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Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #15: Valentine's Day Rescue.........a solution from the man-cave

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 1648 days ago 966 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, here is a funny on me.

My wife was at a quilting retreat over the weekend, and got home yesterday. She gets home, fortunately (-: without a valentine for me, fortunate cause I didn’t have one for her. Most often, I make them complete with poetry on the computer, a 2 to 4 hr project.

Working this weekend, so kinda distracted. Out doing a csection this morning, meaning 0400hrs, it is 0600hrs now. (and by the way gals, I don’t know why you call this a man’s world, that is the second airline pilot I delivered a baby for in the last 12 months)

So I asked my wife Sherie about the retreat, and inquired about the extension cord I lent her from the shop, one I had made, an 18 footer made with 14 AWG, heavy duty plug, and 4 receptacles in a metal box…..all to code. A little beaten up from use in the shop. She said it worked perfectly, they had numerous devices plugged into it.

So I retreats to the man-cave…..what can a guy do in a big hurry in the shop, says I to myself.

WHY NOT?, every woman has always wanted an extension cord for Valentine’s Day, RIGHT?

So, since I keep a lot of electrical components around, including cord, I make her a brand new shiny, 18 foot long 14AWG extension cord, with bright galvanized metal box, with new white receptacles, and a heavy duty plug…......and label it as Sherie’s Quilting Retreat Extension Cord on four sides with my handy dandy Brother label maker.

Presented it to her and gave her a kiss and said Happy Valentines Day. It got a laugh….....I hope it got me off the hook….......................(-:

.......didn’t I do good guys?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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Gary

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#1 posted 1648 days ago

You’re here to tell about it Jim….you must have “done good”

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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ratchet

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#2 posted 1648 days ago

You the man.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1648 days ago

Jim, I am sure she enjoyed the extension cord but, to tell the truth, I think she would have appreciated getting a Lie-Nielsen plane more. How about giving her one for Mother’s Day? :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 1648 days ago

Gary
Yup, I survived….........I guess that is the measure, and no dents in my head from the rolling pin….....(-:

ratchet
Its always so much fun to make great gifts from the shop….......(-:

scott
Actually, she gave me a NX60 Block Plane by Veritas for Xmas, and I just asked for the cheaper model. So I have her thinking about tools already….............(-:
Still working on my sled, you know, the one that looks a lot like yours. Didn’t get any shop time this weekend, might get a little done today since I take Mondays off when I work the weekend, we’ll see….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 1648 days ago

The big question is “Did your wife think you did good?”
It is always the thoughts that count and you were thinking good. It is something you made and she will find useful.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1648 days ago

Greg
I hope her laugh was a good sign, and she is still talking to me today, so things are looking up….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1648 days ago

I don´t think you got her electric :—))
so you you still have to change a spark or two
glad to see you still alive after that feverreschue
you have to do it better before the hotwater opens
again
have a great day Jim

Dennis

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1648 days ago

notottoman
Is that related to ‘whatever works’ ?.........(-:

dennis
Recharged the relationship, empowered the wife, and now I won’t have to go looking for my extension cord…..(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Craig

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#9 posted 1648 days ago

Sounds like you have a very practical and reasonable wife Jim :) and that line about your extension cord must have triple meanings in that sentence…

I remember having to go through arguments of this type of nature at one time in my life…

“Happy Valentine’s Day”
“You didn’t get me a card did you”
“Yes I did, I just haven’t given it to you yet. You said you wanted to celebrate the holiday tomorrow”
“Yes, but I didn’t mean don’t get me a card…”
“I did get you a card, look, I can give it to you now…”
“No, don’t. I am not in the mood for it now…”

Blah…. Glad your relationship is recharged and your extension cord is right where it belongs :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 1648 days ago

David Craig
Hidden meanings in my verbiage?............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1648 days ago

you realy enjoy yourself and a lot of us with all those feverreshues
I realy want to have your jacket it´s most be its waight worth in guld :—)
does your have it on year around LoL

I can´t stop laughing

Dennis

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NBeener

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#12 posted 1648 days ago

I was thinking it bordered on the impersonal—until, that is, you got to the Brother label-maker part.

:-)

A lovely gift, if ever there was one!

Candy is dandy, but a flower has power.
And … how does one put that power to use???

Exxxx-actly!

-- -- Neil

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stefang

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#13 posted 1648 days ago

I wouldn’t dare give my wife anything she could possibly strangle me with. My wife is home now after knee replacement surgery. It’s a case of the world’s worst patient vs the world’s worst care worker/housekeeper. At least by being constantly mad at me for my alleged incompetence she forgets her knee pain. So I am helping in a way, right? lol

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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NBeener

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#14 posted 1648 days ago

Mike: that’s incredibly generous and thoughtful of you. Whipping boy as analgesic. I like it.

Actually, I’ve been doing a bit of that, myself, lately.

Hope she heels quickly….

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#15 posted 1648 days ago

Incidentally, I usually DO know how to spell “heals.” My brain … took a vacation … without me :-(

-- -- Neil

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