|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 11-03-2011 06:33 PM||2267 views||0 times favorited||37 replies|
11-03-2011 06:33 PM
I sit on a stool in my workshop, the lights off, the soft hum of the air cleaner is all that can be heard. As I sharpen my best chisel I imagine this is what the eve of a great battle was like for a soldier in the Civil War. I take out a sharpie and write “Stumpy” on a scrap of paper, I’ll pin that onto my shirt tomorrow so I can be identified is I get too mangled in the heat of battle. I wonder what Charles is doing in the southern camp. Probably the same thing as me, drinking flat beer and choking down a last meal of hard tack. Tomorrow will be the day, tomorrow we’ll see what we’re made of. North and South will meet one last time, and only one will walk away.
I pour myself another dram. My fingers caress the wood stock of my weapon, the only thing I have to defend myself, my box. I named it ‘ol Bess and she’s never let me down. I’d better give her another once-over, you can never be too prepared. They say there’s a bullet with every man’s name on it out there, somewhere. I scratch my name on a spent .22 casing and slip in into my pocket. Now I know where mine is…
THAT’S RIGHT- IT’S ALMOST TIME!
So mark it on your calender! This Saturday you’ll beed to tune in and place your vote, and then (if you so choose) place your bid to own one of the two entries. The entire amount if your bid will be donnated to one of two charities: Stumpy’s favorite- Lions Club International or Charles’ favorite- The Wounded Warrior Project.
Don’t forget! These are two great causes and Stumpy needs every vote he can get if he’s going to beat Charles!
(Originally the proceeds were going to be donated to Escalate Media, which owns Lumber Jocks, but they wanted a worthwhile charity to benefit. They will still be supporting our efforts, and we are grateful for their generous decision!)
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