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Framar

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Buffalo, New York, USA/Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Just had to share with y'all my visit from Sam, aka FiveCorners, one of our Aussie Grumblers.

Since he has dual citizenship, he has been staying with his brother, sister-in-law and their two children and living in NYC for the last several months. The whole gang had a little vacation at Niagara Falls and then Sam made his way to my shop in Buffalo for a three day stay.

I have never talked so much about framing in my life - and I have had visits at my shop from other framers but never at my home! What fun! he scrutinized every frame and asked questions and made comments. It was framer's heaven!

Sam is a handsome young man (looks like Matthew Fox in LOST - only clean-shaven) and very polite and well-educated and interested in everything. He even was polite (or desperate) enough to eat a meal prepared by me (!) and I had to shoo him away from the sink because he tried to do the dishes! He also tried to open every door we went through even though, as used to being a loner as I am, I managed to barge through ahead of him most of the time.

During his time in Buffalo he also visited three other frame shops - which was pretty difficult for him because he has no American driver's license and was forced to make his way around on the bus.

He is VERY serious about framing and he is also a stellar photographer - he treated me to an astonishing slide show of photos taken at the Falls - each was better than the last! He had his camera snapping away while we were just driving around and managed to get terrific shots of Buffalo too.

Right now Sam is in the Pacific Northwest for a while so if he calls any of you Grumblers from up there - invite him for a visit! You simply could not find a more polite guest or an enthusiastic framer. And when you take him on a tour of your area's famous sites Sam will show you things you have never thought to look at!

Spending that much time talking with only one other Grumbler has started to get me really worried about my vocal chords after Baer's fabric class in two weeks. Just think - a whole building full of Grumblers!!!
 

Val

PFG, Picture Framing God
Joined
Nov 21, 2005
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From
Carson City, Nevada
Pacific Northwest where? That covers a lot of ground! And how do we contact him, or is he able to get to a computer to Grumble? If so, Sam, where are you? CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Sam, here's an invitation to Carson City. It's very close to Lake Tahoe and Reno and a lot of other beautiful places. I want to Grumble in person too!
 

Framar

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Buffalo, New York, USA/Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Val - I have his email address - I don't know how often he is able to get connected to the Internet in his travels - he was going to Seattle and then someplaces in Oregon (his dad is from Washington state) so he is visiting kin up thereabouts I think.

He seems to be pondering a frameshop of his own, but where to make it - which continent? Decisions, decisions!
 

5th corner

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Joined
Aug 23, 2005
Posts
303
From
Australia
Hi All,

Thanks for a great visit Mar. Couldn't have asked for a better host. Probably scary to let a stranger into ones home and or work place but loved every minute and hope wasn't too much of an imposition.

Was exciting and refreshing to get away after being stuck in NY City. Wished I had more time. Now I know who to ask when need to fix something and what glue to use and when to use it. It is impossible not to get excited about the creative side of framing when you see what Mar can do. Ask her about the horses they are amazing.

Going back to the City was hard. Packed up and said goodbye to my family there and colegues from the job I was doing.

I left to go visit relatives and met up with a dear cousin and her family. They invited me to Priest Lake for a week. Absolutly loved it. WOW even saw the Northern Lights but was a little too far south to be amazing. Just the same I have seen them now. Even had a black bear visit for breakfast soon after ariving on the island.

I am now in Spokane and leaving for Moses Lake tomorrow for a night stop over with relatives. From theare it is back to either side of the Seattle area. Port Angeles on one side and a small town near the San wan islands (sp?) on the other for a couple of weeks. Then coming back to Spokane for at least a week. May visit Cor Ter Lane as well. From there I am not sure.

Wish I was rich and I would jump in a car and visit all of you friendly grumblers.

I am willing to do volunteer work in frame shops but even better if someone has some casual or temp work. Finding accomodation and getting there are the hard parts but not impossible.

Anyway all said and done the city experience was interesting and I have learned how to do fractions again having forgotten since grade five but now it is time for the adventure to continue.

Everything has been a wirl since my Buffalo visit and only today has life started to slow down, so will be on here more often when I can get a signal and do check my emails periodically when I can.

Sorry for my absence. Have dearly missed being in contact with this great family of grumblers.

Maybe I will post a photo or two when I relocate.

Many sincear regards to all you friendly framers. Bye for now and take care.

Sam :)
 

5th corner

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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Posts
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From
Australia
Hey Val,

Good to hear from you. Thanks for saying hi.

Look forward to grumbling with you.

Regards Sam :)
 

5th corner

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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Australia
Thanks Rick. Will do. I had planned on visiting a second cousin there when I get back. Thanks for the invite. Oops re Spelling.
 

5th corner

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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Posts
303
From
Australia
Hey G'day Rick,

Just wondering if you were around Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week. Or some other time. I plan to visit Coeur d'Alene soon. Have a cousin there.

Looking forward to saying G'day in person.

Thanks for sayin' Hi ............ Mate. :beer:
 

5th corner

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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Posts
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From
Australia
Update for everybody.

I have spent a week in Walla Walla and went and saw where my grandfathers cabin and mill used to be up the Blue Mountain. That was cool. Also saw my grandmothers house and the house my dad was born in.

I am now in Spokane and will be looking for work in this area. I am going to Coeur d'Alene soon to visit a cousin.

I have said hello to framers as I have moved around but they have been small operations so no work but most cool to say g'day and talk to people in the industry.

I actually found one for sale but not sure if I want to pay one third of sale price in LED prints?

Anyway the adventure goes on.

Regards Sam :)
 
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