Semi OT - Rub Blocks and Doves

This morning, on one of my many trips between the shop and the house, I saw the little dove on my path. There are two or three breeding pairs that hang out at my place, finding seeds around the flowers, bugs venturing out onto the pavement and who knows what else in the little japanese garden. This one was a pretty little female, thin necked with a delicate beak - a graceful creature.
Normally I just approach one and itll fly away well before I get too close. But this one stood her ground, which caused me to pause, then stop. Now doves on the ground will freeze as something approaches them. They will assess the threat and either take to flight or freeze - normally its to flight. Every time I spook one into the air I regret it - unless theres a cat stalking it.
Watching her out of the corner of my eye, for looking directly at her would make her aware Id seen her and perhaps cause her to fly away, I felt there was something keeping her earthbound. This little dove was out on the driveway, no cover anywhere and just sitting there out in the open. But she didnt look injured so it had to be something else. I slowly backed off and had a careful look around.
Sure enough, I found her reason - her baby, now just learning to fly. Very, very slowly, without looking directly at either bird, I took another path to the house, smiling. Spring is here and another generation of doves is learning how to live in this little part of the planet. The suns shining, clouds float by and life is good. My worries about fitting rub blocks under the screws of the twin screw vise Im putting in my bench seem so unimportant. The answer will come in good time. For now I savor my meeting with the little dove and her baby and look foreward to hearing their cooing on the way to the shop in the morning and again in the evening as I return to the house.
Woodworking can narrow your awareness some times - all the details, the sharp tools, the noise of power tools, the head scratching now how the hell am I going to do that?. Sometimes, god/the universe/nature gives you a nudge - Look! Listen! Heres another wonder to experience, if only briefly..
And I figured out what Im gong to do about the rub blocks. Router a dado on the under side of screws, cut some of the scarps of rosewood I stashed away to fit and route a half round into the top. A pair of countersunk screws to hold them in - and make them easy to replace by the next guy. Should work just fine.
All is right with the world - and progress on The Real Workbench continues. Life is good.
Bay Area Dave - are you listening? :)
charlie b
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