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Postby DAYWALKER » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:07 pm

Aloha ALL,
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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Postby ozspyder » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:14 pm

Welcome back cousin Chad :)

I have been missing your company but enjoying the packages you have been sending me. I have to send you something in return bro.

Looks like you've been a busy new with life in all it's splendour :p

Take care cuz, email me cos we have a lot of catching up to do.
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Postby rycen » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:26 pm


That is some crazy stuff! It is always good to hear from you.
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Postby Dr. Snubnose » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:44 pm

Ay Chad good to hear from you...If there is anything I can do to help out just drop me a note.....Doc :D
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Postby Th232 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:45 pm

Been out of the loop here for a bit, but still good to hear from you Chad. Hope this coming year isn't as stressful for you!

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Postby ceya » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:51 pm

Hey there Bro,

If I can hang in there and come back on here so can you.

Am I my brother's keeper? I say YES.

I have done it for my fellow vets and my Marines and Sailors, even when Im at my low point.

Just as you said if you need something and he was there, he would do it for you.

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Postby Tank » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:05 am

Hey Chad, Nice to see you back brother. Sounds like you've has a full crazy plate. TDK is lucky to have a good friend like you. Hope to see you more often and looking forward to the new designs too.

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Postby vampyrewolf » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:31 am

Hey, he's alive!

welcome back Chad, glad you could poke your head in here.
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Postby c.joe » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:22 am

Wow that was one hell of a story. I really wish you the best.

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Postby Donut » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:57 am

Chad, stay safe and stay strong. I am sure you will pull through.
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Postby 224477 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:28 am

Hi Chad, great to see ya kickin again!
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Postby stonyman » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:34 am

Ay Chad! Glad that you are still battling bro! You know where your reward awaits! Keeping you in my prayers. Take care and God Bless! ;)

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Postby The Deacon » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:39 am

Hi Chad, good to know you're still hanging in there and have some new projects in the works. Sorry to hear of the situation with your friend, hope he manages to keep himself clean.
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Postby Jazz » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:47 am

Take care, Chad and keep doing what you do. You're an awesome guy.

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Postby dialex » Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:55 pm

Dear Chad,
I was wondering what's going on with you, so thank you for this sitrep. Difficult times indeed, but at least you and your familly are ok and I'm sure your cats are still happy. ;)
It seems that 2010 was a tough year and who knows if this one will be better. We will keep you and yours in our prayers. Bet wishes to your colleague and good luck with your knives, I am looking forward to seeing the surprise :)
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Postby buglerbilly » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:10 pm

Welcome back Chad,

Life is never easy, at least for most people its not. Keep your morale high mate, you have a lot of people world-wide who respect you not just for your knife designs...........



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Postby Freediver » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:05 pm


Hang in there man, things will get better. You are truly an amazing person to be taking care of him like that. I know how you feel with the job thing... I may have to go to the mainland in June to hold my job.

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Postby 2cha » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:16 pm

I understand your urge to help your friend. From the other side of things, I can tell you from my personal experience that the best thing that my friends and family did for me when I was a complete mess was to say "I love you. Let me know when you are ready to do absolutely anything to quit drinking, drugging or etc." For addicts like me, the ONLY thing that motivated change was pain--my life had to be so bad that Alcoholics Anonymous looked good--and anything anybody did to help me feel the pain of my screw-ups--to bear the full consequences of my actions-- was the absolute best thing they could do for me--i.e., let me lose car, home, job, respect of friends and peers, spend LOTS of nights or weekends in jail, miss court dates, etc, etc,..

I know some sober folks on Maui and Lanai (all 6 of them!). Don't know much about recovery on the other islands.

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Postby Joe Talmadge » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:36 pm

Hey Chad, Hopefully you'll receive some much deserved karma points. Good luck man!

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Postby gac » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:38 pm

Good luck and thanks for the update.

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