It finally happened! I've got a gloat! This gal in my woodshop class has
had a mess of tools and things in storage back east for several years.
Anyway, she finally went back and got them all shipped out and had NO room
for many of the items. I've helped her in the past, cutting down plywood,
doing grunt work for her, she's just a slip of a thing, and has tested
postive for AARP....
She has a Porter Cable Tiger Saw, about 3 cuts away from new, a Milwaulkee
1/2" BEEFY angle head drill, a Senco 2" finish nailer, and a Craftsman
Stationary Drill press. She wanted me to have them for Rose and I going
over to her place and assembling an huge old bookcase! Whooeee! I didn't
So, we got the booty home, and I was checking things out... All this stuff
was NEW - the power cords still had their twist ties and talcum on them.
Though I am always on the lookout for a good deal, this was a bit over the
top. I knew that she knew what the stuff was worth, but I called her anyway
and told her that I'd consider it that I was just "storing" it for her until
she got things better organised - I didn't want to take advantage of a
situation. She was thankful, and very gracious, but was very sure she
wanted me to have it. She explained that she'd tried to sell some of her
other tooling, only to get a pittance for it, and she'd have more
satisfaction knowing that it went to someone who would use it and appreciate
it. In closing, she said she had a "whole bunch" of Freud router bits that
she wanted to give to me, once she found them.
Sometimes fortune favors the foole!
And the spiraling winds of suckage. Thou suckest muchly sirrah, muchly.
(And for any anal people in the audience who want to point out that I didn't
conjugate that verb correctly using the archaic verb forms... Yes, I'm
perfectly aware of that. So nyah.)
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
If lending a helping hand when you can,
making every effort to never take advantage
of anyone, and being a good friend makes
one a fool - you're in very good company.
Though I'm sure it wasn't intended, your
deeds are the gloat, the tools are icing.
Contrary to the opinion of the skeptics,
good things do happen to good people.
... snip of that which is too painful to read again
... and you sir, are a gentleman and to be commended -- upon such people
should such gloats be bestowed. Good for you!
... and she seems a charming and gracious lady. Very good!
alright, that's over the top -- you suck. :-)
Congratulations and commendations. And for more than just falling into
some good tools, also for your gracious actions.
Now we'll just use some glue to hold things in place until the brads dry
This reminds me of an event that happened to me about 20 years ago.
I had an ad in a local paper for cleaning out attics and such,
sometimes for the contents. Got a call from a little old lady about
70 to clean out her garage. When I arrived, she explained that her
husband had died and she wanted all the stuff moved out of the 2 car
garage so she could use it as a garage again. I took a look and
found a 10" powermatic TS, Jet jointer, drill press, bandsaw, lathes
(both metal and wood), and handtools too numerous to mention.
Cutting torch, welding machine, basically a complete metal and
I asked her how much she wanted for it, and she wanted nothing, just
to get it out of there! I wandered around the shop for about an
hour inventorying the place, but couldn't bring myself to just take
it. I told her that unless she was very well off that I would try
to sell it for her and give her the money and take whatever was
I called a friend of mine that had a cabinet shop. He came over and
after he and a welding friend of his were through, the lady was
$7,000 richer and I still had over a thousand dollars worth of
various tools, bits, blades, etc, plus free use of the cabinet shop
when I needed it!
I felt better than if I had just taken the whole shebang, and the
little lady was thrilled.
Now that I have a few bucks in my pocket, I am waiting for a similar
deal to come around again.
It must be about 15 years or so back there was this elderly woman at
Loma Linda Hospital (CA). She was terminal. There was this one orderly
there in his mid 20's. He noticed she never had any visitors come and
see her so he started to chat with her and visiting with her on his
breaks, sometimes taking her on wheelchair walks through the hospital
area. The woman, as it turned out was rich and left the kid her house(a
big one, Victorian style in Redlands) and a pile of cash. It pays to be
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