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A confession

ca Offline Grant Lamontagne

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A confession
on: August 23, 2013, 06:55:39 PM
In all the years I have run this site I have always tried to be as fair as possible.  I'll admit that sometimes I was fairer than others, but that was simple human limitations.  This time, I have purposely strayed over the line and I ask your forgiveness.  Let's start with a photo.



Some time ago MTO was homeless.  Our server company was shutting us down and treating us like crap, and we had to do something before we lost it all.  I'll admit I was at the point where I almost let them flush it all.



Then there was a ray of sunshine as a new server company took us in and offered us a new home.  They looked after us, helped us set up all of my sites and eventually even slipped us some extra resources they weren't using, free of charge, just to help keep Multitool.org online.  I have to say, I was hesitant at first to work with someone named Guido, but he's turned out to be an exceptional fellow and a great help to us.



You are probably wondering what all of this has to do with this OHT.  Well, this OHT is one that Leatherman sent us to give away to a member here as part of our 7th Anniversary Special.  This one is in my posession now, and won't be given to an MTO member.  That's right, I am misappropriating a donated prize.  That is very much wrong, but I am doing it anyway.



It will be a gift to Guido, as a thank you for all of his help, from all of us.  I have been trying to get my hands on a good tool for a while to send to Guido, and the OHT is perfect.  He manages a server farm, so having instantly accessible tools could come in handy, but there's more to it.  Last year Guido (who is younger than me by the way) was told by his doctors that he had some growths on his arm that might be malignant, and that he might lose his arm- if he was to survive at all.  As a fairly young guy with a couple of small children (one already, plus another on the way) this was devastating news, especially to our own Whoey, who has known and worked with Guido for years.  Luckily the news was eventually good, the growth was surgically removed and there were no signs of any cancers.

The One Hand Tool was a perfect fit- not only as a useful tool, but also as a reminder of what could have been- he may have been stuck with only one hand for the rest of his life.

That's the story.  I tried buying an OHT to send him, but some mailman somewhere along the line decided they needed it more than Guido or I did, so I am stealing one from the MTO coffers. 

You may begin throwing stones now.

Def
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Re: A confession
Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 07:08:25 PM
Thanks Guido, and thanks Grant for being inappropriate and a thief.
Sharing the MTO love  :multi:


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Re: A confession
Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013, 07:22:18 PM
Awesome looking tool, going to a great well deserved home.

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Re: A confession
Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 09:07:22 PM
Good on ya mate, it sounds well deserved :)

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Re: A confession
Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013, 09:15:00 PM
From the read, if it is not for Guido and his team, we probably won't even be here, so this is a well deserved prize for the random kindness and generosity.  Thank you!  :tu:


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Re: A confession
Reply #5 on: August 23, 2013, 09:17:41 PM
I don't throw stones, but I did mail you one. A mailman must have stolen it.

I hope Guido likes the OHT  :tu:
This is gonna hurt...


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Re: A confession
Reply #6 on: August 23, 2013, 09:17:53 PM
confession is good for the soul so they say !
and I think on this one everyone would forgive you.... or agree it was the right thing to do Boss  :multi:


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Re: A confession
Reply #7 on: August 23, 2013, 09:41:08 PM
Sounds like Guido has deserved it :salute:
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Re: A confession
Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 09:50:11 PM
Good decision, Def. I am sure Guido deserves it.  :tu:


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Re: A confession
Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 10:10:37 PM
This is the best misappropriating that I've ever seen!!   :tu: Grant for giving this to Guido.  I don't think anyone here will be upset at all that this didn't go to a member, and if they are.  :twak:


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Re: A confession
Reply #10 on: August 23, 2013, 10:13:52 PM
And there's a problem here because???
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Re: A confession
Reply #11 on: August 23, 2013, 10:20:53 PM
And there's a problem here because???

Stirring up trouble again, I see...

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Good plan Def.


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Re: A confession
Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013, 10:27:05 PM
Excellent idea Grant.
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Re: A confession
Reply #13 on: August 23, 2013, 10:37:41 PM
You do a excellent job of taking care of all of us Grant

I know you wouldn't give anyone anything that they didn't deserve.

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Re: A confession
Reply #14 on: August 23, 2013, 10:38:55 PM
Hear hear!


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Re: A confession
Reply #15 on: August 23, 2013, 10:46:12 PM
An excellent decision, and very honest of you to make that decision public. But given the circumstances, I doubt anyone will have a problem at all with what you are doing.

 :salute:  :tu:


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Re: A confession
Reply #16 on: August 23, 2013, 10:58:24 PM
As anyone from north Jersey can tell you, when doing "business" with someone named Guido, it's always good to keep him happy.  ;)  Good call on this Def.  :tu:
There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D


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Re: A confession
Reply #17 on: August 23, 2013, 10:58:50 PM
As anyone from north Jersey can tell you, when doing "business" with someone named Guido, it's always good to keep him happy.  ;)  Good call on this Def.  :tu:
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Re: A confession
Reply #18 on: August 23, 2013, 11:11:57 PM
Nice gesture! :salute:


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Re: A confession
Reply #19 on: August 23, 2013, 11:27:30 PM
As anyone from north Jersey can tell you, when doing "business" with someone named Guido, it's always good to keep him happy.  ;)  Good call on this Def.  :tu:
:D

I swear I do not know what you are talking about and I will stick to that story in front of a jury.

Def

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Re: A confession
Reply #20 on: August 23, 2013, 11:50:31 PM
I can't think of a better appropriation for that OHT.  Good on you Boss!

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Re: A confession
Reply #21 on: August 24, 2013, 12:39:20 AM
Best thing I've read all day.  Pure class...


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Re: A confession
Reply #22 on: August 24, 2013, 12:47:54 AM
Understood,  Robin Hood (Def)

I am definitely OK with it, we can consider it donated to all 5000 members, then gifted to Guido.
I would say that every member pitched in 1.6 cents (US)  to buy a thank you gift for Guido.

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Re: A confession
Reply #23 on: August 24, 2013, 12:56:05 AM
Grant and MTO > all other forums. Really cool move. It's things like this that guarantee I will come here for as long as this place exists.


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Re: A confession
Reply #24 on: August 24, 2013, 01:00:55 AM
As anyone from north Jersey can tell you, when doing "business" with someone named Guido, it's always good to keep him happy.  ;)  Good call on this Def.  :tu:

Great point JD.  I cant begin to think of a better home for the OHT and Guido is one of us after all so  :salute:

Hope he enjoys the OHT for many many years. 

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Re: A confession
Reply #25 on: August 24, 2013, 01:29:33 AM
Understood,  Robin Hood (Def)

I am definitely OK with it, we can consider it donated to all 5000 members, then gifted to Guido.
I would say that every member pitched in 1.6 cents (US)  to buy a thank you gift for Guido.

 :whistle:

That's a good thought but when making payment, dont forget to add 3% for paypal fee.  LOL

Very nice gesture there, Grant and it sounds like it will be welcomed and used. :D


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Re: A confession
Reply #26 on: August 24, 2013, 01:32:55 AM
+1 Def. Great story and insight in to the history of MTO. I always enjoy your posts that look into the past of this forum. Thanks to Guido for all his efforts.Cheers to you Grant.
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Re: A confession
Reply #27 on: August 24, 2013, 01:35:04 AM
Very well done Def.  :salute:


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Re: A confession
Reply #28 on: August 24, 2013, 01:40:39 AM
I'm glad you all think this is worthwhile.  I never doubted you would, but I still hate taking something away from you all, no matter the reason!

Oh, and apparently I got one of the details wrong- the growth has not yet been removed from his arm yet, he's apparently taking meds to shrink it as much as possible.  I imagine it will have to be removed at some point, but I'm not a doctor.  :D

Oh yeah, and don't anyone tell him- I want it to be a surprise!  :D

Def
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Re: A confession
Reply #29 on: August 24, 2013, 02:11:11 AM
I'm glad you all think this is worthwhile.  I never doubted you would, but I still hate taking something away from you all, no matter the reason!

Oh, and apparently I got one of the details wrong- the growth has not yet been removed from his arm yet, he's apparently taking meds to shrink it as much as possible.  I imagine it will have to be removed at some point, but I'm not a doctor.  :D

Oh yeah, and don't anyone tell him- I want it to be a surprise!  :D

Def

I don't consider this being taken away from us, rather that is an overdue payment from the MTo coffers for services rendered. Damn good call on this one Grant, and please pass on our best wishes to our unseen saviour from all of us who benefitted from his good deeds :salute:


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