opens lines of communications for those that are shy, draws people together in general, and allows each of us to share each others lives to a point without getting overly involved.

Look at all the "friendships" that have developed because of the itty-bitty Weekend Accomplishments, the stir of people wanting to get together via a local BBQ, travel and meeting a various woodworking shows. Either directly or indirectly, the Weekend Accomplishments has had some kind of venue that helped to tie people and fellow woodworkers together in a non-threatening manner and in neutral territory.

So today? The Weekend Accomplishments lives on. Badger Pond shutdown, and Keith, Jackie, and Aaron started up SMC, and the Weekend Accomplishments moved from the Badger Pond to SMC.

So com'on.......let's get onboard with the Weekend Accomplishments.!!!!

It's all about: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Buddies.....all sharing things about their lives and about our favorite hobby: Woodworking :D

Jim Hager
02-06-2006, 9:37 PM
I wasn't on the Badger Pond very much cause everytime I tried to post there the moderator didn't like what I had to say. So I just read what was happening. I lost out on where everyone went when it shut down and didn't find this site until not too long ago.

I find myself waiting for you to post the Weekend accomplishments thread each Monday to see what is up and where. I for one enjoy seeing what everyone else is up to.

So I'll get on board with Dennis to tell everyone to chime in and let us hear about the "doins" of the weekend.

Jim Becker
02-06-2006, 10:03 PM
I'll second Jim on the sentiment...I always enjoy the Weekend Accomplishments thread a whole bunch because it's truly a community thread. (And a nice place to hide small goats and projects...and see if anyone notices...LOL!)

Butch Spears
02-06-2006, 10:14 PM
I have not been a member here ( but a short time ) Because of a move 3 years ago ,new city,new job.I have not had my shop set up, But my interest was still there,I found SMC and joined,One of the threads that I enjoyed was the weekend accomplishments,simply because I had no shop ,but everyone else was doing woodworking So i got my woodworking FIX,by reading what everyone else was doing.I should have my shop up and running by Spring,I have a new mm16 to pick up on the 18th.So keep The Doin's going,It helps the ones that lack only the shop, not the interest. Butch

Pics will come

Ken Fitzgerald
02-06-2006, 10:25 PM
I'm with the above posters! It's a neat way to see what others are doing and to socialize!

Tim Morton
02-06-2006, 10:36 PM
I think I was actually "banned for life" on the badger pond forum...imagine that....to this day i have no idea what i did or said...but I sure upset someone:eek: So I have always keep that in the back of my mind whereever i post...as for weekend accomplishments....its one of my first reads....thanks for keeping it going!!!

Vaughn McMillan
02-06-2006, 11:05 PM
Dennis, I enjoy and appreciate the Weekend Accomplishments threads. I never saw the Weekend Doin's threads...they werre before my time here, but they seem like they'd be a fun addition.

I also think at least one of the "hints" you might be referring to was actually tongue in cheek, poking fun at those of us who actually have to keep track of the days of the week. (At least that's how I read it.) There may be other hints you've seen that I haven't, but in at least one instance I think humor was the intent. ;)

- Vaughn

Bob Noles
02-06-2006, 11:19 PM
Great post and reminder Dennis. I have been slacking and will work toward contributing weekly to this thread in the future.

Dennis Peacock
02-07-2006, 12:02 AM
Dennis, I enjoy and appreciate the Weekend Accomplishments threads. I never saw the Weekend Doin's threads...they werre before my time here, but they seem like they'd be a fun addition.

I also think at least one of the "hints" you might be referring to was actually tongue in cheek, poking fun at those of us who actually have to keep track of the days of the week. (At least that's how I read it.) There may be other hints you've seen that I haven't, but in at least one instance I think humor was the intent. ;)

- Vaughn

Sorry Vaughn....I wasn't really trying to poke fun at anybody and if I "sounded" as if I was, I'm sorry to anyone who feels that I was poking at them. Clearly not my intention at all. I'm a peacemaker at heart and love to see a bunch of woodworkers having a good time, sharing with each other, and building relationships...no matter how distant they are by geographical location.

I don't know Vaughn....maybe I'm just "driving blindly along" with each Monday, but the Weekend Accomlishments helps me to mark the start of each week by reading what all my fellow ww'ing buddies did or didn't do over their weekend. It's all just fun for me and I love to read what everyone is up to.

Corey Hallagan
02-07-2006, 12:18 AM
Dennis, I have never had to wonder what the thread is all about, it speaks for itself. Even though I normally do not post on it as I read it on Monday morning and barely have time to read it at work but never have a chance to post, I enjoy reading the thread. Always worth the time.
Thanks!
Corey

doug webb
02-07-2006, 12:41 AM
Dennis......I was trying to be humorous and apparently failed..I personally enjoy the monday threads involving what everyone does. I am in the process of setting up shop after a move and not getting much shop time in except setup and rewiring etc.. So........I don't have anything to contribute right now and was just trying to join in with a frivilous question. I am retired/disabled and time really means nothing to me. weekends are just another day in the week, so i was being a bit of a smart alec with my question..By all means keep this thread going .....The reason I joined this forum is threads like that by all the great people an this site. I will label any further attemps at humor to avoid any confusion in the future

Vaughn McMillan
02-07-2006, 12:56 AM
Sorry Vaughn....I wasn't really trying to poke fun at anybody and if I "sounded" as if I was, I'm sorry to anyone who feels that I was poking at them...
Dennis, ol' buddy, you misread me, too. :) I wasn't sayin' you were poking fun at anybody...I was trying to say someone (Doug, to be specific...see the post above) was pulling your leg about needing to keep track of the days of the week. Doug 'splains it above just the way I was interpreting it. I'm sure nobody here questions the Weekend Accomplishments tradition. Heck, it just comes with the SMC package. A whole passel of us look forward to seeing it every week. What's to debate? :p :D

- Vaughn

Dennis Peacock
02-07-2006, 1:33 AM
Vaughn and Doug,

Thanks for splainin' thangs a bit better. I feel more gooder now.:eek: :D

I'm hoping to have sumpin' extree spayshial to post on next weeks thread. Wonder what it could be.?:confused: :D

Joe Blankshain
02-07-2006, 8:10 AM
Dennis, the "Weekend Accomplishement" thread that you start every Monday morning is like my coffee for the week. Provides tips, ideas and some humor. Keep up the good work and sorry for not participating more...I will fix that issue

Jim Becker
02-07-2006, 9:37 AM
Perhaps someone could volunteer to be the new "lead" for revival of the "Weekend Doings" thread on Fridays? Sounds like a nice way to get the community charged up with "coming events".

Glenn Clabo
02-07-2006, 9:59 AM
There is ONLY one thing for me to really look forward to on Mondays...it's your post Dennis. It may seem that those of us who don't have anything we classify an "accomplishment" don't appreciate your prompting...but I sure do.

Steve Clardy
02-07-2006, 11:56 AM
Badger Pond. Wow. Thats been a while back.
Yea. I was on there a bit, not too much, as I was new to the net back then.

Bryan Somers
02-07-2006, 12:23 PM
I too enjoy the Weekend Accomplishments threads. I dont post much in them partly because the hospital has to be staffed 24/7 so half of my weekend post would say went to work!! :eek: Keep them coming.

John Miliunas
02-07-2006, 12:36 PM
Perhaps someone could volunteer to be the new "lead" for revival of the "Weekend Doings" thread on Fridays? Sounds like a nice way to get the community charged up with "coming events".

Well, now that you mention it, Jim, that does sound like a real good idea, which you've come up with! :D You know, I wouldn't mind doing it, but every other of my weekends would start out with, "...I have to work this weekend, so....:mad: ", and that wouldn't be too interesting, don't you think??? However, you might know someone who is most always around, wouldn't you??? Give it some thought and you may come up with a name or two, right Jim???:D :D :D :cool:

Dennis Peacock
02-07-2006, 12:51 PM
Well, now that you mention it, Jim, that does sound like a real good idea, which you've come up with! :D You know, I wouldn't mind doing it, but every other of my weekends would start out with, "...I have to work this weekend, so....:mad: ", and that wouldn't be too interesting, don't you think??? However, you might know someone who is most always around, wouldn't you??? Give it some thought and you may come up with a name or two, right Jim???:D :D :D :cool:

Karl is going to pick up the Friday slack for the Weekend Doins.....
We've already discussed this and I'm just waiting on karl to get back with me. :rolleyes: :D

John Miliunas
02-07-2006, 12:57 PM
Karl is going to pick up the Friday slack for the Weekend Doins.....
We've already discussed this and I'm just waiting on karl to get back with me. :rolleyes: :D

Cool! He's always into something for the weekend, which should kick it off pretty nicely!:) :cool:

Jim Becker
02-07-2006, 2:52 PM
Nice try, John...but we need to get someone else's post count up...lol! :) Sounds like Karl is "the member" to do it!

Dennis Peacock
02-07-2006, 5:56 PM
Look for it to start this Friday.!!!! Karl will take this assignment and get the pot stirring.....so ya'll remember to post on Friday.!!:D Thanks Karl!!!!

John Miliunas
02-07-2006, 6:14 PM
Hey Karl, thanks for rekindling what had been a pretty long-standing tradition for many of us! :) I'm hopeful many of our newer members will jump in on it, as well! :D :cool:

Karl Laustrup
02-07-2006, 9:00 PM
Sounds like it'll be a fun way to check up on everyone. We can find out all the stuff that gets in the way of our plans for WW.

Karl

Pete Harbin
02-08-2006, 12:25 AM
Boy, I love this place! I've always "tuned in" to Dennis' weekend posts and always enjoy reading what everone did over the weekend. It's a great way to spend that morning cup of coffee.

Maybe Karl's new thread will inspire us to make more of our weekends. I know I'm a bit burnt sometimes by the time Friday rolls around and many of my great plans fade away as the Saturday afternoon hockey game wanes on into the third period and the couch starts feeling a little too comfortable...zzz...zzz...zzz

Pete