Being a ‘handyman’ has its advantages. It saves money, but more than that it saves time. When we rented, and something broke, if I could fix it I would. Otherwise we had to arrange for the house to be open for the repairman and usually you want to be there. That meant getting off from work etc. So I would rather fix what I can, if it’s mine or the other guys.
Mechanics are different now-days. In days gone by a handyman could pretty well keep a car going with common sense a pair of pliers and some bailing wire. Friend Dallas once changed an Oldsmobile engine with a pair of pliers, vice grips, an adjustable wrench screw driver and a hammer.
That is me& Gary , oh yeah, Sherry to my left, Debbie and Terri!
I get frustrated because many things I cannot fix now. Most old mechanics will agree, it is not as much fun to work on the newer cars. I had the pleasure of meeting Gary, a mechanic and great guy. Indirectly I met him thru this blog. He happens to know Debbie pretty well, so he reluctantly tagged along when we met them out in Kentucky. He was relating that being a mechanic now has become more frustrating. He struck me as being a lot like me except a lot smarter ‘in mechanics’. (I couldn’t say completely smarter it would hurt my ego, but he probably is! Ha!)
This is me showing off my tool compartment to Gary. He was nice and smiled thinking (Yeah, Jack, I have that many tools in my backpocket!) LOL (I still have that shirt and I’d bet Gary still has his!)
Gary knows what it is like to raise a hood and grunt to himself. I do the same thing, but I shut the hood and take it to a guy like Gary. He can’t shut the hood, he has to do SOMETHING. I take my hat off to a guy like that who can and must, continue to advance with the changes of the day. Me? I just tell Sherry we need to buy a 1955 car and fix it up!
I think of the advice Jimmy gave a customer, “Take it down town park it and leave the keys in it with the doors unlocked!”
I forgot my point, if there was one. Thanks for coming by the log.
1955 MG Roadster (Loved this car, never got it though!)
Something heard the year these cars were new.
'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball?
It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be
making more than the President.
1955 Morris Oxford