Merry Christmas and a little explaining for absence

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I was just popping in to see if there was a nice Christmas thread to chime in on. Smile This is a nice surprise. We’ve been worried about you.

The projects you’re working on are great…but it’s the people that make BLF what it is.

I’m glad to hear you’re going to enjoy some good family time. Get back in as slowly as you need to.

Here in Michigan we got the white Christmas we hope for every year. About 6 inches of fresh snow came down overnight. Walking out to give the chickens water this morning I was thrilled to see a genuine star atop my tree!

Merry Christmas to you and your family and to all of BLF and all our friends and familes. Beer

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I wish I had some nice snow pictures, but here south of the equator we are dealing with 30ºC+, so merry tropical Christmas to all on BLF!

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Thanks for taking the time to post although your still sick. And thanks for all your BLF contributions, i haven’t been here long but your impact and support speaks for itself! Hope you’re back to 100% soon!

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Welcome back friend! You have been missed, and we have been thinking about you. Merry Christmas!

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Good to hear from you, The Miller!

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Merry Christmas, and hope you’re feeling better.

Bacon cures all, so you’re on the right track. Big Smile

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Marry Christmas ~~~~
Welcome back! It seems thousands years I’ve waited for you. tho I am here just for a week, lol.
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Hope you will get better soon and take care

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Welcome back and Merry Christmas!

I’m glad you are on the mend. Let’s not let this happen again OK? And by that I mean take it easy and get fully recovered! You had us worried.

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I hope you’re feeling better.
How do you like the GT? Wink

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He hasn’t logged on in 2 weeks.

Now I am back to worrying again.

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More than 3 weeks now. I too am concerned how he is doing.

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Hum, I know what The Miller is doing!!!
He’s preparing a huge GAW for his 10.000th post Shocked Wink

No, sorry this is just kidding! I really don’t know how he is and I just hope he is better Wink
Get back The Miller, whenever you can, safe and sound Thumbs Up

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Hops He’s doing ok. Its been some weeks since he’s been online.

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Yeah, I do also hope he is OK & doing well.

But realistically, after reading again his original post in this thread; I have come to the conclusion that if he wanted anyone here on BLF to know anything more than we do….. either he or his wife would have told us. Sad

Quote below from OP (original post) of this thread.

The Miller wrote:

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In the future, my wife will post an update if something like this happens again for it is not nice and i feel really bad about being so silent.

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Every few days i can’t help but wonder about his disappearing act… It seems so odd to me, especially after having invested so much time and energy into 3 projects, 2 of which not yet completed when he ‘left’.

The Miller wrote:
Oh and Friday a parcel was dropped off, Giggles arrived, DANG what a nice tint and what a nice light, really awesome!

That was a month ago… So few words about his ‘baby’!? Sad

Oh well, i guess he is still low on energy and late on everything else.
I just wish he would give us some news.

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patmurris wrote:
It seems so odd to me, especially after having invested so much time and energy into 3 projects, 2 of which not yet completed when he ‘left’.

Especially after having invested so much time and energy in BLF I have seen more people disappear from BLF. The forum can be very demanding and before you know it you are completely overwhelmed by obligations, and that is when people are dropping out of the hobby. I’m trying to keep obligations from BLF low and even then every now and then I simply fail to deliver what I promise people (in real life there is no such luxury as skipping my obligations). This is not optimal but it does keep me around.
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djozz wrote:
patmurris wrote:
It seems so odd to me, especially after having invested so much time and energy into 3 projects, 2 of which not yet completed when he ‘left’.
Especially after having invested so much time and energy in BLF I have seen more people disappear from BLF. The forum can be very demanding and before you know it you are completely overwhelmed by obligations, and that is when people are dropping out of the hobby.

Yes i can imagine the process leading to some sort of burn out. That’s probably what happened – most people would have likely gone much earlier. What’s odd is he didn’t say that was the case… It’s probably not easy to admit it?

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Seems to me that The Miller had actually alluded to liking the pressure, compared it to his days in the computer industry. At any rate, sure does seem odd that he hasn’t had anything to say about his experience with the GT nor has he added anything to the FW3A thread which is also his start. Don’t have to stay 100% involved, just touching base and checking in would alleviate concerns and worry. But walking away is what it is and it’s happened with quite a few who were here reliably for years. Not so much out of the normal butmorewhatyoushouldmaybeexpect

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In midst of cold winter papa Miller went to buy some cigarettes and never came back, papa miller told us he is still alive, we understand papa Miller is free like an eagle now.

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JamesB wrote:
In midst of cold winter papa Miller went to buy some cigarettes and never came back, papa miller told us he is still alive, we understand papa Miller is free like an eagle now.


That… is a good one!!! . Big Smile Big Smile Big SmileThumbs Up

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I was able to get a hold of Wims wife, Anna, she says he is currently doing well health wise, but has been very busy lately. No time for BLF.

In January he got ill again and they also had a flood which requires a lot of work to repair, plus a lot of other things they need to do to get ready for the June visitors to their Mill. Plus other stuff I won’t go into that has made 2018 a very hectic time for them.

This is the way things go sometimes. You have to have your priorities straight. Family comes first. I thought you guys would like to know.

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Thanks for the update. I was wondering about him lately. Thumbs Up

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Thanks, Jason. The Miller has done a heck of a lot for our community. I hope he comes back someday. More importantly though, I hope all is well with his life, and family.

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Thanks for the news Jason! Thumbs Up
I’m glad he is OK and that things are getting better in terms of health!!
I miss The Miller’s posts around and I hope he has the wish and possibility to return someday Wink

Despite new members appear, a lot of “old/long time” members are “vanishing” lately… Sad

Keep us updated whenever you get some news Wink Thank you!

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Glad to here Wim’s busy and taking care of priorities… our hobby here is certainly not all that important to most folks as far as priorities go.

The forum has changed quite a bit over the years, used to be a family atmosphere of like minded folks helping each other out… with the influx of a lot of new members we seem to be losing that atmosphere and it’s difficult sometimes to take the changes when you’re used to it being a lot different. A much loved member used to say “It is what it is.” The group buys were successful in too big a way and it diminished our “family”. Can’t say I didn’t try to warn em of that when the group buy offerings were taken outside the forum, but here we are.

The camaraderie of the early days of the forum has dissipated in the rush to buy the latest and greatest. Will it ever get back to what it was? Should it? Remains to be seen…

I was deeply involved in the A6 and X6/X5 group buys which didn’t end up so well. The GT buy got sidetracked and is presently in limbo for outside reasons, even the Q8 buy had some bumps along the way… nature of the beast I suppose. How many of the new people are cognizant of the tradition to hold a giveaway at certain points along the way of their posting life? We now have well over 23,000 members, if some of the old traditions were still upheld we’d truly have a rich interactive atmosphere, a neighborhood of garage sales and backyard bar-b-que’s as it were. Be nice to see it like that again someday…

Edit: Whoops! I blinked! 24,932 members now! (Only 84 of which are presently online, imagine that…)

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Very thought provoking when you put it like that, Dale. I can’t believe we have almost 25k members.

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Thanks for the update Jason. Beer

 

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DB Custom wrote:
Glad to here Wim’s busy and taking care of priorities… our hobby here is certainly not all that important to most folks as far as priorities go.

The forum has changed quite a bit over the years, used to be a family atmosphere of like minded folks helping each other out… with the influx of a lot of new members we seem to be losing that atmosphere and it’s difficult sometimes to take the changes when you’re used to it being a lot different. A much loved member used to say “It is what it is.” The group buys were successful in too big a way and it diminished our “family”. Can’t say I didn’t try to warn em of that when the group buy offerings were taken outside the forum, but here we are.

The camaraderie of the early days of the forum has dissipated in the rush to buy the latest and greatest. Will it ever get back to what it was? Should it? Remains to be seen…

I was deeply involved in the A6 and X6/X5 group buys which didn’t end up so well. The GT buy got sidetracked and is presently in limbo for outside reasons, even the Q8 buy had some bumps along the way… nature of the beast I suppose. How many of the new people are cognizant of the tradition to hold a giveaway at certain points along the way of their posting life? We now have well over 23,000 members, if some of the old traditions were still upheld we’d truly have a rich interactive atmosphere, a neighborhood of garage sales and backyard bar-b-que’s as it were. Be nice to see it like that again someday…

Edit: Whoops! I blinked! 24,932 members now! (Only 84 of which are presently online, imagine that…)

When communities expand outside the initial enthusiasts the culture of the group general shifts as well. This happened across the knife community when FB groups exploded. It basically ruined the custom knife hobby for me. I see some of that in the flashlight hobby as well, especially with the small batch lights like Hanko, Okluma, Barrel, etc. People buying something just to take pictures of it and earn fake internet points aren’t going to be contributors to a positive enthusiast culture generally speaking.

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DB Custom wrote:
The forum has changed quite a bit over the years…

Thanks for the thoughts!

Although i feel like a rather new member, my take on this is that everything changes anyway, and that doesn’t change. Everything is in motion and you can’t help it. This is IMO one of the most deceiving shortcomings of our western culture to deny that fact… but this is going far off topic. Wink

BLF should stop producing amazing budget lights. That would cool things down a bit! LOL

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