November 2011


I finally completed the two sets of legs that hold up my workbench/desk that i put in Evan’s old room to do my electronics projects on. My goal was to design them myself and use only hand tools. Mission accomplished although I do not like my design. (looks kinda clunky).

I had to try several things to get and keep my tools sharp. I invested in a bench grinder and a diamond plate and when those proved insufficient, I bought a set of Arkansas stones and now I think I have a sharpening routine that will work for me.

The legs hold up the table which is pretty much all that matters so I will now move on. I have a long list of things; the hard thing will be to pick one.

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I’ve been working in Greenville since Labor Day.

It’s been a good experience in many ways. I’ve done some good work, achieved my goal of making the customer happy, left them with the impression that all of us in Tulsa are geniuses, given my career a boost, shown the home management that I can be trusted with responsibility, stored up a lot of hotel reward points, had some good times, met some interesting people, caught up on my reading and movie watching, practiced my guitar a lot, and watched the seasons change from the point of view of the road.

I’ve missed being with Melissa and have missed being able to do personal projects whenever I pleased but Melissa understands and those projects will be there whenever I have time.

We’re just about to reach a turning point down here. I’m not sure what our role will be when we get this job done. I guess I need to start imagining that; if I have a good plan, maybe everyone else will go along with it.

I took the entire week off so I could detox from the constant travel to Greenville, finish my desk-leg project, and spend time with the kids when they got home from college.

It was in all respects a wonderful break. Mel made the best beef stew ever along with the best apple dumplings ever, we watched Christmas movies, went to Fayetteville to feast (and shoot skeet) with Steve, and just generally had a good time.

This holiday is one of those that you strive for; it’s the one that all other good times are compared against.

I’ve been working down here in Greenville since labor day. It’s almost Thanksgiving.

It’s my natural tendency to feel put upon but I know three men in my church and one other in BA that have worked like this for years and years: live in one town on the weekends, and in another city during the work week.  So I guess I’ll just suck it up.  But you sure can’t have any hobbies working a schedule like that.

I guess playing the guitar and/or carving might work out.

So here I am with nothing much to blog about.  I must say it’s been a great job experience.  I’ve gotten a huge dose of skills, and experience as well as getting to know a bunch of my coworkers better. So it’s all good; I just haven’t gotten to do any woodworking.  I guess I’ll live.