Gloat?


Got a new job and moved from Las Vegas to a small town in Idaho last August, six-hundred miles, and its a whole new culture. Same planet, different world as an old friend of mine says.
The engineer I replaced had been gone for seven months when I got here, and I was slammed trying to catch up the backlog for months. I caught up about a month ago and am starting to have some free time to work on fixing up the thirty-year-old new house.
I bought a used U-haul truck for the move. I didn't have time to house shop before I moved, and the truck was only two thousand more than they wanted to rent a truck one way to here. I figured by the time I found a place, and had time to move in, the difference would be made up in storage fees, and I didnt have to unpack everything into a storage unit and then repack it to move to the new place, once I bought a new place. Plus, I should be able to sell it for about what I paid for it. As an aside, if you ever buy a used truck from U-haul, do it on the last working day of the month. The sales staff has quotas they need to meet, and if they haven't met them, they will cut good deals.
The majority of my tools ended up buried in the front of the truck, stationary tool all the way in the front, and I haven't dug that deep yet. So, I'm: trying to cut plywood straight and true with a battery powered skill saw, and a straight edge; working on thirty year old plumbing with one pipe wrench and some pump pliers; tracking down what wiring runs where without my tracer, or even a meter. It has really been frustrating working with out my tools, but I don't want to spend the money to buy more tools, when I own all the tools I need. Kind of a Catch 22: if I had my tools out things would go lots faster; I can't make much progress towards getting the tools out and set up, with out the tools.
I was talking to the boss today, about what I did this weekend, and mentioned that it was driving me nuts trying to fix up things around the house (closet units, cedar line a closet, fix the pressure regualtor on the plumbing), and set up my new shop, (new house has a dedicated detached 24X35 shop building), build cabinets, shelves, and equipment bases, etc., with out all my tools unpacked.
He gave me a funny look, and said, "I guess I never did really give you a full tour of the shop."
He then took me out and showed me around the parts of the shop I've never seen: There's a 12-inch Powermatic table saw, with a 24 left 62 right fence; an older 16-inch Dewalt RAS, with infeed tables about twenty feet long; a couple of drill presses; an eight inch jointer with a bed longer than any Ive ever seen, and a tool room with more hand and portable power tools (including, five routers, three random orbit sanders, two belt sanders, and something I looked all over trying to buy, a Makita impact wrench with a cord on it), than a good store keeps in stock. There is even a spry booth, and car wash.
He gave me a quick safety check out on the power tools, and turned me loose. It turns out that the mysterious round key on the key ring they gave me when I started opens all the shops, and tool rooms, and I have free access to any of the tools during the craftsmens nonwork hours. I can check out any of the hand or portable power tools and take them home evenings and weekends. Wish I had known that earlier, I might have gotten a lot more done.
It will be nice to be able to cut things true and square again. I hope that I can finish the closet units Ive been fighting with this weekend.
I still wont have my own shop set up for another month or so, but realistically the shops at work, are better than anything I can afford to set up.
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Randy wrote:

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Snip.
Normally, if you have to ask, it's probably not a gloat. But I think you've got agood one there.
Congrats.
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No-one else has said it yet, so I will:
You suck.
(Sounds like a good job. Congratulations.)
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Uhhhhh....................., Randy, where can we get one of those mysterious round keys?
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On Tue, 9 May 2006 15:28:26 -0400, "Lee Michaels"

I'd prefer the keys to his uhaul...
I mean it's not like he needs his tools anymore anyway, we'd be doing him a favor.
-Leuf
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If you tell us that they also PAY you to work for them, well, I bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose!
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They do pay me, but it's is a lot less than I made in Vegas. But the environment is a lot more relaxed, and I'm not building subdivisions in Vegas. Like, Vegas needs more subdivisions.
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Stupid question: Why didn't you unload the uhaul contents into the dedicated shop so you could get to your tools?

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