First of all, let me thank some good knife bro’s for allowing me to get back online via “Satellite”…(You guys know who you are!)
Just a bit of a sitrep of sorts, because I really don’t know where to start:
Rewind to November of 2009. A major facility shuts down here causing a bump effect at my place of employ. They called it a rift, I call it a bunch of BS. A lot of less senior officers had to find jobs elsewhere, off island, etc because of it. Lost a bunch of great officers when this happened, but we gained a few good officers from the closed facility. One in particular, whom I will refer to as “TDK” turned out to be a knife freak like me. Fast forward to May of last year. TDK and I became close friends, yet he had a hard time, like most of the other officers who had enough seniority to stay at “my” facility, dealing with the change of scenery. After 19 years, he felt like a rookie. Long story short, he drank away his troubles which led to a 3rd DUI. Now he has no vehicle, no license…I got him enrolled in a substance abuse class which he has passed, and have been his only means of transportation to doctor appointments, court, wherever. He may have to do time…not good.I have been “carrying” TDK for sometime now, and sometimes the burden is heavy.He lives pretty far from me, so taking him about, juggling my family time, etc has not been easy. He almost died on me once as I rushed him to the ER…I have just been mentally exhausted.
A few days ago, one of my classmates during Basic Corrections Training passed away. A Sgt. Just a few weeks prior to her…cripes.
Daughter has a “boyfriend”…knew this day would come, but not so soon…especially not now. Got into a car accident last year as well, thanks to a student jay walking in front of the car I was following…Ugh.
A lot of other dramas, but the bulk of it has been carrying TDK. Peers are like, “You STILL taking care of him? Why?” Answer is simple: He’d do it for me. Good heart this TDK has, and he would literally give you the shirt off his back if you asked.
So anyway, also wanted to thank folks for their emails regarding my knife designs and such. I got a few more going with Boker, and let me just say it now: “Surprise”. (You’ll see.)
Will try to “stay in touch”, I have been out of the loop for too long. Got a lot of catching up to do…not just within the knife world, but with some great knife broz as well. Missed you guys, catch ya later.
God bless and mahalo much!
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