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Forum topic by helluvawreck posted 08-24-2010 04:07 AM 1170 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2010 04:07 AM

Some people who have commented on some of my posts have wondered about my handle ‘helluvawreck’. So I just thought that I would make a post about it. First of all, I suppose that after working very hard and long hours for most of my life and at age 60 that’s probably what I am – a helluvawreck. Just like many other working people I have a lot of the usuals – two bad knees, bad back, my hands hurt sometimes, I can’t see as well as I use to, nor hear as well as I use to, nor remember as well as I use to. My wife even says I’m grumpy sometimes and even calls me Pigpen. She says that I make a mess everywhere I go. Well, I just fire back – it’s not PIGPEN! – it’s MR. PIGPEN. Boy a lot of good that does. No seriously – I love the little misses. I better, I’ve been married to her for 39 years.

However, there’s another reason that I got the name of ‘helluvawreck’. I found out about Ebay back around 2003 and after going there and looking at it to see why everyone was talking about it I decided right then and there that I needed to sign up and get into this Ebay stuff. So my wife was on the computer and I marched myself in there and said how about going to Ebay and that I want to sign up for it. She went and then we went through the joining up routine. I’m just a two fingered typing man (sometimes only one fingered – it depends on what I’m doing at the time). Of course that’s another thing – I ain’t like a woman – I can only do one thing at a time. Well, I’m sure that you Lumberjocks have always noticed that the women folk are a lot better at what is known as muti-tasking. The way that it turned out if I hadn’t had my wife helping me it would have taken me all the rest of the day to sign up. It was all I could do to think up the user names. So my wife did the typing and she’s a 10 finger typist and a fast one at that. Well she says what’s my name going to be? I thought for a minute and said something and she typed it in and she said it’s taken. Well I thought of another – she said it’s taken. I thought of another – it’s taken. Well this literally went on for 30 minutes and both me and my wife were getting a little frustrated – especially the wife. Well, you know she was use to muti-tasking not just sitting there and typing one name in after another so she’d start taking her frustration out on me and said WILL YOU PLEASE HURRY UP AND THINK OF A NAME THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS TAKEN!!! I said WELL WHAT IN THE H*LL DO YOU THINK I”VE BEEN TRYING TO DO? So we went a few more times and got nowhere so then I blurted out ‘helluvawreck’ and it was like bingo. That’s how I got the name helluvawreck and I been buying and selling for years now – mostly buying. I just bought another tool on Ebay hun – WHAT!! JUST HOW MANY MORE TOOLS DO YOU THINK ONE MAN NEEDS???? – You fellas know how that old multi-tasking stuff goes – always with the wise crackers. The funny thing is is that what I was trying to think of when I said ‘helluvawreck’ was ‘ramblinwreck’ so I guess I was thinking of the line – I’m a ramblin wreck from georgia tech and a helluva engineer. Well I aint a ramblin wreck now. Now I’m a helluvawreck whether I like it or not.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 04:16 AM

I think it is a great handle and a helluvalot better than Mr. Pigpen. And I think that was on the way!


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 04:24 AM

Welcome to the wrecking yard with the rest of us old wrecks. I’m hoping to be recycled soon. lol Rand

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 11:47 AM

well I think if the name suits…........

Soooooooo much like my husband, and he’s still got 10 years to catch up on you! I really had to stop myself from laughing to much as he would be in, in a flash, to see what I am laughing about!!!!!! :-0

Just keep on keeping on keeping on you helluvawreck! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 12:18 PM

Oh. I thought you were a Georgia Tech grad.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 01:24 PM

I appreciate all of your comments; all of us folks will get through this – we just got to stick together.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 01:36 PM

Lee, I never got to graduate. I went to the UGA for 2-1/2 years and studied mostly the sciences and mathematics and then transferred to Ga Tech and went there for 2-1/2 years in mechanical engineering. I lost some credits in the transfer. After we had our 2nd child I had to drop out of tech which was unfortunate because I only had a couple or three quarters left to get my degree and had good marks. I then went to machinist school with the idea that I would return to tech and work my way through the rest of my schooling as a machinist – it was my intent to go on to get my masters and maybe phd. Unfortunately it just didn’t work out since I got involved with the family woodworking business and not long after we had our 3rd child. So, I’ve been eating sawdust and working on machinery ever since.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 02:05 PM

Geez, all these stories sound so familiar. David , after she turns around and comes into the same room as you, does she then shout at the top of her lungs?

And for school plans (I’ve had my share), I don’t know who said it first, but Life is what happens while we make our plans.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 02:16 PM

No, actually my wife and I get along quite well together. This was just one of those comical, frustrating moments that are spread out over 39 years of marriage. “Life is what happens while we make our plans.” That’s good; very good and in many ways so true. I’ll have to try and remember that. Thanks

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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