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Smallcrafter

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579 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor

As I slowly get farther into ‘middle age’ I find myself wondering about some things while I’m working in my shop.

1. Why does stuff always have to fall on the floor?
2. Why can’t I find things when they’re right in front of me?
3. Why does the very last piece of oak that I have looks good for what I need but is always just a bit short?
4. Why do a piece’s measurements make complete sense, the cut is right on, and it still doesn’t work?

Maybe I’ll figure these things out, maybe not. Nothing that a hot cup of coffee and a smoke of my pipe can’t make worse!

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer


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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 579 days ago

Ya know after you hit the bottom of the 12 pack it is all good….......

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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GrandpaLen

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#2 posted 579 days ago

...on aging.

I’m 64 and my children are in there 40’s, middle aged now seems quite youthful.

I’m 5’ 8” and seem to be shrinkin’ each year, so when I drop somethin’, I’m quite happy it lands on the floor and not the ceiling. ...I can still reach the floor.

I only take my glasses off when I go to bed, can no longer see well enough to find them if I do otherwise, and a wrist lanyard on each hand tool would probably help keep track of them better.

...when that last piece of Oak is too short, I just take it in stride, as it gives me another good reason to go to the lumber yard, I need to replace that screwdriver that I haven’t seen for two weeks.

Precise measurements don’t always guarantee a perfect fit, treat ‘em as only a suggestion and move on.

”Maybe I’ll figure these things out, maybe not. Nothing that a hot cup of coffee and a smoke of my pipe can’t make worse!”

...I’ll drink to that. :-)

All seriousness aside, why can’t we all just age gracefully, like a fine wine? ;-)

Getting old is still better than the alternative, every day above ground is a good one.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Smallcrafter

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#3 posted 578 days ago

You go, Grandpa! I have to take my glasses off sometime when I’m close to the wood chiseling a cut that needs cleaning up, fine cuts with my detail saw, etc. What’s bad is taking them off and forgetting where I put them and then trying to find them! I like your thought…Precise measurements don’t always guarantee a perfect fit, treat ‘em as only a suggestion and move on”. Very insightful.

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer

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Surfside

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#4 posted 578 days ago

Grandpa Len, I am not in the old age stage but I really appreciate your insights. Very inspiring. Just like a fine wine. :)

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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