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Moon Photos - Full Moon the Night Before the Harvest Moon - September 9, 2022

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From Zabrina: John 

Interview with Myself, John Leschak, Owner of SecondMoonshot

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Since most of us will never really be interviewed (or even be asked), I decided that I would just interview myself…who better to ask the compelling questions that no one else is going to ask or care about. It was a joke conversation Zabrina and I were having in the car and thought it would be fun to do and a non-traditional way to share some information about us and SecondMoonshot. John: Welcome John, thank you for taking the time to talk with me. Let’s start with the basics, tell us in a nutshell the fundamentals of yourself. JOHN: Thanks John, it is truly [emphasized excessively] a pleasure to meet you in person! Well, I was born in Indiana in 1965, as a child I rode bikes and skateboards with no helmet, probably didn’t wear a seatbelt until I was 25 too. Average middle class raising in a military (Marines) family with 2 sisters and 1 brother - all older. Divorced 13 or so years ago, hope the ex is happy, she’s a good person, we had 2 wonderful children, Carrianne and Mitch. Met Zab

Custom Picture Framing Update

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Over the last few months, I have invested in some new equipment that will allow some new capabilities on wooden frames, offer more consistent results in mat board cutting, and more clearly set expectations on pricing and options. Frame Recovery and Reduction First things first. I realized that even with 100s of frames, that by itself, still provides limited options to any specific piece to be framed. It has to be in the appropriate style, color and in an appropriate size. Even with the first few customers, I noticed that while I had a lot of frames, it just wasn’t working. I needed to be able to provide more flexibility yet still leverage the large inventory of used high quality frames on the market via auctions, estate sales, thrift stores, and who knows where else. To this end, I decided I would start doing frame reduction on wood frames (not metal). I would remove the miter joints, cut them down to proper size for a piece of interest and then glue and V-nail them together. It’s a Lo

Custom Framing Price List (Work in Progress)

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This is a draft of my price list for custom framing. It is a work in progress and feedback welcome. An example pricing for a small piece, using recovered wood frame and glass (no resizing), single one opening mat would be $18, medium $34, and large $53. Costing is composed of a frame, glass, mat board and assembly charge. How to Use The intent is that you pick one frame, one glass, one (or more) mat optional, and appropriate assembly charge. Add them up for the estimate. Size is based on largest length or width which cannot exceed specified dimensions, for example if you are framing a piece which is 10” x 33”, that would be a Large. Custom Framing Price List - Last Update 9/2022 Description Small up to 16” x 20” Medium up to 20” x 32” Large up to 32” x 40” Notes *** FRAME *** Frame - Wood - Recovered 3 5 10 Frame - Metal - Recovered 5 9 13 May have some limitations on certain sizes. Most common are black and gold. Frame - New Call Call Call Frame Resizing Charge (Wood Only) - Recovered

Zen, Philosphy, and SecondMoonshot - Organic Quotes

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Having nothing better to do, figured I would capture some of my greatest thoughts since they come so few and far between. One day you may find one of these gems in a quotation book in your bathroom. “It’s not that ‘Life Got In The Way’, but that it ‘Is Life’. So embrace the good, the sorrowful, the bad.”    -me, on life in general “The best part about working for yourself is that you can do the right thing without fear of getting fired.”    -me, on starting a business “There is no  quicker way to learn something than to lose money on it.”    -me, on eBay selling “Love me for what I am and not what I could be.”   -me, whenever Zabrina tries to change me, inspired by my sister who told me “you’ve become the man you should have been” John

R.I.P. Trooper

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Carrianne’s Pit Bull “Trooper” passed away yesterday. He was diagnosed with aggressive cancer on National Dog Day (Aug 26, 2022) and passed 2 days later. A great companion to my daughter and to all the family and friends. This guy was a class act. Trooper, Carrianne and myself made a trek across the US taking a large portion of Route 66 in “Biggie” (her Jeep)…Trooper wasn’t just part of the trip, he was the trip.  Just some picture of remembrance that I have….I know Carrie has thousands of photos, so much that she filled up her phone. A void not easily (if ever) filled. A few things about Trooper that come to mind: He loved bow ties, particularly the gold one. Class act Loved squirrels, birds, and cats…ok, maybe a little too much Super friendly to the smaller dogs (under dogs if you will) Came from an abusive background and was a adopted by Carrianne and given many years of happiness, love, and companionship He liked spooning, but touching during the spooning process was off limits! At