An anesthesiologist commented after looking at the meds list I showed
her that glucosamine works much better when MSM is taken as well.
The brand of glocos I buy now has MSM included.
On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 20:04:58 -0500, Patriarch
Let me start by saying that your kitchen is positively immaculate,
Swing. Well conceived and well executed.
But, I did not get out of the game for a lack of appreciation, I got
out for a lack of stamina.
I wasn't old but my knees were, and my back.
I'd have stayed in if they had.
I've been sitting on my ass mostly for the past eighteen months and my
joints don't hurt much anymore.
But my gut and ass have gotten bigger.
I probably carry twenty pounds of fat that I didn't have two years
When I first went onto the shop floor at my new job to look at
work,checking for conformance to specifications, the mechanics hid
from me, like they would from any clipboard carrying sonofabitch.
Now they call me up and ask me for advice.
I'm pretty satisfied with that.
I reckon it's a sort of appreciation.
As far as actual cabinetmaking goes, I've cut out the parts for my
Goddard-Townsend Kneeholes, and selected the appropriate curly cherry
for the drawer fronts, which shall be carved, with great trepidation
and joy, into a simulacrum of the shells that I have seen in my dreams
And I don't have to worry a lick about when it gets done.
I didn't even tell my wife that I was working on them.
My sense of appreciation comes from inside of me, as I suspect it does
in all good mechanics.
When I was a carpenter, I didn't expect the contractor to tell me what
a nice job I'd done on cutting in the Baldwin lock and hanging the
entry door; I knew that the cheap bastard had hired me because I was
one of about four people that he knew who could do the same thing.
And I happened to answer the phone first.
I loved and revered my trade as a carpenter and I did the same as a
cabinetmaker. You ask Tommy Plamman about this and he will say the
The world has moved on. You are right in saying that we do not have
as large a base of people who can appreciate good work - but a good
mechanic has already solved that within himself.
He knows that he is doing it good and right and that is how he was
taught and that is how he does his work.
It is not really the appreciation from outside that drives a good
mechanic - it is the memory of those that he learned from, and the
desire to earn the respect of those mechanics who are no longer even
alive, that drives them.
To be accounted "a good mechanic" by those who still know what that
means - is enough.
I mean that - even if your judges are long dead - their approval is
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
My son courted and married a wonderful young woman, the daughter of an
old school union carpenter in the commercial construction trades, in and
about Oakland, CA. A skilled man, whose work had been hard on his back
and knees as well. Seems falling from a roof will change your stamina
What Mark knew about me at first was that I was a necktie wearing
management type who drove a fancy pickup truck, and he was a bit
suspicious of management. When he got the chance to see some of the
furniture I'd built (none of it in the Goddard Townsend class, but
still...), he figured I was probably OK. When he started talking about
low angle adjustable block planes, and I gave him one of mine, LV's
best, he was pretty sure I at least knew tools a little.
Last fall, he brought me one of his father's old Stanley #7 handplanes.
I guess I passed his test.
Our shared grandaughter is three months old now, and as cute as any I've
Thanks for the post, Tom.
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