5 responses to Missouri Amish Furniture Makers
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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on And happy memorial weekend everyone..... (May 25th, 2012 at 06:23)

    And happy memorial weekend everyone.....

    A nice story and I’m glad Johns dad Jake survived something as serous as a aneurysm, and i hope that he does not also get some of the health issues that stress and running a business can sometimes bring on like his dad did. Being successful is really nice but usually comes with a huge price. Everyone have a great memorial day weekend and special thanks to all the veterans out there as this is your day! Richard

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      Comment on Missouri Amish Furniture Makers (May 25th, 2012 at 09:30)

      Richard it’s an interesting question to what degree stress related illnesses and mishaps occur…and a related question which fields are the most stressful. I think certain occupations bring with them certain challenges, and the ones a small business owner has are probably different than those of say a surgeon or air traffic controller…however practitioners of some fields may be better equipped to mentally deal with stress (I wonder if there is a stress management component as part of med school curriculum, for instance). Anyway, interesting tangent.

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    Comment on Missouri Amish Furniture Makers (May 25th, 2012 at 09:02)

    Well, ironically, I just spoke to Jake Graber on the phone yesterday – how funny is that? We’re headed up to Jamesport in a couple weeks and they also make last names out of logs and last time we were there, he said to call before we go up so he has time to get it done. I had left him a voicemail. He was funny because he gave me a price and then said, “Well, if you pay with cash it might be a little cheaper. See you in a couple weeks.” He didn’t ask for any more information but our last name – no down payment, no address, nothing. I’m sure his son will do a great job. Last time we were there his wife was saying their sons were big Kansas City Chiefs fans, which I thought was funny.

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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Erik and you zeroed right in on what i was getting at! (May 25th, 2012 at 15:46)

    Erik and you zeroed right in on what i was getting at!

    Hey Erik and you zeroed right in on what i was getting at on my previous comment. In dealing with the tourist trade i really think some of the Amish may have inadvertently made their lives a little more complicated, and running a farm lets be honest is pretty darn tough as it is. But i guess its pretty much like anything else while some can adjust to the added stress, sometimes its just a little too much for other’s. And I’m glad Jake Graber realized that it was time to pass the torch to his son, and lets hope for his sons sake history does not repeat itself. Richard

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