While tiling the floor in a small bath my 'mentor' was off the line
parallel to the vanity, all the more noticeable account the bathroom's
small floor area.
"Dave (his name, too)," you're way off the line!"
"Of course, that's the way I see."
Dave in Houston
My grandfather was the ultimate "recycler". It was not such a good thing
back in the day. He built many a garage for little or no money. I have seen
him build a big garage for a car or two and a small shop for $300. All the
nails were reclaimed from demolition jobs.
He used to say to me, "Lee, go make some nails." This was where I would go
to the pails of old, bent, rusty nails and one by one, straighten them out.
The other thing he said, that I remember very well to this day, had to do
with missing the nail and hitting my thumb/hand. He would say, "Hit the
wrong nail?" I remember that expression very fondly. He was a great man and
made such an impression on me as a youngster. I don't like hitting my hand
with a hammer, I don't do it very much these days. But when I do, I still
see his face and hear his voice. It makes me feel good remembering him.
"you need a Board Stretcher" *
Also there is the rookie sent to get a _bucket of electricity_ (don't
ask how I know that).
The one I hated most in time of pain was "it will feel better when it
* _Board Stretcher With Art Willing _
My dad and his two brothers had a small carpentry company back in the
1950s (Hall Brothers Builders). My uncle used to tell my dad, when he
was getting a bit too picky on how something should fit, "we aren't
making watches, Pete"...
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