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Old 12-06-2017, 09:54 PM
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So....I haven't asked for permission to do this and so I very well might get in trouble. But, what the heck...I think people need to know...

I have been very fortunate to get to know John Kinnaird really well over the past few years. In fact, hardly a week goes by that we don't talk. Not only does he build a KILLER guitar, but he is just a heck of a nice guy. In a conversation with John recently, he told me that a lot of his time was being spent building a guitar for a young man. Of course, being the inquisitive type I needed to know more and was able to get him to tell me that he knows a young man who has leukemia and loves to play guitar. Out of the goodness of his heart, John has built this young man a guitar....and not just any guitar, but (yes, see below) a KILLER guitar shown in the picture below that any of us would LOVE to own!!

John told me today was the day to deliver the guitar to the young man and I told him I wanted a picture so I could celebrate his generosity and the moment with him. At the time, all I wanted was to see the picture and celebrate what a wonderful thing John had done because it made me even more proud to call him my freind. I can assure you that knowing John like I do, nobody would have known about this. He isn't trying to get his name in the paper, he is just doing something kind for someone who needs a "boost"...I have SOOO much respect for that. John didn't know I was going to post this picture (and won't know til he reads this post), and like I said I very well may get in trouble for it. But that's OK. I think in this little guitar community that we are all a part of, people need to know. John wouldn't toot his own horn, so I am tooting mine on his behalf.

So allow me to honor John in this way for his generous gift of kindness to this young man. Our world needs more kindness and more kind people like John. I hope this warms your heart like it did mine at this joyous time of giving.

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold."

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:14 PM
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May God Bless you John.

Thanks for sharing Mike. Time to go wipe my eyes.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:17 PM
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What a truly honorable thing to do. Good for you, John! I hope that beautiful guitar helps this young man through his difficult times and into good health. Mike, thank you for sharing the story.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:49 PM
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It can be a hard, cruel world sometimes. Where nothing seems to make sense and those who dare to dream go unfulfilled and left wanting. And you John have shown Stars and the universe to that special boy. There are many kinds of heroes. There are many ways of saving one's life. And there is no greater way to save someone than to give the gift of dreams. Kudos to you John.
Please not go hard on Invguy921...for he did the right thing by sharing this beautiful moment...that shall inspire us all to be...better.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:28 AM
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My word Mike. Thanks for the tribute. I think it was no more than what most of us would have done given the same set of circumstances.

Now if you will step into my office...........
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:38 AM
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Excellent, John! Truly excellent!!
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:19 AM
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That's fantastic, John--many kudos to you!
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:36 AM
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Wow, great story and truly a blessing to have the opportunity to know folks with such kind hearts. The Kinnairds are great people which makes owning their guitars even more special. Thanks for the much needed reminder of the true purpose of the season.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:29 PM
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Good on you John. You are a class act sir.
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