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Merry Christmas folks,

I haven't had the time to participate much lately for several reasons. First my pay was reduced to 3 days per week which made things impossible to manage the budget, so I advertised on the local Facebook for installation and handyman jobs. Well that was a success ! I had to refuse work because the demand was so high. Many people know me as a woodworking teacher so they were all interested. I worked 2 to 3 days a week for a couple of months while still working 3 days a week at my job and giving 2 woodworking courses every Saturday.
Well I got a break !!!! I applied for a job as a sales rep and within 15 minutes of sending my resume, the phone rang !!! WOW that was fast especially considering I am near Montreal and the firm is in Burnaby B.C. Well a couple of inter web interviews later we finalized a deal. So I resigned from my current job to give notice and I start the new position as technical sales rep for Williams and Wilson saw blade sharpening equipment. After Covid I will rarely be home ! My territory is huge !!! from Manitoba to Newfoundland in Canada, and in the U.S.A. from North Dakota to Pennsylvania then east to Maine. So I just finished the latest woodworking course last Saturday and decided that from now on I will only do one course at a time on Saturday mornings. The second was from 1PM until 4PM and that left no time to do anything except Sundays. In August I was visiting a sawmill in Northern Ontario and made the mistake of wearing new safety boots, well 3 blisters later when I removed my boots after work, I was shocked to see the 3 blisters bleeding. I am Diabetic so healing has been a long slow process. Last week as I was undressing and again shocked when I removed my sock, my toe was almost black. Next day I saw my Dr. and he was less worried than me, Antibiotics and cream should fix the Diabetic ulcer he said. It's been a week and it has regained it colour but the wound is still open. I need this to heal for my new job starting on the 4th of January. So if I don't lose my toe the new year should be good new job better pay and the vaccines are starting to be given so just a matter of time before it's my turn. I am optimistic, how could it be worse ?
Blessings to all on this Christmas day.

Dan
 

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Merry Christmas, and it sounds like you are headed for a happy new year. Good luck.
 
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Hope the toe heals and everything works out in your favor. Sounds like you'll be in the air more than on the ground... that's a lot of ground to cover.
 

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Hope the toe heals and everything works out in your favor. Sounds like you'll be in the air more than on the ground... that's a lot of ground to cover.
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Merry Christmas Dan. A little late chiming in but it sounds like a bumpy road for a while but the road looks smoother. Hope the new job works out and you get back on your feet quickly. This past year has been a challenge for so many and the vaccines are a promise of a improving future sooner we all hope. My MIL was diabetic and I have had many interactions with diabetic patients through the rescue squad so I know the alarm you have. Following the Doc's instructions and medication is important, priority one, for a good outcome but being more sensitive to the situation is good as it will keep you focused on what you need to do. Good luck with the toe and the job. Things are looking up.
 

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Merry Christmas Dan. A little late chiming in but it sounds like a bumpy road for a while but the road looks smoother. Hope the new job works out and you get back on your feet quickly. This past year has been a challenge for so many and the vaccines are a promise of a improving future sooner we all hope. My MIL was diabetic and I have had many interactions with diabetic patients through the rescue squad so I know the alarm you have. Following the Doc's instructions and medication is important, priority one, for a good outcome but being more sensitive to the situation is good as it will keep you focused on what you need to do. Good luck with the toe and the job. Things are looking up.
Thanks Steve, yes things are looking up but I wish this toe would heal faster !
 

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Merry Christmas folks,

I haven't had the time to participate much lately for several reasons. First my pay was reduced to 3 days per week which made things impossible to manage the budget, so I advertised on the local Facebook for installation and handyman jobs. Well that was a success ! I had to refuse work because the demand was so high. Many people know me as a woodworking teacher so they were all interested. I worked 2 to 3 days a week for a couple of months while still working 3 days a week at my job and giving 2 woodworking courses every Saturday.
Well I got a break !!!! I applied for a job as a sales rep and within 15 minutes of sending my resume, the phone rang !!! WOW that was fast especially considering I am near Montreal and the firm is in Burnaby B.C. Well a couple of inter web interviews later we finalized a deal. So I resigned from my current job to give notice and I start the new position as technical sales rep for Williams and Wilson saw blade sharpening equipment. After Covid I will rarely be home ! My territory is huge !!! from Manitoba to Newfoundland in Canada, and in the U.S.A. from North Dakota to Pennsylvania then east to Maine. So I just finished the latest woodworking course last Saturday and decided that from now on I will only do one course at a time on Saturday mornings. The second was from 1PM until 4PM and that left no time to do anything except Sundays. In August I was visiting a sawmill in Northern Ontario and made the mistake of wearing new safety boots, well 3 blisters later when I removed my boots after work, I was shocked to see the 3 blisters bleeding. I am Diabetic so healing has been a long slow process. Last week as I was undressing and again shocked when I removed my sock, my toe was almost black. Next day I saw my Dr. and he was less worried than me, Antibiotics and cream should fix the Diabetic ulcer he said. It's been a week and it has regained it colour but the wound is still open. I need this to heal for my new job starting on the 4th of January. So if I don't lose my toe the new year should be good new job better pay and the vaccines are starting to be given so just a matter of time before it's my turn. I am optimistic, how could it be worse ?
Blessings to all on this Christmas day.

Dan
Best wishes for a speedy recovery with the toe and with the new job ! Hopefully 2021 will be a turn around for all of us.
 

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Congratulations on the new job. My wife is diabetic and has to be very careful about selecting shoes. Being on the road is going to really challenge you on food. Keeping that glucose in check will be a real challenge, and I suggest you find a book or two on diabetic diet choices. For example, bread is poison for my wife, but she found she could get a burger wrapped in lettuce and lots of other easy to get food that's OK if you leave some of the harmful bits off. My wife also wears diabetic socks and multiple layers and buys some shoes a little oversize and extra wide so the double socks have room to avoid what happened. Otherwise, how great to know you're fortunes have turned. Check in to the Forum while on the road once in awhile.
 

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It's always good to hear some good news for a change. Congratulations Dan on your new job. I wish you the best of luck and hope it all works out well for you. Now rather than driving long distances you will likely be spending more time in the air.
 

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Merry Christmas Dan and I too hope your toe heals.
 

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Another update,

I have more good news, I think someone up above is guiding me ! Health, my toe is much better, I was afraid they would amputate it but the DR. said he had seen much worse that recovered. It was a Diabetic ulcer and the wound is now closed and almost back to normal. :)
The new job is going very well, it's fun to learn new stuff every day. I was in the steel business for 40 years and wasn't learning much at that point. So in my last update I wrote the company name wrong. For my curious friends the company is Williams and White Equipment. So I am still selling equipment to sawmills but now specifically to the filing rooms. Yes sharpening equipment for round saws, band saws and all types of blades, and another industry is tooling manufacturers, we sell incredible 5 axis machines to sharpen all kinds of tooling for machining and router bits and much more.This is all new to me and I love it.I am told that Milwakee tools is my biggest customer although I have yet to be introduced, but they bought many machines from us to produce saws and other stuff. I am getting cabin fever from being stuck at home now for almost a year, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are being given and eventually we will all get them and hopefully go back to a new normal for I don't think it will ever be the same. Since January fourth I have been doing video conference training and they also hired a guy in Georgia that started the same day as me, so learning our products and our history, being introduced to customers one region at a time and making new contacts. I have joined a few Facebook sites for saw filers and logging etc... and they are a bunch of friendly people. I haven't had much time to spend in the shop but I did a couple of projects and managed to find the time to build a new table saw sled and clean the shop. I don't know when my next courses will be because here in Quebec we are under a strict lock-down and this type of gathering is restricted for now. I hope you are all well, stay safe my friends, I shall be back !
 

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Really nice to hear from you again. I think some things will change, but I believe people are hungry for getting together with others. My wife and I just got the first vaccine shot, which made her a little sick, but didn't affect me at all, not even a sore arm. At any rate, it's nice to hear from you again and that your toe has gotten better. My wife has to buy special shoes. Keep checking in now and again.
 

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Great to hear that things are improving.
 
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Really nice to hear from you again. I think some things will change, but I believe people are hungry for getting together with others. My wife and I just got the first vaccine shot, which made her a little sick, but didn't affect me at all, not even a sore arm. At any rate, it's nice to hear from you again and that your toe has gotten better. My wife has to buy special shoes. Keep checking in now and again.
Thanks Tom,

I'm happy to see you're doing better also.
 
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