The first post I write is not about the friend mentioned above however, but instead is of my wife of 27 years, Kelly. Way back when I was growing weary of the automotive repair business (enjoyed the work but not the business), Kelly allowed me to pursue my woodworking endeavors, which over the years resulted in two major moves, massive tool purchases, and "other less than certain ways of earning a living", as my answering machine messages so accurately states. She has been my sounding board, cheerleader, critic, and support in so many ways, and I am so thankful for her in my life. There is a joke: What is the difference between an amateur and a professional luthier? An amateur luthier has a day job, and a professional luthier has a spouse with a day job. While this may apply to several vocations, it certainly applies to me, and I shall not forget it.
I love you, Kelly. Thank you for all you do for me.
Your loving husband, John.