Why We All Bother

Bubb Jones didn't care when he worked in the shop. In a harsh Maine February he wore an old oiled sweater that he used to wear when he worked on the fishing boats out of Presque Isle. Bubb figured that, if his hands could work on the boat, they could damned well work in the shop. Just the oiled sweater, no coat and, God knows, never gloves.
Most of Bubb's woodworking was about traps and those traps were Spring and Fall, but he had the odd occasion to work on something more substantial - like Ricky's mast.
Ricky was Bubb's son and he had been dismasted in the last good blow of the Fall. Ricky was just ten, and his mast was only eight feet high. His boat was really a pram, although Ricky would not admit of such a small description, that his Grandar had got for him - just before Grandar had passed on.
Bubb didn't agree with the boat. He thought that it had too much sail for such a young one as Ricky and he'd said this to his Father - Grandar - (you know how that goes.)
Grandar had bought the spry pram for Ricky, knowing that it's mast would not hold the sail and hoping that he would be the one to show him how to deal with the result.
Unforutanately, Grandar passed before Ricky was dismasted.
On that fine June day, with Ricky sitting on the upturned hull, awaiting his rescue by his shore-bound Daddy, Bubb came up with a fine idea.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret) Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet Website: http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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Don't stop now!
Tom Watson wrote:

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more- please!
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Crawled out of the shop and said. . .:

make with the rest! lol or did i miss something ;/
Traves
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wrote:

And it _damned_ well better involve the help of Norm Nowrecki (!), who's been in that _damned_ basement for months now. :)
Michael "Where's Norm?"
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"Michael Baglio

WAIT! I have to go out to the lobby and get some more popcorn and Jujubees. Where is Norm? Dave in Fairfax
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"Tis not a pram, Daddy, but a proper boat."
"It had a jib and a mainsal. It was a proper boat and not to be left behind like so much dirt."
"I'll buy ye a better one and ye'll be glad fer it."
"But, Grandar made that 'un, ye'll not get that back."
"He made no such thing, t'was somethin' he bought."
"Nay, he said 'twas his last boat and should be held proud by me!"
Bubb turned and looked at his boy.
Sometime's there's no use arguing.
"A proper boat, is it? Then let's turn it over and tow it home, like a proper dismasted boat." "Grab a line and make your turn."
No one commented on the dismasted pram being towed to harbor by the crab boat. It was a common enough sight in those parts.
The fun started in the Spring.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret) Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet Website: http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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wrote:

When did you retire?
Thanks, Barry
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On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 12:09:59 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r .

A few weeks ago I took a job as a project manager for a large store fixture company. I'd been looking for a way to get out of the shop, and off of my beat up knees.
The store fixture bidness seems to be more like manufacturing than what I'm used to calling cabinetmaking but this company likes to hire guys who have had their own cabinet shops, or guys who were in construction management.
Small shop owners prolly make good employees because we're used to working lots of hours and solving lots of problems on our own, for a pittance.
I like it, so far. I'm quoting out a job for one hundred stores to be built over the next few years and each one has more dollar value in cabinets than I sold in my whole career.
I work with computers all day and the ERP software (Axapta) that they use is interesting to me. I try to do my work in Excel and then transfer the cleaned up data into the system. I've always like making spreadsheets, pivot tables, macros, etc; so I get paid to do what I used to do for fun.
Now I can go into the shop and make the furniture that I want to make, instead of always having to feed the monster with work that isn't as much fun as furniture work.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret) Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet Website: http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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wrote:

Congratulations on the career change. Self-servingly hopeful that you'll have more time to write!
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+On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 00:14:38 -0500, Tom Watson

Did Dave Fleming give you permission for a salty tale, sir? OK, then. Carry on! Springs are always fun.
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<SNIP>
Fishing boats out of Presque Isle? What were they fishing for, potatoes?
Bob McBreen - Living part-time in Maine
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wrote:

Hey! Quiet down in front! It's just a _movie._ :)
If you're this literalist over something like geeahhhhgraphy, you're really going to find it hard to reconcile the fact that... <sound fx: trumpets> NORM NOWRECKI </sound fx: trumpets> ...is about to escape from some lady's basement in a whole other Watson-ovella to come to the rescue of Bubb in this one! (!!!) ((???))
Michael "Hope for Norm springs eternal" Baglio
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wrote:

We've got a Presque Isle here in Pennsyltucky, up in the Northwest corner of the state on that big lake. It's got plenty of water around it.
Tom Watson - living full time in Pennsyltucky and parent to Bubb, who only lives in my tiny mind.
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